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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Redwall (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Redwall, Book 2 edition (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142302384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142302385
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Brian Jacques's superb Redwall series truly captures the finest in storytelling tradition and combines it with the ultimate in upbeat, catch-your-breath adventure. Mossflower tells the story of Martin the Warrior, who finds himself trespassing on the land of Verdagua, King of a Thousand Eyes, as he lies sick and near dying. With his last strength, Verdagua is struggling to make a decision on who should replace him as ruler of Mossflower Country. As Martin and his newfound friend and fellow prisoner Gonff become embroiled in the battle against Verdagua's ruthless daughter, Tsarmina, a bloody fight between good and evil ensues.

Stunning landscapes, brilliant characterization, masterly plots, and a wicked sense of humor unite in this epic 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. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Right from the start of this rousingly old-fashioned prequel to Redwall , readers will submerge themselves in the culture of the woodlanders and their council, the Corim, against the wicked Kotir. Kotir is the name of the group holed up at the castle, led by Tsarmina, a wildcat who poisons her father and imprisons her good brother Gingivere so that she may rule in her own way. Into the woodlanders' midst comes Martin the Warrior, who becomes fast friends with Gonff the mousethief and others; they soon set off to find the only warrior who can lead them to victory. More important than the outcome of the story, where good triumphs over evil, are the characters: baby hedgehogs Ferdy and Coggs, doing their valiant best to become warriors; the kindly Gingivere, who finds his heart's joy as a farmer; Lady Amber, the squirrel Chief and her band of archers; Chibb, the robin who will spy for anyone as long as he is paid in candied chestnuts. Martin's heroics pale in comparison to the acts of his fellow-fighters, so colorful are their escapades. While Redwall fans will enjoy this, no prior knowledge of that book is necessary. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This book is about Martin the Warrior, the mouse who founded Redwall Abbey.
"sffbarnbrat"
As in Book 1, the adventures are many, the excitement is page-turning, and the characters are full of character!
S. Griffin
I hope you like the book just as much as I did and want to read more of the series like will.
Chase Collins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mossflower is one of the most dynamic books I've read. I'm 19 years old and I remember my 5th grade teacher reading me this book when I was 10! From that point on I have collected all the books in the series. I remember being able to identify with Martin and his followers from day one. Everyone in my class (even the class clown, David!) loved the time when our teacher would whip out her paperback and pick up where she had left off the previous day. Everyone groaned when the rats and ferrets chased after the otters, everyone held their breath when the Gloomer was sent in the water. Everyone laughed when Gonff danced with the crab. Everyone was spellbound with delight when Martin and Gonff met the hares, and everyone cheered when . . well I'm not going to say! The tone and style of the story weaves itself around you until you are spellbound by its magic. Even though the reality of animals talking isn't possible, in Mossflower you accepted that they did and moved on to the adventure. The characters were all well developed and there was just enough flat characters to contrast with the dynamic ones. The result is that you get a sense of realistic stability not often found in a talking animal book. The obvious character foils made you sense the good and evil and you take a side; the side you stick with until the end. All in all, this book is a classic. The poetry, the words, the characters, and best of all the magic, make it come alive into your heart, imagination and soul. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend to anyone.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Strategos on August 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
One series to rule them all...
A dark army that has overrun the land. An unlikely hero on sent on an epic quest. A sword that is broken and forged anew. A search for the lost king. I could easily be describing Lord of the Rings! I have read several books in this amazing series (and shall not stop till I have read them all), but so far this one is undoubtedly my favorite. When you read Redwall and Mattimeo (and some of the other books in the series), you feel as if it's set in the present. But when you read the books about Martin the Warrior, the legendary hero of Redwall Abbey...
The time of great heroes
What can I say, reading Mossflower is like reading a book about the legend of King Arthur or Robin Hood. You're stepping back in time to an era when villains were more wicked, heroes were more brave, and the country was more wild. The story begins with Martin entering the country of Mossflower and then swiftly being imprisoned because he is carrying a sword. The ultimate climax of the book is set up swiftly when Martin swears vengeance upon the evil Queen of the land (who in an awesome scene breaks Martin's sword and tells the guards to have him wear it around his neck). But even for the Hero Martin, vengeance doesn't come easy.
Have you ever been on a quest?
Like Redwall, there is a major sidequest for our hero to embark upon (you can't kill the main villain with a broken sword now can you?), involving a search for the old Badger Lord king of Mossflower. Also like Redwall, there will be clues to unravel, friends to make, and alliances to forge. And like the great Lord of the Rings, there will also be beautiful songs to sing and poems to read.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I think that Mossflower is simply the most fantastic book in the whole Redwall series, and close to perfection. This is the story of how Martin the Warrior, a legendary hero, came to Mossflower country. It is a time of desparation, when no one is safe from the evil Tsarmina and her army. Unlike the other Redwall books, this story has an uncanny sense of adventure, soul, suspense, and humor. The characters are larger than life. Mossflower chronciles how all the great legends of Redwall came to be, and you see how the characters became part of ancient legend. It is a wonderful book, and unparalled in its grand storytelling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Tremblay on March 26, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second Redwall-series book, but is actually a prequel to "Redwall". The storyline is very thin, but it is certainly exciting for the kids with lots of action. My kids produced plenty of laughter due to the antics of Martin, Gonff, and Young Dinny. Jacques writes well, and this is to the benefit of my children who want to plow through the umpteen books in this series. One is enough, though, for me to read aloud. (For now, until they beg for more!)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read every Redwall book from Redwall to The Legend of Luke. i am going to get Lord Brocktree once it comes out. This is the second-best book in the series, the only one better is Pearls of Lutra. Mossflower has villains you will hate with all of your heart and heroes you just can't resist, such as Gonff who teaches a crab to "dance" on his route to Salamandastron, home of the badger Lord Boar the Fighter. The evil wildcat queen, Tsarmina's, tyrannical reign needs a quick finish, and Martin the mouse is the one to do it. Oh and by the way, "Tsarmina" is a play on "tsarina" with "mean" added in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 15, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Life in Mossflower Woods is a battle for survival. An evil wildcat name Tsarmina rules the land with an iron fist. The local residents do what they can to keep the evil cat at bay, but they are losing. One day, a young mouse named Martin is captured and locked up simply for walking through the castle grounds. With the help of an enthusiastic mouse thief named Gonff, he escapes. With the help of squirrel archers, otters, and a mix of other wildlife warriors, they start a siege on Kotir, the evil cat's castle. Meanwhile, Martin and his friends are going to Salamandastron, the Fire Mountain, to get his sword fixed and find Boar the Fighter, because with him on their side they will be able to finally overthrow Tsarmina. Along the way, they are trapped and sidetracked many times by various dangers. Will they make it to Salamandastron? Can the woodlanders overthrow Tsarmina? Read the book for the answers. I thought this book was exciting and interesting all the way through. It is fantasy, (my favorite genre), and very intriguing. Brian Jacques is a great medieval writer, and if you like Lord of the Rings, you'll like this book.
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