In Which I Read Tinder by Sally Gardner and David Roberts

Tinder by Sally Gardner, Illustrated by David Roberts. Image via

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.

If you remember from my post on Monday, I mentioned this book briefly and how I read it in one sitting. I literally finished reading it the day I bought it! I had finished work, and had some time to kill before I made my way home, so I made my way into my local bookstore, Blackbird Books, and purchased a copy of this book. I sat in the bookstore for about half an hour, reading approximately 40 pages of the book before I had to make my home, and once home, everything was forgotten until 2am that night when I finished reading the book! Now, if that doesn’t tell you it was a good book, I don’t know what will.

This book is something for lovers of fairytales, but don’t want all that soppy Disney magic thrown into the mix. This here is a fairytale in its purest form, just like something you would get from Hans Christian Anderson himself. I loved that this wasn’t just a regular book though–it was illustrated, which is something we as adults are denied when we go to read a book unless it is a graphic novel, or a graphic novel adaption of a book that you might have already read (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for example). As you read Tinder, your imagination is let wander with the brilliant descriptions given by author Sally Gardner, and then they’re enhanced when we get to see the brilliant scenes as seen through the eyes of illustrator David Roberts. For that alone I would recommend this book!

What was great about this book was, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into as I started to read this book. I was unaware at the time that this was an adaption of the fairytale The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Anderson, and have to admit that I was blown away. I loved the characters the most in this story. They were so unique and strange, if I had to pick one, I think the The Lady of the Nail stood out to me the most. You’ll understand why when you read it yourself.

Like I said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am having a very hard time picking out something negative about it. So what am I going to complain about? The fact that there are not more books like this on the shelves! Yes, even though we are adults and we enjoy reading books, 99% of them having no pictures, I truely believe that there should be more books out there on the shelves like Tinder, that are illustrated throughout, as well as being a regular novel. I can’t be the only one to think this either, otherwise I don’t think that the graphic novel would be becoming more and more popular, and more read throughout the general public, and making it’s way up more and more on the Best-Selling Book Lists.

So in conclusion, if you’re a sucker for a fairytale, love a few drawings to gawk at and just looking for a perfectly thrilling read, this is the book for you. I really outdid myself on this book and totally shocked myself on how quickly I read it, but leaving that aside, I think this book was brilliant, one of the best fiction reads I’ve read in a while and definitely worth checking out!

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