Mossflower (Redwall Series #2)

Mossflower (Redwall Series #2)

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by Brian Jacques
     
 

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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.

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
From the Publisher
Praise for Brian Jacques' Redwall series...

"Astonishing!"--Kirkus Reviews

"Energetic fantasy!"--The New York Times Book Review

"Rousing adventure!"--Publishers Weekly

"Old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure."--Locus

"Jacques's realistically drawn characters are full of personality."--Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402505294
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
01/08/2003
Series:
Redwall Series , #2
Edition description:
Unabridged, 7 cass., 11 hrs. 45 min.
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.22(h) x 2.65(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques was both a master storyteller and a jack-of-all-trades. He lived the life of a sailor, actor, stand-up comedian, radio host, bobby, even a bus driver. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Liverpool and a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for younger readers, including the wildly popular Redwall series. Dr. Jacques was a lifelong resident of Liverpool, England.

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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Mossflower (Redwall Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here! Mossflower woods, where the woodlanders live. Along with some ragtag vermin.
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Jason_Of_2971 More than 1 year ago
Mossflower 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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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