Mariel of Redwall (Redwall Series #4)

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When the rat pirate Gabool the Wild attacks the mouse-ship carrying Joseph the Bellmaker, he plunders its magnificent bell in a fit of greed, and then pitilessly casts Joseph and his daughter Mariel into the raging sea. After she is rescued and brought to Redwall Abbey, Mariel sets out with three fearless Mossflower companions (and her trusty rope-weapon, the Gullwhacker) to track down Gabool and avenge her father-and thus begins an ...
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When the rat pirate Gabool the Wild attacks the mouse-ship carrying Joseph the Bellmaker, he plunders its magnificent bell in a fit of greed, and then pitilessly casts Joseph and his daughter Mariel into the raging sea. After she is rescued and brought to Redwall Abbey, Mariel sets out with three fearless Mossflower companions (and her trusty rope-weapon, the Gullwhacker) to track down Gabool and avenge her father-and thus begins an unforgettable battle!

For ages 9 and above.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A female protagonist, Mariel the mousemaid, lends a contemporary touch to the fourth installment in Jacques's Redwall series, which narrates epic events among the animals in the manner of Watership Down. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
A female protagonist, Mariel the mousemaid, lends a contemporary touch to the fourth installment in the Redwall series. Ages 10-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-- Redwall Abbey is once again the center of a multistranded adventure. Independent of its predecessors, Redwall (1987), Mossflower (1988), and Mattimeo (1990, all Philomel), it follows the mousemaid Mariel in her quest for vengeance against the searat Gabool the Wild and his Rodent Corsairs, who imprisoned her father and left her to drown during a storm at sea. Tough and resiliant, she makes her way to Redwall, where she finds stalwart companions who will accompany her through the Mossflower woods back to Gabool's stronghold, where he is descending into madness. Meanwhile, the good creatures of Redwall are besieged by a renegade band of searats. Intrepid readers willing to tackle a book this long will be further impeded by the sections of dialect used to delineate class structure. Since the writing style is cliched, much of the action contrived to be cute, the characters one-dimensional, and the villains predictable vermin, readers may wonder ``why bother?'' Nor will they find illumination of human-animal kinship. Clever substitutions like ``anybeast,'' ``foremole,'' and ``every ratjack of ye'' serve only to remind that these animals are almost entirely human surrogates. Even the frequent references to woodland cuisine are tedious enough to become unappetizing. A book that's somewhat pretentious, and one that will appeal mainly to fans of Jacques's earlier medieval fantasies. --Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142302392
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Series: Redwall Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 66,950
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques
Following in the grand tradition of Watership Down, Brian Jacques’ bestselling Redwall books star animals in medieval England who must protect their home against evil. Equal parts enchanting fantasy and morality tale, these adventure-filled books have captivated readers worldwide.

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
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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Intruiging!

    well written, beautiful cover illustrations,a must read !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    The most adventurous book ever!

    This book is full of adventure, suspense and an occasional laugh. When you read this book you will find yourself in a parallel universe of amazing animal warriors touching characters and a few you want to scream at. The main character is a young mouse who was abused and almost drowned. She seeks revenge on her abuser and her father's capturer Gabool the Wild. While you are captured in Mr. Jacques world you witness friends being made, problems being solved, and love being restored. This book is reccomended for people who love books with warfare, animals, and extreme excitement!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Mariel of Redwall

    This book was awesome! My school gave us summer "homework" where we had to read three books on this list and Redwall was one of them and I got totally HOOKED on the series, and I LOVED Mariel of Redwall! Mariel is a strong female protagonist with a brave and realistic heart. My favorite character in the book was actually Dandin. He was so awesome with Martin's spirit and all that! Mariel, and Dandin, who are mice, and Tarquin, who is a hare, set off on an adventure to Terramort Isle to rescue Mariel's father Joseph and the bell the searat Gabool the Wild stole off a ship that was meant for Rawnblade Widestripe, the Badger Lord of Salamandastron. Rawnblade is on a ship going to Terramort to get the bell and meet up with the heroes on the way. With the help of T.R.A.G., they anger a scorpion that ultimately kills Gabool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    An awesome book!

    When the evil searat Gabool throws Mariel overboard into the sea, her one objective from then on is to get revenge on Gabool. Once she finally gets washed ashore, she finds her memory is gone. Mariel meets a hare named Tarquin who escorts her to Redwall. At Redwall she eventually regains her memory and sets out on a quest, with her new friends Dandin, Durry, and Tarquin, to hunt down Gabool. I like this book because it is very exciting. This book has a lot action in it. It has many battles, like when the long patrol attacks Graypatch¿s camp of searats. Graypatch and his horde lay siege on Redwall for two weeks. The battle at the end is huge. It is three times as big as any other battle in the book. Mariel of Redwall was a great adventure book. Many things happen to the characters as they travel across land and sea, such as when Mariel, Dandin, Tarquin, and Durry get captured by a band of demented weasels. Also, while the foursome is on their quest, Redwall gets attacked by a band of gruesome searats. A fleet of searats also attacks another kingdom, called Salamandastron. All of the characters are unique in their own way. Tarquin always looks on the positive side of things, such as when he was about to go into war, and he said that this ought to be fun. Rawnblade is a fierce fighter who never backs down from a fight. For example, he fought an entire fleet of searats, when he could have just fled. Mariel is the kind who will never change her mind once it¿s set, just like when she wanted leave Redwall. She left although everyone tried to make her stay. Mariel of Redwall is a great book. If you have the chance I say read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    I started reading Redwall books in sixth grade when Brian Jacques came to my school. I recently graduated from college and this is still my favorite series. Mariel of Redwall and its sequel The Bellmaker are my favorite books in the series. They are full of amazing characters, breathtaking descriptions of the surroundings, and fabulous food and hospitality. Hon Rosie is my favorite charscter of all times, and I loved reading about her and the other hares of the long patrol. These books have the capacity to draw the reader into a far away world and make them want to return again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    Mariel Of Redwall

