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The thirteenth tale in the highly popular Redwall series, now in paperback.

“Peace has gone on too long. Something inside me says that trouble such as these shores have never known is headed our way.”

Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The ...

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Overview

The thirteenth tale in the highly popular Redwall series, now in paperback.

“Peace has gone on too long. Something inside me says that trouble such as these shores have never known is headed our way.”

Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The mountain's defenses are weak and it seems that nothing can stand in his way. Nothing, that is, but the badger Lord Brocktree, who is drawn to Salamandastron by an undeniable sense of destiny. But if he is to rescue the mountain from Trunn and his verminous hordes, he must gather about him an army capable of defeating them in battle.

For ages 9 and above.

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Lucky 13
An aging but heroic badger known as Lord Stonepaw is the leader of the other creatures living on the island mountain of Salamandastron. They have lived in peace for many generations, but all that is about to change. Acting on a dream in which he saw a ferocious badger warrior, the evil Ungatt Trunn and his minions are waging an invasion of Salamandastron. The residents put up a good fight to defend their island, but in the end Ungatt and his warriors prove too strong. Lord Stonepaw and a few survivors retreat to the basement caves in the island, where they hide and plan what to do next.

Some distance away, a spunky young maiden hare named Dotti is traveling on her own when she meets up with another badger, Lord Brocktree. The warrior badger is traveling to Salamandstron, driven there by a dream he had, a dream of death, destruction, and a powerful enemy. After Lord Brocktree rescues the headstrong Dotti from a band of traveling marauders, the young hare decides to accompany him to Salamandastron. Thus is a long-lasting and strong friendship born.

Along the way, Brocktree and Dotti meet a number of other creatures -- big and small, fierce and gentle, friends and foes. There is an old hare named Fleetscut, who teams up with a group of rabble-rousing squirrels, nearly being killed several times and then almost starving to death. At the other end of the age spectrum is Skittles, a young hedgehog with lots of energy but little restraint. There is Udara Groundslay, a wise old owl who cannot fly but who rules over a small kingdom nonetheless. And then there is the shrew encampment led by Log a Log Grenn.

As this traveling band of anthropomorphic vagabonds heads for Salamandastron, they try to build camaraderie and hone their fighting skills. Their numbers are increased tenfold when they reach the lands governed by King Bucko Bigbones, one of the biggest and strongest hares to ever live. When Bucko is bested in a test of strength and will by the plucky Dotti, he prepares to hand her his crown. Instead, she convinces him and his followers to join in on the march to Salamandastron.

By the time this traveling band of warriors closes in on Trunn, the wildcat's ranks have been weakened through attrition and treason -- Trunn's wicked ways and cruel treatment haven't won him any friends. Trunn puts up a good fight and almost defeats the rescuers, but in the end Lord Brocktree and his little band of fighters prevail, restoring Salamandastron to the peaceful community it once was.

With this latest installment in his epic adventure, Jacques will no doubt continue to enthrall his readers, both young and old. While the vocabulary in the Redwall series tends to limit the stories to readers over the age of nine or so, Lord Brocktree has less of the dialect and hundred-dollar words that tend to trip up younger readers. There is bloodshed and violence, but also an overriding theme of good triumphing over evil (and Jacques doesn't dabble much in shades of gray -- his evil characters are clearly and deliciously evil.) And the ever escalating sense of adventure makes each book in this series an exercise in non-stop fun and excitement.

--Beth Amos

Beth Amos is the author of several novels, including Second Sight, Eyes of Night, and Cold White Fury.

