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on 24 December 2005
When I first picked this book up, I didn't think it would be much, considering that all the characters are bipedal animals. Believe me, I WAS WRONG. This is a brilliant novel, one of the best there are. It involves a young slave, Martin, in the fort of a tyrant, and his struggle for freedom. There are lots of subplots to make the story even more interesting. The action is fast, furious, and thrilling. The characters are great--from villainous corsair to simple woodlander to cruel horde-soldier. The plot is cunning, and always winding so that you're never bored. Every person I know who's laughed at Brian Jacques' books has read one (usually this one), and changed their mind completely. Fine read.
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on 21 June 2001
Badrang is a stoat who dreams for world domination. A fortress of wood and stone is built so Badrang can take control easily. He does not trust other stoats, as he thinks they are the most cunning creatures. He has taken prisoners so his fortress will soon be complete, but one young mouse escapes with few and travels the world to gain an army who will stop Lord Badrang. Ferrets, rats and foxes. All guards of the Lord Badrang, the Tyrant, who took the mighty sword off the mouse. Martin, son of Luke, the Warrior. This book is recommended for ages 9+up. It is very long and can be upsetting in places. Rating, 6 out of 5 stars. The best ever book. If you are a little person who sees this book on a bookshelf, buy it, read it and then, read it again.The best book, a child with dreams could want. So join Martin, Felldoh, Rose and Grumm Trencher the mole through the land up North, to the South, in the West, or near the Eastern Sea. Brian Jacques will enspire.
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on 22 November 2004
Martin the Warrior is about a young mouse called Martin enslaved by the evil stoat Badrang the Tyrant in the castle of Marshank. Rose the mousemaid and a mole called Grumm who have come from the peaceful Noonvale to free Rose's brother Brome from the Tyrant's evil horde is Martin's only chance of escaping. Epic and amazing I would recomend Brian Jaques's books to anone who likes animal and adventure stories. He is my favourite author and YOU MUST READ HIS BOOKS the Redwall series. Martin the Warrior is the 2nd book in the series before Mossflower and after Lord Brocktree.
Full of description, adventure, excitement and moments good and bad this makes the perfect book from a truely skilled author.
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on 23 May 2016
I have been reading these books since my early teens. I'm now 33 and still enjoy this book! It is nice to know there are books out there for teenagers that aren't full of foul language and violence. Martin the warrior is a book filled with subtle lessons in discipline, hope and victory.
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on 8 December 1999
I think this book is the best of the Redwall series; it is full of adventure, warrior spirit and compassion. It is very touching; at one point it even made me cry, though parts were amusing and I loved the overall image. I wish I were there with them, overcoming evil, and in the next couple of books, where a community led by Martin the Warrior and old Abbess Germaine builds and settles down in Redwall, and becomes the Order of Brothers and Sisters, renowned for healing anybeast who came to their doors... I wish I lived there with them, watching the tiny Abbeybabes create havoc, eating the excellent Redwall fare, and having the peaceful creatures as my closest friends...
Word's cannot sum up the brilliance of this book. I reccommend it and the whole series to everyone; young or old.
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on 29 March 1997
Martin the Warrior is the first book chronologically in the Redwall series. It opens with Martin as a slave to an evil Stoat Warlord named Badrang. Martin, while chained to a stake in a storm vows to kill Badrang. After Martin escapes he has many adventures with his friends Rose (a mouse), Grumm (a mole), and Pallum (a hedgehog and my personal favorite). Together they have many adventures, encounters with many bizare animals, and hardships. This book is saved from mediocrity by it's colorful characters, furios battles, and humerous moments. It is a worthy prequel to Mossflower and a great addition to the Redwall series, but it is still not my favorite (see my review of Mossflower).
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on 26 September 1998
Zack's Rating: 97%
An excellent tale about a young mouse named Martin who is captured and slaved by the ruthless Badrang the Tyrant. He escapes Badrang's fort, Marshank and joins Rose, Grumm the mole, and Pallum the hedgehog. Martin leaves safety at a peaceful place called Noonvale, and will do anything to win back his father's sword from Badrang's grasp...
