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A quest to recover a legendary lost weapon by bumbling young apprentice monk, mouse Matthias. Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice, is threatened by Cluny the Scourge savage bilge rat warlord and his battle-hardened horde. But the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends combine their courage and strength....

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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Redwall Reviews

  • Erin
    2018-11-10 11:18

    you know what was the best part of these books? and i say books as in plural because there were so fucking many of them i can't sit still long enough to check them all off. and i DID read every single one. what else was there to do in middle school?anyway, the best part of these books was brian's description of food. it was magnificent. it didn't just make you hungry, it made you crave weird ass things that nobody would ever dream about eating in middle school. nutted cheeses and flan bread and berry cakes and what-not; almost makes you want to be a sword weilding ferret yourself.which was good because by the tenth book you started to realize there was a trend to the plotlines. something bad happens, small furry animals go on a quest. they fight a lot of little battles until one major battle which the good guys almost lose until, when all hope is lost, a giant contingent of allies created on the preceding journey show up to conquer evil: together.still, i always finished satisfied. and a little hungry.

  • Stephen
    2018-11-04 06:19

    2.0 stars. Now I admit upfront that YA fantasy is somewhat starting to lose its appeal to me, making me a harsher critic of what I think are weak efforts. At the same time, I still really enjoy the compelling, higher end stuff. Unfortunately, THIS A'INT IT!! YA is one thing, but I found this to be the “Y” est of YA fantasy books that I have read in quite a while. It was just too young. Despite the fact that the book is fairly well written and decently paced, I found the plot itself to just be completely and unbelievably BORING:Nothing new or fresh happened at all. This is your VERY standard, cookie-cutter “coming of age” heroic quest fantasy tale BUT with the amazingly original and novel twist of....are you ready for this....rather than human characters, the story is populated by MICE and other cute, mostly furry animals that just think and act human. WOW, what do you possibly say when confronted by such a mind-blowingly pedestrian concept? All I could think of was.....It just lacked any sense of originality beyond trying to be a sweeter, kid-friendly adventure verson of "Animal Farm."Now on the positive side, it is a fairly short book and I think that young children (or heavily medicated adults) may still enjoy it. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to be the former and did not have the foresight to be the latter as I read this book. Thus, I am left having to say that I do not think this is a story that will have you dancing in the streets.

  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    2018-11-10 08:11

    See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.netThis book was actually one of the first chapter books I read as a child, but because that was so long ago and at the start of my life as a reader, my brain had pretty much deleted all of the details of it - save for the fact that I enjoyed it when I was young. I'm happy to report that I found the book just as enjoyable as an adult reader; perhaps even more so, for the aspects of it I'm sure I appreciate more as an adult reader that would have flown over my head as a child. As a middle grade fantasy story, this is quite well done. Jacques centers the plot around Cluny the Scourge's days-long siege of Redwall Abbey and uses this conflict to introduce some fairly standard fantasy tropes to young readers unfamiliar with the genre. Good vs. Evil; The Chosen One and Political Machinations between courts are all covered here in ways that remain faithful to the genre without boring the children that this series is written for. Particularly well done is the way the various woodland animals overcome their differences in order to work together against their common enemy, Cluny. As an adult reader of this series, one thing I was surprised by was the way it does not flinch from violence or the devastating effects of warfare on the people who live and die during it. With a lot of middle grade books, there's a tendency for authors to sort of skim over death, or fake the reader out before resetting everything to the way things were before. Here, Jacques unabashedly kills off characters left and right, and it makes for some pretty compelling reading. Knowing that the danger is real and permanent in this series ups the ante considerably. At times I felt like I watching an all-animal version of Game of Thrones, which I suppose makes Matthias the Jon Snow of his world? Speaking of the all-animal cast, I couldn't help but wonder where humans factored into all this. It's quite confusing to have riderless horsecarts and gigantic fortified Abbeys built from bricks and no mention of how they got there. Doing some digging on my own I read that Jacques intent was the show a world where humans didn't exist at all, but I didn't think that was particularly well conveyed given the fact that the entire cast called a place that would have been physically impossible for them to build their home. The only other thing that brought my rating down was that in some moments it seemed as though the seriousness of the situation was forgotten by the characters. There were a number of moments where Redwall was under direct siege by the enemy, and certain characters were either eating or sleeping and otherwise unconcerned, which was a tiny bit frustrating. But these are minor complaints in a sea of other positives that makes it them very easy to overlook.I love finding Middle Grade series that would speak to young boys in particular, as I think they are an oft-neglected demographic in the reading world. While the action, characters and plot movement in this series is sure to entertain most readers in any demographic, I think Matthias is a wonderful role model for young male readers in particular. I happily recommend this book to as a good starting point for fans new to fantasy. ★★★★ = 4/5 stars