KLIATT
To quote KLIATT's Jan. 01 review of the hardcover edition: ...This tells the tale of the brave badger-warrior Lord Brocktree and his young friend Dotti, a haremaid, as they try to recapture the mountain of Salamandastron from the wildcat Ungatt Trunn and his Blue Hordes...Adventure and humor abound in this 13th novel in the popular fantasy series, and Dotti emerges as an admirably strong female protagonist. Lots of dialect (e.g., "Burr, you'm looen loik ee been in a gudd old battle, zurr!") contributes to the flavor of the epic tale, which can stand alone for those who have not yet read anything by Jacques. (A Novel of Redwall) KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Berkley, Ace, 346p., $6.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
Children's Literature
This fantasy novel features Lord Brocktree, badger lord and heir to the mountain kingdom of Salamandastron, and Dotti, a delightful hare who considers herself a "fatal beauty." The unlikely pair team up against the evil wildcat, Ungatt Trunn. Ungatt Trunn and his horde of blue rats defeat Brocktree's father and take over their peaceful mountain home. Meanwhile, Lord Brocktree and Dotti solicit the aid of otters, moles, shrews, and squirrels in their quest to recapture Salamandastron. The friends make a daring commando raid in order to save imprisoned hares. Later, the final ferocious battle between Brocktree and Ungatt Trunn takes place. Loaded with humorous dialogue and peppered with original rhymes and verses, the book vividly brings alive a whole new universe. This is the thirteenth book in the "Redwall" series, tales that were originally conceived to entertain children at Liverpool's School for the Blind. 2000, Philomel Books/Penguin Putnam,
VOYA
Jacques does it again. In Lord Brocktree the author uses a picturesque vocabulary to describe every character down to the last whisker. As Brocktree journeys to his homeland to free it from the blue hoards of Ungatt Trunn, an evil wildcat, he meets many creatures, each with their own reasons to help his cause. This book is just as good as any other in the Redwall series, if not better. This action/adventure story is wonderful for children, adults, and anyone in between. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Philomel, 320p, $22.95. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Jonathan Spivack, Teen Reviewer

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Jacques shows no signs of flagging in this latest tale about a Badger Lord named Brocktree, a fatally beautiful haremaid named Dotti, and an evildoing wildcat named Ungatt Trunn. Trunn and his Hordebeasts have invaded Salamandastron and caused the death of Lord Stonepaw. However, from off in the forests and meadows, help is coming. The shrews, hedgehogs, moles, river and sea otters, squirrels, and a pack of Highland hares band together with Brocktree and Dotti. Trunn is eventually defeated, and the Horde quickly disperses, leaving the "Redwall" creatures to their favorite pastimes-dancing, singing, and of course, eating. Jacques continues to have an amazing gift for keeping his story fresh. He starts this one from two different points: the invasion, and the adventures of Dotti, Brocktree, and their friends. The two stories converge near the end of the book for a thrilling conclusion. The story itself is framed as a history written by the current lord of Salamandastron. The plot is well balanced, chapters of floating on a river and feasting with friends are set in counterpoint with the horrors of war. The characters, as always, are easily defined and identified by their accents, a Jacques specialty. It may take some readers a while to figure out what everyone is saying, but they will make the effort as these beasts are all so engaging. There is no need to have read the earlier books for this one to make sense, but new readers will undoubtedly be asking for more, and fans will just eat it up.-Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Beth Amos
September 2000

Lord Brocktree

The 13th book in Brian Jacques's epic Redwall series is here, and it's more exciting, more riveting, and more adventurous than any of its predecessors. Lord Brocktree is the story of a heroic badger and his many furry sidekicks, particularly a young female hare named Dotti. Together, the "good" animals must bravely fight the evil wildcat Ungatt Trunn and his infamous Blue Hordes for the possession of Mount Salamandastron.

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Lucky 13

An aging but heroic badger known as Lord Stonepaw is the leader of the other creatures living on the island mountain of Salamandastron. They have lived in peace for many generations, but all that is about to change. Acting on a dream in which he saw a ferocious badger warrior, the evil Ungatt Trunn and his minions are waging an invasion of Salamandastron. The residents put up a good fight to defend their island, but in the end Ungatt and his warriors prove too strong. Lord Stonepaw and a few survivors retreat to the subterranean caves in the island, where they hide and plan what to do next.

