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A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in COSTA AWARD winner Sally Gardner’s exquisite novel

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; this spellbinding book tells of both great love and great loss.

Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, THE TINDERBOX, illustrated by David Roberts.

Reviews

Dazzling and haunting...a dark and deliciously macabre read with an unexpected twist
The Best New Children's Books 2015
Fast-paced and gripping
Stylist
Profoundly beautiful and thought-provoking ... mesmeric ... ultimately, we are in the hands of a consummate storyteller who provides her readers with nothing less than a meditation on desire, maturation, reality and death.
INIS Magazine
Luminously written ... rich and rewarding
Books For Keeps
A dark but delightful read
SFX Magazine
Exquisite ... as dark and captivating as you would hope
The Bookseller
Profoundly beautiful
Recommended Reads
David Roberts' elegant illustrations are integral to the beautiful design ... A volume to treasure and re-read
Financial Times
Mesmeric ... another jewel in Gardner's crown
The Times
The natural elegance of Roberts' style marries perfectly with the supernatural elements of Gardner's powerful narrative -- by turns ghostly, tender, dramatic
Books For Keeps
Exquisite
School Zone
A dark dream -- an exploration of memory, grief, fear, lust and love. Gardner's delicate, eerie rendering lends it a new grace
The Daily Telegraph
Gardner's prose in Tinder is adventurous and hugely energetic ... Its a beauty
The Guardian
An exquisitely macabre fairy story for teenagers
The Daily Telegraph