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on 3 August 2002
Well, 'Mossflower' by Brian Jacques, where shall I start? The novel begins with the explanations of Martin the Warrior's imprisonment for straying into wildcat territory in Mossflower wood. It also introduces Gonff the mousethief, who provides much of the humour throughout the epic tale with a character named Dinny, a fine digging mole.
The wildcat King Verdauga dies and is succeeded by his daughter Tsarmina in less than honest circumstances. The story moves along swiftly with so much happening constantly.
Full of surprises and cliffhangers, 'Mossflower' is surely one of the best books I have ever encountered. The evil character of Tsarmina is always opposed by the honest, kind woodlanders always searching for their freedom. From a distance, it may sound like a good-versus-evil children's book, but it is so much more than that. Full of bloodthirsty battles, murders and thrilling encounters with other creatures, 'Mossflower' is wonderful.
The best part of the book must be the journey Martin and his friends take from Mossflower to Salamandastron and the animals and messes they encounter. The journey back to Mossflower is equally stunning and the climax is literature of the highest standard.
'Mossflower' retains some of the mystery and riddle surrounding 'Redwall', the series' first novel but there is much more action in this book and the female villian of Tsarmina is well-written. All in all, 'Mossflower' turns out to be a better book than 'Redwall'.
The Salamandastron legend of 'Mossflower' pushes you on to want to read more and I certainly do.
Right, off I am to read 'Mattimeo' now!