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The night breathed through the apartment like a dark animal. The ticking of a clock. The groan of a floorboard as he slipped out of his room. All was drowned by its silence. But Jacob loved the night. He felt it on his skin like a promise. Like a cloak woven from freedom and danger. Outside the stars were paled by the glaring lights of the city, and the large apartment was stale with his mother’s sorrow. She did not wake as Jacob stole into her room, even when he carefully opened the drawer of her bedside table. The key lay right next to the pills that let her sleep. Its cool metal nestled in his hand as he stepped back out into the dark corridor.

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Through a mirror is a dangerous world.

For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed its secrets and treasures, but not any more. His younger brother has followed him. Now dark magic will turn boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and cause chaos to rule for ever ... unless Jacob can find a way to save them.

An extraordinary, darkly romantic fantasy thriller from the bestselling author of the Inkheart trilogy.

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“More please, Cornelia!”


“A haunting story of loyalty, betrayal, magic and danger.”


“A gorgeously gothic atmosphere fraught with unexpected modern detail.”


“... as the plot thickens, incorporating the political intrigues of the Mirrorworld, with the fate of our heroes dependent upon the machinations of kings, empresses, princesses and generals, it is the genuine human dramas of love, desire, loyalty and betrayal that bind.”


Author notes

'I always have ideas. They come into my mind constantly and there are far too many to write them all down. Stories are everywhere! In everything I see, hear, smell, read, watch - in people, animals and the ways of nature. I think we all have that spark in us, to weave everything we experience into a story.'

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