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Mossflower (original 1988; edition 1988)

by Brian Jacques

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    Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson (benfulton)
    benfulton: Roughly the same level of fantasy, but with much more malevolent evil. This recommendation is for a child who is ready to take their fantasy reading to the next level ;)
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Loved this when I was younger, but was sad to discover it doesn't really hold up to rereading as an adult. ( )
  wirehead | Jul 9, 2013 |
Mossflower has always been my favorite Redwall book. The characters are delightful, the villains both bumbling and menacing, and the adventure suitably varied. It has a bit of a pacing problem, perhaps - Jacques seems a bit too delighted to describe every domestic detail and transcribe every scrap of dialect to keep the story moving quickly - but it remains charming.

Occasionally I'm thrown by a bit of the worldbuilding that doesn't quite gel - the relative scale of the animals seems arbitrary and inconsistent, things like cheese show up with no reference to cows, and how does a religion that seems to have no focus beyond a generic reverence for nature end up with cloistered orders and saints to name churches after? But if I can never quite forgive those flaws, I can certainly overlook them. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
A bit verbose, but a very good "classic" story. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 9, 2012 |
This book was about a young mouse named Martin the Warrior. He is captured and is sent to prison in the dungeons of Kotir which is ruled by a wicked wildcat named Tsarmania. Gonff the mouse theif is also captured and together Martin and Gonff escape. Tsarmania is trying to takeover Mossflower country. Martin, Gonff, and Dinny the mole set of to find a badger lord to lead them to defeat Tsarmania. They find the badger at a volcano. The badger wont leave without defeating the rats, but he dies in the fight. Martin, Gonff, and Dinny have to go and defeat Tsarmania alone.
I really like this book because it is so descriptive. He descripes everthing with perfect detail. I really like when they meet the bats because they talk funny. I also like when they are talking about what is happening in Mossflower. I also like Gingivire because he was tricked. The little baby moles are also funny because they think they are so strong. I really enjoyed this book because it tells you what happened before there was a Redwall Abbey. Everybody should read this book. ( )
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Late autumn winds sighed fitfully round the open gatehouse door, rustling brown gold leaves in the fading afternoon.
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Mossflower lay deep in the grip of midwinter beneath a sky of leaden grey that showed tinges of scarlet and orange on the horizon.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0441005764, Mass Market Paperback)

Brian Jacques's superb Redwall series truly captures the finest in storytelling tradition and combines it with the ultimate in upbeat, catch-your-breath adventure. Mossflower tells the story of Martin the Warrior, who finds himself trespassing on the land of Verdagua, King of a Thousand Eyes, as he lies sick and near dying. With his last strength, Verdagua is struggling to make a decision on who should replace him as ruler of Mossflower Country. As Martin and his newfound friend and fellow prisoner Gonff become embroiled in the battle against Verdagua's ruthless daughter, Tsarmina, a bloody fight between good and evil ensues.

Stunning landscapes, brilliant characterization, masterly plots, and a wicked sense of humor unite in this epic tale of derring-do and the triumph of good over evil, making it one of the most addictive and memorable books that anyone is ever likely to read. --Susan Harrison

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Martin the warrior mouse and Gonff the mousethief set out to find the missing ruler of Mossflower, while the other animal inhabitants of the woodland prepare to rebel against the evil wildcat who has seized power.

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