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Welcome to Redwall Abbey. Inside its enormous doors, mice live in peace, helping those in need and throwing epic feasts for the great and the good of Mossflower Woods. But outside a grave threat is gathering. An army of evil rats led by a vicious, one-eyed warlord, is on its way. Matthias is just one little mouse but he knows it'll take more than stones and mouse-sized arrows to keep the rats at bay. Enlisting the help of a military hare, wild sparrows and argumentative stoats, Matthias sets out to defend his freedom, his ...

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Mar 22, 2016

Matthias the Warrior

In Redwall author Brian Jacques tells the story of how Matthias acquires the sword of Martin the Warrior. Matthias is a mouse who dwells with other animals in the peaceful abbey of Redwall which is near Mossflower Woods. However, when Cluny the rat attacks Redwall the peaceful animals of Redwall Abbey (mice, moles, squirrels, otters, hedgehogs, and badgers) have no choice but to defend their way of life. As this happens, Matthias goes on a quest to acquire the sword of Martin the Warrior (who is also a mouse). In his quest, Matthias faces conflicts with sparrows, a cat, and a snake before the sword of Martin the Warrior comes into the possession of Matthias. The final challenge for Matthias is to face the scourge of Cluny and his army of rats, stoats, and weasels. As I was reading this book I thought of The Wind in the Willows (1908) and the stories from Arthurian legends. The book capably develops the themes of courage, humility, and dignity. With its rich vocabulary, strong character development, wisdom, and gripping plot Redwall is a great book for both children and adults.


May 19, 2013


We have some paperback copies of Redwall in our school library and one rebound paperback, but the type is so dense, it puts the kids off. This is the perfect size to entice the kids to start on the Redwall Saga. Brian Jacques books are some of my favorites in the library. He is a grand storyteller.

Ron Townsend

Nov 9, 2007

Martin the reincarnated

This is a lively adventure of a timid monastery mouse who may be walking in the steps
of the monastery's founder Martin the Warrior. Will Matthias be able to find the sword
of Martin and help defeat the rat Cluny and his brood? Will he be able to save Redwall?
A fantasy reminiscent of Watership Down, Redwall captures the imagination for both
adults and young adults. The fantasy elements are all there-- the timid hero, the quest,
the fight between good and evil, and a sword of power. I find this book most refreshing
after floundering in other fantasy for years. If you love animals this is the book for you.


Apr 6, 2007

Sorry I missed this one!

The set of books that came after Redwall apparently came out when I was younger, but I never heard of them until my son fell in love with the series. I got a audio version of this bok to take on a long family trip at his request, and I was hooked too. These are amazingly crafted fantasy novels with animals as the main characters in a setting that just inspires the imagination. Redwall is packed with adventure, intrigue, and intimacy that is not very common in novels that bridge the gap between adults and younger readers. If you enjoy a medival type adventure novel and have kids around 11 to 13 years old. This book is a wonderful opportunity to find some common ground and talk about a book you both read recently with out involving homework. Also great for younger kids with vivid imaginations, but a harder read for them. A great novel to read to the younger kids to keep them begging for the next time you sit together to read.

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