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Mariel of Redwall Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2000

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Book 4 of 22 in the Redwall Series

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Heaved off her ship in a pirate raid, Mousemaid Mariel is washed up on the shores of Mossflower. With no idea where she is, or indeed who she is, the young warrior mouse embarks on an unforeseen adventure that will take her to the very heart of Redwall and into the arms of the people who live there.

Mariel of Redwall is a captivating and magical adventure story in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. At times gentle, but mostly packed with adventure and heroism on the grandest of scales, this tale is at once delightful and devastating in its proportions.

Jacques weaves his customary magic, taking the reader to the heart and soul of the mythical Redwall--welcoming, terrifying, magical, and at times all too real. The place, the characters, and the adventure spring to life in a bout of indefinable magic, mystery, and mayhem. An excellent book that will leave readers begging for more. (Fortunately, there's plenty more where this came from!) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A female protagonist, Mariel the mousemaid, lends a contemporary touch to the fourth installment in Jacques's Redwall series, which narrates epic events among the animals in the manner of Watership Down.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Redwall (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441006949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441006946
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on October 28, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mariel and her father, Joseph the Bellmaker, are on a ship headed towards Salamandastron to offer a magnificent bell to the Lord Badger of Salamandastron, Lord Rawnblade. But they are attacked by the pirates of Gabool the Wild, a searat who is a terror on the seas, leader of all the searats. Everyone on board are either killed or taken to Gabool's fortress Bladegirt on the isle of Terramort to be made as oarslaves. Joseph is kept alive to be made to tell what the symbols on the great bell mean, but he remains silent. Mariel though is thrown off the cliffs of Terramort for attacking Gabool and making a fool of him before his followers.
She is carried by the tide towards the coast near the swamp lands. She remembers nothing so she calls herself Storm Gullwhacker, Storm because she remembers the terrible storm she was in and Gullwhacker, because of a rope she found which is knotted and used as a weapon. She meets three hares from the Long Patrol, Colonel Clary Meadowcleary, Brigadier Thyme, and Honorable Rosemary (called Hon Rosie). They take her to an odd old squirrel named Pakatugg who will lead her to safety, to Redwall. Instead, Storm (Mariel)gets so frustrated with him that she leaves him. Fortunately, he meets up with Tarquin L. Woodsorrel, a hare from the Long Patrol who was sent by Lord Rawnblade to stay at Redwall (he is also very much in love with Hon Rosie!) He takes her to Redwall Abbey.
There Storm (Mariel) makes friends with two mice, Dandin and Saxtus. Mariel regains her memory though when Saxtus recites an old prophecy which includes her father and her. She is determined to go to Terramort to free her father and to kill Gabool. The only clues to the direction of Terramort is an old poem and she sets out with her friends Dandin, Tarquin, and Durry Quill, a friendly porcupine.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1998
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You wake up on a desolate shore with no memory and only a small length of rope to your name. There is also a swarm of seagulls circling above you to die. This is one of the first scenes in the book "Mariel of Redwall" the fourth chapter in Brian Jacques's epic Redwall series.
In the book Mariel and her father, Joseph the Bellmaker, are sailing to deliver a bell to Lord Rawnblade, ruler of the great fortress Salamandastrom. On the way, their precious cargo is hijacked by the evil ruler of the searats, Gabool the wild. Gabool holds Mariel and Joseph as captives until he grows tired of them and throws them out to sea to die. With the fate of her father unknown, Mariel ends up in the hands of the peaceful Redwall Abbey where she joins up with Durry the hedgehog, Dandin the mouse, and Tarquin the hare as they set out to destroy the ruthless Gabool.
The minute you open up a Redwall book you are thrust into an adventorus and sometimes dangerous animal civilization. The books all focus on the land of Mossflower, where animals live in harmony. As you travel to the center of Mossflower you come upon the glorious Redwall Abbey. This animal world is much like our midevil times. The entirely animal cast adds a hue like none other to the plot.
My favorite charactor was Tarquin Woodsorrel, a hare that was once a member of the long patrol of Salamandastrom. He then was sent by Lord Rawnblade to protect the Abbey from attack. His only faults were that he had an odd sense of humor and dressed funny, but he was totally honest and a fearless fighter. When Mariel leaves to slay Gabool he goes along and gives the book great adventure scenes and some comic relief. I think every good book needs a lively charactor like Tarquin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1998
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The fourth book in the Redwall series delivers another powerful and moving tale from the master of animal fantasy, Brian Jacques. A sequel to Mossflower, Mariel takes place a few generations after the Outcast of Redwall. In this installment, The main character is Mariel. Mariel is a warrior maid. She can fight like a badger lord (Who appeares later in the book.) She lives to kill Gabool, lord of the searats. (Ublaz without the hypnotism.) There's just one problem, she can't remember who she is. With the help of the Long Patrol, Mariel finds her way to Redwall, where she quickly recovers her memory, and sets out to deal justice to the vile searat Gabool. Joining her on her quest is Dandin, a descendant of GONFF the mousethief, Tarquin L Woodsorrel a Salamandastron hare, and Durry Quill nephew of the Redwall Cellerkeeper. Together with a cast of hundreds, Mariel packs a lot of excitement into what otherwise would be a remake of Mossflower with different characters and destination. Mariel is also Jacques most well-written work, and the basis for Martin the Warrior, (a story told to Abbot Saxtus and several other mariel veterans) and the sequel, The Bellmaker. After reading it over twenty times, I must say that this book, and every other book in this series is a tribute to it's creator, Brian Jacques.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 18, 2004
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Mariel of Redwall is book number four in the fascinating Redwall series. In this book, the young mousemaid Mariel and her father Joseph the Bellmaker are captured by the evil searat Gabool the Wild on Fort Bladegirt in the isle Terramort. Joseph is locked in the dungeons while Mariel serves Gabool. She nearly kills Gabool in a swordfight; he was only saved by his henchrats knocking her senseless. Gabool has Mariel thrown into the sea on a piece of wood. In the midst of a storm, she is washed up on an island with no memory at all.
After she decides on a name, Storm Gullwhacker, Storm after that which she was washed up in and Gullwhacker after the knotted rope she uses as a weapon against gulls and other beasts. Saved by three Long Patrol hares of Salamandastron, she journeys to Redwall Abbey and uponhereing an old poem, she remembers her past and realizes that her ultimate quest is to kill the corsair that nearly killed her.
Joined by Dandin, Tarquin L. Woodsorrel, and Durry Quill, she sets out to rescue her father and make Gabool pay for her imprisonment, her father's treatment, and his lifetime of wickedness. Read on and find out what happens to the warriors of Redwall!!
I liked this bookbecause it was really captivating, and I also liked the continuation of this story, called Joseph the Bellmaker. The series is a captivating, interesting read. I recommend this book to all newcomers to Brian Jacque's Redwall series and to anyone who likes action, adventure, escapes, wars, friendship, and lovesick, gluttonous hares!!
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