Some distance away, a spunky young maiden hare named Dotti is traveling on her own when she meets up with another badger, Lord Brocktree. The warrior badger is traveling to Salamandstron, driven there by a dream he had, a dream of death, destruction, and a powerful enemy. After Lord Brocktree rescues the headstrong Dotti from a band of traveling marauders, the young hare decides to accompany him to Salamandastron. Thus is a long-lasting and strong friendship born.

Along the way, Brocktree and Dotti meet a number of other creatures -- big and small, fierce and gentle, friends and foes. There is an old hare named Fleetscut, who teams up with a group of rabble-rousing squirrels, nearly being killed several times and then almost starving to death. At the other end of the age spectrum is Skittles, a young hedgehog with lots of energy but little restraint. There is Udara Groundslay, a wise old owl who cannot fly but who rules over a small kingdom nonetheless. And then there is the shrew encampment led by Log a Log Grenn.

As this traveling band of anthropomorphic vagabonds heads for Salamandastron, they try to build camaraderie and hone their fighting skills. Their numbers are increased tenfold when they reach the lands governed by King Bucko Bigbones, one of the biggest and strongest hares to ever live. When Bucko is bested in a test of strength and will by the plucky Dotti, he prepares to hand her his crown. Instead, she convinces him and his followers to join in on the march to Salamandastron.

By the time this traveling band of warriors closes in on Trunn, the wildcat's ranks have been weakened through attrition and treason -- Trunn's wicked ways and cruel treatment haven't won him any friends. Trunn puts up a good fight and almost defeats the rescuers, but in the end Lord Brocktree and his little band of fighters prevail, restoring Salamandastron to the peaceful community it once was.

With this latest installment in his epic adventure, Jacques will no doubt continue to enthrall his readers, both young and old. While the vocabulary in the Redwall series tends to limit the stories to readers over the age of nine or so, Lord Brocktree has less of the dialect and hundred-dollar words that tend to trip up younger readers. There is bloodshed and violence, but also an overriding theme of good triumphing over evil (and Jacques doesn't dabble much in shades of gray -- his evil characters are clearly and deliciously evil.) And the ever escalating sense of adventure makes each book in this series an exercise in non-stop fun and excitement.

--Beth Amos

Beth Amos is the author of several novels, including Second Sight, Eyes of Night, and Cold White Fury.

From the Publisher
“He is a wonderful storyteller, immersed in his own kingdom.” –The Guardian

“Not since Roald Dahl have children filled their shelves so compulsively.” –The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441008728
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Redwall Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 126,637
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques
Brian Jacques lives in Liverpool, England, where he continues to spin his magnificent tales.

Biography

The drawings that open the chapters in a Redwall book may look sweet, but Brian Jacques' fantasies are not for the faint of heart. Adventure, peril, betrayal, and downright slaughter abound in these hefty novels about the creatures -- mice, hares, moles, badgers, and sparrows -- who inhabit Redwall Abbey in medieval England.

Brian Jacques has had a life nearly as exciting as that of some of his characters: After dropping out of school in his native Liverpool at the age of 15, he traveled the world as a merchant seaman, visiting ports from America to Asia. Upon returning to England, he held a wide variety of jobs, from railway fireman to boxer among them. In the 1960s, he and his two brothers formed the Liverpool Fishermen, a folksinging group. Jacques also tried his hand as a playwright, producing several stage plays -- Brown Bitter, Wet Nellies, Scouse – about native Liverpudlians.

The Redwall stories, which were to earn him legions of fans, were born out of his time as a volunteer storyteller at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool. Jacques maintains that his detailed writing style was developed here; he was forced to be as descriptive as possible, so his audience would be able to experience his stories as if they could see. He created the first Redwall story as a gift to the children of the school, but never intended to publish it commercially. Fortunately for his many fans on both sides of the Atlantic, a friend sent his first manuscript to a publisher, and the rousing series took off in England in 1986 and in the U.S. the following year with Redwall.

