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Pearls of Lutra (Redwall) Hardcover – January 27, 1997

Book 9 of 22 in the Redwall Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Redwall (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (January 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399229469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399229466
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

On the Isle of Sampetra, Emperor Ubla, better known as Mad Eyes, sends his lizard army on a mission to capture Redwall. Meanwhile the inhabitants of Redwall are on a mission of their own--to solve the six fiendishly difficult riddles that will lead them to the rose-colored gems, the Pearls of Lutra. As they get closer to solving to riddles, the lizards get closer to Redwall and a battle to the death begins.

One of the excellent fantasy adventure series about the mystical Redwall, Pearls of Lutra is a magical, mind-blowing adventure that never disappoints. Brian Jacques expertly weaves his web of intrigue through the pages, capturing the imagination with a stroke of a pen as if he were a wizard with a wand. Challenging, colorful, and, most importantly, readable to the point of addiction, The Pearls of Lutra is an absolute must. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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In this hybrid mystery/adventure, the latest Redwall saga, six beautiful pearls are hidden in Redwall Abbey. A marauding mob of corsairs seeking the jewels kidnaps the Abbot as a bargaining chip, thereby setting the plot off in two distinct directions. In one, the denizens of the Abbey, led by the young hedgehog Tansy, must solve a series of riddles to find the pearls; theirs is a fun- and food-laden search that harks back to a similar hunt in the series opener, Redwall. Chapters of this quest alternate with a more epic tale, as the warrior mouse Martin leads a small band on a great chase across the open sea to rescue the Abbot. After an intriguing meeting with "sealfolk," the rescuers snatch the Abbot off an island in a bloody-and implausible-battle with the corsairs. The triumphant return of Martin and his cohorts diminishes the importance of the hunt for the pearls, a disappointing loose end; in Redwall, Matthias puts the sword he has quested after to good use. The pearls do allow Tansy, one of a number of strong female characters in key roles, the chance to prove that she is fit to be the first Abbess-but only by throwing them away. The incomplete meshing of the two story lines, and the recycling of a plot from a previous installment, suggest that even though there is plenty of adventure left, this well-loved series may finally be running out of steam. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

It has a lot of action and is very exciting.
Andrew Wu
Overall, this book was interesting, and if you're a fan of the Redwall series, or just like fantasy stories, this will be a good read.
Zach Dunseth
This book you will want to read over and over.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zach Dunseth on February 27, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, by Brian Jacques, is one of the many Redwall series books using animals as the main characters. In this particular Redwall book vicious pirates stole six priceless pearls from Lutra, an otter settlement. All otters, save one were murdered. The remaining otter vows vengeance; and sets off to track down the sea pirates that killed her family. So along the way, she meets a group of Redwallers, who are searching for their abbot, and the story goes on from there. Most of this book I liked, and there were great scenes of food and feasts that made my mouth water. Another thing I liked was that the characters weren't always peaceful. Martin, the Redwall warrior actually went into rages of war lust, which is unusual in fantasy books, for the main characters often will only fight in self-defense. That made the characters seem more real. The one aspect of the book I didn't like were the parts when the characters would start a ballad or talk with poems. Those parts seemed to go on forever. I usually skipped those parts (which sometimes went on for more than a page) and went on to the action scenes usually soon after. Overall, this book was interesting, and if you're a fan of the Redwall series, or just like fantasy stories, this will be a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This tale from the redwall series is
about an evil pine marten named Ublaz who send out a group to steal six mysterious pearls. In the group, there were two traitors who end up escaping from the ship with the pearls. The pearls finally ends up at redwall.Then the story unfolds from the captured abbot to the riddles of the pearls to the journey of a warrior mouse. Would they find the pearls in time to exchange them for their abbot or will Martin do something about it? you'll just have to find out by reading this amazingly well written story.
First of all this was a great book, the way the story is written kept me coming back for more. The suspense found in the extremely clever riddles is only one of many factors that made this book a real page turner. Overall i think this book is great, but not the best compared to the other Redwall books i've read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "arienlotg" on June 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As you can see this is my favorite book in the Redall books. I am a big fan of fantasy, and this book really upheld my expectations. And, being a Lord of the Rings fan my expectations are really high.
Two years before the story starts Emperor Ulbaz, called Mad Eyes behind his back, send a shipload of Corstairs to steal the Tears of all Oceans, six perfect, rose colored pearls. But to do this, they must murder the Holt of Lutra the Otter. Unfortunatly for the Corstairs, they made one big mistakes. they left Lutra's daughter, Grath Longfletch, alive.
One of the crew turnes out to be a trator, he steals the pearls, and finds his way to Redwall Abbey where an Fermald the Ancient takes him in and befrends him. He later leaves the Abbey, but dies before he gets too far. Before Fermald dies she hides the six pearls is different places around the abbey, leaving clues in the form of riddles to enable some one to eventually find them.
Fast forward two years. Tansy, a hedgehog maid and Arven, a squrrell Dibbuns are out gathering herbs for Sister Cicely, who is in charge of the Infermatary. Getting caught in a rainstorm, they seek shelter in some old caves, where they discover an old skeleton. Later, we find out it is the skeleton of the old Corstair.
As the story unfolds Tansy is faced with the challange of finding the six pearls, while Martin the Warrior #2 has to sail to Sampentra, the corstair's home isalnd, to recover the Abbot Durall and Viola Bankvole, who were kidnapped by some of Ulbaz's Monitor Lizzards.

I found this story to be a good read. The characters are very realistic, some of my favorites are Clecky the hare, and Arven the Squrrell, whose speaks in a cute baby voice(her is an example: Firsta sunny thena rannywet, it'sa maggit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Romsca on April 29, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
I think that the book The Pearls of Lutra was totally cool! It was about a different sort of crisis in Redwall. When the an evil pine marten, Emperor Ublaz "Mad Eyes" of Sampetra,sets out to claim the "Tears of All Oceans",six beautiful pink pearls, for his own,the trouble on Sampetra naturally turns North towards Redwall Abbey. One of the corsairs from the island stole the Tears from his Captain,who was taking them to Ublaz. Greylunk(the corsair) received a fatal head injury from his accomplice,and painfully made his way to Redwall, where he was nursed by Fermald the Ancient until his death. Fermald hides the 6 pearls around the abbey. When Ublaz sends a young,kind-hearted corsair ferret named Romsca and a score of filthy monitor lizards to reclaim the pearls, they kidnao the Abbot and a young vole named Viola, and sail back to Sampetra with them. However, some complications arise.... Ok, mateys, I anit sayin no more! Read this yarn for yerselves. The book was beautifully written, and though the characters were a bit 2/D at times, I loved it. I especially thought that Romsca,Barranca and Conva(for the short time he lived) were really cool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
Having just started my journey into the series called Redwall, Pearls of Lutra is my 9th read after Redwall, Mattimeo, Mossflower, Martin the Warrior, Outcast of Redwall, Mariel of Redwall,& The Bellmaker. Now like all Redwall books I have read, It started innocently enough, but then escalated into a plot so thick that you really had to pay attention in order to keep up during the ride, which made a very refreshing read and even made you think to solve the many riddles involved into finding the Pearls of Lutra. My favorite character was Grath Lutra, whose family was massacred when the evil Mad Eyes sent a crew to steal the Pearls of Lutra, I found that by the end of the book, I thought of them not as animals but as people and I was ready to aid them in the fight for good. Some old characters appear, like Martin, Mattimeo's son, also you meet the current Abbot, Skipper, and even a Long Patrol hare. I would, in closing, highly suggest The Pearls of Lutra fo anyone, young or old for an escape from reality.
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