Salamandastron (Redwall Series #5)

Salamandastron (Redwall Series #5)

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by Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk
     
 

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The inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of summer-but as they do, the neighboring stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the evil weasel army of Ferhago the Assassin. Worse still, Mara, beloved daughter of Urthstripe, Badger Lord of the Fire Mountain, is in terrible danger. Then a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, and young Samkin

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The inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of summer-but as they do, the neighboring stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the evil weasel army of Ferhago the Assassin. Worse still, Mara, beloved daughter of Urthstripe, Badger Lord of the Fire Mountain, is in terrible danger. Then a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, and young Samkin embarks on an adventure that leads him to Mara. Can the good creatures triumph over the villainous Assassin?

Illustrated by Gary Chalk

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The story is gripping . . . . Salamandastron is thoroughly satisfying! (School Library Journal)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142501528
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Series:
Redwall Series , #5
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
129,294
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
The story is gripping . . . . Salamandastron is thoroughly satisfying! (School Library Journal)

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland. A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool—as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright—Brian was the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques applied his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools across the United States and England.

His interest in adventure stories began at an early age with reading the books of: Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Thomas Malory, Robert Michael Ballantyne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Kenneth Grahame. He attended St. John's School, an inner city school that had its playground on the roof. On his first day at St. John's, at the age of ten, he had an experience that marked his potential as a writer. When given an assignment of writing a story about animals, he wrote about the bird that cleaned a crocodile's teeth. The teacher could not, and would not, believe that a ten year old could write that well. When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then, that he realized that he had a talent for writing.

Some teachers at St. John's proved to be good role models. This interest in poetry extended to Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Goldsmith. It was also at St. John's that Brian met a teacher, Alan Durband (who also taught two Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison), who, more than thirty years later would bring about a major change in his life.

After Brian finished school at fifteen, he set out to find adventure as a merchant seaman. He travelled to many far away ports, including New York, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Yokohama. Tiring of the lonely life of a sailor, he returned to Liverpool where he worked as a railway fireman, a longshoreman, a long-distance truck driver, a bus driver, a boxer, a bobby (Police Constable 216D), a postmaster, and a stand-up comic.
 