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-11-16 07:31

    Yea, verily, a young mouse yclept Matthias doth live peacefully in the walled city of Redwall, wherein reside all manner of goodhearted animals like mice, badgers, squirrels, etc. (not to be confused with the mean villain predators like rats and foxes). It comes to pass that their bucolic lifestyle is disturbed, nay, gravely threatened, by an incursion of an evil cohort of rats. Mayhap Matthias will rise to the occasion and become the heroic warrior that will save his people animals in their time of greatest need!This is a fairly enjoyable middle grade/YA medieval fantasy in a world populated entirely by mice, rats and other woodland creatures, with nary a human in sight.So I was maybe a little too old for this one when I read it; it's more for the younger teens and tweens. I think I might have adored it as a 10 or 12 year old. Anyway, it has many thousands of fans and has spawned like a million sequels, so if you haven't read it yet and it sounds interesting, you may want to give it a try. The language in Redwall isn't as archaic as my review may make it sound. :)

  • Zeke Gill
    2018-11-06 11:32

    This was pretty much the book that got me hooked on reading because I used to hate it. I know, I know, Hate reading? how is that possible? The truth is, When you're eight or nine reading doesn't normally sound as good as watching a cartoon. But one glorious day I somehow stumbled across a cartoon of Redwall, and I LOVED it! I liked it so much that when the cartoon was over I had to know more about this amazing world, but I didn't have a way of watching the other movies so I was forced to do something I hated, reading. I got a copy of Redwall and I read it, and I read the next one, and the next one, and the next and the next one and so on. As I read my skill at reading improved, it was easier, I began to like it more. So I started reading more books such as The Series Of Unfortunate Events, Inkheart, Harry Potter, etc. And before I knew it I was wanting to read more, I was wanting to experience more, I was like a starving T-Rex let loose on a herd of unsuspecting herbivores! Ok, maybe not a T-Rex but you get the idea. I was submersed in this amazing world and instead of just seeing boring stacks of compressed paper I saw gateways into a realm of endless possibilities, and it was all thanks to this book. This simple tale of talking mice and evil rats, of snakes and stoats and adventure! And for that, I am grateful.

  • Lata
    2018-11-06 06:16

    I did not read this book (or its many following books) when I was younger, so thought it was time to give this book a go. Simple, straightforward story, with simply-drawn characters. The good guys (mice, squirrels, etc.) are really good people, while the bad guy is a whisker-twirling nasty fellow. The two main protagonists are as far apart in their actions and views as they could possibly be: Martin, the young, somewhat clumsy but respectful, hardworking and kind mouse. Cluny, the evil, lying, murdering, conquering rat. The other characterizations are equally simple -- it's not hard to figure out who to cheer for in this story, which plays out as a medieval siege story, combined with a quest for a practically magical weapon for the good guys to use against the bad guy and his army of rats, weasels, stoats.I enjoyed the story -- sometimes it's nice to read something where motives and actions are easy to understand, and it's obvious who to cheer for.

  • Annette
    2018-11-15 14:09

    Can't remember when I've been so disappointed by a book that came so highly recommended and clearly has such a strong following. Seriously: I love a good yarn about talking animals as much as the next person, but I do expect some basic level of believability, maybe a good character or two... a plot... One of the things that especially niggled at me was that I couldn't figure out the *scale* of the Redwall world. Are they mice and rats living clandestine in a human-built world? If so, where are the humans? Are they human-sized rodents in a people-free world? Then why are the horses and hay-wagons enormous and the churches inhabited by mice? It was never made clear. If I'd been in the least attracted by the dialog, characters, or storyline this would have been easy enough to ignore, but as it was, I barely made it through and crossed the rest of the series off of my "To Read" list.

