Doomwyte (Redwall Series #20)

Doomwyte (Redwall Series #20)

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by Brian Jacques

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The 20th novel of Redwall-now in paperback.

The young mouse Bisky persuades his friends at Redwall Abbey to seek a fabled treasure-the jeweled eyes of the Great Doomwyte Idol-only to lead them into the realm of the fearsome Korvus Skurr, the black- feathered raven.


The 20th novel of Redwall-now in paperback.

The young mouse Bisky persuades his friends at Redwall Abbey to seek a fabled treasure-the jeweled eyes of the Great Doomwyte Idol-only to lead them into the realm of the fearsome Korvus Skurr, the black- feathered raven.

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"The latest installment in the phenomenally popular Redwall series will captivate fans." -Booklist

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Redwall Series , #20
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

"I sometimes think it ironic for an ex-seaman, longshoreman, truck driver, policeman, bus driver, etc., to find success writing children's novels," says Brian Jacques (pronounced "Jakes"). Yet it is all too true. With the publication of his first children's book in 1987, the award-winning Redwall, Jacques' fresh talent has received exceptional praise from reviewers in the United States and England. Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander called it "a fine work, literate, witty, filled with the excitement of genuine storytelling. Young people will surely be captivated. I hope they give their elders a chance to share the delights."

A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool—as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright—Brian Jacques is the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques is well-known for applying his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools across the United States and England.

Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.

He grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks. His interest in adventure stories began at an early age with reading the books of: Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Thomas Malory, Robert Michael Ballantyne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Kenneth Grahame. He attended St. John's School, an inner city school that had its playground on the roof. On his first day at St. John's, at the age of ten, he had an experience that marked his potential as a writer. When given an assignment of writing a story about animals, he wrote about the bird that cleaned a crocodile's teeth. The teacher could not, and would not, believe that a ten year old could write that well. When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then, that he realized that he had a talent for writing.

Some teachers at St. John's proved to be good role models. As Mr. Jacques recalls:

"My favourite teacher was Mr. Austin Thomas. He looked like Lee Marvin. Big Man. A Captain in World War II. He came to school on a big bush bike with the haversack on back. He was a man's man. Always fair. I was fourteen at the time when Mr. Thomas introduced the class to poetry and Greek literature. (Because of him, I saved seven shillings and sixpence to buy The Iliad and The Odyssey at this dusty used book shop.)"

This interest in poetry extended to Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Goldsmith.It was also at St. John's that Brian met a teacher, Alan Durband (who also taught two Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison), who, more than thirty years later would bring about a major change in his life.

After Brian finished school at fifteen, he set out to find adventure as a merchant seaman. He travelled to many far away ports, including New York, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Yokohama. Tiring of the lonely life of a sailor, he returned to Liverpool where he worked as a railway fireman, a longshoreman, a long-distance truck driver, a bus driver, a boxer, a bobby (Police Constable 216D), a postmaster, and a stand-up comic.

