Mossflower (Redwall) Paperback – 6 Jul 1989
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Brian Jacques' superb Redwall series truly captures the finest in storytelling tradition and combines it with the ultimate in upbeat, catch-your-breath adventure. Mossflower, A Tale of Redwall, tells the story of Martin the Warrior, who finds himself trespassing on the land of Verdagua, King of a Thousand Eyes, as he lays sick and near dying and trying to make a decision on who should replace him as ruler of Mossflower Country. As Martin becomes embroiled in the battle against the evil and ruthless daughter of Verdagua, Tsarmina, alongside his new-found friend and fellow prisoner Gonff, a bloody fight between good and evil ensues.
Stunning landscapes, brilliant characterisation, masterly plots and a wicked sense of humour unite in this epic, page-turningingly breathless tale of derring-do and the triumph of good over evil, making it one of the most addictive and memorable books that anyone is ever likely to read. (Ages 9 and over) --Susan Harrison
"Not since Roald Dahl have children filled their shelves so compulsively" (The Times)
"He is a wonderful storyteller, immersed in his own kingdom" (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
There are other books that are so memorable, so well written, that they stay with you your entire life.
"Mossflower" is one of those books.
This was given to me when I was ten years old, and not reading much. At over 400 pages, I was not hopeful that I would get very far into this lengthy tome... and then something happened.
I was sucked into a fantasy world of talking animals, powerful magic, and epic adventure.
The prose is rich, although some find it over described. The plot is intricate, varied, and shifts through the gears with effortless ease.
Some thirty years later, I still collect Brian Jacques (RIP) books and read them often.
Are the childish? Yes, but that is their target market. But for an adult who wants to escape to age of innocent adventure, this simply is a must read.
WELL DONE BRIAN JAQUES!!
It is essentially, a tale of the triumph of good over evil, but on top of that it's a story about love and friendship and bravery. The characters are all wonderfully endearing and when I was younger I used to think of them often, not as characters from a book but as friends. Martin the warrior in particular was a character who particular appealed to me, as I think he will to everyone who reads this book.
The brilliant thing about the Redwall books is that they are such a mixture of intriguing riddles, battles against evil forces, humour and wonderful characterisation. I can't tell you how I often I could live in Redwall Abbey and share in their feasts and fun.
I started reading the Redwall series when I was 6 or 7, but of course it will vary with how well a child reads (I was an early starter). However, no matter their age, children are sure to be completely captivated by this book and indeed by all of the Redwall series (of which there are a lot by the way, so prepare to shell out lots to satisfy your newly voracious reader). And let me tell you a secret - I'm 20 years old, and I still re-read them!
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Another good book in the redwall series! A good prequel to the Redwall Abbey beginnings. Looking forward to reading the next ones.Published 2 months ago
Wonderful and colourful adventure that has my five and eight year old begging fit the next chapter. Read these books myself growing up and it's wonderful to be able to share them... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kathryn
Great story, interesting plot, also loads of well formed characters both on the side of the goodies and the baddies.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am 68 and only heard of Redwall in the past year, read my first one last month and am now hooked on them, they are brilliant if you are a child at heart.Published on 27 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
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