  • Ann
    2018-10-23 06:31

    FULL REVIEWI managed to finish this just in time for count it "as read" in 2007! With (how appropriate) 7 minutes to spare lol:> I really enjoyed this book!!:D I was amazed at how vibrant the characters were and how attached to them I felt. Had I known the plot going into the book, I think I would have been very hesitant as the story centers around an attack from Cluny the Scourge (an evil rat) and his horde on the peaceful and caring Abby of Redwall mice and other woodland creatures - for 350 pages. Now, that said, for whatever reason the story did not drag or seem like it was being spread out too much! Wonderful!!:) Jacques manages to weave in delightful characters (or not-so-delightful, but that's the point) and several sub-plots that are really just as important as the main plot. And even though I had a strong inkling of what the ending would be, I never felt too confident in my assumptions and was surprised by how events came about to get to the end. I mentioned this would possibly be a good story for LOTR fans, because of the focus on the details of battle without it feeling boring or repetitive, and also because the book is full of characters and told from various points of view but doesn't feel confused but does feel like you get to know each character.I'm very curious to read more of the Redwall series, and am so happy to finally have read a Brian Jacques book and met Matthias and Basil and Silent Sam;)BOOK TWO (12/15/2007)Alright! Book II done! Things still manage to move along at a quick pace. The characters are wonderful and the plot building. Some parts have been a little sad, but the cute and warm parts have been more.:) I’m very curious to find out what the conclusion will be and how things will play out. And I’m very much looking forward to meeting the snowy owl!!!:DBOOK ONE (12/5/2007)I've finished the first book/part! I'm pleasantly surprised because it's nearly a third of the way through the book but it stills feels like things are in the early stages without seeming like the story is dragging. I wonder if this is because the story is - in a way - doubled because we see it from multiple perspectives, resulting in learning what's occuring from both "the good side" and "the bad side."I adore a new character, the "Stag-Hare!" What fun to write he must have been!:)I'll try to write another update when I finish the second part - which, hopefully, will be sooner than another month!*****I am finally venturing into the world of Brian Jacques! I know Xt speaks highly of his books, so I am looking forward to reading one myself!

  • Ryan
    2018-11-05 13:31

    Now, for those of you who read this book and liked it, I have absolutely no problem with that. I actually thought it was an okay book myself. A heroic mouse by the name of Matthias lives peacefully in Redwall, an enclosed city within a fortress. The residents include mice, squirrels, badgers, otters, and all sorts of other small animals. However, an army of rats attack in envy of stealing the fortress. Matthias must become a warrior and obtain a sword to fight back at the army. Now, at this point, you might be wondering what kind of problem I could ever have with such a great concept and plot. You want to know don't you? Well here it is: foxes are villains in this series. Now, with the hero being a mouse, you could really expect that, wouldn't you? Well, guess what? There are NO good foxes in the ENTIRE series, even though there is such a thing as a good cat. Is that because foxes are cunning and sly characters? That's not always considered a BAD thing! I can name a few stories that have foxes as the protagonist or an innocent side character, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Fantastic Mr. Fox, or Fox Woman. There was NO excuse, and I can't stand to read about a bunch of foxes being slain or murdered for treachery. If you've read my profile, you know that foxes are my favorite animals of all time (okay, maybe not that much, but I still like them a lot), and reading these books were pure torture to me! I may hate these books, but that still doesn't mean that you have to. If you don't like foxes as much as I do, or in this case, ferrets, rats, weasels, cats, and stoats, I would highly suggest this book to you, because you'll probably like it, unlike me. Final verdict: decent book, but I just can't stand to read them (if that makes any sense).

  • Patrick
    2018-10-29 08:16

    When I was in Elementary School I LOVED REDWALL! Redwall was the book that got me into reading when I was a kid. Brain Jacques (pronounced Jakes) was my favorite author. Not only did I love animals (I had a zoo on our front porch consisting of catfish, snakes, crickets, salamanders, two Chinese hamsters, tadpoles, a rabbit, frogs, a snapping turtle, you name it I had it) but I also loved the Medieval Ages, SO put these two loves together and BAM! Redwall! I loved Matthias. He was an awesome character and he became the "bar-set-high" I matched all other characters to. If the book I read wasn't as good as Redwall, I tossed it. The only other series that ranked up there for me as a kid was the Boxcar Children, the Nightwing series, and Harry Potter. (Possibly a few others but I can't think of them atm). Before Brian died, my mother wrote to him thanking him for what he did for me. He sent back a long letter, signed; a picture, signed; and a bookmark, signed. Oh, I was happier than a pig in crap! This only made me love him even more than I already did. When I was a teenager and I heard he died, it was like a family member died. In his honor, I bought every one of his books in hardcover, and I read them all again. Redwall is magic. Pure magic. If you have not read these books you need to. If you are a teacher reading this, take The Little Prince off your list, that you've been reading for ten years in a row, and have your students read Redwall. They will love it!

