Fearless – Cornelia Funke

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"Nothing lasted for ever, even behind the mirror."

EDIT 19/12/15 - added review in English - recensione in italiano a fondo pagina/Italian review at the bottom of the page.

Lately, the attention I pay to new book releases is even lower than usual, and it is at its worst even in my 'normal' periods, so just imagine. Anyway, I was in this bookshop in Edinburgh all on my own, when at some point, having already browsed through all the other sections, I find myself in the middle grade section. I lower my eyes, and what do I see The last copy of Fearless, obviously. Why it was there among the mid-grade books, I have no idea.
In any case, I was doubly surprised, because first I didn't know it had already come out, and in the second place I had resigned to the fact that Reckless wasn't going to have a sequel. I can't put my finger on why I was that sure, but the book had given me that impression, so, yeah, I had just put m heart at peace. Useless to say, I grabbed the book and carried it home.
I finished it yesterday evening, after two days of full immersion. It's been a long time since the last time a book left me so sad and kind of nostalgic. I'd give anything to go back in time and reread it all over again without knowing what awaits me on the next page. Cornelia Funke creates a world of inconceivable vividness, even more than how she did in Reckless. The characters are true, believable, driven by convincing feelings and provided with well-rounded personalities.

I will miss this world for a very long, long time. It left a void in my heart. I have no words to tell you how I feel, nor to describe the beauty of this story, nor to explaind how good Funke is at shaping her universe down to the minutest details, with expertise, coherence and unpredictability. I can't help but worship her imagination.

Recesione in italiano:
Ultimamente, l'attenzione che presto alle novità in arrivo in libreria è persino più bassa del solito, e tocca abissi critici persino nei miei periodi normali, quindi figuratevi. Ecco, ero che vagabondavo per i fatti miei in questa libreria, a Edimburgo, quando ad un certo punto, avendo già visitato tutti gli altri reparti, mi ritrovo nella sezione dei libri per bambini. Abbasso lo sguardo, e cosa vedo L'ultima copia di Fearless, naturalmente. Perché poi il suo target debba essere quello di libro per fanciulli, a tutt'oggi resta un mistero.
Comunque sia, la mia sorpresa è stata doppia perché, in primis, non sapevo che fosse già uscito, e inoltre ero ormai persuasa che Reckless non avrebbe avuto un seguito. Non so spiegarne logicamente la ragione, ma mi aveva dato questa idea, quindi, ecco, diciamo che mi ero messa il cuore in pace. Inutile dirvi che mi ci sono fiondata e me lo sono portato a casa.
L'ho terminato ieri sera, dopo due giorni di full immersion, ed era da tanto che un libro non mi lasciava così triste e nostalgica. Pagherei oro pur di poter tornare indietro e rileggerlo tutto da capo non sapendo cosa si nasconde dietro la prossima pagina. La Funke crea un mondo di inconcepibile vividezza, ancora più di quanto avesse fatto in Reckless. I personaggi sono tutti veri, credibili, mossi da sentimenti plausibili e di straordinario vigore.

Sentirò la mancanza di questo mondo ancora per molto tempo. Mi ha lasciato un vuoto nel cuore. Non ci sono parole per descrivervi il mio stato d'animo, né la bellezza di questa storia, né la bravura della Funke nel plasmare i suoi mondi sin nei minimi particolari, con perizia, coerenza e imprevedibilità. La sua immaginazione è da venerare.


Category: Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult

Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld-filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke.

Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He’s tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother’s-legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father’s mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox.

But there they hear of one last possibility-an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first-and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.

Fearless - Part 1

Fearless - Part 2

Fearless - Part 3

Fearless - Part 4

Fearless - Part 5

Fearless - Part 6

Fearless - Part 7

Fearless - Part 8

Fearless - Part 9