By Cornelia Funke
Jacob Reckless has less than a year to live. He already wasted some of it looking for magical objects that were supposed to get rid of his curse but none of them worked. Throughout the story Jacob forgets a letter of the dark fairy's name in a violent attack from the moth sitting on top of his heart. 6. With each bite, part of his heart is hurt. He hasn't told his brother, Will, or his best friend, Fox. He realizes that there is only one object that might be able to cure him of his curse -- the Witch-Slayer's Crossbow. If shot at a leader it would not only kill the leader but the leader's entire army. The crossbow's reputation makes many people scared of it -- people are less willing to help Jacob because they think he will sell it which could kill thousands. But legend says that if shot with love through the heart then the person shot will be healed. When he goes to Guismond's, the witch-slayer's, tomb he finds out that in order to get the crossbow he has to first find his heart, his head, and his hand. But Nerron, a Goyl treasure hunter, also wants to find the bow. As Jacob hunts for these three items his life ticks away. 5. With very little time left, Fox is captured by a blue beard, a man who captures girls and kills them by drinking their fear. Jacob has to sacrifice some of his little time left to save her and then return to his quest. As he continues on the moth's bites get closer together and worse. After this detour he may not get the crossbow in time, if at all.
Fearless was very fast paced and exciting. It was an amazing sequel to Reckless. 4. It matched Reckless in every aspect even exceeding it in the introduction (which was actually good this time). The characters were realistic and entertaining. Jacob's personality (very proud, doesn't like to admit weakness) adds more to the book. Narration from Nerron also adds to the story because Jacob's flaws are highlighted by Nerron's dislike of him. On top of this, sympathy is created for Nerron which creates an even more complex plot. 3. The mirror world the book takes place in is interesting. Its twist and turns allow the plot to become more extreme and exciting. With such limited time and constant reminders that Jacob's time is running out the tension quickly and intensely. 2. This book was like a rich chocolate cake. Tons of rich details were packed into one book. Even though you can't stop eating your piece you are devastated once its gone. 1. This book was a 4.8 because the main characters, plot, setting, antagonists, and writing style all helped create an enticing book.