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.
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.
Read by Robert Madge.
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Wow, start to finish in one night. Excellent!
Magical, terrifying and Satiable!
I felt there was three parts to this book, all of which I favoured. The middle where he reaches the castle was my favourite. I was there with him, I could feel, smell and hear everything like it was right here with me.
No one could have done a better job, he fitted the soldier perfectly.
It made me grip with fear and such sadness for what had happened to his sister and the girl in the red cloak. That was very personal for me.
I listened from start to finish in one night, I was so hungry for more. I didn't want it to end. I don't think Sally could've re written this better, I love this type of story. I love the original and hans Christian Anderson is one of my favourites, I'm sure he would have loved to have heard such darkness and macabre in his story.
- Linda-Ann Forrester
Sad and beautiful fairy story
I think I will. I like the dreamy melancholic nature of it. A book for long winter evenings.
It has a bit of Gaiman feel at times.
The main character really. I believed in him as a boy soldier who has seen horrors.
It's generally quite sad but not in an unpleasant way.