Penguin mourns the passing of celebrated children’s book author Brian Jacques

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Salamandastron (Redwall Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever written!!! Enjoyed by kids and adults!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Salamandastron Brian Jacques Slice! Another gruesome death to a rat happened with the swipe of a massive long sword. Urthstripe, the great badger warrior, was in battle. His long patrol hares and he were fighting the massive hoard of Ferhago the assassin, an evil blue eyed weasel, outside their mountain home, Salamandastron. His hares were firing rapid arrows at countless rats, weasels, stoats, foxes, and other vermin, while he was in the middle of the battle, killing all bad creatures around him, that belonged to the evil army. The excitement continues in the Brian Jacques Salamandastron. Urthstripe, the badger warrior, lives in a mountain called Salamandastron, with his long patrol hares to serve him. He is a good king and likes to see all creatures happy. While Urthstripe rules, his adopted badger daughter, Mara, that he found in the woods one day, is not happy living in Salamandastron. Mara and her best friend Pikkle Ffolger, one of the long patrol hares, decide to escape. Then, they make for it, in the morning after they pack provisions.  * * * A little farther down the river from Salamandastron, a place called Redwall sits right in the middle of Mossflower woods. It too is a peaceful place, with lots of peaceful creatures such as Mice, voles, porcupines, moles, otters, squirrels, and other nice woodland creatures. Samkim, a squirrel, and Arula a mole, are two troublemakers. They go around messing with others and are constantly making life harder for the other creatures. When two mysterious stoats come by, they are welcomed to Redwall. The very next morning though, a valued sword is taken from the abbey, the one that belonged to all warriors from generation to generation. Samkim and Arula decide to go after the sword and retrieve it, no matter where they go, who they meet, and what position they will be put in, even if it means life or death. This book made me feel intense and anxious at times. Surprisingly, I like the feeling of anxiety and intensity when something bad is going to happen. What I really liked about this book was that there were so many intense parts in it. It also has so many different events, that you have a really large range of feelings during the book. It made you change moods in a really short amount of time. At different times the book made me feel happy, sad, angry, anxious, intense, interested, annoyed, disgusted, humored, puzzled, and many more.  Overall, this book was great and fun to read. I would really recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about adventure, and lots of battle. Also I would say it’s fantastic for both genders, but I would recommend it for about 9 and up readers, because it has some blood and gore in it. It is amazing too if you enjoy reading about three or four different perspectives. This is an adventure and battle book, and it is from the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. The theme of this book is to stick together when times are tough, and enjoy yourself while you have freedom. It is also about learning the characters and feeling like you are right beside them as you watch them grow up and learn lessons they will use forever.  --- Thomas Moore Jacques, Brian, and Gary Chalk. Salamandastron. New York: Ace, 1994. Print.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
In the prologue to this fifth novel of Redwall, Ferahgo the Assassin, a weasel, has killed the badger lord Urthound and his wife Urthrun, leaving their two babies, one striped and the other white, to die of starvation. But do they die? Chapter one opens after many long seasons. Ferahgo and his Corpsemakers have slowly moved northward and are determined to capture Salamandastron, ruled by the badger lord Urthstripe and protected by the hares of the Long Patrol. However, Urthstripe’s daughter Mara runs away with one of the hares named Pikkle Ffloger. Ferahgo’s son Klitch tricks the two, and they are almost captured by the horde, but they escape, only to be deceived by a lizard named Slinkee who leads them to a group of cannibal toads under King Glagweb. However, they are rescued by Log-a-Log and his shrews, and together they set out to find the Blackstone, symbol of leadership among the shrews, which is now in the possession of the white “ghost badger” who lives on a mysterious island in the middle of a large lake. Their plan is then to head for Salamandastron and help in the fight against Ferahgo. Meanwhile, at Redwall, two deserters from Ferahgo’s army, Thura and Dingeye, are taken in, but after they accidentally kill Brother Hal they escape with the sword of Martin the Warrior, intending to return to Ferahgo. A young squirrel named Samkim and a molemaid named Arula set out after them. Shortly afterwards, however, the abbey is plagued with Dryditch Fever, so the otter Thrugg and his little friend Dumble, a dormouse babe, set off for the Mountains of the North, ruled over by the golden eagle Wild King McPhearsome, to find Icetor Flowers which are said to cure the fever. After Thura dies of Dryditch fever and Dingeye is killed by the fox Dethbrush, whom Ferahgo had sent out to find them, Samkim and Arula, along with another group of shrews under the leadership of Alfoh, chase after Dethbrush, who now has the sword and is trying to escape in a boat through the same lake where Mara, Pikkle, and Log-a-Log have gone searching for the Blackstone. Will Samkim and Arula recover the sword of Martin the Warrior? Will Mara and Pikkle get the Blackstone back for Log-a-Log? Will Thrugg and Dumble return fever cure in time to save Redwall? And what will happen in the battle for Salamandastron? Some people may find the plot a little confusing, because the chapters go back and forth describing the activities of Urthstripe and Ferahgo at Salamandastron, of Mara and Pikkle on their journey as they look for the Blackstone, of Samkim and Arula in their search for the sword, of the Redwallers as they deal with the Dryditch Fever, and of Thrugg and Dumble seeking the Icetor Flowers. However, the story is told so well, in Jacques’ inimitable style, that this should not be too much of a problem for most readers. The “veiled curse du jour” of this particular Redwall book is “hellsteeth.” There are also a few common euphemisms and childish slang terms, such as gosh, darn, and “frogsbum.” Otherwise, it has the usual strong sense of good versus evil, with no lack of villains to overcome and a host of quaint characters, such as Furgle, Tubgutt, Nordo, Spriggat, and Rocangus, to work together in overcoming them—and a few surprises along the way. I especially liked the way that Mara eventually comes to understand the truth, even though in the end it's too late to do anything about it. That happens in real life sometimes. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Redwall books. All of the books touch my heart and have a way with me. I am an animal lover! I love these Redwall books and totally recommend them!
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A fun to read book about animals that live like people and have a large war over the mountian Salamandastron. The main characters are Mara,Urthstripe,Ferahgo,Pikkle,Log-a-Log,and Thrugg.The story is split up into three parts, redwall,Salamandastron,and Ferahgo (who travels). Ferahgo is the antagonist, Redwallers and Salamandastron beasts are the protagonists.
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ChristineEveryday More than 1 year ago
This was the first Redwall book that I read way back in 1993 and I have been a fan and in love with the series for all these years. I can always count on the Redwall books when I am having a hard time in life and when things are going great. Salamandastron holds a special place in my heart because it was the first Redwall book I discovered. I love the way the feasts and food are described and I love how the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad. I love the descriptions and the writing style and I will be a fan of these books for the rest of my life. These books are real treats to read and welcome treasures for any bookshelf.
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Want to read an action packed book and see who wins the war of good versus evil? Salamandastron a fantasy adventure store is full of mystical creatures, chaotic battles, and jaw dropping secrets. The author Brain Jacques use suspense, foreshadowing, to set the mood of this story. In this story badger King Lord Urthshripe and his loyal fighting hares have to protect Salamandstron, his mountain fortes and home and sanctuary, from Ferahago a sly and evil weasel with his army of rat's stoat's foxes and other villains to try to take the great badger treasure from the mountain. Urthsripe is a large badger who is very strong and have won many battles before protecting salamandastron, His fellow hares like Sergeant Sapwood and Oxeye are fearless and great in battle, Sergeant Sapwood was king boxing champion of salamandstron. Sergeant Sapwood and Oxeye and good friends of Lord Urthshripe that agree to watch over his daughter while she is on her adventure. Mean while Lord Urthshripes daughter Mara and her trusty companion and dear friend Pikkle have run away from salamandstron after a fight with her father and after escaping Ferahargos horde are on their own adventure to try and help save their home. Mara is your typical teenage girl I mean badger she gets emotional and is defiant of her father and runs away but she also has hidden strength that she never knew she had that she uncovers along the way that comes in great use. Salamandstrons neighboring friendly Red wall is also having some trouble as well; they have found the great ancient sword of Martin the Warrior there hero and inspiration during a thunderstorm but are soon stolen by two of ferahargos stoats. Two of the youngest but bravest redwallers aurla and samkin have gone out on an adventure to recover the sword of martin the warrior, full of danger but with friends the overcome many obstacles. Samkin and aurla are best friends that stand up for one another and watch each other's back; Samkin is the one who finds the sword of Martin the Warrior during the storm on the festival of name day. Samkin and Aurla decide it is there job to set out and take back martin's sword from the villainous horde that took it from them in the begging. Ferahargos is a weasel with big blue eyes and is one of the most feared assassins alive, his horde is full of villains that are scared of him and he motivates him by making examples of certain individuals in the story witch become fatal. This book is full of suspense for example there will be an epic battle scene and someone might be right about to die and then it will shift gears over to what's happening in red wall, it definitely keeps you reading to see what's going to happen next. Overall this is my favorite of the red wall series just because I am sucker for all the blood and guts and big battles scenes and I enjoyed reading it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy adventure with lots of action-packed battles. I give this book a thumbs up.
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