- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; New edition edition (6 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141312807
- ISBN-13: 978-0141312804
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Triss: Bk. 1 (Tale of Redwall) Paperback – 6 Mar 2003
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Brian Jacques' latest fantasy novel, Triss, continues the tradition of great storytelling that he established with his debut novel, Redwall, and as ever is stuffed full of animal adventure, action and suspense. Three separate storylines come together skilfully in this 15th Tale of Redwall to deliver a satisfying read to please both long-established fans of the series and courageous first-timers.
In Riftgard, far from Redwall Abbey, a brave squirrelmaid called Triss is being held captive by the ferret king Agarnu and his cruel daughter Kurda. Guilty of nothing more than wanting their freedom from slavery, Triss, Shogg the otter and Welfo the hedgehog engineer a daring escape and steal the King's purple-sailed ship. Kurda is in pursuit and on their tails immediately, the penalty for capture being death.
In the rugged mountain fortress of Salamandastron, two young badgers called Bescarum and Sagaxus, their backpacks stuffed full of provisions, steal away from their home under the cover of dark. Both crave excitement and are determined to seek fame and fortune in a faraway land. They set sail for Redwall with adventure on their minds.
At Redwall Abbey itself, in the shadow of Mossflower wood, Ruggum the molebabe and Bikkle the little squirrel, have adventure on their minds too. In order to avoid their nightly bath, they sneak outside and head off into the trees. It's only when night falls, and their stomachs grumble, that the plan falls apart. After a restless night under the stars, Ruggum and Bikkle inadvertantly discover the lost entrance to Brockhall, legendary home of the Badger Lords. It is a chance discovery that has immense implications for the whole land.
Jacques' exciting story comes together to plunder Redwall's past and looks to its future, too, with the discovery of a new fearless heroine. It's a great mix that should be savoured. Suitable for ages nine and over.--John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The excitement and magic of the author's Redwall are strongly apparent in this compulsive new title. Dramatic and exciting, this will win many new friends in the 9+ age range --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The plot can very easily be broken down into three converging strands:
First, we meet Triss the squirrelmaid, Welfo the hogmaid and Shogg the otter as they try to escape from slavery under King Agarnu the Pure Ferret of the northern kingdom of Riftguard. However, there is more to worry the royal mind than this as he sends his two children Princess Kurda and Prince Bladd on a mission to retrieve what he lost many seasons ago, a trinket without which he not by rights king.
Second are more would-be runaways Sagax, son of Lord Hightor and Lady Merola of Salamandastron and next in line to rule the fire mountain, and his childhood friend Scarum. Both are young and immature and, while set on adventure, know little of the outside world, so they decide to join up with the experienced wavedog, Kroova, and sail away with him in his boat.
Meanwhile the way of life of Redwallers is threatened by the discovery of a nameless terror dwelling in the newly discovered ruins of Brockhall, ancient home of the BadgerLords. This mystery is somehow connected to Riftguard and all that is happening there and it is only a matter of time before the true situation is revealed.
"Triss" is certainly one of the less grim entries to the series and while characters sometimes dance with death it is a merry jig woven with riddles, mystery and humour. Indeed, it has been described by some as the funniest "Tales of Redwall" yet and this has won the affection of many fans.Read more ›
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A good read even for an adult. Why should the kids have the best books.Published 4 months ago by Robin Sanger
This is another of Brian jacques' gems. Great for anyone who likes a bit of actionPublished on 14 Mar. 2005