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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862301387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862301382
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's something wonderful in hearing an author read his or her own work. And when that work is an epic adventure with a mouse for a hero and a rat for a villain, it's also just plain fun. This entertaining fantasy opens with Matthias, a clumsy young mouse who has big dreams of becoming a warrior. "Poor Matthias, alas for your ambition," says the head mouse of the peaceful little group. "The day of the warrior is gone." But even as the words are spoken, that day is about to change. Led by the deliciously evil Cluny the Scourge, a savage army of rats is heading for Redwall, destroying anything in its way: "A farmhouse set alight ... piglets, an entire litter of them eaten alive." Matthias is about to get his wish--the only thing that can save the idyllic world of Redwall is a true warrior. But, as the little mouse quickly learns, that's a title that must be earned.

Yes, the characters are mice and rats (and a badger and a few birds), but there are no song-and-dance numbers here. These mammals take their quest seriously, and author Brian Jacques narrates his tale with all the drama and passion of an old-time storyteller. The full cast of talented but little-known actors rounds out the story and helps bring the memorable characters of Redwall to complete and vivid life. --Sara Nickerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Not since Roald Dahl have children filled their shelves so compulsively" (The Times)

"He is a wonderful storyteller, immersed in his own kingdom" (Guardian)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Currill on 14 Mar 2003
Format: Paperback
It kind of says something about an author when they write a book intended for readers aged 9 or above and still have it read by people aged 19 or more - like myself.
I first heard of this particular series on a book review T.V programme, and decided it might be worth a look. When I got the book, I could hardly put it down. That was when I was about 12.
7 years later on, and the same still holds true, and this book is one of the best in the series.
The story revolves around Matthias, a novice in the order of Redwall. He is young and clumsy, and dreams of being a warrior like Redwall Abbey's founder, Martin.
Little does he realise that Cluny the Scourge and his horde of rats are fast approaching the Abbey, and his chance to test himself may come sooner than expected....
this book has great characters, a great plot which follows the basic good-versus-evil principle, and some wonderfully emotional moments. even at 19, im still loving it, and i probably will for a lot longer. get it soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 18 April 2005
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I am a big fantasy fan; and every time I found myself at the bookstore I would see the vast amount of books by Brian Jacques on the shelves and wonder if it was a series I would like. I had heard that the books were written for young adults, so I was not sure if they were my cup of tea. Luckily I decided to give "Redwall" a try, since the result was very satisfying. The author uses a wide variety of animals in order to create this fantasy setting, and portrays the typical battle of good versus evil in a crisp and simple way.
The main character in this first book of the series is a small mouse, Matthias, who is a novice and who dreams with becoming a warrior someday. His idol is Martin the Warrior, who according to many was the bravest mouse to ever set foot on earth. Matthias lives in Redwall and is part of the Order of Abbot Mortimer, and Order that professes peace and that has vowed never to harm another living creature. But all this peace and happiness is now in jeopardy, since Cluny the Scourge, a ruthless rat with an evil army, is heading towards Redwall, leaving mayhem through his path.
Cluny is the subject of a legend used by parents to scare their kids and to get them to do what they request, but now the threat is real and has to be faced. The terrifying rat is relentless, but hides a secret of his own, since in his nightmares, he receives the visit of a brave mouse that puts him to shame. The mouse is no other than Martin, who also talks to Matthias in his dreams. When the attack finally comes, we get to see a David versus Goliath type of fight that keeps up the excitement and that looks as if it will only end with the total destruction of one of the contestants.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. Messenger on 14 May 2005
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I loved this book! The story is action packed,exiting, funny, aggressive in places and the best book I have read so far in my life!!!!Even better than the Harry Potter books.
My favourite characters are the paw sucking squirrel Silent Sam, the hero of the book Matthias Mouse, and the evil villain, Cluny. I also loved Constance the badger. I can't wait to start Mossflower, the next in the series & I would love it if my Mum got me the whole set.
Harvey aged 8.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 2001
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The author and a splendid cast bring this tale to life with fantastic voices and a superb plot. a great work. i would definitelly recommend this to annyone who likes a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikaela on 23 Mar 2009
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Redwall is certainly my favourite of all the redwall books and if you are a new reader, this is where to start. It isn't the 1st of the series, but if you're unsure whether you want to give that a go, redwall will make up your mind. A tale of a daring adventure of woodland animals-yeah, i know that that sounds a tad wierd. Well, it isn't. Don't not read the books because of that, because Brian Jacques produces fantasy that reads like realism and this will definitely cheer you up. I started reading this series when I was 8, but I would say that there is no age rsnge on it. A thorably enjoyable book for all ages, boys and girls, but more so boys-perfect for tom boys ( you'll enjoy it more if you're younger because you have better imaginations then :D .)
Mikaela (age 14)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2000
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You MUST join in the adventures of Matthias descendant of Martin and find out how he and Methuselah along with some willing friends find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior.Martin was the founder of Redwall Abbey, he brought fear into the hearts of the coldest of vermin throughout the land of Mossflower and surrounding country.He was the legend of legends until he died. When he died he left a puzzle which only one creature-a true warrior-could find.One which he allready new much about, the next warrior to be, Matthias his great descendant. You will not want to put this book down, you will say "Oh just one more chapter" until you finally realise what Matthias must do in his quest to save Redwall Abbey from the marauding army of Cluny the Scourge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan 2001
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Really, I mean, a story about a load of furry woodland animals! That's Beatrix Potter-land. Well, all right, Richard "Watership Down" Adams did take the genre to a different level (I started it once but never finished it). What self-respecting child would read this stuff, or admit to reading it, let alone an adult? Well, I did! And I couldn't put it down! Brian Jacques has created a completely believable and endearing world of little creatures: the story is good, keeps you wanting to know what happens next; there's suspense; there's a mystery to puzzle out (where is the legendary sword of long-dead Martin the Warrior?); the dialogue is well done with all the major characters given a distinctive way of speaking; and the good guys win in the end. Remember how much fun Pixar had with ants and grasshoppers in "A Bug's Life"? I'm surprised Pixar haven't bought the rights to it (or maybe they have?). It's a lot of fun. Although it's obviously billed as "children's literature", some of the vocabulary might be a little hard for a child under 11. I'm reading it aloud to my 8- and 11-year-olds (my 17-year-old turned her nose up at it, though). And there's a whole series of these to keep enthusiasts happy! The New York Times ran a piece a while back about how sales of Jacques books have surged up in the wake of Harry Potter (those kids who desperately need something while waiting for the next book to come out). Jacques' book is more low-key, but has many similar ingredients for a good tale. I've re-read Redwall several times, but so far have not revisited any Harry Potter story.
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