The beginning of a lenghty series about a warrior mouse (yes mouse). It's a very interesting blend of adventure and fantasy. Hey it's not LoTR but it's good and let's face it, it spawned 5 additional adventure about the same mouse. Nice thing is both kids and adults can enjoy this book.
As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall. This dazzling story in the Redwall series is packed with all the wit, wisdom, humor, and blood-curdling adventure of the other books in the collection, but has the added bonus of taking the reader right back to the heart and soul of Redwall Abbey and the characters who live there.
Magical, mystical, and the stuff of legends, this stunning tale of good battling with--and ultimately triumphing over--evil takes the reader on a roller-coaster adventure that barely draws breath from the first page to the very last. Brian Jacques is a true master of his craft.
REDWALL is the first of Jacques' fantasy series for young people. It's a delightful read. The good guys are always reasonable and cooperative; and the bad guys are ratty, nasty and mean so you just love to hate them! I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to start young readers off on a set of tales that will hold their interest and start them reading further for themselves.
From inside cover: Welcome to Mossflower Wood, where the gentle mice have gathered to celebrate a year of peace and abundance. All is well...until a sinister shadow falls across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. It is rumored that Cluny is coming--Cluny, the terrible, one eyed rat and his savage horde--Cluny, who has vowed to conquer Redwall Abbey! The only hope for the besieged mice lies in the lost sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior. And so begins the epic quest of a bumbling young apprentice--a courageous mouse who would rise up, fight back...and become a legend himself!
Redwall is my favorite of the whole series, none of the other books come close, Mossflower is the closest, but nothing can compare with the story of good vs. bad, it's almost simple but not, it's alive, I can't describe it so I'm not gonna try, so, JUST READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is a standard book i keep around for gifts for middle school aged children. it is always good to give books, and i like to start them on a series so if they like it, they know where to go from there. especially popular genre for kids today bc of harry potter and the like. charming, thoughtful, action-packed, oh and cute.
This an excellent and highly entertaining tale that resembles, in spirit, some of the great questing books in terms of readability and entertainment value. If you have finished the Potter series, as it currently stands, then this is a great book to read next.
This is the first book in an excellent series! It takes place in the world of Redwall Abbey, home to peaceful woodland animals. But their safety is threatened when the rat, Cluny the Scourge, and his vermin horde decide to capture the Abbey. A thrilling yarn, complete with humor, action, a hero's lost sword, delicious feasts, and riddles.
The first book in the Redwall series and perhaps the best. From the setting (The Mossflower woods and the the surrounding areas are full of detail and life) to the characters (Matthias the unlikely hero and Cluny the Scourge), the book oozes with originality. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in fantasy or just with an interest in excellent story-telling in general.
This is a very cute book in the beginning of the Redwall series. We are introduced to Redwall Abbey, a peace-loving home for many woodland creatures dedicated to healing and protecting life. But, when the Abbey is threatened by the likes of Cluny the Scourge and his horde, something must be done! A Novice mouse, Matthias, takes it upon himself to answer the riddles left behind by the famed Martin the Warrior. Matthias only wants to protect his Abbey and his friends, and this book is that story. Will Redwall fall to Cluny's horde or will Matthias find Martin's sword and save the day?
Anyway, this is a fun little book, and the writing sometimes just makes me laugh. The author gets excited! It's interesting since exclamation marks aren't used a whole lot in the novels I normally read, but I think the style works quite well here. It adds to the melodramatic tone, and is fun. Besides, how can you not love a book with a cute, sword-wielding mouse on the cover?
I own all the Redwall series books. These books are treasured by young and old. Parents, read these books to your children. Grandparents, read these to your grandkids and they will beg for more! You will both treasure the time together. The books teach many lessons we all need to learn, like acceptance, love, respect, right from wrong in an exciting story line. I am 50 years old and reread these books yearly. My 24 year old daughter has her own collection and rereads them often too. I cannot explain it, but these stories get under one's skin. There is a fan club and web page. Look Brian Jacques up - you will not regret it.
This is an exciting tale for young readers. Matthias, a novice mouse, is a clumsy but lovable creature who becomes a warrior and the defender of the abbey, Redwall. Traipsing around the abbey in his too big sandals everyone smiles because they like the friendly little fellow. However, danger comes to Redwall when Cluny the Scourge and his pack of ruffians arrive. Time and again the gang attacks Redwall while defenders and attackers both die. The battles are many, long and fierce. Meanwhile Matthias, enthralled with the tale of Martin, the warrior, who long ago defended the abbey and saved it from disaster. His greatest wish is to become a warrior like Martin and defend the abbey. To do so he must find Martin's sword, a task as difficult as defending the abbey. It seems that Matthias is destined to follow Martin's path. How he does it and what he achieves is the basis of a wonderful story. Excellent read!
Jacques wrote Redwall a long time before he wrote any of its sequels. I read a copy from the library when I was still a child and enjoyed it immensely. As an adult, I was quite pleased when sequels started appearing in the bookstore! I still find the courageous mice and other animals as charming as ever.
I was a little skeptical about reading this book at first. I thought a bunch of rodents fighting against each other would be a bit boring. I kept this book for a long time before I finally got around to reading it. Boy was I happy I did!
It is a story about a mouse named Matthias. He is a bit clumsy and awkward. He lives a Redwall Abbey and everything there is quiet, happy and peaceful. That is until word of Cluny the Scourge and he army were coming to Redwall. He is an evil, villianous rat who is set on destoroying everything in his way and taking control over the abbey. Matthias steps up and becomes the warrior the abbey needs in order to protect themselves. But first they need to find Martin the Warrior's sword. Can they find it in time to save everyone from the clutches of Cluny and his army?
