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Martin the warrior mouse and Gonff the mousethief set out to find the missing ruler of Mossflower, while the other animal inhabitants of the woodland prepare to rebel against the evil wildcat who has seized power.

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Martin the warrior mouse and Gonff the mousethief set out to find the missing ruler of Mossflower, while the other animal inhabitants of the woodland prepare to rebel against the evil wildcat who has seized power.

For ages 9 and above.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Right from the start of this rousingly old-fashioned prequel to Redwall , readers will submerge themselves in the culture of the woodlanders and their council, the Corim, against the wicked Kotir. Kotir is the name of the group holed up at the castle, led by Tsarmina, a wildcat who poisons her father and imprisons her good brother Gingivere so that she may rule in her own way. Into the woodlanders' midst comes Martin the Warrior, who becomes fast friends with Gonff the mousethief and others; they soon set off to find the only warrior who can lead them to victory. More important than the outcome of the story, where good triumphs over evil, are the characters: baby hedgehogs Ferdy and Coggs, doing their valiant best to become warriors; the kindly Gingivere, who finds his heart's joy as a farmer; Lady Amber, the squirrel Chief and her band of archers; Chibb, the robin who will spy for anyone as long as he is paid in candied chestnuts. Martin's heroics pale in comparison to the acts of his fellow-fighters, so colorful are their escapades. While Redwall fans will enjoy this, no prior knowledge of that book is necessary. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 10-up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up In this prequel to Redwall (Philomel, 1987), Jacques describes the epic adventures leading up to the foundation of Redwall Abbey. A band of weasels, stoats, and other unpleasant creatures from Kotir Castle, led by the evil wildcat Tsarmina, is making life unbearable for the animals of Mossflower Woods. Then Martin, a young warrior mouse with a rusty sword, appears and inspires them to resistance. Leaving the others to harass Tsarmina, Martin sets out with two companions on a quest to find the great badger, Boar, the true ruler of Mossflower. All of the characters, good and evil alike, come fully alive. Jacques has the true fantasy-writer's ability to create a wholly new and believable world, down to the last details of food, drink, and local dialect. He is not so skilled with his plot. Suspense does not arise from the situation itself, for the end is never really in doubt. Instead it is produced by rapid and often confusing cuts back and forth between groups of characters. The writing is smooth and swift-paced; scenes of violent battle take place so quickly that readers may have to go back to what has happened. Lacking the unifying device which the seige provides in Redwall, the narrative seems overly long and crowded with events. This will be enjoyed mainly by those whose reading of Redwall has already aroused their interest in Mossflower and its inhabitants. Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142302385
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Redwall Series , #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 146,584
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques
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.


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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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    Book Review for Mossflower

    "A review on Mossflower by Brian Jacques"

    This book is written in a omnicient third person view. The genre of the book is fantasy but even though it is fantasy it has a lot of action. The author, Brian Jacques wrote the story with vivid details and has a excellent story which grabs the reader's attention.
    The story takes place in a forest called Mossflower. Animals are being mistreated because the forest is under rule of a wildcat named Verdauga but he dies and throne is taken from his daughter Tsarmina. She is harsh and vicious therefore, the Woodlanders rebel agaisnt her by having a war.
    The main chracter of the book is Martin the Warrior. His chracter traits are good. He is brave, determined, and strong. He fights many corrupt animals and goes through obstacles to find someone.
    The woodlanders face a war agaisnt Tsarmina and her army. Three brave animals go on a brave quest to find someone that may save them from the vivious queen. They are named Matin the Warrior, Young Dinny, and Gnoff. Martin and Gnoff are mice and Young Dinny is a mole. All three of them are courageous to venture to find the animal they are looking for because many problems will come their way while they are on their journey.
    I like this book because it has a lot of action, adventure, descriptions, and the book has great story. This book made me turn the pages extremly fast because it was so entertaining to read. Also, it has a little bit of humor. I recommend this book to people who like action, adventure, and fatansy. I also recommend it to people who are looking for a great story with fantastic chracters in it.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    The triumphant prequel to Redwall

    This is one of the best books i have ever read!It includes comedy, adventure you name it this book's got it! Mossflower is pure gieness!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Mossflower Summary – In the second novel of the Redwall


    Summary – In the second novel of the Redwall series titled “Mossflower” readers are taking back to a time before Redwall Abbey when Mossflower was ruled by wildcats and the epic tale of how Martin, the greatest mouse warrior, came to Mossflower and became a legend. At the beginning, Martin is thrown into prison at Castle Kotir, where the tyrannical wildcat, Verdauga Greeneyes, resides. To make matters worse, Martin’s sword, the sword that belong to his father, was broken in half by his captors. Within time, Verdauga’s power hungry daughter, Tsarmina, decides to take the throne by disposing of her aging father and imprisoning her brother, Gingivere, and becomes queen. With the help of a fellow mouse inmate named Gonff, self proclaimed and infamous Prince of Mousthieves, and with the aid of Gonff allies from the CORIM (Council of Resistance in Mossflower), Martin escape Kotir and is free mouse once again. At Brockhall, the CORIM”s headquarters, Martin meets several new allies like Abbess Germaine, an old female mouse from Loamhedge Abbey, and a badger named Bella of Brockhall, daughter to Boar The Fighter and granddaughter to Lord Brocktree. There a plan is hatch to attack Kotir, ending the tyranny and the villainous hold over the land of Mossflower, but also to start a quest. With belief of hope in their minds, Martin, Gonff, Bella, and Young Dinny, a mole, begin their journey to Salamandastron, home to the great Badger Lords, to find Bella’s father and enlist his aid in the battle against Tsarmina. After a dangerous and perilous journey through Bat Mountpit and the Toadlands and with the aid of Log-a-Log Big Club, a fierce shrew warrior, Martin and his companions come to Salamandastron, there they met Bella’s father, Boar the Fighter. It is also there they reforge Martin’s sword from the metal a fallen star. But will that be enough? Will Martin and friends make it back in time to help the rest of CORIM fighters to attack Castle Kotir and end Tsarmina reign? Will Bella’s father return with them? Will Kotir fall or stand at the end? Will the land of Mossflower ever be free from evil’s grip? A tale like no other awaits you as, in the end, a duel between Martin and Tsarmina will decide who the victor is…..over all of Mossflower.