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-01 11:26

    I read Chris's copy. He brought it to the library and said, "Read the real thing and not that other garbage." I guess that's a step up from "read this or die." I really have readers looking out for me, eh?It took me a good while to get through this, but I'm glad I did. I've now read a classic and I can agree with Chris that one should read the "real thing" as well as the graphic novel adaptation. What the graphic novel missed in distilling down 300-plus pages was the descriptions: Jacques writes some lovely prose, with sun-drenched landscapes to rival L.M. Montgomery's, and meals that would make Laura Ingalls Wilder jealous. Plus, the similes: "The reply sounded like the whisper of wet silk across a smooth slate"; "gliding like a cloud's shadow cast upon the ground by the moon." I admired the use of three plotlines at once (Cluny's story, Matthias's story, and Redwall's story) to keep me turning pages. I liked the many brave female characters -- boys didn't get to have all the fun! I also liked the different animals' dialects, and the short chapters and many breaks in the text. The action was satisfying and helped balance some of the potential cutesyness (a mouse may drink berry juice out of an acorn cup, but soon a rat will be speared with an arrow). The relentless logic in my head had to be quelled ("can a squirrel really sit on a mouse's shoulder? can a sparrow really carry a sword? ack! suspsend disbelief! suspend disbelief!"), and at first I had a hard time believing in Matthias's seemingly instant transformation from bumbling apprentice to fierce warrior. I'm not sure if I will pursue the rest of the series; it may be time to read a "Warriors" book while I'm still in Animal Mode.

  • Bookwraiths
    2018-10-16 08:32

    As an adult, I found this book ok; it was the standard fantasy cliches that abound without anything especially new that caught my interest. However, since this was a bedtime story for my kids, I want to add that they enjoyed it more and would probably have said it was at least 3 stars if not 4.

  • Amber
    2018-11-14 08:09

    This was a pretty good read. When Redwall abbey is under attack by cluny the scourge and his horde of vicious rats, it is up to a young mouse named Mathias and the other woodland creatures to stop them. Will they succeed? Be sure to read this book and find out. I reccomend this book to fans of fantasy and ya books. Definitely check it out.

  • Jesse
    2018-10-28 08:33

    Ok, its regular sized animals living in a human sized world. Where are the humans? Why is there a human sized horse and wagon that the evil rats ride on? These are just some of the questions I pondered as I read through this snooze fest.This book is quite literally a regular mouse picking up a tiny little sword, and fighting various things(snakes, rats, my will to live!). Now if the image of a little mouse holding a tiny sword doesn't want to make you retch at the absurd "oh how cute" nature of the story, then I don't know what will.I just can't recommend this book, even to kids. When I look at kids buying this book I think, "were all the good and cool books already taken?" Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, John Bellair, Philip Pullman,...etc as the list goes on and on of people who wrote and are writing more interesting stories than members of the rodent and bird species having a cute little war with evil weasles and rats. Thats why I have to say I hated this book.

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2018-11-03 14:36

    It’s the rare book that my sons have recommended to me...the rare book whose author I have actually met and heard speak and adored...the rare book that is on hundreds of Must-Read lists...the rare book that has all these things going for it and yet remains on my TBR heap.I was finally motivated to pull it out of the pile and give it a thorough read when my 1001 Children’s Books list chose it for a group read in February.Why, why, why, I thought as I finished the last page, why didn’t I read this one with my sons? And is it too late to propose a readaloud with them at ages 27 and 30? Don’t make the same mistake I did. It’s a story that will be fabulous as a readaloud with your children, even if they are too old to actually sit in your lap. Do it now. I urge you. You will not regret it.

  • Sam
    2018-10-19 12:19

    I had forgotten I actually had read this last year!This was a wonderfully charming book, and the style of writing reminded me much like Tolkien in The Hobbit. It follows a daring little mouse against a big bad evil, and how he pulled together this ragtag team of warriors against these vicious and coordinated rats. I highly recommend it for you to read to your children, or read by yourself. It's an older book, but it's a gem, and there's many more Redwall books after this one. I haven't read many of them (yet) but I hope to get a few down at least in this year.

