Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

Written by Cornelia Funke

Part of the Mirrorworld Series

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LoveReading View on Reckless III: The Golden Yarn

November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world  |  Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile imagination, which is fed and inspired by the old fairy tales and in this the third episode of the Reckless series, she draws on stories from Eastern Europe in another distinctive, thrilling and complex novel. Once again, she sends her hero Jacob Reckless and his brother through the magical mirror into another world. The book opens with a bloody labour and the birth of a baby, a scene her original editors felt would upset readers, causing Funke to find a new way to publish. The scene however sets the tone for the book, which examines love, its power as much a threat to protagonists as a strength. As ever, she weaves together the different plotlines brilliantly, maintaining character development and sustaining the excitement to keep readers breathlessly turning the pages.

It’s recommended that readers start with books one and two, The Petrified Flesh and Living Shadows. They will also enjoy Francesca Simon’s The Monstrous Child or Margo Lanagan’s The Brides of Rollrock Island. ~ Andrea Reece

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn Synopsis

The worlds on either side of the mirror are about to collide. And there's nothing Jacob can do to stop them. After a perilous encounter with an Alder Elf - an immortal, trick--turning creature to whom he owes a great debt - Jacob must journey back into the enchanted Mirrorworld once again. Together with Fox, his beautiful shape-shifting friend, Jacob has no choice but to follow his brother on the trail of the Dark Fairy, who has fled deep into the East: to a land of folklore, Cossacks, spies, time--eating witches and flying carpets. But what exactly is the Dark One running from? Could it be the same danger that threatens Jacob and Fox?

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to read and review the first title in the series The Petrified FleshClick here to read the full reviews.

  • Daisy Penncock - 'These fast-paced books will make you breathless and wishing you had a magical mirror, just like Jacob, in your bedroom!'
  • Ellie Cameron-Hart age, 10 - 'A thrilling adventurous novel full of mystery.'
  • Emma Baird, age 10 there’s never a boring moment and you never know what’s going to happen next. 
  • Emer O'Brien - 'This book is highly recommended to anyone with an active imagination, who is willing to believe in magic.'
  • Dana Colville, age 15 - A truly tantalising novel. Teenagers will love this novel. Can’t wait to read the next novel in this series. 

Reckless III: The Golden Yarn Press Reviews

A wonderful storyteller Sunday Times

Germany's answer to JK Rowling Telegraph

A master Independent

A highly distinctive imagination Daily Mail

A born storyteller Guardian


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ISBN: 9781782691266
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782691266
Publication date: 3rd November 2016
Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 448 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children

About Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inkheart trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of popular children’s novels and picture books. Born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten, Cornelia initially worked as an illustrator but soon began writing her own stories, quickly establishing a reputation as one of Germany’s best-loved children’s authors. Her international breakthrough came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider, which spent 78 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Success continued with the publication of The Thief Lord, which immediately climbed to the #2 spot ...

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