    Cast overboard by the wicked searat Gabool the Wild, a young mousemaid, carrying her knottted rope the Gullwhacker, sets out and finds the place called Redwall Abbey, a peaceful and serene place where all creatures are welcome. There she meets the young mouse Dandin, the heir of the sword of the legendary Martin The Warrior. Together they set out with a child hedgehog and a harolina-playing hare to destroy the searat Gabool. On their way to TerraMort,the isle on which Gabool lives, Mariel is reunited with her father, Joseph the Bellmaker, whos prized bell was stolen by Gabool the wild. With the help of the used-to-be slaves from Gabool's horde, who are promised a life in Redwall, the team overthrows Gabool and return to a life in Redwall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    I WISH I COULD RATE IT A BILLION STARS

    I LOVE this book because it was really adventurous and a genuine page turner. Every one of Jacques' books I've read so far are truly amazing, and I praise him for his hard work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    Great Book!

    YOu must read this book. It is awesome. My favorite character is Tarquin. He is really funny. And I am currently reading the sequel, The bellmaker and so far it is awesome. My favorite include Harry Potter, The Redwall series, the Alex Rider Series, and the Eragon series. If anoyone has a suggestion of a good book or series that i might like, please post it in this review board.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    First one read.

    This was the first book from Jacques that I ever read. Before I read it I was not a big reader at all. If you are looking for an easy read and amazing characters then these are the books for you. You will be wishing it will never end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    a true redwall

    Mariel of Redwall is a great book to the series that redwall fans will love. It has the same sense of adventure as the other ones. It is kind of slow moving at the beginning of the story, but it picks up the pace of entertainment quickly. There are all new characters and types of animals introduced, which may make it kind of confusing at the beginning. But they aren't anything you can't get used to. All in all, Mariel of Redwall is a great book in the series that people who like fantasy and animal stories will love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    WOW!

    A young mouse maid, thrown overboard to her death is about to change Redwall forever. In this Redwall tale, Gabool the cruel terrizes creatures of all shapes and sizes. When little mouse babe Marial stumbles in her slave spot and almost causes Gabool his death, she is cast overboard to lose her father, her memory, and her life. After she is taken to Redwall Abbey and Martin's good soul returns her memery in a poem, she sets off on an adventure with her friends to save her father and his bell. The great bell that was cast for the badger lord of Salanmastron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Pirates, sea rats, and danger around every corner

    Mariel of Redwall is your normal swashbuckling tale. In the beginning there's an evil rat pirate called Gabool, the Wild King of the Sea Rats. He throws a young maiden mouse named Mariel into the sea after he raids her father's ship. Gabool intends to steal the great bell that is on the way to Salamandastron, the land of the badger lords. Mariel washes up on land and is then taken to Redwall by some hares who find her. She can't remember her name or anything about herself, so she decides to call herself Storm Gulwhacker. She then sets out on a quest, along with a mouse, a hedgehog, and a hare, to kill Gabool. With the help of a badger lord named Rawnblade and her father's secret alliance of former slaves, Mariel and her army attack Gabool's fortress, intending to slaughter the wicked rat and destroy his armada of ships and sea rats. I don't want to spoil the end, but this book is extremely good. It's very long but it holds your attention. The best parts of the book are the battles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    I DIDN'T LIKE IT THAT MUCH....

    THIS WAS MY LEAST FAVORITE OF ALL THE REDWALL BOOKS. GABOOL CREEPED ME OUT. I JUST DIDN'T LIKE IT. BUT I RESPECT IT AS A REDWALL BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    A charming new heroine to meet!

    Joan of Arc, Eowyn, Lucy of 'Narnia', yes, history & liturature are full of heroines. Meet Mariel, a plucky, courageous mousemaid who comes to Redwall and learns who she really is. With a small band of friends, funny and loyal alike, she journeys to find again the murduring pirate who killed her father, the Bellmaker. Totally adventerous and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, this book is a real page-turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    Another fabulous addition to the Redwall series

    This one took me very long to read, like, maybe a month, but still I was so entranced by it at the end that I was ashamed to take so long to tuck the book away. This was a wonderful story, and sets up a grand tale for The Bellmaker, starring the entire cast a season or two after this one. Trust me- this is a must have book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    Its a Mouse

    I think Mariel of Redwall is a great book because, when you start reading the book its like you need to find out whats on the next page. Its a great book if your looking for adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    It was sooo cool!

    This book was great! I could not put it down,I finished it in one day. It seemed as if i was really there. I highly reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    What else do you expect from Jacques?

    This book was really good. All I really have to say about this is the same as for any other Redwall book: Exciting, suspenseful, action-pcked with the occasional peaceful scene and comic relief when things got a bit too serious. All in all, like all Redwall books, a good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2002

    My favorite book in the Redwall sires

    The 4th book in the sires of Redwall was amazing. In it a girl was tied to a rock and 'hurled to her fate by a son of Hellgate'. When she was washed up to shore she named herself Storm Gullwacker. The rest you wil have to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    Must read Must have!

    Another great story by Brian Jaques. About a young mousemaid who is detirmined to rescue her father from the sea king Gabool the wild.A great plot(as always.)His beatiful world full of imagination & adventure.

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