Praise for the Redwall series
“Brian Jacques has the true fantasy writer’s ability to create a wholly new and believable world.” –School Library Journal
“The medieval world of Redwall Abbey—where gallant mouse warriors triumph over evil invaders—has truly become the stuff of legend.” –Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A grand adventure story. Once the reader is hooked, there is no peace until the final page.” –Chicago Sun-Times
“Jacques’s effortless, fast-paced narrative gets its readers quickly hooked. He clearly loves this other world he has created—there’s a genius sense of involvement and care (lots of lovingly descriptive passages), as well as an overflowing, driving imagination.” –Birmingham Post
“Redwall is both an incredible and ingratiating place, one to which readers will doubtless cheerfully return.” –New York Times Book Review
“An excellent adventure with an enlightened conscience. Brilliantly complex. With vibrant and distinct animal characters, Jacques’s classically inspired plot-weaving achieves virtuosity.” –Publishers Weekly
“Only a churl would reject this morality play in fur.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Filled with the kind of vibrant storytelling that fans of Jacques have come to expect. His dialogue is lively and delightful to read aloud…so rich in detail that the sights and sounds and smells of the adventure pull the reader in.” –Grand Rapids Press (MI)
“A richly imagined world in which bloody battles vie for attention with copious feasting and tender romancing. Where males and females are heroes and warriors. Where the young triumph and the old endure. Where intelligence is as valued as strength and wit is frequently more important than size…[Jacques] continues to surprise and delight with intriguing plots and fresh faces.” –Cincinnati Enquirer
“The Knights of the Round Table with paws.” –The Sunday Times (London)
Brian Jacques's Redwall carries on with Loamhedge, a deserted abbey that a wheelchair-bound young hare-maid thinks could hold a cure to her lame condition. Two warriors traveling back to Redwall agree to seek out the legendary place, but unwittingly leave Redwall Abbey vulnerable to vermin intruders. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Best ever" is the way at least one young Redwall fan described Loamhedge to his librarian. This 16th book in the "Redwall" series tells the story of Martha Braebuck, a spunky, resourceful haremaid, who has had to use a wheelchair since she was very young, and of an odd quintet who go on a hazardous quest to Loamhedge, where they hope to find the secret to help Martha learn to walk. Enemies assault Redwall while adversaries often threaten the questing quintet. But between their own ingenuity and old friends and new, who come just at the right moment, the Redwallers get through many perilous situations. Surely many readers of this exciting, heroic story will agree with the young fan that this is the best ever. Although this book stands very well on its own, a reader who has not read anything else in the series, will miss out on reading pleasure by not starting with "Redwall," the first book to tell the thrilling adventures of those endearing woodland creatures who inhabit Redwall Abbey and the enemies who threaten their peaceful lifestyle. Mr. Jacques says that his style of writing is so vividly descriptive because he wrote the first stories for children at a school for the blind and he wanted them to "see" his settings. His knack for lyrical prose and clever songs within the story probably grow out of his love of opera. The author's web site, www.redwall.org, adds intriguing background and should not be missed by any fan. 2003, Philomel Books, Ages 9 up.
Janet Crane Barley
A young haremaid has been confined to a wheelchair all her life, but a mysterious poem that refers to a long-deserted abbey named Loamhedge hints at a cure for her paralysis. Two aging Redwall warriors, an otter and a squirrel, head off on a dangerous quest to find this ancient place and the cure, accompanied by three eager but inexperienced young adventurers. Meanwhile, a giant badger seeks revenge on the vile Searats who killed another badger and wounded him. When the Searats besiege Redwall Abbey, the fierce badger comes to the aid of its residents. In between the battles and the adventures, there is much feasting, singing, and humor (one of the adventurers speaks just like Bertie Wooster.) Some of the characters speak in heavy British dialect; for example, "'Yur, Miz Marth', do ee singen us'n's ee song?'" This latest volume in Jacques' series about brave woodland creatures battling nasty vermin will be a treat for Redwall and fantasy fans; it's not necessary to have read any of the others in the saga to enjoy this suspenseful, action-filled title. Female characters are portrayed as being as brave and bold in battle as the males, making this series equally appealing to both genders. Black-and-white drawings highlight each chapter opening. (A Tale From Redwall). KLIATT Codes: JSA*; Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Philomel, 432p. illus.,