  • Richard
    2018-10-19 06:16

    I really enjoyed reading this, I imagine if I read this earlier in my life I would have loved it but it was still a solid 3.5 for me.

  • Brian
    2018-11-07 09:19

    I loved the Redwall series when I was young. When we'd go to visit my grandmother's house, I'd head to the library and grab a bit pile of books, and the Redwall books always featured among them. I read quite a few of them--up to Lord Brocktree, I think--before my interest waned, partially because the plots were all kind of blurring together, but also because I just moved on to other things. When my book group picked Redwall as the next book, I was eager to read it again, curious if it would hold up as I remembered it.Well, as the star rating I gave it probably gives away, it didn't. When I was young, I didn't care as much about all the holes in the worldbuilding, content to forge ahead with the story and see how Matthias was going to defeat the evil Cluny the Scourge, but now that worldbuilding is almost my primary interest in fantasy there are too many questions that come up that annoy me for me to really immerse myself in the story.For example, what are the relative sizes of the creatures? Are rats twice as big as mice like they should be, or are they roughly the same size? Constance can't be the mouse equivalent of forty feet tall like she would be in the real world, because she fits inside all the buildings. On the other hand, Julian the cat and Asmodeus the snake are the proper proportions and one cart with a horse can carry Cluny's whole army, so I could never get a real handle on how the characters were supposed to look in relation to each other.Speaking of the horse and cart, who built it? Who built St. Ninian's? The church is mouse-sized, because Cluny is able to smash the lectern while talking behind it, but the cart is human-sized, because it can carry his army in it. Though the wheels can't be as large as they would proportionately be, because they're repurposed to Cluny's siege engine, and that wouldn't make any sense. The abbey is big enough for a thousand Sparra to live in it, but isn't described as being human-sized with mice dwarfed within its halls. I suspect I'm supposed to just not think about it that much, honestly.Worse than that, and a lot more obvious now that I'm older, is the extreme black-and-white moral essentialism that fills the book. All mice, squirrels, moles, voles, etc., are kindly and gentle creatures, who only fight in order to save themselves and would rather spend their time feasting and caring for others. Badgers and hares are fierce warriors, but use their strength for good and so can dwell among mice. On the other hand, Rats, ferrets, weasels, and so on are evil to the core, unable to build or create anything good, and normally lazy and untrustworthy unless ruled by fear. Foxes are...well, they're honestly racist Romani stereotypes, with the thieving and the secret knowledge and the treachery all there. Sparra are dirty and violent and fight all the time and speak only broken English (well, "English") and are pretty much the quintessential stereotype of the lazy, violent Other who is always Taking Our Jobs, except with less job-taking and more murder. And the way Cluny was written, it was all I could do not to add "ARRRRRR, me hearties!" after every line of dialogue he had. There isn't a single shade of grey anywhere in this book.Of course, this immediately leads to the Orc Baby Dilemma. If rats and weasels and so on are really all innately evil, then the proper solution is genocide, because letting them live will only perpetuate suffering and death. But genocide over what might happen is obviously beyond the pale, so the innately evil species end up living on until the next evil overlord comes through and whips them up into a conquering horde, and then more squirrels and mice and moles die until a hero kills the overlord and disperses the evil monsters. Speaking of, I'm honestly surprised that shrews fell on the "good" side. Here's a quote from Wikipedia:They are very active animals, with voracious appetites. Shrews have an unusually high metabolic rate, above that expected in comparable small mammals. Shrews typically eat 80–90% of their own body weight in food daily.Based on their biology, shrews are the obvious candidate for a conquering horde simply because they need to eat so much. They'd be like locusts, swarming the countryside and literally eating everything in their paths. You might say that this isn't the point, because these are children's books, but I'm pretty sure that children are capable of handling moral nuance. Even as a child, I remember thinking that the morality here was a bit simplistic. The only thing I missed was how problematic the implications were, and now that I'm older that's pretty much all that I see.I can't even take refuge in the character arcs, because there aren't any. Matthias is the only character who undergoes any kind of change or growth, and it's more like a switch being flipped than an arc. He goes straight from novice monk (monks of what, exactly?) to having the soul of a warrior with basically no stage in between. He never has to wrestling with killing, or decide if this is really the life he wants for himself, or confront the Gunslinger's Dilemma, where only killing can protect civilization but by taking up the gunsword to kill he proves himself uncivilized. Nope, everything goes great and he even gets a wife out of the deal, which is honestly really creepy because he and Cornflower don't interact much and the Abbot gives her away like a milk cow. Well, Cluny goes insane, but I'm not sure that counts as a character arc.I am obviously no longer the audience for these books. There's just too much there for me to enjoy it in any capacity, and I would have stopped halfway through if I hadn't been reading it for my book club. It's a bit sad to know that part of my childhood is forever ruined for me, but you can't step in the same river twice.