*A note to young readers & their parents: this book does have a good amount of violence and deaths. Please consider whether your child will be able to handle this kind of content.
An exceptionally wonderful beginning to a series worthy of reading if you are a fantasy fan. This is a series that both adolescent, teen and adult can read - and read together! If you have kids who love adventure, read this series with them. You won't be disappointed.
Redwall is an absorbing fantasy somewhat along the lines of Watership Down with shades of The Rats of NIMH, Wind in the Willows and King Arthur sneaking in. When you hear that it's about mice and other woodlawn creatures defending a monastery against an outlaw band of rats, you may be less than overwhelmed with a desire to read it. Please take our word that it's very, very good. Each of us picked it up with trepidation, none of us being avid fantasy readers and yet we all give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. None of us could put it down once we'd started it and all of us cared a great deal about those characters and their exploits.
Read one aloud or as a literature group with kids from about sixth grade up and we guarantee that students will rush for the other two volumes. Later additions to the series include: Martin the Warrior, Salamandastron, Mariel of Redwall, The Bellmaker, Pearls of Lutra, and Outcasts of Redwall.
I must say i fell in love with Mathias the main mouse character. Mr Jacques made an attempt to dazzle and entice the reader with his first novel and he did it! I was enchanted by the character, it may be hailed as 'childrens fantasy' but i loved it and im 24 years old. I didnt care who thought what of me, i read whatever i want, instead of what some people say more 'adult' stuff. . . Despite the fact that all the main characters are animals, i find nothing 'childish' about this novel, like any good and well followed through fantasy, it has love, death, passion, betrayal and everything else in between.
Ive read countless fantasy books, and this one is definately on the top of my list. Mr Jacques writes with such an airy ease. You can truly tell its like sitting down and listening to someone tell the story, instead of actually reading it :P
A relative inroduces this book to our house... And finally i found some clean fiction for our bookshelves! This awesome book will transport you to Redwall Abbey, where the restless young Matthias learns of Martin the Warrior, and goes on a quest to retrieve his sword from the Sparra King, making allies and enemies along the way, bravely facing death and danger to protect and save the Abbey from evil Cluny the Scourge! The legend of Martin lives on through Matthias! An eccelent addition for your bookshelf!
This is a wonderful story for all ages, a classic of fantasy and children's literature. It will go on the shelf with The Hobbit, the Prydain Chronicles and other books I want to share with my son when he is old enough. One problem with this edition though, the description said there would be seven full color illustrations, and the book I received has no such illustrations, just the same b&w ones that have been in every edition since 1986. Since part of the appeal of the large sized edition is the full color pictures, I'm a little disappointed.
What a great story! There are so many different elements and fantastic characters...I love the Redwall/Mossflower world and can't wait to read more in the series! Yay, Jacques! I can't believe I haven't read this before now!
This is the most delightfull tale I have read in years. The first book of an equally delightfull series. The mouse apprentice monk Matthias picks up the sword of Martin the warrior and goes in defense of Redwall Abbey against the infamous rat Cluny The Scourge and his rat army.
This is the first book in the Redwall series. Although it was a DNF for me, it was beautifully written and I can understand how it is a beloved classic for many people...which is why I gave it 4 stars despite not finishing it. I read the first 100 pages of the book and just could not get into the story.
I'll state right off the bat that I am not a huge fan of animals as humans (anthropomorphism) types of fantasy novels. While this book is beautifully written, I just didn't enjoy the fact that all the characters are animals of different types.
This book also moves very slowly; it is written in an old school fantasy style and creeps along. The story itself is also a very typical fantasy story: peaceful society gets attacked by an evil person and one unlikely person/animal stands up to help the situation. Given the pace and the typical plot I had trouble staying engaged and kept finding a million other things to do rather than read this book...which is how I knew it just wasn't for me.
As I said this story does have its good points. The world is beautifully created and the writing is very lyrical. Many of the characters are incredibly lovable and cute.
Overall this just wasn't for me. I think younger readers might enjoy it more. The plot was just too predictable, the pace too slow, and I struggled to stay engaged in the story and kept finding other things to do rather than read this story. I am not a big fan of anthropomorphism types of stories so that was part of the issue as well.
The entire NIMH series was my FAVORITE when I was a kid!! I loved Justin... I loved the Don Bluth film of The Secret Of NIMH, even though they took their liberties with the story (Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of NIMH was the original book title)... But the rest of the series, Racso/RT Margaret were simply excellent stories as well.
My love of these stories also led into my deep devotion to the Redwall series of books. I still own all three NIMH books somewhere in the boxes of my childhood things, though long ago I had to let my Redwall books go (all together as a series on ebay... oh so sad the life of a broke college student)!
I would reccomend either series with all of my book-loving heart. They are both very special to me.
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.
For the sort of book this is, I suppose it wasn't bad. The biggest flaw I found was that I just didn't feel pulled into the book, not really engaged. Perhaps it's unfair, but I keep wanting to compare books to my experience with The Golden Compass, which I absolutely loved and felt enchanted by. This book fell flat as far as that was concerned.
I also felt like it was a little predictable, at least from an adult reading perspective. Of course the evil rat Cluny can't be victorious until the endâ¦otherwise, why would the book be so long? Each time the mice thwarted the rats plans, I felt like I could see it coming from a mile away.
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