Martin the Warrior (Redwall Series #6)

Martin the Warrior (Redwall Series #6)

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by Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk
     
 

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On the shore of the Eastern Sea, in a cold stone fortress, a stoat named Badrang holds dozens of innocent creatures as slaves, part of his scheme to build an empire where he will rule as unquestioned tyrant.  Among those slaves is a mouse named Martin who has a warrior's heart and a burning desire for freedom-freedom not only for himself, but for all of

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On the shore of the Eastern Sea, in a cold stone fortress, a stoat named Badrang holds dozens of innocent creatures as slaves, part of his scheme to build an empire where he will rule as unquestioned tyrant.  Among those slaves is a mouse named Martin who has a warrior's heart and a burning desire for freedom-freedom not only for himself, but for all of Badrang's victims.  There is no risk he will not take, no battle he will not fight, to end the stoat's evil reign and in the process regain the sword of his father, Luke the Warrior-the sword that Badrang stole from him when he was but a lad!

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.)
Publishers Weekly
In a starred review of this 1994 installment in the Redwall series, PW said, "Jacques's classically inspired plot-weaving achieves virtuosity." Ages 12-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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 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:
9780142400555
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/09/2004
Series:
Redwall Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
365,776
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques has had many professions, including longshoreman, truck driver and folk singer.  In addition to a vast international readership, he has acquired a devoted army of listeners with his weekly radio program on BBC Merseyside.  For this recording Brian himself leads a full cast of actors he personally selected for their ability to bring his characters to vivid life.

Fans of Brian Jacques will enjoy Redwall, the first installment in this saga, which is also available from Listening Library.  This recording, performed by the author and a full cast, was a 1998 Audie Award winner.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 15, 1939
Date of Death:
February 5, 2011
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Place of Death:
Liverpool, England
Education:
St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England
Website:
http://www.redwall.org

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Martin the Warrior (Redwall Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome, I read it over a christmas break and I couldn't put it down! It envelopes you in the tory and makes you love all the characters, I liked Grumm the most because of his strange dialect. I've yet to read a better book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book once I opened it I never put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jacques 6th novel in the Redwall serries is a must read first for any one starting the Redwall serries. Martin the warrior is a key character who is essential in all of the books in the serries & his begginings as chronicled in this book helps set the stage for the others. this one by far is my favorite of all the books and i find it an excellent read overall. For a sort of Triligical beginning of the serries i recomend this book followed by Mossflower & the Ledgend of Luke.
Yoshicoto More than 1 year ago
Only a man like Brian Jacques to bring tears to my eyes because of a story about mice. Martin the Warrior was a book that I read back in fifth grade, then re-read last week in the tenth grade. The story never ceases to amaze me. In the world of Redwall, animals both good and bad come together and adventure. One of the best qualities of the Redwall series as a whole is that you can start anywhere you want. Martin the Warrior is the sixth in the series and I read it first. It'd be more beneficial to read it in order, but it really doesn't matter. Martin the Warrior follows the brave and bold warrior Martin, son of Luke, Redwall's previous glorified hero. Martin spends the entire book fighting off an evil tyrant named Badrang. The story proves that no matter how daunting or unnerving you're opposition may appear, you must endure. I loved how amazingly easy it was to enjoy this book and how you could relate to it still knowing that the whole time, you're reading about animals. The only thing I disliked was how it dragged on. It felt there was many parts he could've just scrapped without changing the ending in any way. It can also be a bit hard to understand the dialogue of the moles due to the way their accent is written, however, one shouldn't set this book aside merely for those couple of flaws. Many should read this book, especially if you're young like me for the simple fact that it will make you a better reader. I have the Redwall series to thank for much of my literary knowledge. For recommendations, I highly, highly recommend the entire Redwall series. My personal favorites are The Legend of Luke, Lord Brocktree, and Outcast of Redwall.
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In Martin the Warrior Lord Badrang has many slaves in his fortress of Marshank. Martin, son of Luke the Warrior, promised his father he would keep his sword safe but Badrang took it from him and enslaved him. Over the seasons Martin grew stronger. He finally escaped with the help of some new friends. He was thrown in the dugeon by lord badrang along with two others. Brome and Feldoh were in the dungeon with him. Brome's sister Rose and her friend Grumm helped them escape. When they were running away from Marshank they ran into badrang's enemy Tramun Clogg. They tried to swim away but they were separated when a big fish tried to attack them. Brome and Feldoh wandered around for a while and met the Rambling Rosehip Players. Rose, Martin, and Grumm were taken captive by a tribe of Pygmy shrews. They met Pallum who was also a slave of the pygmy shrews. They earned their freedom when Dinjer the son of Queen Amballa was taken by a seabird. Martin raced up the cliff and saved Dinjer. The Rambling Rosehip players helped to free some slaves. Martin, Rose, Grumm, and Pallum made an army with the help of some friends. They got to Marshank just as Brome and Felldoh's army was about to be defeated. There were many positives in this book like it was funny, there was always something going on, and all of the characters were animals. These are positives for me because I like funny books. I also like it when there is always something or more than one thing going on in the story. I also like animals as characters because it makes the book more interesting. There was one negative I found in the book and it was that there was too much war, but all the Redwall books I've read have had alot of war in them. The writing style of Brian Jacques is that he is very descriptive. He has many adventures going on at once. He switches back and forth between them. Brian Jacques tells the story by making a character tell it from third person omniscient point of view. This character did not witness these events but tells the story to another character. In Redwall Abbey there is a tapestry with a picture of Martin on it and a traveler named Aubritia asks Father Saxtus if he knows alot about Martin, he does not and she tells him the story. The characters speak in different dialect, the moles "oi" instead of "i" and they and "n"s before "d"s and "t"s. The hares say "jolly", "chap", and " wot wot". I would recommend this book to kids around the age of 12 because there is alot of fighting and some of the characters names are hard to pronounce. I wouldn't recommend this book to extreme animal lovers because weasels, rats, and stoats get killed often in the book. Some similar books are Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, and Salamandastron. I think that Martin the Warrior is a very good book.
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