  • Jonathan Terrington
    2018-11-02 13:32

    Redwall was a book I read many years ago just before I entered into private schooling after going through six fun years of home schooling. Six years of being at home and getting an education does have the benefit of allowing an avid reader such as myself time to build up the reading speed and vocabulary (I did little else but read books in those formative years in fact but I digress). Now I must admit that I loved Redwall when I first read it as a ten year old. I thought it was the coolest thing since The Hobbit. I haven't gone back to this first book in a while but I do know that my last summation was that it is a decent enjoyable read for children (and adults) but compared to other books in the series it lacks.I do love the fact that Brian Jacques as a storyteller went out to tell a story using talking European animals as his characters. Some of my favourite stories have been told through such interesting characters (take Pixar and Toy Story, Monsters Inc or Finding Nemo). So the idea is a good one. Personally I don't feel that he executes it as well in this first novel as in later additions to the series. For one thing the aspect of animal sizes is not consistent in this story compared to others. And it is the one story to use a horse as one of the creatures (an apparently dumb animal which does not suit the storytelling as well). I did love the heroic main characters and the villain (the idea of having a tail with a poisonous comb is pretty darn cool - more villains should get them. It would make a nice addition to the Joker's arsenal for instance).So in summary I would state that the subsequent books (up to around book eight or nine) are superior. After book eight however Jacques seemed to run out of fresh ideas and kept his Redwall storyline going by adding different animal characters as villains and heroes knowing that he would still sell his stories. It's not poor storytelling but it does feel too familiar. However the first eight books are definitely favourites of mine and books I have and would read again. And it is a hope of mine that a 3D animated film version of these books could be made (I think it would be even better film material than it is as a book).

  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    2018-10-27 13:18

    Via Book Reviews by Niki Hawkes at www.nikihawkes.comIf I could say one thing about Jacques, it’s that he was a master storyteller! His books take you on grand adventures that rival the best fantasy novels out there. I’ve read them so many times the covers are falling off! An what’s more, the series sustains itself, with drawn out stories about downright fascinating characters. Bravery and Goodness can come from anywhere, and there are always evil-doers to stand up to. They are such well-rounded stories that I recommend them to even you hardcore fatasy buffs out there. They are often overlooked because people are expecting them to be like “Watership Down” or “Animal Farm”, and while those are worthwhile books in a certian context and place, they do not make for happy fantasy reading like these books do.Redwall will make you forget you’re reading about animals. They boast creatively awesome representatives of different races. For example, mice are the humans of this world, sort of the standard by which we measure everyone else. The rabbits are the comic relief, and always put off a dwarf-like sentiment. The otters are the graceful archers, and very elf-like in their mannerisms. Even the villians are special – with rats as the cannon fodder and henchmen (orcs) and other creatures such as foxes and weasels who plot against our heroes.All in all, I can credit this series for sparking my interest in books when I was in the fifth grade. I saw one in the library, and started reading smaller books with the hopes of working my way up to one someday. These are excellent adventures for children, and I’m a living example that they encourage literacy at young ages. As an adult I still love them, and am long overdue for another reread!Word of warning: do not read these books if you are hungry… you’ll see.by Niki Hawkes

  • Henry Martin
    2018-11-04 13:34

    This was my first Brian Jacques book, and certainly not the last one. As the first book in the series, Redwall does an amazing job pulling the reader in. The characters are vivid, well crafted, and believable. There were a few moments where I felt the book lost steam, but never for long enough to make me want to give up reading. Other than that, it was rather well-written. Jacques' language is elaborate and colorful, his sentences sharp, and the storyline keeps unfolding in a way that makes the reader look forward to what what happens next. He uses animal world to portray some real human qualities and emotions, as well as the darker, evil side of humanity. While this is an age-old story of good versus evil, it is done in a rather refreshing way. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

  • Addison
    2018-10-16 07:11

    Reading the books in this series when I was a child was a complete joy, and I'm happy that they're still just as special now!I just cant resist talking animals...

