Publisher's Note:  

When Redwall was published in 1987 it catipulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreath excapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.

That hero is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey. The villain is Cluny the Scourage, one of the most deliciously despicable rats of all time. The unforgettable cast of supporting characters includes the stalwart badger Constance, an irrepressible hare named Basil Stag Hare, and the elderly wisemouse Brother Methuselah.

But most of all there is Matthias, seeking his true destiny in a journey that will lead through danger and despair to true wisdom.


by Brian Jacques

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Overall Review:  

Redwall is a a timeless fantasy epic.  Everything about it speaks to the grandeur and excitement of Beowulf-despicable villains, a coming-of-age story, lost treasures, prophecies, riddles, monsters, and more.  Brian Jacques populates the Redwall universe with characters that range from comical to sinister and everything in between.  The language is of exceptional quality and provides the reader with a clear mental image of the action and setting.  Readers will find an exciting adventure tale that appeals to all ages.  Of course there are minor flaws, like the presence of dairy products despite the lack of farm animals in the immediate vicinity, but if you let little things like that ruin a good book for you, then you have missed out on the beginning of one of the greatest fantasy sagas of all time!

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 6 mild obscenities, 1 anatomical term


Violence/Gore:  The main antagonist is a constant whirlwind of violence and imaginative threats; another character also threatens to kill other characters on multiple occasions.  Most of the novel occurs during a siege so there are multiple extended battle scenes that include death and injury caused by falling rocks, boiling water, arrows, slings, swords, wasps, and falling from great heights, but with little description.  Several characters die from snake venom and are described as being black and swollen when dead.  A character also has a tail chopped off.


Sex/Nudity: Two characters very briefly hold hands.

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Death, orphans.

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Characters drink (implied) alcoholic drinks such as ale.

Reviewed By Jackson
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