    Reason To Read – What more could a reader ask for. A great hero, a great villain, a wide range of secondary and stock characters that are both creative and memorable, a perilous quest, puzzling riddles, and a climactic battle at the end. I read Mossflower back in 2003 and I was completely amazed by it. Brian Jacques writing style must be mention as it is essential to the success of his series. The story itself is quite a page turner as you are always waiting to know what happens next. I believe that there is no prior reading for this book, so first time readers of the series can jump right into the land of Mossflower. However, to get little more knowledge, readers might want to read the first book of the series Redwall or more likely Martin The Warrior as this book follows after the events of Martin The Warrior. I would recommend this book for ages 9 to 10 years of age. Hurry and buy this book now and witness the birth of a legend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    good flowing and interesting

    bought for one of my grandsons who reads at a much higher reading level, but he enjoys reading this series very much.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    Redwall once again proves itself a worthy series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

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    Great story for young and old alike

    The Redwall books are a great read for anyone who loves a story about talking mice and great adventures. I would recommend this to anyone that has enjoyed Harry Potter and other related books. I keep finding myself drawn back into the world of Redwall--I want to know what happens next. Which can be rare in a book this days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2009

    What an Xcellent Book

    I enjoyed reading Mossflower, by Brian Jaques because it was very entertaining. The novel is set in a forest known as Mossflower. All is peaceful between the mice, badgers, and squirrels until a tyrant queen named Tsarmina imposes a dictatorship. The peaceful creatures of Mossflower are forced to fight back and gain their independence. This is a classic storyline, but Brian Jaques is able to put in a few twists that you will not see coming. For instance, a crab attacks Martin, Dinny, and Gonff as they travel along the shoreline. However, instead of fighting it, Gonff decides that he shall dance with it. When would you ever expect that? It really keeps you hooked. I never wanted to put the book down because I wanted to find out what happened next. I also like that, no matter how serious the scene is, it still has a little humor in it. I find that important because I enjoy a writer with a sense of humor. However, my favorite parts of the story are when Gonff begins to sing. He creates such interesting lyrics that I want to sing them myself. And the description of the food is awesome. I loved this book, and I hope you will love it, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2009

    I own this awsome book

    This book is amazing. My family has read it together. The characters are pictured well. I happen to like mice and hares. Anyone would enjoy this story.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

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    Mossflower was written in November 1998,it is the sequal to Redwall. It is a book that ages 9-12 would enjoy.<BR/><BR/>Brian Jaques does it again with a wonderful tale about a mouse name Martin the Warrior and his friend Gnoff the Prince of the Mousetheives, who is trying to restore power in the land of Mossflower from a evil Queen name Tsarmina.<BR/><BR/>SO far I AM IN L.O.V.E with this series of books!!! This book is a must have and read of all BOOK KEEPERS AND COLLECTORS!!!!! I cant wait to read book 3

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Mossflower, the second book in the Redwall Saga

    Mossflower is one of my favorite books of the entire Redwall series. It tells of the very beginnings of Redwall Abbey and how the woodland creatures fight to rid themselves of the tyrant wildcat Tsirmina's rule. Martin the warrior and his friends Gonff and Dinny travel to the mysterious mountain of the Fire Lizard, in search of what may be Mossflower's only hope to be freed from tyranny forever. I recommend this book to any who enjoy adventure with a twist of woodland character

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    Brian Jacques does it again

    All I can say is wow. This book transported me to the wonderful forest of mossflower where mice become heroes and epic battles are fought. This book was just as good as the first, Redwall. If you want a good exciting summer read, jump into mossflower and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Good as the rest

    I loved it.It's filled with action,songs,and some laffs.If you liked the first book you'll love Mossflower!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007


    This book is really funny, as well as a good adventure story with plenty of action, mystery, questing, and suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    Loved It

    The whole Redwall series is a very good read for young and old alike. Wish I would have found it when I was younger. My boy and daughter both love it. In fact, it was through my boy that I was first introduced to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    Fantastic Book

    This book is even better than I expected! Especially in this beautiful Collector's Edition, I would highly recommended this book to any Redwall Series Collector. I believe, that if taken care of, this book will be a memory to cherish for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007


    This is the best book ever! Shows lots of action and is overall excellent. I read 230 pages of this book in two days! I could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    a let-down

    After all Martin's claimed up to be, he turned out to be lame. This book was so boring I could hardly read it- and I love Redwall. It was monotonous and Martin was a shallow hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    mossflower a woodland story

    I really enjoyed mossflower because I like fantasy, fiction, and adventure books. I also like animals so that also made me enjoy the book even more.My favorite charactor was Martin the Warrior because he was very brave.I hope to read every single other book in the series. My older brother read most of them and he said they were great. So i look forward to reading them and if u read this book you should too. I highly reccomend this book to other readers out there. Mossflower is a great book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    Best Series Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have read the whole series but this book is the best. I didn't like Mattimeo as much because it was all about slavery. This book was a challange to read but well worth it in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2006


    I love the way brian displays each sides thoughts,plans,and feelings

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