  • Book Concierge
    2018-10-27 08:27

    Audiobook performed by a full cast, featuring Brian Jacques as the narrator.From the author’s introductory note: When winter fades and spring blossoms into summer, I feel an overwhelming urge to travel back once more. Mouse Warriors and badger Lords come striding through the realms of my imagination, accompanied by their companions: comical hares, rustic moles, faithful otters, and all manner of diverse creatures. Questing, feasting, singing, and battling to defend good against evil.My reactionsWhat a wonderful story; I was engaged from beginning to end. Matthias is a novice monk at Redwall Abbey, a sanctuary built by the mice of long ago from the red sandstone of a nearby quarry. Every mouse of Redwall Abbey has taken a solemn oath to never harm another living creature, unless it is an enemy seeking to harm the Order by violence. I love this message of peaceful coexistence and tolerance. The mice are willing to live-and-let-live, but they will defend to the death against those who seek to overtake their peaceable kingdom. And there is just such an enemy in the land – Cluny the Scourge. Cluny is a rat with an enormously long tail that he wields as a whip, and to which he has affixed a poisoned barb. He has collected an army of rats, weasels, stoats and ferrets, who have been promised a share of the plunder once they have secured Redwall for Cluny.Matthias is young, but has a big heart and is brave in the face of incredible danger – from falling from the roof, to facing both a cat and an owl in a single day, to battling the snake Asmodeus, and finally confronting Cluny the Scourge. He is not alone in defending the Abbey; he is helped and supported by Constance the badger, Methuselah Mouse, Cornflower the field mouse, Warbeak the sparrow, the Guerrila Shrews led by Log-a-log, and Basil Stag Hare, among others. It’s entertaining, scary, exciting, and inspiring. I think I’ll read more of this middle-grade series for the sheer joy of it.Jacques began writing the story to entertain children at a hospital for the blind. With that audience in mind, he filled the book with detailed descriptions which serve to really put the reader right into Mossflower County. It is a perfect book to read aloud.The audio book is performed by a full cast of actors who voice the various characters, but features Brian Jacques as the narrator. It’s a marvelous collaboration. I encourage you to listen to it with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or just the child within.

  • Tim
    2018-11-13 11:12

    After I finished this book my overall impression wasn't very good. But in retrospect I think that was mostly due to the fact that it's written for a ten-year-old audience. There's nothing wrong with the book when viewed as a kid's book. The writing is competent, and the story is exciting and interesting enough to keep a ten-year-old engaged. I imagine there are a lot of adults who are fans of this book, just like there are plenty of adult Harry Potter fans (though I didn't enjoy this one as much as Harry Potter). But while I readily recommend this book for kids, I can't really rationalize recommending it for adults.

  • Marya
    2018-11-08 11:36

    A distinctly children's book, with a simplified children's plot, simplified children's characters, and a simplified children's theme. If you focus on the plot and don't think the word "nuance", it can be quite enjoyable.But alas, I am an adult, and I couldn't help trying to figure out the scale of the book in a literal sense. Are the mice supposed to be mice sized in a largely human world, a la Disney animated movies? Or are they supposed to be human sized in a world without humans a la furries (sans the sex)? Are badgers substantially bigger than the mice or not? This bizarre in between Disney and furries state really left me a bit disenchanted with the series.

  • Madeline
    2018-10-17 12:26

    I think I got to Book Three in this series when I was in elementary school, and I remember mostly liking these books when I wasn't giggling at the image of mice and chipmunks weilding tiny swords. But in all honesty, I'm only adding this review so I can post this xkcd comic I just stumbled across: http://xkcd.com/370/

