RedwallA 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 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. 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. 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. See this review and 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 so, for the aspects of it I m sure I appreciate 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

Brian Jacques pronounced jakes was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939 Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.Brian grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks, where he attended St John s School, an inner city school featuring a playground on its roof At the age of ten, his very first day at St Joh

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Redwall
  • Brian Jacques
  • English
  • 13 February 2018
  • 9781862301382

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