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Mossflower by Brian Jacques

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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I really love the Redwall Abbey books. Good for anyone who enjoys animals, adventure, and a quest to do what's right! ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
The second book in the series, and a good one. The animal interactions and characters are a big hit with kids. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
The tale of how Martin the Warrior came to Mossflower, and fought to free the woodlanders from the iron rule of the Wildcat Queen Tsarmina.
  stacy3176 | Jul 27, 2015 |
The second Redwall book I have read to my 3-year-old. Excellent! ( )
  jonmarcgrodi | Apr 23, 2015 |
Early in the history of Redwall, a cat ruled over Mossflower forest from within the walls of the castle Kotir. He is an tyrant king, who demands harsh tithes from the Mossflower residents, leaving them with little to eat for themselves. It only gets worse when he dies mysteriously and his daughter, Tsarmina, takes over the kingdom. She is a relentlessly cruel wildcat, and things are worse than ever for the woodlanders. But with the help of a warrior mouse from distant lands, a resistance is born, and and the battle is waged for a free, peacable Mossflower.

I never read the Redwall books extensively as a kid, but I did buy Lord Brocktree at a Schoolastic book sale sometime in middle school and I loved it. The number of anthropomorphic fantasy novel in children's and YA lit is seemingly endless, but there was always something about Brian Jacques' writing that inspired the imagination. It was hard not to see a rodent scurrying in the weeds and not think that it lived in a castle in the forest. The way he gives each animal distinct personality traits is clever as well, I always had a particular fondness for the moles, even if I sometime have a hard time deciphering what they are saying.

This has been a very nostalgic read for me, particularly because one of the characters is a descendent of Lord Brocktree himself. Maybe that has effected my rating a bit, but oh well. I loved it! ( )
  Ape | Dec 26, 2014 |
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Chalk, GaryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Late autumn winds sighed fitfully round the open gatehouse door, rustling brown gold leaves in the fading afternoon.
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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