Penguin mourns the passing of celebrated children’s book author Brian Jacques

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 15, 1939
Date of Death:
February 5, 2011
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Place of Death:
Liverpool, England
St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Doomwyte 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Holy_Sheep More than 1 year ago
Doomwyte, though an excellently written book, had its ups and downs for me. My first thought while reading this was that it must be one of the best Redwall books I've read simply because this one didn't have a boring beginning, like most of the other ones have. It introduced all the characters and what was happening quickly and got to the real drama and excitement of the story without much delay, which I can say for very few of the other Redwall books. I loved the way that everything tied in together, like they do for all of Brian Jacques's books, and how just as soon as one character was rescued from captivity another one got caught- it kept the story going and made the book almost impossible to put down. I liked the diversity of the characters, from unlearned but still clever Umfry to grouchy Brother Torilis to sweet little Perrit. However, I was disappointed when there was very little hand to hand combat overall, and worse none at the Abbey. I always looked forward to that in the books, and this one was lacking in battle scenes. Even in the first battle scene, the focus was hardly on the fighting. I was also disappointed at the lack of interaction between the villian and his 'minions', shall we say. In other books the focus was on the villian just as much as the good guys, which I loved to have the insight of what was happening on the dark side, but there was very little of that in Doomwyte. However, despite its few low points, this was still an excellent book and I strongly encourage people to pick up a book from this series and read it. In all honesty, it doesn't really matter where you start- chronological order is very different than publishing order in this series! But really, though the series has its ups and downs, the ups are more frequent and stronger, and they are overall an excellent series that I would recommend to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series! This looks like it's going to be the best one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to the third page, it tells you the book from first to last. I would like to add that this is a great series and I cant wait to read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how BJ comes up with all these clever riddles to stump us, and the amount of detail he puts in his descriptions. Also, SPRINGO RULES!!!
Hazel Trent More than 1 year ago
Which one in the redwall series is the 3rd book? I know redwall is the first and then mattimeo.
Bharathi Attanti More than 1 year ago
This book is good for a reader with a need for adventure,battle with vicious vermin,and tasty vittles!Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of the most exciting books in the Redwall series, but like almost all of the series, well-written and interesting. It is a story from the earlier days of Redwall Abbey, and explains some of the landmarks that are in later stories. I have not yet met a Redwall book I didn't like and end up buying.
HarryPotterrules More than 1 year ago
It is the best it will make you go =0 =0 =0 =0 =0 =0 =0! There is no other series like this!!!!!!!! As will I will like to add this is the best of this series!! =) =) =) You will love it because I did it is very interesting and Brian Jacques rocks hopefully he keeps writing the series. So you will love it and Fair well good bye. ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
It really isn't fair to rate a book before it's been released, but if this book is anything like it's 19 predecessors, it's going to be a tremendously entertaining read for EVERYONE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know what's weird? The Nook has the later books, but not the original REDWALL, MATTIMEO, MARIEL OF REDWALL, or the earlier books. Where is our beloved Taggerung? Where is the Legend of Luke? Where is Mossflower? Where is Martin the Warrior? This is missing some of the most important books in the series!!!!! I understand that, and I am twelve years old! (The year is 2015) I may not have read the books when they were at their height of popularity, but I enjoy reading my 24 year old sisters books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brian Jacques does it again. Another wonderful fantasy book featuring the past and present characters of Redwall Abbey and Mossflower Woods. Good characters and bad characters, and all the good feasts. I really enjoy the Abbey hare in this one. A very unique character. Good reading, for cold days and staying indoors. Plus, good always triumphs, not easily, but it does. I have every book in the Redwall series and I have read them over and over. I think that anyone who enjoys a nice, entertaining and often very funny story would enjoys this book. Brian Jacques has a different and unique way of looking at things and is not only funny, but often true. We laugh most often at ourselves.
Paul-in-WA More than 1 year ago
Have read all of the Redwall series and Doomwyte is an excellent example and a very involving story.
fruffie2000 More than 1 year ago
As with all of the books in this series it was very good and continued with the story line. As soon as I got home I started reading this book and completed it within a couple of days. Can't wait for the next one!
Redwaller More than 1 year ago
Doomwyte, by Brian Jacques is the 20th book in his phenomenal Redwall Saga. It is about the mysterious disappearing of travelers lost in the woods after following mystic floating lights. These are the servants of the Doomwyte idol, whose eyes were stolen from the wytes many seasons ago. At Redwall Abbey, young Bisky the mouse and his friends discover a riddle that supposedly leads to the Doomwyte jewels. Korvus Skurr, tyrant to the wytes, is determined to take over Redwall and recover his missing eyes. Will Bisky and company find the eyes and defeat Korvus Skurr? I recommend this book and others from the Redwall saga for all readers who enjoy adventure, suspense, and an overall origional book from bestselling author Brian Jacques
Britton96 More than 1 year ago
Doomwyte is the best book so far in the Redwall Series.
It is thrilling and will keep you on the edge of your seat while reading it.
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Downloaded but cant read the book. My only ootions are share or archive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it offers a different change of pace from the usuall vermin want abbey for something or other, battle with the redwallers, have the long patrol and/or the guosim save the day, with maybe a badger thrown into the lot. Not to say I did not enjoy the other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please put reprint all Redwall books !!!!!
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I totally loved this book. I especially liked the part in the end where everyone you thought should get married did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining read, didn't disappoint
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