Jacques takes issue with the notion that his books are "fantasy" fiction, a description that he says "smacks of swords and sorcery and dungeons and dragons. . . . I like to think of my books as old-fashioned adventures that happened ‘Once upon a time, long ago and far away.'"

The novels appeal generally to an audience of nine- to fifteen-year-olds, but have admirers both younger and older. The tales pivot on the conflict between good and evil; good invariably triumphs. Indeed, morality issues are always clear in Jacques' books: cruelty, greed, and avarice are eradicated in all forms; bravery, loyalty, and resourcefulness reap rewards aplenty. When it comes to characters, though, Jacques is less simplistic: Martin the Warrior, who through his courage and cunning rose to become the noblest hero in the land, is given to impetuousness, and the miscreant Cluny has both good and bad sides, a la Long John Silver.

For female readers, the Redwall books can be extra satisfying. His female creatures are as adventurous as the males: they don't faint into their male counterparts' arms, but explore, swashbuckle, and rescue on their own. In Mariel of Redwall (1991), the courageous girl mousechild Mariel, thrown overboard by the Gabool, leader of the evil pirate Searats, exacts her own brand of revenge.

Jacques' usually swift pace sometimes comes to a slogging halt with extraordinarily detailed descriptions of the legendary Redwall feasts, right down to the last acorn and drop of buttercup and honey cordial. But the author is redeemed by his delicate interweaving of subplots, his memorable menagerie, his rollicking sense of adventure, and his ability to transport the reader into an entirely different world, a world that, as one critic for The New York Times put it, "is both an incredible and ingratiating place, one to which readers will doubtless cheerfully return."

Good To Know

Brian Jacques wrote his books in longhand or on a manual typewriter, or, if the weather permits, outdoors.

Despite his success as an author, Jacques continued to broadcast the weekly radio show, Jakestown, that he hosted before he wrote the Redwall books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      June 15, 1939
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Date of Death:
      February 5, 2011
    2. Place of Death:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      St. John’s School, Liverpool, England
    2. Website:

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Chapter One


Loneliness was everywhere. Hopelessness and an air of foreboding had settled over the western shores, casting their pall over land, sea and the mountain of Salamandastron. Yet nobeast knew the cause of it.

    A pale moon of early spring cast its wan light down upon the face of the mighty deeps, touching each wind-driven wavetop with flecks of cold silver. Soughing breakers crashed endlessly upon the strand, weary after their journey from the corners of the earth. Above the tideline, gales chased dry sand against the rocks, forcing each particle to sing part of the keening dirge that blended with the sounds of the dark ocean.

    In his chamber overlooking the scene, Lord Stonepaw sat in his great chair, feeling as ancient as the mountain he ruled. In one corner, his bed stood neatly made, unused now for a score of seasons. He was far too old; the ritual of lying down each night and rising next day had become painful for his bones. Drawing his cloak tight against vagrant night chills, the once mighty Badger Lord squinted rheumily out to sea, worrying constantly about his domain.

    Without bothering to knock, a venerable hare creaked his way into the chamber, leaning heavily upon a small serving cart which he was pushing before him. Stonepaw's efforts to ignore him were of no avail. He fussed hither and thither, like a broody hen with only one chick, chunnering constantly as he went about his chores. "Mmmm, no fire lit again, eh, m'lud? Catch your death o' cold one night y'will, mark m'words!"

    Sparks from the flint he was striking againsta blade, coupled with his wheezy blowing, soon had a flame from dry moss crackling against pine twigs.

    "Hmmm, that's better, wot? C'mon, get this supper down. You've got to blinkin' well eat to live, y'know!"

    Stonepaw shook his head at the sight of the food his servant was laying out on the small table at his side. "Leave me alone, Fleetscut. I'll have it later."

    "No y'won't, sire, you'll flippin' well have it now! I ain't goin' t'the bother o' luggin' vittles from the kitchen to watch you let 'em go cold. Hot veggible soup an' fresh bread, that'll do you the world o' good, wot!"

    The ancient badger sighed with resignation. "Oh, give your tongue a rest. I'll take the soup. Bread's no good t'me, though. Too crusty—hurts my gums."

