Salamandastron (Redwall Series #5)

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Urthstripe the Strong, a wise old badger, leads the animals of the great fortress of Salamandastron and Redwall Abbey against the weasel Ferahgo the Assassin and his corps of vermin.

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Urthstripe the Strong, a wise old badger, leads the animals of the great fortress of Salamandastron and Redwall Abbey against the weasel Ferahgo the Assassin and his corps of vermin.

For ages 9 and above.

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The story is gripping . . . . Salamandastron is thoroughly satisfying! (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399219924
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Redwall Series , #5
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques

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 January 11, 2000

    Salamandastron is THE BOOK

    One of the best books ever written!!! Enjoyed by kids and adults!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Salamandastron Brian Jacques Slice! Another gruesome death to a

    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.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    typical Redwall action

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Redwall Books

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2009

    Salamandastron Book Review.

    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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  • Posted July 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    My First Redwall Book Many Years 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

    Salmandastron

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    The War Between Good and Evil

    The War Between Good and Evil Salamandastron, a book written by Brian Jacques and a novel of Redwall is an exciting animal fantasy adventure. It has all a good book needs: foreshadowing, suspense, horror, action, and even humor. A book of great intensity and action packed-fun is a book you don¿t want to miss. So get to reading and enjoy. The setting takes place in a massive countryside filled with the Mossflower Woods in which many of the main characters go through and interact with other things. The main place Salamandastron a gigantic mountain filled with fighting hares and a Badger Lord. This is where the great battle takes place. The Redwall Abbey in which a hero comes out of, to retrieve back the stolen noble sword of Redwall. These places and their surroundings all react to the story greatly leading to death and success. Ferahgo the assassin a feared villain of all the South west is coming to Salamandastron to retrieve the great mountain as a fortress for him and his evil horde of: weasels, stoats, ferrets, rats, and foxes and for the great badger treasure. Ferahgo is a evil weasel who is very smart and expects his horde to succeed in every mission he gives them if not he kills them or badly injures them. The author gives Ferahgo a human¿s way of life such as: speech, weaponry, army, and killing. Another significant character is the badger maid mara a runaway of Salamandastron due to the toughness of her father. Mara is a outgoing character who wants to do what she wants to do. She runs into Klitch the son of Ferahgo gets into conflict runaways and thus her journey begins. The winter gives a ton of suspense as he switches back between the main characters. Sometimes the suspense gets so intense where the author will leave you hanging on a good part of the story unto another part of the story which makes you wait to read the part you was interested in, but since the book is so good your, always reading a good part which leads to more good parts. An example of this is when two traitors of Ferahgo are about to kill Ferahgo but then the section stops and another section picks up talking about how Mara gets out of the toads pit before she gets eaten in their feast. A quote showing Ferahgo¿s brutalness and merciless. ¿Nobeast escapes Ferahgo the Assassin. You should know that by now.¿ ¿Guess what he told me to do when I caught up with you?¿ ¿Prob¿ly said to f-fetch me back¿¿ ¿The fox smiled mirthlessly at his trembling victim.¿ ¿Wrong Dingeye. He said to fetch your head back on a spearpoint.¿ ¿The sword swung once, its blade flashing in the sunlight his head was off.¿ This scene shows how Ferahgo gives no forgiveness and no mercy. It shows how such a chaotic and evil leader he is. This is what makes this story so outstanding. If you like outstanding fantasy books then you can take it from me this is the book for you. Go pick up a copy and get lost in a world of animal based fantasy where the animals act like real people. This book is not just filled with one great element of reading but many. So if you like this book go get a different tale of Redwall and discover the true meaning of a true author Brian Jacques.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    This was my favorite redwall book so far!!!

    The tale of the battle of salamadastron was epic. The book had great charecters like King Urthstripe the badger lord tat resides there. This book had the best action sceanes out of all the redwall books i have read so far. the story of the mysterious grnd moutain of badger kings has finally been revealed in all of its greatness. This book was one of Brian Jacques best tales of redwall and I highly recomend it to any new fans of the seies or any long time fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    The Best

    This book is the best book book in the series (other than High Rhulain. I haven't read that yet)! The battle at the end was stunning, as was the death of the Lord Urthstripe. Still, his brother will be a good replacement. Shocking. Amazing. Wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Great book,

    I am a big fan of Redwall, but this book has always been my all time favorite. I like this one much more than any other book Jacques has done, and for good reason. The story is terrific, and the characters and character development is superb. I do feel that towards the end the story is rushed a little bit, but it doesn't affect the book much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    read only for free choice.

    Here i am, alone one weekend, nothing to do. All the books on my shelf have been read atleast five times, exept for... SALAMANDASTRON. But of course I'm not supposed to read ahead. Oh well. I finished half the book in one thrilling, battle filled day. as with any redwall book, it's an entralling read. a wonderful book for anyone hoping to escape the real for a period of time. the battles are rich, vibrant and horrible, the protagonists wise, cheery and enspiring, the enemys vile, believable, and fist clenching. another Brian Jacques masterpiece. I highly recomend this book for children my age (eleven) and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    Great Book Hits the Markets

    I usually dont read mystery novels but this novel was one of the best I ever read.It was about animals which was different but enjoyable.The peaple had bow and arrows and wooden houses and no modern technology like we have today.This story was about a town,not mostly one personand there getting attacked by a band of theives.This band would try to steal and kill people.This was still a wonderful book,but to middle aged for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    BEST BOOK SINCE MARLFOX AND REDWALL!!

