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on November 2, 2001
This story is about Mariel and her father, Joseph the Bellmaker, who is sailing on the ship 'Periwinkle' to Lord Rawnblade of Salamandastron to deliver an awsome and wonderful bell. On their way, they are attacked by a crew of evil searats, under the command of Gabool the Wild, who is the King of all Searats and a rather insane and a very evil and cruel searat. All of the ship's crew is killed or is kept alive for oarslaves. The oarslaves who are alive are taken to Gabool's fortress called Teramorrt. Joseph is kept alive to build a belltower for Gabool. Mariel is thrown into the sea from Teramorrt because she had almost killed Gabool infront of his searats.
Mariel survives the storm and is washed ashore on a swamp island. She had lost her memory so she calls herself Storm Gullwacker because she had been carried by the tide during a storm and because of a rope that is knotted at the end and she used it as a weapon to ward of hungry seagulls. Storm or Mariel finds water,shelter, and food but she is surrounded by a huge mass of toads. 3 hares from Salamandastron's Long Patrol comes to her rescue and beates them off. Their names were Colonel Clary, Brigadier Thyme, and Honorable Rosie or Hon Rosie. They bring her to the woods to meet an old and secretive squirrel called Pakatugg. He agrees to take her to Redwall Abbey as long as Mariel is blindfolded. Mariel keeps her warrior-like temper but finally explodes when Pakatugg tells her to keep her blindfold on while eating lunch. Mariel starts finding the Abbey alone but is hopelessly lost in the large woods of Mossflower. She luckily meets a singer hare called Tarquin and he takes her to Redwall. He loves Hon Rosie so much that he keeps on singing about her. The way he sings about Rosie is sooo funny!
At Redwall Abbey, Mariel makes friends with the mouses Danding and Saxtus. Storm (Mariel) stays there for sometime until Saxtus recites an old prophesy about Mariel and her father. Mariel regains her memory and goes off to find Terramort on her own but Tarquin, Dandin, and a hedgehog named Durry Quill comes along. Mariel finally lets them come and together, they search for Teramorrt by following the guide of an old poem.
This is a very fun book and I love all the hares. I very much like the way the auther Brian Jacques makes the Redwall series adventurous and humorous.
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