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Lord Brocktree, the 13th novel in Brian Jacques's exciting Redwall series, brings to life the tale of how the greatest badger lord of all came to save Salamandastron, the mountain home of many heroic creatures. Everybeast will love heroic Lord Brocktree and his amazing adventure.
As the story opens, the villainous Ungatt Trunn, a menacing wildcat, has brought his powers to bear on Salamandastron, threatening the peace-loving beasts who live there.
Loneliness was everywhere. Hopelessness and an air of foreboding had settled over the western shores, casting their pall over land, sea and the mountain of Salamandastron. Yet nobeast knew the cause of it.
But all is not lost. Old Lord Stonepaw, the venerable Badger Ruler, summons the strongest of the strong to take over as lord of the mountain fortress and battle the evil wildcat. Lord Brocktree, far away from the trouble, begins to have visions that beckon him to Salamandastron. He travels there with his companion, a young haremaid named Dotti. But can he raise an army in time to smash Ungatt Trunn's terrifying Blue Hordes?
Like all the Redwall books, Lord Brocktree is a rollicking tale of adventure, war, magic, and beastly battles. The animal characters are sometimes brusque and brutal, and there's a strong current of darkness in the stories, as well as no-nonsense death scenes and strong language. But for fans of medieval fantasy adventure with a twist, this unforgettable series continues to satisfy. (Ages 9 and older) --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-Jacques shows no signs of flagging in this latest tale about a Badger Lord named Brocktree, a fatally beautiful haremaid named Dotti, and an evildoing wildcat named Ungatt Trunn. Trunn and his Hordebeasts have invaded Salamandastron and caused the death of Lord Stonepaw. However, from off in the forests and meadows, help is coming. The shrews, hedgehogs, moles, river and sea otters, squirrels, and a pack of Highland hares band together with Brocktree and Dotti. Trunn is eventually defeated, and the Horde quickly disperses, leaving the "Redwall" creatures to their favorite pastimes-dancing, singing, and of course, eating. Jacques continues to have an amazing gift for keeping his story fresh. He starts this one from two different points: the invasion, and the adventures of Dotti, Brocktree, and their friends. The two stories converge near the end of the book for a thrilling conclusion. The story itself is framed as a history written by the current lord of Salamandastron. The plot is well balanced, chapters of floating on a river and feasting with friends are set in counterpoint with the horrors of war. The characters, as always, are easily defined and identified by their accents, a Jacques specialty. It may take some readers a while to figure out what everyone is saying, but they will make the effort as these beasts are all so engaging. There is no need to have read the earlier books for this one to make sense, but new readers will undoubtedly be asking for more, and fans will just eat it up.
Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Lord Brocktree opens with a salvo of extremely slow chapters; in fact, the first part, by itself, almost isn't worth the read. It begins long ago, before Redwall, before Martin the Warrior, even before the famous hare Long Patrol, when Salamandastron, guarded only by the ancient badger Lord Stonepaw and his retinue of equally aged and feeble hares, is placed under siege by the wildcat conqueror Ungatt Trunn the Earth Shaker. The mountain's only hope is the arrival of Stonepaw's son Brocktree, who is journeying from faraway Brockhall to take his place as ruler of Salamandastron.
Joined on his trek by a "fatally beautiful" haremaid, an otter, a mole, a battalion of mountain hares (with that delightful Highland accent), a gang of squirrel mercenaries, and a tribe of hedgehogs, Brocktree manages to get himself to the mountain in one piece just in time to give badger-sized warfare to the cunning Ungatt Trunn.
The story holds few surprises, especially for those who've already lived through Jacques's previous works. It suffers from an overabundance of characters, far too much time spent journeying, and several passionless battle scenes. However, it is redeemed by a typically witty and amusing grouping of hares and one of the best villains in Redwall lore.
I enjoyed this book because, most of the time, I would find it fairly stupid to be reading about animal adventures. The author however had critically described traits of every creature throughout the book making it enjoyable. The creatures dialect was very diverse and it took me a second try at some parts to understand the speaking of some of the animals. The book is a very creative story and the action is very descriptive. It is very easy to get a hold of what kind of personality and backgrounds the characters come from this story does a very good job at bringing back the old good versus evil theme.
I learned through the book that sometimes if you want to make something eye catching and much more exciting, just changing the way you have your characters speak will make it much more dramatic. I also got a taste of the technique of writing where the author writes two or more different scenes and switches back and forth between them throughout different chapters.Read more ›
"Stay steadfast in hope, courage, and determination, and even the impossible becomes possible". I believe this statement best sums up the theme presented in this work. I rate this as a 4-star book because even though the writing style and flowing plot made it an exciting enjoyable read, it was confusing to follow sometimes with so much happening at once. For any fan of medieval style society, epic battles, and a clever tale sure to keep you turning pages, I recommend Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques.
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This is a cross of adventure, chivalry, and friendship that only Jacues would conjure up. From the moment I picked it up, until the moment I put it down, I was entranced in a... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Trenton Metzger
Lord Brocktree is one of my favorite books. It beats all the other Redwall books, and I will tell you why in this review.
This book seems ultimate, as in everything is x100. Read more
This book was a okay book but not a great book. I think this because the plot of the story is very good and the setting really paints a good picture for you. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by jake
The first reason I liked this book is hoe detailed the character's actions were. Also how they thought and looked like. Read morePublished on April 23 2004
I though Lord Brocktree was a fun and exciting book. I love the way the author goes between the different plots to keep you interested. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Sam
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