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Publisher's Summary

Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive....
For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures.
Not anymore.
His younger brother has followed him.
Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear... unless he can find a way to stop it.
©2010 Listening Library (P)2010 Cornelia Funke
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sheri C on 11-01-10

Behind the mirror

I always suspected that the real world of fairy tales would be a lot more Grimm than Disney. This story sucked me right in and kept my interest to the end. The little behind-the-storybook scenes, such as what really happened to Sleeping Beauty, added texture to the story rather than distracting from it. Not a sweet story, and everybody doesn't live happily forever after, but I highly recommend it. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ananda on 01-19-11


I don't understand how the other people who have reviewed this book found it hard to follow or uninteresting. This is the first Funke book I've listened to and it seems the rest are more geared towards kids but if you have good grasp of Grimm Fairy and Folk tales, you'll follow the story and love it! I can't wait for more, please tell me there will be more!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Helen N. on 03-21-17

A fairy story.

I don't know what it was about this book that didn't grab me & hold my interest as I expected. I just never felt as though I cared about any of the characters and I definitely thought the narrator's voice was too bland to portray all the voices well.
I really wanted to love the Mirrorworld as much as Funke's Inkworld but I couldn't there's no Dustfinger or Capricorn here and Jacob isn't dynamic enough to make a great read.
Sorry ... just 3* from me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-22-15

enjoyed by whole family on long trip 12 and 11 yr

enjoyed by whole family. kids 12 and 11. boy and girl. made a long car journey pass quickly.

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