A powerful blend of timeslip fantasy, science fiction and coming of age novel, its central theme is memory and the part it plays in constructing who we are.
Tinder is, as ever, with Ms Gardner's books, beautifully written, moving and engrossing, and for lovers of the dark and doom-ridden, it is well worth reading.
David Roberts' elegant illustrations are integral to the beautiful design ... A volume to treasure and re-read
Expect more award nominations for this.
Tinder retells Hans Christian Andersen's The Tinderbox as a dark dream- an exploration of memory, grief, fear, lust and love. Gardner's delicate, eerie rendering lends it a new grace...
Dazzling and haunting...a dark and deliciously macabre read with an unexpected twist
The Carnegie Medal-winning author has produced another astonishing tour de force and one that could not be more different from the dystopian Maggot Moon and yet is almost certainly bound for similar glory.
an extraordinary piece of older teen fiction, full of menace, excitement and beauty. This is one book that cannot be recommended highly enough
Fast-paced and gripping
Gardner follows up her Costa-Carnegie double with an exquisite reworking of The Tinderbox fairytale, as dark and captivating as you would hope.
a complex story with constantly changing plots. Some emotionally challenging, but, when all the connections are made, the reader is taken on an exciting, and fulfilling, journey.
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.
David Roberts' elegant illustrations are integral to the beautiful design - almost every page is embellished. A volume to treasure and reread.
A dark but delightful read
Sally Gardner has achieved yet another masterpiece, crafting an amazing story world on paper.
...The truly breathtaking publication of this season is Sally Gardner's Tinder, a book that is both a dark, haunting fairytale with werewolves and treasures, but also a horrifying exploration of war and its impact on young men.
Luminously written ... rich and rewarding
Written primarily for young adults, the beautifully crafted narrative is one of those rare, haunting pieces of fiction that, as soon as you finish, you want to return to and read it again ....... It's a love story, a tale of epic courage and endurance, a fairy tale with sorcery and secrets, and a ghost story. But at its hearts Tinder is about the true cost of war, the terrible damage it inflicts and the high personal price paid by those caught in its jaws.
Mesmeric ... another jewel in Gardner's crown
Sally has really worked magic on this old story, and it is fascinating and exciting, as well as creepy. You can barely put it down.
Tinder explores addiction, passion, greed, love & psychological injuries of war. It is another jewel in Gardner's crown
Gardner's narrative is fast-paced and gripping, but most of all it manages to mix in witches, wolves and black magic, all the while being though provoking.
Exquisite ... as dark and captivating as you would hope
Tinder is just a whoosh of magic, beauty, and cruel, confident storytelling
This luminously written story re-introduces all the erotic and macabre features of traditional fairy tales...in rich and rewarding writing.
Boys and girls will find something to love in its pages; all will be transfixed by its ancient charm.
A dark dream -- an exploration of memory, grief, fear, lust and love. Gardner's delicate, eerie rendering lends it a new grace
She [Gardner] has noted and exploited, ingeniously and powerfully, the connection between The Tinderbox and the story of Prometheus, and this mythic underpinning gives her pell-mell fantasy both coherence and a satisfying richness... It's a beauty.
Gardner's language is as simple and clear as a forest spring. Delicate images ('a moth's meal of a cloak') meet big coarse ones ('a spit-roasted sort of face') to create a tapestried, intricate landscape, full of mystery, grief, terror and seduction.
...Rich and rewarding writing, reminding readers never to take any fairy tales, ancient or modern, simple for granted.
Her use of language is intensely visual as she evokes her sumptuous and macabre scenarios... Ultimately we are in the hands of a consummate storyteller.
An exquisitely macabre fairy story for teenagers
Gardner's prose in Tinder is adventurous and hugely energetic ... Its a beauty
The natural elegance of Roberts' style marries perfectly with the supernatural elements of Gardner's powerful narrative -- by turns ghostly, tender, dramatic