  • Gabriellyn
    2018-10-20 08:35

    So here's the deal, I have heard so many great things about this one and was so eager to read it. In fact I bought the first 3 on Kindle expecting to like them...and I did. They were so cute, but I dnf for some content issues. There was some minor cussing and evil characters threw Satan's name around-I would have preferred to not have that in the book but it didn't bother me much. Here's when things went downhill...Martin, who died hundreds of years ago, is talking to our MC in his dreams.Martin, who is still dead, starts APPEARING to our MC.Martin's spirit in tapestry form holds some sort of power over Redwall to protect it, I mean, come on!But the final straw is the adder that possesses Martin's sword is named after the demon who represents lust!!! That is most certainly too much. I am in no way going to possibly affect the spiritual atmosphere of my home and invite demonic presence in because I read a book where a hypnotic snake chants his demon originated name!I only wish Mr. Jaques knew what he was doing! How many parents have read this book aloud to their unsuspecting children and chanted anot evil name in their home opening a door of lust?!I know many of my GR friends love this book, so let me say that this is purely my personal opinion, however I would warn you away from this. To some it may seem like a little thing, but uttering such heavily demonic names in your home opens large doors that will leave you unhappy with the results. I am not trying to be controlling, rather I wish to warn you of a very real danger.Loved the story, hated content!

  • Lydia Dyslin
    2018-11-09 12:26

    Redwall by Brian Jacques is the first book in the Redwall series. I had been wanting to read this book for years, especially after it was recommended to me by a friend, so I was excited when I found a copy in the library and could finally get around to reading it. The first thing I want to say is the characters were precious. Although Matthias was too perfect in my opinion (and that shift in character from the first chapter to the third was very weird), he was cute. And the rest of the characters were great -- my favorites being Warbeak and Father Abbott. I felt like the book was quite slow at times, and some of the transitions -- how the author switched back-and-forth between the rest of the Redwall characters, Matthias, and Cluney -- greatly annoyed me, especially when I wanted to find out what happened in a specific plot point. This did make for fairly short chapters, though, which I know people like. Overall, this was a good book that I greatly enjoyed, however, there was nothing specific about it that would make it a five-star read, plus it definitely could have held my attention better if it didn't drag so many things out. I see a lot of people also saying they loved it when they were kids, but I have a feeling 8-year-old me wouldn't have enjoyed the book very much. So, 4 stars out of 5.

  • Mandie Peterson
    2018-10-17 13:33

    Age: 10+Plot: 4.5 starsCharacters: 3 starsWriting: 4.5 starsOverall: 5 starsMy Review: Who out there loves a good fantasy? I sure do. This is one of my favorites. The entire book, I was cheering for the residents of Redwall abbey, booing the villainous rats, and guessing how things might play out. Younger kids may enjoy the storyline itself, but, since there is a battle raging in the story, it was a little gory. Besides that, I couldn't recommend it more.Similar Book: The Tale of DespereauxSeries: Mossflower; Mattimeo; Mariel of Redwall; Lord Brocktree; Martin the Warrior; Salamandastron; The Bellmaker; The Long Patrol; Outcast of Redwall; Pearls of Lutra; Marlfox; The Legend of Luke; Taggerung; Triss; Rakkety Tam; Loamhedge; High Rhulain; Eulalia!; Doomwyte; The Sable Quean; The Rogue Crew

  • Jason
    2018-10-31 12:33

    This book Redwall is about a mouse named Matthias who is living in an abbey named Redwall. Then Cluny the Scourage comes along and ruins the peace as he declares war on the people (animals) of Redwall. Matthias finds himself looking for a sword of the great warrior Martin beliving that he can defeat Cluny and his horde. Matthias goes off with new hopes, finding allies and to save Redwall.I can connect to text where in the book Comeback of the Home Run Kid by Matt Christopher a book I read a long time ago. The kid Syl finds out that he might be caught for cheating at baseball so he makes new friends and finds out he didn't cheat at baseball. With his friends he has much greater fun and instead of loning the game by himself he finds himself in a much better postion. In Redwall, Matthias finds friends of his own and when fighting off enemies Cluny, snakes, and an owl he finds it easier to fight them off and fells more secure. He likes having friends like a Sparrow Queen to get more Sparrow soilders or a band of Moles to keep him company.I would give this book an 5 out of 5 stars. This book was so good the descriptive wording makes you think about what that sentence means and unlike other books they have you read mand it says he died or something like that. In Redwall they make you infer that the character died like when the snake opens his mouth at a rat there is no mean to keep reading that he is killed. You can infer that he is dead. Then I liked how the book changes settings and keeps the book intresting. They change conflicts and it seems like an actual war seeing both sides point of view. Seeing their startegies and power. Then also seeing their feelings and weakness. I would recommend this book to anyone who can understand the wording and what they mean. I suggest reading the first 10-20 pages tehn see if you like it or not.Done On Paper Already