    This was a great book. It was cool to read about the war at Salamandastron and them finding the skeleton of Lord Brocktree. Urthstripe seemed to know Brocktree's bones were the way to find the treasure. What I don't understand is Pikkle's part at Redwall? I mean what was he the Redwall champion eater or something like that? Anyhow, this was a good book Mr.Jaques. Keep writing more good Redwall books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    here is why it's not as good as the others

    Salamandastron is my least favorite book in the series that I have read so far. The problems with it are that it seems like there are four stories going on at once, Samkim's and Arula's adventure to retrieve the sword of Martin the Warrior, Mara and Pikkle's quest to find the Blackstone, the battle at Salamandastron, and back at Redwall where absolutely nothing happens. This makes it hard to remember what is going on in each scene and it is also hard to to keep track of the enormous amount of characters, and remembering what animal they are, let alone their personality. Something else that bothered me is the dialogue. Not only is it cheesy, but too many characters' speech contains so many indecipherable words that the reader can hardly get a glimpse of what the character is trying to say. But, most importantly, the story (or stories, as I might as well call it) just dosn't have the potential to live up to that of a general masterpiece Redwall tale. I still kind of like it and I do respect as a Redwall book. Fotunately I have just started Martin the Warrior which is looking like it will be as good as something like Mossflower.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005

    Salamandastron

    This book is awesome (like all of the other Redwall books) The only problem i had with the book is the author tried to include the Redwall Abbey in the story when it was NOT needed. Whatever you read about the Redwall Abbey, its pretty pointless since it doesn't have anything to do with the story and that really bothered me. That's why it got 4 stars instead of 5. If you ignore that fact, it is a very good book and i recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    Amazing, suspense filled adventure

    In the story a badger named Urthstipe is having family problems with his stepdaughter Mara. Mara runs away with her friend Pickle Folger but before Urthstripe can react, he realizes that he has bigger problems to deal with when Ferahgo the Assasin and his army of corpsemakers attack his fortress, Salamandastron. At Redwall Abbey two friends, Samkin and Arula, set out to recover the stolen sword of Martin The Warrior. Little do they know that a deadly disease known as Dryditch fever creeps into the Abbey and infects many of its inhabitants. Thrugg the otter and the baby dormouse Dumble must go to the Northern Mountains to gather the only known curse for the fever, the fabled flowers of Icetor. This book was like none I¿ve read before. It ranks high among the list of my favourite books because of its intricate plot and unpredictable characters. Like in one part of the story one second the shrew Tubgutts is threatening to kill Mara and the next, he vows to forever be in her debt. I also loved the things that didn¿t play an important role in the story at all but they make it so much more interesting. My favourite example of this is when Tubbgutts and Pickle have a scoffing, or eating, contest and Tubbgutts gets so full he passes out and Pickle is just sitting there eating away. The book was great even until the very last moments because Brian Jacques made sure we knew what happened to every character and where they settled, sort of like an afterword. If you ever get a chance to read this you should because it is great for older children and even adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    A good one

    This was the first Brian Jacques book I've read. It took me a good two weeks to read it because it was hard to get in to. Throughout the book, the fates of the two pairs (Mara and Pikkle, Samkim and Arula) weren't noticably tied together, so it was hard for me because it seemed like there were two different stories going on at the same time in the same land. Over half the book was building up to the action, which was also hard for me. I'd have to say it was a good book, just not one of my favorites. Though I have picked up a nifty new warcry - EULALIAAAAAAA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Amazing, suspense filled adventure.

    Lord Urthstripe of Salamandastron is having problems dealing with his rebelious adopted daughter Mara. He soon relizes he has bigger problems to deal with when Ferahgo the Assasin and his army of corpsemakers come knocking on his door in search of the great badger treasure. Meanwhile at Redwall Abbey the Abbey dweller's quiet and peaceful life is disturbed by the dreaded Dryditch Fever. As the Abbey's loses residents a brave Abbey dweller goes out to find the only known cure for the fever, the fabled flowers of Icetor, before it is too late. Will Ferahgo rule Salamandastron? Will the Abbey recover from the fever? Read the book to find out! I personally greatly enjoyed the book and the only time it was out of my sight was when i was done. The suspense of leaving one part of the storyline to visit anothers at a very crucial point in the story, like when Mara and her best friend Pickle were surrounded by corpsemakers and then the story suddenly turned its attention to the Abbey made me want to read more until I finally finished the book. The story was filled with things that would make you laugh and cry, yet never seemed to bore me. This book is a must read for all Brian Jacques fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2004

    Finally Read it!!!!!!!

    This book, Salamdastron, had sat, bran new, on my book shelf for five years. I read alot, but i had been putting off that one, who knows why. So I pick it up and start reading it. It is one of the Best! I was captured right away. It was as if i had found baried treasure on my shelf. I was syked!

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