Mossflower - Redwall, Bk 2 Author:Brian Jacques In the wondrous tradition of Watership Down, from the celebrated author of Redwall, comes an epic adventure of courage and fortitude ... and one magnificent mouse's quest to free an enslaved forest kingdom from the claws of tyranny. — Generations before the building of Redwall Abbey all Mossflower bowed to the will of Tsarmina -- the wildcat ... more »Queen of a Thousand Eyes. With unrelenting cruelty, her ruthless army terrorized the woodlands -- until the fabled coming of Martin the Warrior. A remarkable mouse, Martin vowed to end forever the evil feline's oppressive reign -- journeying to the perilous Mountain of Dragons to reforge a mighty weapon ... and to prepare for the terrible battle that would mean the salvation -- or destruction -- of Mossflower Woods.« less
I finished this "second" book in the Redwall series this afternoon. This is technically a prequel to the first story, telling the story of Martin the Warrior and his quest to Salamandastron. Meahwhile the woodlanders back home are busy trying to free Mossflower woods from the evil tyranny of Tsarmina the wildcat. This book is just as endearing as the first book in the series, and it's fun to read about the ancestors of the crew we met in Redwall. There's not too much else to say about this book; it's really quite similar to the first in terms of style, and to some extent, plot, but it's a fun read for the lazy summer before classes start.
Mossflower is the best of Brian Jaques' works. It tells a classic 'there and back again' story with the twist of catching up a hero in the midst of wandering and following him as he tries to travel in a circle to gain help and confront his great foe back where we met him. Its hero is gallant and pure of heart. His world seems fresh. "Redwall" started Jaques' success, but this story of a heroic journey of three companions provides the bedrock on which all his later acclaim was really built. In this book he well deserves his reputation as a teller of adventure tales.
Choose any Brian Jacques book and have a wonderful read! These books are for children (middle-school age), but are great for adults too. If your kids are reading them, have a look yourself. You won't be disappointed. They're beautifully written, have exciting plots and a depth of meaning that's for all ages. A fabulous alternative to Harry Potter. Why a movie has never been made of any of these, I don't know.
The second book in this series, but actually the prequel to book one, the story of Martin. I highly recommend this book for teens and adults alike. You can't help but be swept up into this very charming fantasy series and cheer heartily for Mossflower!