Illustrated by David Roberts
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 07/11/2013
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781780621494
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Review by imyril
A dark and harrowing fairy tale (based on an Andersen tale). Young Otto is on the losing side of a battle in the Thirty Years War. Escaping a brush with death, he meets a mysterious man-beast who tends his wounds and gifts him a set of dice that set him on a series of disturbing adventures. Beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated, this is a curiosity for grown ups (or YA) who still enjoy fairy tales in the traditional style.