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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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In this prequel to Redwall (Philomel, 1987), Jacques describes the epic adventures leading up to the foundation of Redwall Abbey. A band of weasels, stoats, and other unpleasant creatures from Kotir Castle, led by the evil wildcat Tsarmina, is making life unbearable for the animals of Mossflower Woods. Then Martin, a young warrior mouse with a rusty sword, appears and inspires them to resistance. Leaving the others to harass Tsarmina, Martin sets out with two companions on a quest to find the great badger, Boar, the true ruler of Mossflower. This book sets up Redwall nicely. It might be a bit more convoluted that that book but it is enjoyable. One possible downside is that the characters are almost identical to those in Redwell just with a few tweaks. The plot goes in multiple directions and it is this varied plot which allows the characters to go in some different directions despite the problems being again similar to Redwall. The language is warm and inviting and the positives do outweigh the negatives but not the strongest book in the series. ( )
  loafhunter13 | Jul 8, 2016 |
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 |
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Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chalk, GaryIllustratorsecondary 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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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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