A Tale From Redwall
The question in this first volume is resoundingly clear: What can the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey do to defend themselves against Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats? If only they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they might have a chance. But the legendary weapon has long been forgotten-except, that is, by the bumbling young apprentice Matthias, who becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. Teeming with riddles, humor, unforgettable characters, and high-bounding adventure, the original Redwall, the launching point for a series that has captured the world's attention, features seven full-color illustrations by renowned illustrator Troy Howell. This new paperback edition is a must-have for both longtime fans and first-time readers.
Only the lost sword of Martin the Warrior can save Redwall Abbey from the evil rat Cluny and his greedy horde. The young mouse Matthias (formerly Redwall's most awkward novice) vows to recover the legendary weapon. In the course of his quest, Matthias forges strong ties with various local animals. As much as the magic of the sword, it is the help of these new friends that enables Matthias to defeat Cluny once and for all. Jacques's clever use of detail creates an animal world as compelling as that of The Wind in the Willows. From the beginning, each of Redwall's characters is endowed with a unerringly distinct personality: there is a powerful badger named Constance; a mute squirrel named Silent Sam, who knows the forest better than anyone; and his mother Jess, a champion climber who leads a splendid rescue of a piece of the abbey's tapestry. This epic adventure contains elements of all grand quests, with heroic archetypes that will keep fans of Tolkein and King Arthur tales engaged to the final battle. Illustrations not seen by PW. All ages.
as a young ambitions reader at age 4, i had not yet developed the literary skills nor the imagination (although mine was quite vivid) to grasp this tale. i gave up. years later i voraciously devoured this entire series. years later… many years later, as an adult i had injured myself with at least four weeks of recovery time and i didn’t know what to do with myself. by chance i picked this series to be my time-spender as i recovered and healed. i had forgotten more than i knew about Redwall. i had forgotten everything except the zeal that this author brought his audience. read well and enjoy folks! thank you again to the author. one day at a time helps me and one day at a time i am reading. thank you sir.
Extremely long. Never boring. 100% worth it.
What a visit to a magical place!
Sure, it’s predictable, but oh what a treasure! I’m biased since I lived and breathed this whole series,but it would be so grand to expand its current fandom.