The Glass of Lead & Gold: A Magical Review

Our friends at Pushkin Press published Cornelia Funke’s latest addition to the Reckless series/MirrorWorld this fall: The Glass of Lead & Gold.

In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold.

As word of the Glass spreads across the city, Tabetha finds herself with some unlikely companions, not least a one-armed girl and a rather impressive soup chef. But will Tabetha discover that there are even greater fortunes to be found than the magical Glass?

This story is set in a part of the MirrorWorld we’ve only visited briefly before: Albion, where Jacob and Fox searched for the head of a warlock. While they don’t appear in this adventure, Tabetha’s quest reminds us of Jacob’s early treasure-hunting days!

Of The Glass of Lead and Gold, reviewer Gordon Askew writes:

“The story is set in Londra, a 'mirror' version of London, that in many ways reflects the reality of the real Victorian city, but is also inhabited by a myriad 'faery' folk, sprites, hobs , witches, trolls and many others. In this respect it does bear some relation to the Reckless books, but otherwise, despite its teenage protagonist, it is perfectly accessible to and suitable for a younger audience too. It is essentially a Fairy Tale, but a totally new-conceived and wondrous one.”

Cornelia talks a little about getting into the wintry feel of the novella, as well as finding her inspiration for the story, in this podcast excerpt. Are you as excited to read The Glass of Lead & Gold as we are?