The Sable Quean (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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He appears out of thin air and vanishes just as quickly. He is Zwilt the Shade, and he is evil. Yet he is no match for his ruler, Vilaya the Sable Quean. Along with their hordes of vermin, these two have devised a plan to conquer Redwall Abbey. And when the Dibbuns go missing, captured one by one, their plan is revealed.

Will the Redwallers risk the fate of their Abbey and all of Mossflower Wood to save their precious young ones from imprisonment? Perhaps Buckler, Blademaster ...

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The Sable Quean (Redwall Series #21)

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Overview

He appears out of thin air and vanishes just as quickly. He is Zwilt the Shade, and he is evil. Yet he is no match for his ruler, Vilaya the Sable Quean. Along with their hordes of vermin, these two have devised a plan to conquer Redwall Abbey. And when the Dibbuns go missing, captured one by one, their plan is revealed.

Will the Redwallers risk the fate of their Abbey and all of Mossflower Wood to save their precious young ones from imprisonment? Perhaps Buckler, Blademaster of the Long Patrol, can save the day. He has a score of his own to settle. And fear not, these Dibbuns are not as innocent as they appear. After all, they're from Redwall.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
This latest Redwall title makes the case that Jacques'S twenty-one volume series is among the top tier of consistently excellent storytelling. Just turned seventy, the master shows no signs of letting up or slowing down the action of his sweeping sagas that play out in the lives of the gentle critters of Mossflower Wood. In classic Jacquesian style, several story threads fire up quickly, effectively snaring any beast meandering about the first several pages. With his loyal sidekick Diggs, the heroic and rebellious Buckler, Blademaster hare of the Long Patrol, sets out from Salamandastron on a journey to Redwall Abbey. Meanwhile fiendish Zwilt the Shade orchestrates an insidious plan to take over the Abbey with his band of vermin, the Ravagers. Even more ruthless is Zwilt's commander, Vilaya the evil Sable Quean. Predictable? Yes. Formulaic? Of course. No matter. Redwall addicts do not feverishly hunt down Jacques's titles because they expect the unexpected. What might be drawbacks in the hands of a less-experienced descriptor become solid and familiar foundations upon which Jacques weaves fantastic adventure and swashbuckling action embellished with delicious detail. The tale of Buckler, Zwilt the Shade, and Vilaya runs to a satisfying end leaving fans counting the days until the next series title, but it can be picked up anywhere. This installment is just as good a starting point as any of the previous twenty titles. Tweens and young teens will line up for it, and multiple copies will not go unread. No doubt freshly infected hordes will want to snap up as many previous titles as they can lay their hands on. Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Buckler Kordyne, hare Blademaster of Salamandastron, and his trusty, always hungry, friend Diggs set out on what should be a quiet, uneventful journey in the latest addition (Philomel, 2010) to Brian Jacques's prolific series. The two are to deliver bell ropes to Redwall Abbey and then visit Buckler's family, but before reaching Redwall, they rescue a young shrew named Flib. The pair soon learns that the young animals of Mossflower Woods are being kidnapped by Zwilt the Shade, a ruthless villain who works for the vicious Sable Quean, Vilaya. Zwilt and Vilaya hope to use the young as a tactic to conquer Redwall Abbey, but they did not reckon on the involvement of Buckler and other heroic characters or the strength of the Redwall inhabitants. Filled with adventure, exciting battle scenes, and quirky characters, the story keeps listeners guessing. Jacques is a wonderful narrator, and a full cast brings to life all the unique traits of the creatures. The choice of music and the singing of the songs add to the magic. Fans of the series will enjoy this installment, but it can stand on its own.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606236461
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Series: Redwall Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 803,505
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques
Brian Jacques lives in Liverpool, England.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Sable Quean- another sputtering candle of the Redwall Series.

