Book Review – The Golden Yarn

The Golden Yarn is the 3rd book in the Reckless series by Cornelia Funke. I also thought it was the last book in the series till I had less than 100 pages left then I found out it’s not! I’m super excited. Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite authors and the world inside this series, mirrorworld, is so elaborate and well thought out and I love it! I do need to go back and reread the first 2 books again and then reread this one because while I knew all the major plot points there are small little details and some minor characters that I completely forgot about. Some of those was easy for me to remember after being reminded about it while others I still have no clue about. That’s the problem with reading the 3rd book in such an elaborate world after not reading the first 2 books in a couple of years.

Anyways, on to my actual review.

One thing I hate and I’ll almost always hate in any books is the amount of switching between POVs. Each chapter is a different POV and sometimes you didn’t know who’s till the second paragraph. I don’t even know how many different POVs there were. Some characters only had 2-3 chapters dedicated to them. Where those chapters really that important? Probably if I’m honest. But still. Another thing I didn’t like was all the weird difficult to pronounce names from characters to cities and countries. Funky seemed to have pulled names from french, japanese, russian, and some straight up fantasy. Also, the font they used for the main antagonists letters to the main character could be difficult to read at times. But all that is just me being nitpicky. Overall this book took turns I was not expecting which I loved. There was a POV from one of the pervious antagonists and while in the previous books I really didn’t like her, I thought she was cruel and evil with no redeemable qualities, while in this book I really felt for her and her position. Her pain was all too human for her to be that evil. Her entire plot took a turn I was not expecting and I loved it and her character. I wish there were more chapters with the main character, Jacob Reckless, than there actually were. He’s been the main character from book 1 yet I feel like his chapters only took up half the book if that. This book did not go where I expected it to which is, in some ways, a good thing. It wasn’t cliched, it didn’t have those common over done themes that are in most books anymore. Unlike previous books in the series, this one was definitely a love story between 2 couples. I definitely love how in-depth all of Funke’s characters are. She really took the time to flesh them out and make them all human with flaws and real emotions. It really made you connect with even the villains really.

All in all, I gave this book4 stars on goodreads and can’t wait for the next book. Though I definitely need to reread the first 2. Maybe I’ll re-review this one after I have a better understanding of it after rereading them all. We’ll see.

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Book Review – Cart and Cwidder

First off I googled “cwidder” just to see what the definition is but the only reference that pops up is in relation to this book. Basically a cwidder is like a lute. That’s something I wanted to point out before I review this book because I had no clue when I started reading it. I googled it because I wanted to know if it was a word I’ve just never come across before and actually existed. As far as I can tell, it does not.

I was going to review this book first but I decided, instead, to review a book that surprised me, An Ember In the Ashes. As for Cart and Cwidder, I liked it but it wasn’t anything special. Cart and Cwidder was written by the late British author Diana Wynne Jones. I love Jones’ books so much I really want to try to collect them all. Jones primarily a kids author with well over 100 books. Her most popular is probably Howl’s Moving Castle which was turn into an okay movie but Studio Ghibli. Howl’s Moving Castle might just be my favorite book. Anyways, Cart and Cwidder. Cart and Cwidder is the first in a series of books first released in 1975 called The Dalemark Quartet. This book follows the journey of a young man who inherits a magical instrument that can move mountains and control people. At first he doesn’t believe that this cwidder is the same one from legends and just tries to complete his father’s final mission. But he has to understand this instrument and it’s powers if he wants to save what’s left of his family.

I rated Cart and Cwidder 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and I think that’s a fair rating. The book was good, it just wasn’t anything extraordinary. Reading it you could tell it was definitely British and definitely older and definitely a children’s book. I, however, didn’t like how it was written in 3rd person but from the POV of the youngest son and yet the narration refers to everyone, even his parents, by their names. It gets confusing, especially with the weird names like Osfameron and Barangarold and Dastgandlen Handagner and then all those long named characters have shorter nicknames. I found it confusing at times with the way it was written and the plot itself was nothing extraordinary. I love Jones, but in my opinion this was a mediocre book. It was good for what it was but it wasn’t anything special.