An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editor's Choice
Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to the captivating world of Redwall
It is the Summer of the Late Rose, and the mice of Mossflower Wood are gathered at the ancient stone abbey of Redwall, celebrating a year of peace and abundance. But a shadow has fallen across the abbey, for it is rumored that Cluny is coming Cluny, the terrible one-eyed rat, whose vow is to conquer Redwall!
The woodland creatures rush to a desperate defense. But what can peaceloving mice do against Cluny and his army? If only they had the sword of Martin the Warrior. But its hiding place is long forgotten, even by the wise old mouse Methuselah. It is his young apprentice Matthias who sets out to find the legendary sword and becomes a most unlikely hero...
"[A]n animal world as compelling as that of The Wind in the Willows....This epic adventure contains elements of all grand quests, with heroic archetypes that will keep fans of Tolkien and King Arthur tales engaged to the final battle." Publishers Weekly
"Mr. Jacques has woven an energetic, if somewhat simple-minded, fantasy....Redwall is both a credible and an ingratiating place, one to which many young readers will doubtless cheerfully return." Selma Lanes, The New York Times
"Provocative and enticing. From start to finish, readers and listeners will cheer the dwellers of Redwall." Booklist
"Rich and thought-provoking." School Library Journal
"Redwall is a fine work, literate, witty, filled with the excitement of genuine storytelling....Extraordinary." Lloyd Alexander, author of the Newbery Award-winning The High King
Perfect for fans of C. Alexander London's The Wild Ones, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
The question in thisfirst 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."
About the Author
Brian Jacques has had many professions, including longshoreman, truck driver, and folk singer. In addition to his vast readership, Brian has earned a devoted army of listeners with his weekly radio program on BBC Merseyside.