    First off I've been a huge Redwall series fan since the late 1990s. I have all 21 books in different formats proudly displayed on shelves and they even have a special moving box I use when I relocate every couple of years. These books have brought great joy to me over the years, will continue to be a staple in my library for years to come and someday will be passed down. I recently purchased the nook, and to be honest I wanted The Sable Quean to be my first book on my nook and the first e-book I ever purchased. At the time early February I received my nook, and pre-ordered The Sable Quean-which didn't release until the end of February. When I finally received notification in my e-mail that The Sable Quean was ready for downloading, I was so excited. For the next 2 days I sat entranced by my nook and the latest saga of Redwall. The illustrations showed beautifully on my nook and even the map in the beginning of the book showed (it was small and lightly sketched but you can clearly read all the locations) The story started out wonderful, introductions to charming characters, familiar scenes and places. Perfect formula to another Redwall classic, but as I got further into the book, holes in the plot started to show and I tried to ignore them but they just kept nipping at my brain. I kept finding myself saying "well wait, how did they?...(I will not spoil the story) shouldn't they?..oh come on, this isn't right?" on and on the holes opened. Plus I noticed the lack of creative names, the evilness of the main "baddy", and silly plan of the main "baddy". In the middle, the story sort of fizzled out, and I found myself really concentrating thinking "it has to get better, oh please get better"-this frustrated me, and it reminded me when I first read Loamhedge, Triss or Doomwyte. So I continued out of respect for Mr. Jacques work, thinking the story would magically jump alive again, it did for a brief time then fizzled out again. I finished all 365 pages (on the nook it's 365 instead of 368 pages for some reason) sighed sadly and returned to the real world. All in all, The Sable Quean isn't the worst of the Redwall series and it isn't the best either-it's just on the lower end of the middle sadly. I still plan to purchase any new or upcoming releases (and hopefully Barnes & Noble is listening and will allow e-book formats of ALL the Redwall Series for the nook) in the future. I highly recommend the whole Redwall series-the older releases (1980s-late 1990s) are the most enjoyable and treasured tales.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Vilaya Regina Skelton, esq

    This was one of my favorite Redwall books but as always it was formulacic and anthology. It lacked character development as well; and especially with Vilaya's. ****** 's death was definitely a letdown and very poorly done.

    Older Redwall fans, look elsewhere. If you're tired of same old same old then this book may not be for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Great book, but it has some problems

    The plot of the book is perfict, every thing sets into place in just the right way to keep you reading. The annoying hing is the dumb tipo that bkeacs up the words like t his, it happens at lest 12 times in the book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Villains have invaded Mossflower again, but this time the leader

    Villains have invaded Mossflower again, but this time the leader is trying a different strategy. Instead of an out and out assault, the Sable Quean is hiding herself away and commanding her creatures to kidnap the infants and children of the land while avoiding any open warfare against the famed abbey. Little does she know the abbey and the forest are inexorably bound together for the good all all inabitants. When you mess with one, you mess with all.

    I have been reading the Redwall books for ages now, and I am aware [and freely admit] that they are formulaic. Spunky youths, wise elders, kind monks, engage in epic battles against nasty, evil scheming baddies. Soem die, but in the end, good does always triumph. Because of this some stop reading.

    I don't.

    I won't.

    Brian Jacques was a part of my childhood [or at least youth], and I love the familiarity of the world he has given me [aside from geography, but oh well, right?]. I love the garrulous hares, the humble molefolk, the augmentative shrews and all of the many species he has filling the realm. I love the friendships forged and hardships overcome. I love the joy, laughter and honest sorrow shared by the characters. I will never tire of the strange foods they make and enjoy. And I will always, always love my happy endings.

    I don't know if you've read any Jacques, but I will heartily recommend it. If you read too many back to back, you may tire of the echoes heard throughout, but if you save them for that rainy day when you've tired of the world at large, the stories of Redwall will bid you welcome and offer you a place of peace by a roaring fire.

    And The Sable Quean is no bad place to start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    :)

    Brian is dead! Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Redwall the sable queen

    Awesome book i think that it was very well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Redwall is wonderful

    It is a wonderful story like always, and we are grateful for Brian Jaques for writing this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    Amazing

    I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    Loved it

    Ii seriously loved it. It was amazing..........

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Love Redwall!!!!

    One of my favorite series in the world!!! I also love buying them on the Nook instead of having to pick through the small choice at the library and only being able to read so many in such a short time! Can't wait for number 22 to come out on here!!!! Although I wish there was a bigger choice on the Nook, too..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Love this author!

    Jaques' writing is outstanding, and his stories never grow old. i loved this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2011

    Another Success

    This was a great redwall book! I loved it! Read this if you are a redwall fan!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Easily one of my favorite of the series.

    I have to say, the storyline for this book is simply amazing -- I was completely absorbed in it, even more so than usual when I read Redwall books. Once I finished the last word, it was immediately apparent that this would go onto my top five Redwall books list -- a must-read for all Redwall fans!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Redwall series Rocks!

    As usual, another great book from Brian Jacques!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    great book

    If you're familiar with the Redwall series, you'll like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2010

    Can't wait!!!

    I've read all the Redwall books so far except Doomwyte, and I know this one's going to be really great like all the others! I recommend ALL Redwall books. (A note: Some people say that Jacques's books are getting worse. THEY ARE NOT!! They are all wonderful, captivating books!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Alright!! Awesome book!

    It is sooooooooo maddening to hear prople talk bad about BRIA JAQCUES!!!!!! Im a biiiiiiiiggggg fan o fhis and get really worked up when people talk bad about him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    This book is worth a trillion million billion dollars!

    Yeah!!!!
    Redwalllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Linger

    Nothing much...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Kova

    Hey!!!!!!! ^~^ What's up?

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