Bedrang the Stoat has his evil eyes set on ruling over his own empire, and will do anything to make sure that his ultimate fantasy is fulfilled. But little does he realize that the quiet, nameless mouse he is holding captive will one day turn out to be the heroic and fearless Martin the Warrior.
Brian Jacques uses the full force of his stunning storytelling talent to unravel the mystery and adventure that unfolds in this tale of Redwall as a quiet little mouse refuses to bow down to a tyrant and bids to fight for freedom at any cost. Brimming with cutthroat skullduggery and intellectual intrigue, Martin the Warrior is a mountainous tale that introduces the ethos and passions of Redwall with a host of well-drawn characters, each with their own Achilles' heel, making them feel as real as they are magical. --Susan Harrison
From Publishers Weekly
The brilliantly complex sixth installment in the Redwall fantasy-adventure series freshens up the notion of swashbuckling by honoring courage of a nonviolent sort. Young mousemaid Rose and her mole companion Grumm have traveled far from Noonvale to rescue Rose's brother Brome from slavery in the evil fortress Marshank, ruled by the tyrant stoat Badrang. Martin, the warrior mouse, himself enslaved at Marshank for most of his young life, teams up with Rose and other peace-loving creatures to end Badrang's tyranny. Studded with vibrant and distinct animal characters, Jacques's classically inspired "in-another-part-of-the-forest . . . " plot-weaving achieves virtuosity as moments of sensitivity shake his fierce heroes off their warrior paths. A female character emerges as the story's guiding star; outshining even Martin, she vanquishes foes with her beautiful singing and with reason. An excellent adventure with an enlightened conscience. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 10-14.
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