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Redwall (Redwall, Book 1) Paperback – September 30, 2002
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Magical, mystical, and the stuff of legends, this stunning tale of good battling with--and ultimately triumphing over--evil takes the reader on a roller-coaster adventure that barely draws breath from the first page to the very last. Brian Jacques is a true master of his craft. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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As I was reading 'Redwall,' I realized that this book is the perfect transition between young adult and adult literature. If your child is bored with most of the books written for his level, but maybe is not quite ready for one of the heavies, 'Redwall' may be the answer. Jacques tells a very approachable story with a language that will be challenging for some younger readers, but not beyond their reach. His descriptions and characters are painted with more depth than the average young person's book, but the fun and excitement are retained. Jacques is to be applauded.
If your child enjoys fantasy stories and is not quite ready for Tolkien, 'Redwall' is the perfect transition book/series. Enjoy.
Conflict arises when Redwall Abbey is threatened by the notorious Cluny the Scourge, an evil one-eyed rat, with his band of equally nasty critters who want to claim Redwall as their own. The Redwall creatures need to resort to desperate measures to defend their territory, but ultimately it is the Matthias mouse who comes to the rescue, after discovering the famous sword of his hero, Martin the Warrior, and emulating his feats.
Certainly there are weaknesses. Despite the clearly religious setting of the Abbey, it never becomes clear what kind of religion this is, and it never really functions in the story-line. There is a great deal of hellish imagery used in connection with Cluny's evil army, where rats "look like the devil himself", use expletives such as "by Satan's whiskers" and "by the claws of hell thunder", and join the devil in hell when they die. Perhaps Jacques is borrowing Christianity as a traditional image of the powers of heaven over against the powers of hell, to underline the struggle between good and evil. Matthias mouse also has his flaws.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is deceptive. You think when you are buying this in hardcover that the book will be larger. Why bother to print this in hardcover, when it is the size of a small paperback?Published 3 days ago by Linda S. Anderson
An excellently told tale with vibrant characters and savory detail. Cluny really was a scourge, and it's amazing the way Brian Jacques turns such a small world into a vast one. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Nunya Biznes
This book is a classic in the fantasy genre. I had never read it before now, and I was surprised to discover that, despite its popularity and reputation, it's just okay. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Katherine
Reading with grandson and thoroughly enjoyed....drama, intrigue, excitement....GREAT book...looking forward to next in series.Published 29 days ago by Helen M. Nicholas
My nine-year-old son adores this series and has been flying through the books. I think they are wonderful for advanced readers because they are challenging enough yet not too scary... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carey
I initially was interested in reading this book because I kept seeing things on Tumblr about it. I saw the audio was available through my library’s overdrive system so I gave it a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deanna Reads
Redwall is about the mice of Redwall abbey and the surrounding countryside who have to defend themselves from Cluny the Scourge who has decided to defeat the mice and make them his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine Ashby
I haven't read the book, but my 10-year-old son loves it and is now on the 6th or 7th book in the series.Published 2 months ago by Queen Bee