The Petrified Flesh

The Petrified Flesh

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Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father's abandoned study. Over the years, he's made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He's also made many enemies and allies most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on. But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob's younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone. Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell before it's too late. "show more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 335 pages
  • 160 x 211 x 36mm | 567g
  • Breathing Books
  • Canada
  • English
  • 0989165647
  • 9780989165648
  • 479,853

About Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is a storyteller and illustrator. Her stories have traversed the world told and retold in the most common as well as the rarest of languages. She is German, resides in Los Angeles, and lives in each of the worlds that she explores with her readers. She is the author of a profusion of books including: The InkWorld trilogy: Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, and The Reckless (aka MirrorWorld) series: Reckless, Fearless, and The Golden Yarn. Oliver Latsch trained as a biologist before being lured away from science and reason by Cornelia Funke, who asked him to translate and take her books to English speaking audiences, which turned out to be the most reasonable thing he ever did."show more

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"A phenomenon" &#8212The New York Times (previous edition, Reckless) "Displays the kind of zest that makes you inhale a book in as few sittings as possible." &#8212USA Todayshow more

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The Tailor did not like the probing finger of light. He uttered an angry grunt and swatted at it as if it were an annoying bug. But Jacob let the light explore further, over the bearded, dirt-caked face, the gruesome clothes, which at first sight simply looked like poorly tanned leather, and on to the gross hands with which the Tailor plied his bloody trade. The fingers on his left hand ended in broad blades, each as long as a dagger. The blades on the right were just as long and lethal, though these were slender and pointed, like giant sewing needles. Both hands were missing a finger&#8212obviously other victims had tried to defend their skinds&#8212though the Tailor did not seem to miss them much. He let his murderous fingernails slice through the air as if he were cutting a pattern from the shadows of the trees, taking measurements for the clothes he would soon fashion from Jacob's skin. Fox bared her teeth and retreated with a bark to Jacob's side. He drew his saver with his left hand and Chanute's knife with his right. There is nothing this blade won't cut.Jacob could only hope that wasn't one of Chanute's boastful lies, which he turned for himself so easily into undoubted truth. Their opponent moved clumsily, like a bear, while his hands cut a path through bramble and thistles with terrifying zeal. His eyes were as blank as a dead man's, but the bearded face was contorted into a mask of bloodlust, and he bared his yellow teeth as if he wanted to use them to peel off Jacob's skin. Don't run, more

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