First I would like to say that Sir_wishall made a few good points about Loamhedge,which i would like to agree with. Yes,it is same old same old, and yes the villans are always the same,but isn't that the point of Redwall? I personally get satisfaction from reading familiar-ish stories that are related.E.g at the end of 'The Taggerung' where Russano turns up with the long patrol,it isn't a surprise and that sort of 'last-ditch help' has happened before,but its an excellent moment nonetheless.I own all of the Redwall books and am an avid reader,but I don't take the books as a serious novel,more an enjoyable yarn.The points though are fairly true.The formula is starting to tire, and 'Triss' was a pretty poor book.Anyway,Loamhedge is a good read.It is enjoyable throughout,and Jaques' ability to whet the (fans) appetite with infomation on the history of the world of Mossflower is good here,especially with the nostalgic nods toward Mattemio (though my lips are sealed).The characters are good,but not as good as previous characters,as Jaques doesn't explore the charaters fully,leaving them as a seeming supporting character.The main characters therefore are probably Horty and Martha. Problems arise here,as the characters seem very distant. Another problem is that the book is overly predictable and there is no huge battle ,instead there are smaller ones,that seem rushed.Also Jaques at times seems to get carried away,and as in previous books writes something out of turn with the world he has created.When Martha just gets up and walks,the point of the book becomes irrelevant.Moments like this have hampered an otherwise great series through all the books,where his 'animals are medieval humans' idea becomes unrealistic and off balence with the major idea.Still,problems aside this is a good book,so read it,and you will enjoy it,but Jaques needs to prodoce something aweome from his next book to keep his fanbase,as they have started to drift away since 'The Legend of Luke'.