After three books and more than seven years in the Inkworld, Cornelia was sure that she would not find another world for many years to come. She said to herself that probably she would never find another one as so many writers explore just one world.
But.... one day Jacob Reckless stepped into Cornelia's writing house and he brought a world that was very different from the one she had left behind just a few months ago. It was far more modern and closer to our world. In fact it felt like its younger sibling. At the same time it brought back all the tales that she had grown up with.
Over the past years I got completely lost behind the Mirror and for the first time in my writing life I can imagine to explore an imagined world for many many years to come. In fact I cannot imagine to ever fully leave it again. There are so many themes to explore behind the Mirror - time, magic, technology, things lost and found. There are so many countries and their fairy tales whose Mirrorlands Jacob and Fox can travel through.
And then there are the characters Cornelia met in this new world... Jacob, who sometimes feels like her male alter ego and Fox, who of all her characters is probably closest to her heart and self. There are Will and Clara and the Dark Fairy and Chanute and Alma ... and of course the Goyl. Cornelia still needs to find giants behind the Mirror and dragons.....
Welcome beyond the Mirror!
Reckless – The Petrified Flesh
Young Jacob Reckless discovers a mysterious mirror in his father’s abandoned study and beyond that mirror a fairy tale world. In a moment of inattention, Jacob’s little brother follows him and a fairy’s curse sows stone and death.
Age 12 + • Published 2010 • 352 pages • Breathing Books • Illustrated by Cornelia FunkeExtract Details
Reckless II – Living Shadows
The moth on Jacob’s breast is getting darker. This is going to be his very own treasure hunt. A magical crossbow is supposed to save his life, but Jacob is not the only one searching for it. Nerron, the Bastard, becomes his shadow and a tenacious foe.
Age 12 + • Published 2013 • 424 pages • Breathing BooksExtract Details
Reckless III – The Golden Yarn
The Earlking demands Jacob’s 'contribution to the deal'. And he has Will over a barrel as well, requiring the impossible of him. The journey goes back behind the mirror. Eastbound. To the land of the Tzar and the Baba Yaga.
Age 14 + • Published 2015 • 448 pages • Breathing Books • Illustrated by Cornelia FunkeExtract Details
Voices behind the mirror
In June 2010, Rainer Strecker and the publishing company Oetinger recorded Cornelia’s new novel Reckless at a studio in Hamburg.Read more
Cornelia's MirrorWorld App
On 17 April 2013, Cornelia published her very first app. Especially for MirrorWorld she wrote 16 new stories from the world behind the mirror, which reveal quite a few things that Reckless and Fearless kept quiet about.Read more
Reckless - Curtains up for Jacob and Will
Playwright and dramaturg Robert Koall had been busy as a bee. Cornelia's new novel Reckless had just been published and we could already look forward to its stage adaptation. In October and November 2010, Reckless was premiered on the theatre stages in Dresden and Hamburg.Read more