    Fleetscut brooked no arguments. Drawing his dagger, he trimmed the crusts from the still oven-warm loaf. "No crusts now, wot? Dip it in your soup, m'lud." The hare perched on the chair arm, helping himself to soup and bread, in the hope that it might encourage his master's appetite. Stonepaw snorted mirthlessly.

    "Huh, look at us. Me, Stonepaw, hardly able to hold a spoon with the same paws that used to lift huge boulders, and you, Fleetscut, doddering 'round with a trolley!"

    The hare nudged his old friend and cackled. "Heh heh heh! Mebbe so, but I can still remember the days when I could leap three times as high as that trolley, aye, an' run from dawn to dusk without stoppin' to draw breath. Wasn't a bally hare on the mountain could even stay with my dust trail! Those were the seasons, wot! You, too, Stonepaw. I saw you lift boulders bigger'n yourself when we were young, you could break spears an' bend swords with your bare paws ..."

    Stonepaw gazed at the paws in question. "That may have been, my old messmate, but look at my paws now, silver-furred, battered, scarred and so full of aches and pains that they're no good for anything!"

    Fleetscut hauled himself from the chair arm and went to lean at the long window overlooking the sea. "So what's the blinkin' problem? Everybeast has t'grow old, nothin' can stop that. We've had a long an' good life, you'n'me, fought our battles, protected the western coast against all comers, an' never once backed off from any fight. There's been peace now for as long as any creature on the mountain can remember. What're you worryin' about, sire?"

    With a grunt, Stonepaw rose slowly from his chair and joined his companion at the window. He stared out at the darkened waters as he replied. "Peace has gone on too long. Something inside me says that trouble such as these shores have never known is headed our way. I wished that we could live our days out without having to take up arms again, Fleetscut, but deep down I'm stone cold certain it won't happen. Worst part of it is that I can't even guess what the future holds."

    Fleetscut looked strangely at the Badger Lord, then shuddered and went to warm himself by the fire. "Sire, I know exactly how you feel. Matter o' fact, I was thinkin' those very thoughts this afternoon, when old Blench the cook said to me: `Looks like evil comin' soon.' She says: `See for yourself, there ain't a sight or sound of a single bird anywhere on land or sea!'"

    Lord Stonepaw stroked his long silver beard thoughtfully. "Blench was right, too, now you come to mention it. Where do you suppose all the birds have gone? The skies are usually thick with gulls, cormorants, petrels and shearwaters in late spring."

    Fleetscut shrugged expressively. "Who knows what goes on in the mind of a seabird? Maybe they know things we don't. Stands t'reason, though, sire,—why should they hang about if they know somethin' bad is due to come here?"

    The badger smiled at his faithful old friend. "Why indeed? They have no duty to protect this coast and they can always build nests elsewhere. Leave me now, I'll talk to you on the morrow. There are things I must do."

    Fleetscut had never questioned his Badger Lord's authority, and was not about to do so now. Bobbing a stiff bow he left the chamber, pushing his trolley.

    Lord Stonepaw made his way to the secret chamber where countless other Badger Rulers of Salamandastron had gone to dream mysterious dreams. It was a place that would have made the hairs on any other creature's back stand stiff. Ranged around the walls of the inner chamber were lines of little carvings, telling of the mountain's history. Guarding it in fearsome armored array stood the mummified bodies of past Badger Warriors: Urthrun the Gripper, Spearlady Gorse, Bluestripe the Wild, Ceteruler the Just and many other legendary figures.

    From his own lantern, Stonepaw lit three others. Then, taking a pawful of herbs from a shell he sprinkled them into the lantern vents. As the sweet-smelling incense of smoke wreathed him, he sat down upon a carved rock throne. Closing both eyes, he breathed in deeply and let his mind take flight. After a while he began speaking.

