Reviews for Fearless


AudioFile Reviews 2013 June
Treasure hunter Jacob Reckless is searching the Mirrorworld for a magical cure for the fairy curse that has been put on his heart. He races against death and against other treasure hunters to find a crossbow whose bolt can kill thousands or cure one. Narrator Elliot Hill keeps up with the story's brisk pace while never losing a detail. His Jacob sounds youthful but determined while Jacob's love interest, Fox, is as sly and cautious as her namesake. Magical creatures abound, and Hill breathes life into menacing stone-skinned men; six-eyed Watermen, who prefer living in ponds to land; dwarves; witches; and mysterious dark fairies. Hill brings both this fairy-tale world and Funke's cleverly written tale splendidly to life. G.D. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 July

Gr 7-10--As a result of his actions to save his brother in Reckless (2010), Jacob is now the one cursed in this second title (2013, both Little, Brown) in the series. With only a few more months to live, Jacob has nearly exhausted his ideas for magical cures in the Mirrorworld. There is time for one more quest: to find a warlock's crossbow, rumored to have the ability to save a life if shot out of love and not hate. At his side is Fox, the shape-shifting young woman who has been his companion and confidant for years. It will take all of Jacob's skills, as well as Fox's, to find the crossbow before a rival treasure hunter beats him to it. Elliot Hill returns to skillfully narrate Funke's dark tale, bringing to life a wide variety of characters with his impressive range of voices and communicating much about each one with his portrayals. His rough, accented voice for the Goyl treasure hunter Nerron lends an appropriate degree of mystery and menace, while the earnest quality of Fox's voice conveys her concern for Jacob and her willingness to do anything to save him. Their quest takes Jacob and Fox to all corners of the Mirrorworld in this exciting and enthralling story, but ultimately it is what they learn about their feelings for each other that gives the tale its emotional depth and will leave listeners clamoring for the next installment.--Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

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