Martin the Warrior, Book 1: The Prisoner and the Tyrant (Redwall Series #6)

Overview

The Redwall series captured the hearts of readers and critics alike with its exhilarating tales of the wondrous creatures of Redwall. Martin the Warrior continues the saga with the long-awaited history of Martin, Redwall's most glorious hero, who rises from slavery to become the greatest warrior the land would ever know.

For ages 9 and above.

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Overview

The Redwall series captured the hearts of readers and critics alike with its exhilarating tales of the wondrous creatures of Redwall. Martin the Warrior continues the saga with the long-awaited history of Martin, Redwall's most glorious hero, who rises from slavery to become the greatest warrior the land would ever know.

For ages 9 and above.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review of this 1994 installment in the Redwall series, PW commented that ``Jacques's classically inspired plot-weaving achieves virtuosity.'' All ages. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
As usual, Brian Jacques fans will welcome his sixth book, Martin the Warrior. Jacques has a large and loyal following of kids eight to eighty. The reasons for these legions of fans are once again apparent. The three hundred-odd pages hold swashbuckling adventures of derring-do, laugh out loud humor, and a multitude of cliff hanging moments that make the book impossible for even the most reluctant reader to put down. Martin appeared in Jacques' first book, Redwall, and has set standards for heroism in every book that followed. Martin's ghost guides the "good" through the other five books, but Martin's own history was mysterious until now. Jacques tells all-how Martin rises from enslavement to unite forests of oppressed creatures to do battle with the tyrannical stoat, Badrang, and to bring down Marshank, his fortress of evil. The truth behind the shadowy details of Martin's one true love and the meaning behind the power of Martin's sword, a weapon that empowers all the heroes and heroines that follow Martin's path, are revealed. Jacques' writing provides some of the most dramatic family read aloud material to be found in children's books, and once again there's the satisfying triumph of good over evil at the book's end.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-In this sixth book of the Redwall series, Brian Jacques relates the tale of how the mouse warrior of Redwall gained his title and his fame. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Jacques adds another tale to his Redwall fantasy series. This is the story of Martin as a brash young mouse and so precedes both Mossflower (1988) and Redwall (1987, both Philomel). Martin is a prisoner slave in the fortress of the tyrant, Badrang. Escaping with a group of other prisoners, the animals are separated, and spend the rest of the book trying to find one another, mingling with a large cast of colorful characters, good and bad, along the way. Meanwhile, back at the fortress, the evil Badrang is fighting for his life against the equally evil Captain Clogg, who has arrived by sea to try to wrest control. In the end, Martin and his compatriots arrive in time to assure that good triumphs, but only after an almost unbelievable series of swashbuckling episodes and close calls. The story is a complex one with three strains going on simultaneously, and only sophisticated readers will be able to follow it. Jacques writes to a formula of constant action and high adventure as good fights evil. He is able to carry it off because his plots are exciting with lots of tension, and because he is able to establish distinctive and interesting personalities throughout each book. This story carries readers along at a breathless pace and stands well with the others in the series. However, it offers nothing new and is not essential to the enjoyment of the previous books.-Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807281505
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Redwall Series , #6
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 3 Cassettes
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years

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