    "If the gates of Dark Forest lie open for me soon, if the shadow of evil darkens our western shores, who will serve in my stead? My hares are scattered far and wide. Peacetime makes young warriors restless; they are gone questing afar for adventure. Only the old guard are left here with me on this mountain, dim of eye and feeble of limb, the seasons of their strength long flown."

    Lord Stonepaw's eyes began flickering, and the herbal smoke swirled about his great silver head as he sat up straight, his voice echoing around the rockbound cavern.

    "Where is the strongest of the strong? Who can be so perilous that a force of fighting hares will rise and follow that creature? Is there a badger roaming the earth brave and mighty enough to become Lord of Salamandastron?"

    Outside on the strand, the gale increased, waves crashed widespread on the tideline in their effort to conquer the land, like a maddened beast the ocean roared. Sand swept upward into winding columns, driving, spiraling, crazily across the shore. Yet still was there no sound of birds or any other living thing to be heard.

    A foreboding of great evil lay over the land and sea. But nobeast knew the cause of it.

    ... Yet.

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Table of Contents

Book 1: The Days of Ungatt Trunn
also entitled Dorothea Leaves Home ..... 1
Book 2: At the Court of King Bucko
also entitled The Tribulations of a Haremaid ..... 127
Book 3: Comes a Badger Lord
also entitled A Shawl for Aunt Blench ..... 259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    5 stars

    This is my second favorite book, it is one of the best books in the redwall series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this book.I think everybody should read it.This is a fantastic book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Brocktree

    This book is awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Excellant read

    Read it couple years ago and was fasinated. Sorry to hear Mr. Jacques passed. Will cherish these books and pass them on to the grandkids

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    Posted March 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Excellent!

    Lord Brocktree is an outstanding book, and one of Jacques's best. The way he uses different viewpoints kept the story very exciting. I couldn't put it down. The characters are so lifelike and wonderfull that you can't help but feel like you've always known them when you finish the book. This book is WELL worth reading, and there are plenty of following books in the Redwall series which every kid (ahem-every PERSON) should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    SO MILLION STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Eulalia is my favorite but Lord Brocktree should be called Lord Rocktree!!!!

    Whoooooohaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!
    (See the Bellmaker)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    An Beastly War

    Lord Brocktree Brian Jacques The Penguin Group Fantasy ¿Eulaliiiiiaaaaaaaaa.¿ This is the strong battle cry of the mighty warriors who rightfully own Mount Salamandastron. This ¿Lord Brocktree¿ written by Brian Jacques, has a great twist on it, for the battle isn't between humans, but between animals from hares to moles and rats to foxes. Though the mighty leaders of the two armies are both cunning and smart. The badger, lord Brocktree, and the evil wildcat, the Ungutt Trunn, battle for life, but luck is on the badger's side, for the mysterious bark crew have done something terribly wrong to the wildcat's blue rat army. The badger lord must find a very strategic plan on how to kill his enemies with his small but strong hare army against the starving blue vermin. Read this horrifying but action packed story and find out who wins the revolutionary battle of Salamandraston. There are many characters in this book. The main ones though are the two lords, the badger and the wildcat. The badger's name is lord Brocktree. As a primary character, he is very dynamic and learns more about everything on his journey. He is big hearted though, at the same time, extremely strong. He is the leader of any army or group while scaring the enemies with his unbreakable, double-hilted, rare steel, shining sword. He rules his army with them liking him back, unlike the evil wildcat who rules an army that only like him because they don't want to die. The Ungutt Trunn, who is from a long line of evil wildcats, is the wildcat from the story. He is son of lord Greeneyes and brother of Tsarmina and Gingevere. He owns an army of blue rats whom he collected over his years and trained to rule the world. He is extremely cruel to his army and unmerciful to his enemies. Even though he is evil, he is very cunning and smart, maybe even a genius like lord Brocktree. These two characters are very important to the story because without them, the story would be dull and boring. Another character is Dotti the hare. She was stumbled upon by lord Brocktree during a small battle. She was kicked out of her home for being very mischievous around the small village. She is also very pretty and girlish, sometimes. Other times she is fierce and flaming with rage if you tick her off. Though with both of these personalities, she is very head-strong. She is very important because she somehow (you'll have to read the book to find out) gained an army for lord Brocktree to attempt to defeat Ungutt Trunn. There are many other characters in this book like Stiffener, Blench, Skipper, and Bucko Bigbones. To find out more about them, read this fascinating book. I definitely recommend this book to all people interested in warfare, medieval times, or people who love animals. It's an explosion of revolutionary battles, great victories, sad losses, and heartbreaking deaths. I personally liked the twisted idea of medieval ages for animals. This is a great selling book because it can attract many types of people from those who like violence to tree huggers. It is very interesting because every animal has a different way of talking. The hares always end their sentences with ¿wot,¿ and the moles say ¿zurr¿ a lot. The rest you will have to find out if you read the book. The mood and tone of the story changes a lot though. Sometimes it's tense, and other times it's cheerful. This whole series of books is so addicting. I recommend this to all people who want something with a twist to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Great book

