Jacques, Brian

Book - 1987
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
When the peaceful life in and around ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.

Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 1987, c1986.
ISBN: 0399214240
Branch Call Number: J JAC
Characteristics: 351 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Chalk, Gary


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Mar 15, 2015
  • dhcummings rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I think this book is very well written and a great 1st book in the series. I would say it is a good book for adults and kids. For kids I would say 8 or 9 and up. It very suspenseful and exciting and I love the adventures. I also love when you finish a really suspenseful chapter it will come back to that time 5 chapters after! It really opens you up into the series. When I started reading it I wanted to read more and more. This book never made me bored at all! This is a great book to read!

Aug 09, 2014
  • jtalley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the one that started them all! I first read this book when I was ten years old, and it remains one of my favorites to this day. The redwall series is amazing. They are beyond magical.

Jul 09, 2014

very good book!!

May 23, 2014
  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A revolutionary concept for personified literature, Redwall is a great fantasy novel series. However, as many have seen, the first novel is a bit rough, most likely due to the fact that this is the very first novel and perhaps the author's style was just flowering. However, although this is supposed to be a fantasy novel, the concept of all the "creatures" being good of heart and all the "vermin" being, well, vermin, could be considered a bit disturbing if taken seriously, and this concept is existent throughout the entire series and can even be taken to extremes, like, for instance, in the Rogue Crew, where the sea otters of the high north coast often kill any vermin they come across, assuming that they are always evil, despite the fact that there have been a few misunderstood, but kind hearted "vermin" present a few times in the series. I am unsure if this is intentional racism within a novel, but considering it is only fantasy, I wouldn't think too hard on it or it might just ruin the series for you. Despite this though, I have thoroughly enjoyed this series over the years; however, in terms of this specific novel, it is a decent read, full of adventure and life, but can be a little rough and wordy.

Mar 29, 2014
  • KingSalomon rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

ultra boring

Feb 14, 2014
  • jeanner222 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Though I have seen these books at the library many times, I had no idea what the series was about.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Redwall is an abbey, and the main character is a young mouse named Matthias. Matthias is an unlikely hero with his floppy sandals and oversized novice’s habit.

But Matthias will be a hero. His chance to shine comes when Cluny the Scourge (!) decides to attack Redwall. Matthias must work together with his woodland friends to foil the attempts by the frightening one-eyed rodent and his army.

This is a cute story, but WAY TOO WORDY for juvenile readers. It is too wordy for me to ever consider reading the next entry in the series.

Dec 10, 2013
  • LunaNoonvale rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this is an absorbing book for both young and old. This is not the first book in the series though so it might be a bit confusing so you should read the series from the beginning.

Its sad though because not a lot of people read these series anymore but keep the Redwall spirit going by reading and sharing this magnificent piece of work, as if created by the angels themselves.

Jul 24, 2013
  • heidirogers rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Also great for traveling on a plane or in a car to pass the time. Can't wait to watch the movie and read the next one!

May 13, 2013
  • KingSalomon rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.


Apr 28, 2013

My sons have thoroughly enjoyed this as a read-aloud, though I (as an adult) found it a little cheesy in places. It's very heavy on honor and morals, but has enough action to keep the kiddos interested (though it begins slowly). The vocabulary level is fairly advanced, but they're still planning to read more of the series independently.

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