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Loamhedge (Tale of Redwall) [Paperback]

Brian Jacques
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read June 16 2004
Fans of Brian Jacques should be delighted with this latest installment of the Redwall series. As in the fifteen books preceding, LOAMHEDGE is full of mystery, adventure, romance, tragedy, and a myriad of characters we care about. In this book we are introduced to the wheelchair-bound hare named Martha Braebuck. More than anything, Martha would love to walk again, and this possibility comes to her through a vision/dream in which Martin the Warrior gives her some hints concerning the old abbey. If she can uncover these secrets, Martha should be able to lead a normal life.
When she shares her vision with other folks at the Abbey, they all work together to turn this miracle into a reality. This "quest" is helped along by the zany and loving characters of Braggon the otter and Sarobando the squirrel, best friends and former pranksters of the abbey who have been on their own world adventures and are ready and willing for yet another.
As always there are many layers to these stories, as interesting little characters weave in and out, creating subplots and more adventures. They include Martha's mischievous brother Horty --- who runs off with Sarobando and Braggon to help his sister, the evil searat Raga Bol (who holds the abbey under siege) --- and of course, all the fun "Redwallers" who are part of the colorful tapestry of the Redwall series.
Jacques's ability to create these wonderful personalities, evil and good, from animals is the height of skilled anthropomorphic writing. He has a huge following with a web site that is visited by many fans around the world ([...] Outstanding artists lend these books an even greater depth --- all the covers are beautifully done, including this one with Troy Howell's beautiful painting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing March 12 2004
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'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Read Feb. 19 2004
This book talks about a journey to get to a old abbey named Loamhedge. it was over come by a plague in its last few years. There was a sister there who coouldnt walk so she was going to b e left behind. At the end a miracle happened and she was able to walk again. now a group of travelers from Redwall are off to find her secret. There is another story happening at the same time. a great badger goes to redwall which is under seige. Well the rest is all yours.
Loamhedge is a book from the Redwall series and i think it is one of the best books i have read. In the past I've read alot of good books, but not many can compare to this one. I was sucked into the book I felt as if I was in the story with them. In one part of the story it said, "Blowfly, wot are we goin' t'do wid this cook - flog'im to a jelly wid yore rope's end or gut 'im wid this 'ook?"
There were many quotes such as that one and those really gross me out. then there are the songs. they are nice and peaceful or really funny. Sometimes they would make you hungry especially when a hare sings it. Here is an example ofa song sung by a hare, well it's just part of one.
"... To pasties an' pies of convenient size,
it'd beat a tatoo on me drum,
so jolly forceful, each tasty morsel,
tramp over me gums to me tum! ..." -_____-x
My favorite part of this book is when they all get back to redwall safely except for Saro and Bargoon. It is very sad but everyone in the abbey were giving there respects. Oh, and the Redwall is being resumed to its old self again. It has such a beautiful ending. *sigh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a 5
I was really hoping when I had heard that this book was called "Loamhedge" that it was more about the long-lost abbey. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by WanderingStorm
5.0 out of 5 stars it rocks!!!!!!!!!!
this book is the latest thrilling tale of redwall. it is about a quest to the ancient abbey of loamhedge to enable a young hare maid named Martha to walk. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Ayame
5.0 out of 5 stars Swabuclikng good tv
The amazing squel to Triss, and Taggerung. The Badger Lona Bula striop is on revenge. Against the evil Rag Bolag. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by J. P. Suhr
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I ever thought it would be!!
This was actually one of the best Redwall books I ever read. Everyone said the series is getting worse. Well... this is better! I loved it. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. not the best.
I thought this book was good. It was interesting to read, but nothing els i'm afraid. I think the bad guys in the book was never really developed. Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by Reaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tale of True Friendship
This book is amazingly wrtitten by Jacques. The ending is the most surprising, and I think this book is very moving. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Published on April 3 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars The Redwall series is deteriorating. (contains spoilers)
I have loved the Redwall books for a long time. But now, after reading the sixteenth book of the series, the books are getting worse. Read more
Published on March 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, Magnificent, and Endulging, as Usual
Oh, that I could enter the world of Redwall! The battles, the feasts, the heroic excitement! But, anyway, I loved this book. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by Cassandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Above and beyond 5 stars!!!
I'm a huge fan of the Redwall series (hey, I can brag that I've read every book in the series). This book is one of Jacques' best. Read more
Published on March 4 2004
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