    Lord Brocktree ¿Groddil¿help me,¿ Ungatt Trunn said as he slipped into the sea forever. Dorothea Duckfontein Dillworthy, or Dotti as her friends call her, was a hare that was kicked out of her village and her parents sent her aunt Blench so she could learn some manners. When she is just starting out on her journey she runs into some vermin who try to kill her she hurts them with her bag when Lord Brocktree of Brockhall, son of Lord Stonepaw the current leader of Salamandastron, comes along to help. Lord Brocktree is a fearsome badger with a huge sword. The vermin run away, Dotti¿s cider breaks inside her bag, and Lord Brocktree and Dotti become friends. They are eating lunch after Dotti hurt her leg when she sees something move she pretends not to notice and Brocktree goes to ¿get more dock leaves¿ but gets the ¿spy¿ and Dotti hits it with her bag. The ¿spy¿ turns out to be a friendly otter, named Ruff that will help them. They come across a challenge by King Bucko Bigbones. The travelers go and find his palace where Dotti takes the challenge. The rules are as follows: Fighting, feasting, and bragging contests. If you win the bragging and feasting contest it doesn¿t matter. Whoever wins the fighting contest will be king 'queen' of the hares. Dotti wins all the challenges and gets all the mountain hares to help them after Ungatt Trunn, a wildcat that has taken over Salamandastron. They get some shrews and hedgehogs to help. They start the march. Mean while all the hares at Salamandastron have been killed, taken prisoner, or escaped. Lord Stonepaw is dead and the hares that escaped find some sea otters. They join up and go to make sure Ungatt Trunn¿s Blue Hordes don¿t get any food. The Bark Crew 'the hares and otters' get trapped by 150 vermin and are nearly all killed when Lord Brocktree and his small army march in and slaughter the vermin. Then Brocktree and Trunn go in one on one combat and Brocktree wins. He rules for many years. This is a great book and it should be read by everyone. One thing I like about this book is the action. In the beginning Dotti has to fight off a pack of vermin until Brocktree comes. Then the Bark Crew attack vermin foraging parties and take there food. They makes the Hordes starve. After that there is the one-on-one combat with Ungatt Trunn and Lord Brocktree. After all the battles are said and done the vermin run away but Ripfang, a rat, shoves Karangool, a fox, over the edge where Bucko lays him to eternal rest. Another thing I like is the excitement. The book sucks you in and you never want to let go. When Dotti is doing the challenges it is very exciting because the author changes chapters in between the challenges. Then there is the battle of the Bark Crew when they get caught in the vermin¿s trap there are only ten or eleven out of the twenty left. After that there is the battle between Ungatt Trunn and Lord Brocktree when Trunn throws the net over Brocktree and nearly kills him. I like this book because of the characters. Bucko Bigbones is self conscious, especially when a haremaid challenges him for his crown he also holds a grudge, like on Karangool. He never forgot about when he killed his family and left him with a scar. Lord Brocktree is a huge, strong, and powerful badger. He has control of all his army and he saves the lives of lots of animals when he throws Ungatt Trunn into the sea. Also I like Dotti. She will stick up for herself. She is self righteous and can¿t stop calling herself a ¿fatal beauty¿. She is strong when she hits the vermin so she can get past and kills vermin in the war. I love the way this book plays out. Brian Jacques doesn¿t kill off people you care a lot about. He also make a really good ending where Ungatt Trunn wakes up, sees Grodill and begs for his help. Grodill doesn¿t help and Trunn slips into the sea¿forever. N. Rahman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Interesting....

