Triss (Redwall Series #15)

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Enslaved by the evil ferret King Agarno and his daughter, Princess Kurda—slavers whohave shackled hundreds—the brave squirrelmaid Triss, along with Shogg the otter and Welfo the hedgehog, plans a daring escape by sea. In her flights, Triss happens upon Redwall, and the abbey creatures discover a new hero in her. Someone brave enough to carry the sword of Martin and face the evil that threatens them . . .

“Scrumptious feasts, rollicking humor, swashbuckling heroes, faithful friends, and treacherous villains ...

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Overview

Enslaved by the evil ferret King Agarno and his daughter, Princess Kurda—slavers whohave shackled hundreds—the brave squirrelmaid Triss, along with Shogg the otter and Welfo the hedgehog, plans a daring escape by sea. In her flights, Triss happens upon Redwall, and the abbey creatures discover a new hero in her. Someone brave enough to carry the sword of Martin and face the evil that threatens them . . .

“Scrumptious feasts, rollicking humor, swashbuckling heroes, faithful friends, and treacherous villains magically combine through three intertwined action-packed plots into one unforgettable, spellbinding story.”

For ages 9 and above.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brian Jacques weighs in with Triss, the 15th title in his Redwall series. Here, the enslaved squirrelmaid escapes by sea and a Dibbun duo discovers Brockhall's secret entrance. David Elliot's b&w illustrations introduce each chapter. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
This is the 15th book in Jacques' epic series about adventurous woodland creatures, both noble and dastardly. Here our heroes are Triss the squirrelmaid, Shogg the otter, and Welfo the hogmaid, who escape from slavery and head across the sea toward Redwall. Nasty brother and sister ferrets Princess Kurda and Prince Bladd are on their trail, while a badger, an otter, and a hare head out to sea too, searching for the lost treasure of Brockhall. Fights, escapades, feasts and humor abound, along with lots of folksy British dialect. Redwall fans won't want to miss this latest fantasy, and those new to the series can easily pick it up here. Illustrated with b/w drawings. (Redwall series) Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Penguin Putnam, Philomel, 400p. illus. map.,
— Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Once again, Jacques has created a wonderfully imaginative and beautifully realized universe, filled to the brim with amazing and amusing characters. Triss the squirrelmaid (spiritual heiress to Martin the Warrior) escapes slavery, chased by the evil princess Kurda and her band of hired Freebooters. At the same time, two young rips named Scarum and Sagax head off to sea with their friend Kroova the otter, looking for adventure (and finding rather more than they bargain for). Meanwhile, there is something very scary lurking in the woods around Redwall Abbey. Almost every character speaks in elaborate dialect and there are several independent stories that converge at the end, requiring readers' concentration. There are also a few fairly graphic (though not gratuitous) scenes of violence. While this 15th book in the series is perhaps not the best place to start, even readers unfamiliar with the earlier titles will never feel lost, for there are plenty of references to earlier books.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142402481
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Series: Redwall Series , #15
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 282,017
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques

Brian Jacques (redwall.org) and his Redwall books are famous around the globe, with translations into seventeen languages.

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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Seriously

    Great book but if nook does not get more redwall books soon i will have to get a kindle with many of my outraged friends
    !!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    gotta love it!!!!

    I love redwall books and my favorite is Triss. Brian does a fantastic job, exept that alot of my favorite charachters die, such as: Timballisto, Rockjaw, The Mask, Luke, Russa, and Arven the champion, but redwall still lives strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Great

    Reading right now but it is so amazing and will keep u reading

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Outstanding book!

    Awesome read, I love reading all of Brian Jacques's books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    Triss isn't the only book with a female protagonist!!!

    Don't forget there was also Mariel of Redwall who was an escaped slave. The difference was she had no friends to go along. Does anyone know the exact date for when the paperback version comes out??? I know it's in august but i don't know the EXACT date.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    Havent read it yet! but its in the mail!

    I LOVE REDWALL BOOKS! they are like som sort of addiction! i live in china (mostly becuase my dad is a lunatic and got sick of working in the states) any way i still have every new redwall book mailed to me! they are so good! i am so happy that brockhall is finally brought back into the story! i was wondering what had happened to it! i mean it couldnt have just rotted! if Mr. Jacques stops writting life will be alot worse! i will have nothing to do before i go to sleap or in the morning! the redwall books, like the tapestry of martin are woven togother so well! so many complex diversions and twists! the only time in the book when i stop worrying about any new traps the redwallers (or other animals) might fall into is perhaps the last page! PLEASE DO NOT STOP WRITTING MR JACQUES!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Gross!!!!!!!!

    Can't the vermin win, once?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another book written by a great author. Triss is very exiting. I could not put it down. I had read this before I got the nook. It was so great that it was the first book I bought. (}:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Loved this book!!!

    This book is amazing. You just have to love Triss when she woops the badguys with the sword of martin the warrior.Though if you havn't read redwall or mattimeo then you won't know what somethings in the book are. I also reccomend reading Lord Brocktree before or you won't understand about the mountain fortress called Salamandastron. If you are the type of person who cries after a really amazing story then you will be in tears. Posted: 7-18-12

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Is there magic involved in this book?

    Is there magic involved in this book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Wow

    I was scrolling thru the reveiws they go back to when i wuz a baby!! The nook must have been really cool and expensive back tjen!!! Btw i love triss. Five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    REDWALL IS SO AWESOME YOU HAVE TO BELIVE ME IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

    SERIOUSLY PEOPLE I READ THE WHOLE SERIES IT IS SO AWESOME I WANT TO CRY I HAVE THREE BOOKS BUT I WANT MORE THIS IS AN AWESOME SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!

    I think Triss is good for avanst reader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    About this book

    It is cool. My friend tells me about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    ():

    Best not one my favorite good alaways not bad kk bye(} :

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    I

    I know somepeoe dont like it but his is so good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    To Gross!!!!!

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Great book!!!

    Brian Jacques is an amazing writer. He most definately captures the epic battle between good and evil. Triss is one of the best Redwall books. The story is excellent. Triss vowing to free the slaves, Scarum,Kroova, and Saxus seeking adventure. Shrogg is such a lovable character I cried when he died. Thanks to this books I now an immortel fear of adders. This book is a must read if you like adventure!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    LOVE IT

    I HVENT REA THIA BOOK but i love the rwst ohe series i actually didnt read thef in order so it waa really cool hearing about thia great hero and then reading aout his story in aother. My favorite booso fa r in the series ia the bellmaker because it is soooo funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Gggggyy

    Dfggggrhhfhhfthrfcrggttggee fghmghn gf

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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