Finally got the rankings of Redwall books I have read:
1.Mossflower-99% 2.The Bellmaker-98% 3.Martin the Warrior-97% 4.The Outcast of Redwall-97% 5.Redwall-96% 6.Mariel of Redwall-94% 7.Mattimeo-89%
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on 1 February 1999
Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques tells of a young mouse searching for his destiny. Yes, again Jacques takes the reader to the world of Mossflower. Now, after a long wait, Jacques tells the reader of the greatest hero in the history of Redwall Abbey, Martin the Warrior. Throughout this novel, Jacques states and restates his thesis, or reason for writing Martin the Warrior. His thesis shows that Tyrants have no place in the world, and must be taken out of power. Jacques places this statement throughout in the thoughts of the captives and of those who help them. Jacques shows, through his characters, biases for those who oppose the weak and less fortunate. He strongly values freedom, possibly because of his short time when he worked as a truck driver. Jacques writes through third person point of view to show the thoughts of everyone, the villain's and the hero's. This gives the reader a true sense of the actions that take place in the novel. The author continually sides with what a typical reader believes freedom for the common man. This work of Jacques brings another great work of rebellion and freedom to the genre. However, this story has been told many times before. Contrary to that, because of its great description and use of animals, it will continue to entertain readers for many years. Jacques ability to create wonderful stories, like Martin the Warrior, proves to rank him among the best of fantasy writers. However, he leaves many questions unanswered. Perhaps this just leaves areas for the great writer to continue in the tradition of Redwall. Many of these questions include what happened to those who moved to Noonvale. Jacques also answers many of the questions from other novels. The reader now knows the true beginning of Martin, the great warrior of Redwall. Jacques writes this novel extremely well, continuing with the greatness of those novels past. Again, the detail in Martin the Warrior paints an imagine in the mind of the reader that last a lifetime. From the description of the woods and Marshank to the thoughts of Martin himself. Jacques writes in elegance, his words flow off the pages and into a readers mind. Enough great things about Jacques's writing abilities can not be said. Jacques proves his point continuously throughout his novel. He shows the affects of dictatorship thought the characters that the readers form a bond with. This shows that he well argues his point that Tyrants must be destroyed. The questions that Martin the Warrior asks, Jacques answers clearly. He distinctly answers the questions by demonstrating the horrible affects that dictatorship, for example, have on good people. This convinces the reader that the views of Jacques prove true. The awful and great affects on Martin and those who he loves convince the reader that the views of Jacques must be followed. Jacques, however, writes this novel on the level that any intelligent person could read without much difficulty. Jacques's points move the reader into thinking much the same way as Jacques himself. He creates a bond between the reader and the hero; this bond allows Jacques to drive his beliefs into his subconscious. Jacques's greatest strength in Martin the Warrior, persuades the reader to think in the author's own way. Jacques, however, shows some weakness in his work. The greatest of those comes in his writing; his excessive use of passive verbs sometimes leaves the reader unmoved. This novel does, however, accomplish its goal of convincing the reader to fight against dictatorship and overpowering of the weak. This novel shows greatness and should definitely be read by those who follow the series. It also makes a great story for those who just want to read a great novel. The bottom line is this novel should only be read for enjoyment as its level of writing lacks greatness equivalent to those of Moby Dick and
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on 23 October 1998
Martin the Warrior was an excellent book. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends and peers. I recommend this book because it is action packed and fun filled to the very end. The action starts from the first chapter and it continues to the last page of this great book. Because this book creates a whole different world I will recommend this book to people who have a wide imagination. I would not recommend this book to people who like non-fiction books because this book is clearly fiction.This is a powerful story of tyrants and heroes. In the beginning of the story there is a tyrant and his horde of slaves. Three of the slaves are thrown in the pit but, with a lot of help from the outside they escape. They had bigger things in mind than to just get as far away from the fort as they could. Martin was one of the three slaves, he was a warrior and his sward was still in the hands of the terrible tyrant. Martin had vowed to return for revenge and get the sword his father had given him back. Other characters in this book include a group of actors called the Rambling Resehip Players, a pair of friends from Noonvale, and many other creatures they meet along the way. This book is full of detail which makes the reading a lot more enjoyable. There are some great characters in this book and they go through great adventures.Some good aspects of this book include it has great friendships in it and fun-loving characters. It also has battles for justice and emotional scenes in which great characters die or obtain victory. Another good aspect of this book is that it takes you into a whole new world where the main characters are rodents like mice, rats, and other small creatures. A bad aspect of this story is that there are a lot of characters it becomes easy to get mixed up. But I really like this book and think you will too.
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on 23 October 1998
Martin the Warrior was an excellent book. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends and peers. I recommend this book because it is action packed and fun filled to the very end. The action starts from the first chapter and it continues to the last page of this great book. Because this book creates a whole different world I will recommend this book to people who have a wide imagination. I would not recommend this book to people who like nonfiction books because this book is clearly fiction.This is a powerful story of tyrants and heroes. In the beginning of the story there is a tyrant and his horde of slaves. Three of the slaves are thrown in the pit but, with a lot of help from the outside they escape. They had bigger things in mind than to just get as far away from the fort as they could. Martin was one of the three slaves, he was a warrior and his sward was still in the hands of the terrible tyrant. Martin had vowed to return for revenge and get the sward his father had given him back. other characters in this book include a group of actors called the Rambling Rosehip Players, a pair of friends from Noonvale, and many other creatures they meet along the way. This book is full of detail which makes the reading a lot more enjoyable. There are some great characters in this book and they go through great adventures.Some good aspects of this book include it has great friendships in it and fun-loving characters. It also has battles for justice and emotional scenes in which great characters die or obtain victory. Another good aspect of this book is that it takes you into a whole new world where the main characters are rodents like mice, rats, and other small creatures. A bad aspect of this story is that there are a lot of characters it becomes easy to get mixed up. But I really liked this book and think you will to.
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