Fantasy, Review, Young Adult

Tinder | Sally Gardner

Publisher: Indigo
Published: 07/11/2013
Genre: Fantasy. Young Adult.
Format: Hardback
Pages: 265
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in COSTA AWARD winner Sally Gardner’s exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, THE TINDERBOX, illustrated by David Roberts.

Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire – pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whose master he becomes. But will all the riches in the world bring him the thing he most desires?

Fairy tales are often the cruellest stories of all; in this exquisite novel Sally Gardner writes about great love and great loss.

Review
After being sat on my shelf for over a year, I finally decided to pick Tinder up and dive into it head first.

Gardner is an amazing author and, having read multiple other of her works, I knew that I wouldn’t be let down when it came to Tinder and I was so right. Tinder is a darker retelling of The Tinderbox of which I read when I was younger. The illustrations in this book left me breathless, Roberts is a truly talented artist.

I am now more than ready to read more by Gardner as I know that I will love anything she publishes.

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