"Jacob's second adventure is told, and this time I had travelled so far beyond the mirror, that I almost didn't find back. I travelled with mermen, Bluebeards and princes, by train and ship, on horseback and by uncomfortable coaches. I looked into Fox' past and I felt Jacob's mortal fear. I met false witches, a blacksmith with a golden foot, a Goyl with onyx skin... and I miss all that so very much, so that I am now reading Russian fairy tales to continue my journey with book III. Who knows how many books this story will fill in the end. It keeps its secrets safe as the treasures that Jacob is searching for! I can't wait to disclose them all. Jacob is smiling. Needless to say! He knows what I am talking about..."
Cornelia Funke on writing Fearless
Author(s) Cornelia Funke and Lionel Wigram
Original title Reckless. Lebendige Schatten
Translator Cornelia Funke and Lionel Wigram
Cover Artist {{{illustrator}}}
  • Chicken House
  • Little Brown
Publication date September 6th 2012
English publication date April 2nd 2013
ISBN ISBN 1906427267
Summary Jacob Reckless journeys to the Mirrorworldto tell his shapeshifting friend Fox that a fairy curse-a deadly moth in his chest-means he has only one year to live. The journey in the Mirrorworld turns into a search against time and against a Goyl treasure hunter for an enchanted crossbow, which is known to strike down any army it faces, and less well known for its healing power when shot by a loved one.
Preceded by Reckless
Followed by Heartless

Fearless is a 2013 young adult novel written by German author Cornelia Funke. It was first published in German by Dressler on September 6, 2012 under the name Reckless. Lebendige Schatten.


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 like 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 to Mirrorland one last 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 could kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. To find it, Jacob is going to have to beat out a Goyl treasure hunter who is also searching for the prized crossbow— and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.


For Ben, who is both Jacob and Will - Cornelia Funke

To Paula, my Fox, who always has my back - Lionel Wigram

Detailed Plot Summary

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  • The German name literally means "Reckless. Living Shadows".
  • The cover and German title was revealed on old fansite Cornelia Funke Fans on February 6th 2012.
  • The English name was revealed on May 18, on the Reckless Facebook page .