Friday, 15 November 2013

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: Tinder - Sally Gardner

Release Date: 07/11/13
Publisher:  Indigo


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.


I’ve always been a fan of Grimm Fairytales so when I get the chance to read a modern retelling by a favourite author I always jump at the chance. Here Sally Gardner takes on “The Tinderbox” in what can only be described as a spectacular outing for readers of all ages. The prose as usual is sharp, the pace ideal but for me its Sally’s trademark characterisation that really brings the whole thing to the fore.

Add to this some solid dialogue and a wonderfully woven rich tapestry of classic storytelling and all round I was a more than happy reader, making sure that I save this book to one side for when my niece is old enough to appreciate it (and probably after a few more rereads myself.) Great stuff.

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