    I've never read anything like this before. Brian Jacques really has an interesting writing style. It was almost hard to keep up with this book at times for how the animals talk. I'm guessing it must be a very British dialect. And what is 'wot,wot' supposed to mean I saw that a lot. Anyway, this book is a good read, but make sure you stay focused and aren't just reading it out of the corner of your eyes or you'll be really lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Fun read!

    this was the best redwall book so far! An exceptionally great book. I read it about a year ago and still remember. I read it while we were on vacation and couldn't put it down! A sure read! Take a chance on it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    the best REDWALL

    this is the greatest in the redwall series, and all you poeple who haven't read them all need to get going!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2005

    A Fantastic Read!

    This book is about a wildcat (Ungatt Trunn) taking over the mighty mountain Salamandastron with his massive rat army. Lord Brocktree must assemble one of his own to get his mountain back. This was the first Redwall book that I had ever read, and it was fantastic! Jacques does a great job of switching back and forth between three stories and eventually blending them into one thrilling tale. The characters are fantastic and realistic. This great book has inspired me to read more of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    Lork Brocktree

    'Lord Brocktree' is a wonderful book I would recomend to anybody that loves Brian Jaques or tales of chivalry ang good versus evil. When Ungattt Trunn the wildcat comesto the shores of Salamandastron, he creates quite a problem for the current badger lord. With only a few aged hares and getting old himself, he and his troops manage to put up quite a fight for their mountain home. However, they cannot hold out forever. Meanwhile, Lord Brocktree and a hare maiden named Dotti are on their way to Salamandastron, not knowing of the danger, only knowing they are needed. The concept may seem weird with its talking animals, but once the reader gets into the story, furry faces fade into the background as stories of friendship, honor, chivalry, and classic good against evil storylines come into play. Take a chance and try it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    The Bigggggggest Redwall fan

    This book was one of the first Redwall books i reed and quite frankly it was the best. I have read all of BJ'S books on redwall tales and i would have to say that they are the best books i have read in my live. wot wot wot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    The best in the series!

    I personally think that Lord Brocktree was the best book in the Redwall series! Action-packed from front to back, Lord Brocktree will keep you sitting on the edge! For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about tune in. Lord Stonepaw, badger lord of Salamandastron grows older with every passing second. So old, defending his mountain is near immpossible. While he dreams of a young badger, and an enemy wildcat, he knows, if he can last long enough for this other beast to get here... Those hopes are shattered as the wildcat who at this time will remain unknwon, arrives earlier than expected! How long can Lord Stonepaw hold on? You have to read to find out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Redwall's REAL biggest fan.

    Outstanding! Extraordinary! A must have if your a Redwall fan. i also enjoyed: Redwall Winter's Tale,Redwall Map and the Redwall Riddler,The Tale of Urso Brunov,Great Redwall Feast and Mauer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    I WAS GOOD.

    OVER ALL IT WAS A GOOD BOOK. BUT NOTHING SEEMS TO COMPARE WITH MARLFOX. BUT I LOVED THE ACTION SCENES! I'M READING THE TAGGERUNG AT PRESENT. ITS GREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Great Book

    Lord Brocktree was a good book i thought i would never finish it. It was my first RedWall book and i plan on reading many many more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    THis book gets six stars from me! Eulalia!!!!!

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That is all I have to say exept: Eeeeuullllaaaaaalliiiiaaaaaa!!!!!!

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