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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (Sept. 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862301395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862301399
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Right from the start of this rousingly old-fashioned prequel to Redwall , readers will submerge themselves in the culture of the woodlanders and their council, the Corim, against the wicked Kotir. Kotir is the name of the group holed up at the castle, led by Tsarmina, a wildcat who poisons her father and imprisons her good brother Gingivere so that she may rule in her own way. Into the woodlanders' midst comes Martin the Warrior, who becomes fast friends with Gonff the mousethief and others; they soon set off to find the only warrior who can lead them to victory. More important than the outcome of the story, where good triumphs over evil, are the characters: baby hedgehogs Ferdy and Coggs, doing their valiant best to become warriors; the kindly Gingivere, who finds his heart's joy as a farmer; Lady Amber, the squirrel Chief and her band of archers; Chibb, the robin who will spy for anyone as long as he is paid in candied chestnuts. Martin's heroics pale in comparison to the acts of his fellow-fighters, so colorful are their escapades. While Redwall fans will enjoy this, no prior knowledge of that book is necessary. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-An energetic cast brings to life Mossflower (Philomel, 1988), Brian Jacques' rip-roaringly entertaining animal fantasy, a prequel to Redwall. The actors bring conviction to their roles, whether playing brave mice, daft weasels, or ferocious furry villains. Mossflower tells of a tyrannical wildcat named Tsarmina, self-proclaimed Queen of the Thousand Eyes and ruler of Mossflower Woods. She has diabolical plans for the woodlanders, and listeners will delight in her melodramatic yowls and hisses as she plans to dominate every hedgehog, otter, or mouse who crosses her path. Fighting her are Martin the Warrior, a mouse whose bravery knows no bounds, and a funny minstrel mouse thief named Gonff. The latter's delightful songs are nicely performed. Various woodland creatures join Martin and Gonff in their fight, including two baby hedgehogs possessing delusions of grandeur. The story moves at a brisk pace as Martin, Gonff, and a mole named Dinny embark on a journey to Alamandastron, where they hope to find the legendary Boar the Fighter. Pursuing them are Tsarmina's hapless, bickering soldiers. A gifted writer (and narrator), Jacques makes each action scene crackle with energy. His cast is game from start to finish, playing each moment with a sense of fun and mischief. Some listeners may have trouble with the British accents at first, but those who stick with it will have a rollicking ride. Medieval music punctuates the end and beginning of each chapter. Mossflower is first rate in every respect.
Brian E. Wilson, Evanston Public Library, IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The archduke on April 28 2004
Format: Paperback
"Mossflower" is the second book in the wide world of Brian Jaques and his warrior mice, badgers, otters and squirrels. This book provides the backstory of how Martin the Warrior came and saved Mossflower from the evil rule of the crazed wildcat Tsarmina. This is the story of the exiled woodlanders, not free to live in peace, because of the cruel wildcat rule. When the Warrior comes to them, he convinces them to fight for their freedom, instead of hiding out for the rest of their lives.
This is a sprawling adventure story, and I liked it more than "Redwall". The characters are all likeable, and the adventure is even larger, as Martin and his friends quest to Salamandaston, home of the great badger kings who once ruled Mossflower in peace and tranquility. There are battles aplenty here, and despite the young targeted audience, Jaques keeps up this spirit of war with lots of violence and bloodhsed. The theme of this book could be the courage of a few saving many, or the desire to fight for what one believes in.
This is a very good book, giving the history behind the creation of Redwall Abbey, and how its inhabitants came to the head of Mossflower woods. It also makes more sense of "Redwall", as we know more about the mouse that Matthias and the entire population of the Abbey revere and speak about as though legend.
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By mel on March 8 2003
Format: Paperback
The main characters in 'Mossflower' are Martin (from 'Martin the Warrior'), Bella of Brockhall (Brockhall is a badger compound), Skipper (also known as Skip, he's the skipper of the otter crew), Lady Amber (the peaceful queen of the squirrels), Goffen Prince of mouse thieves (a good thief), Tsarmina (an evil wild cat Queen... the queen of Kotir) Gingivere (Tsarmina's brother but that of a kind and gentle heart) Ben and Goody Stickle (a hedgehog couple owning the four baby hedgehogs Spike, Posy, Ferdy and Coggs), Dinny (a young mole), Chibb (a red breast robin acting as a spy), Log-a-Log (a friendly shrew) and Boar the fighter (Bella's father) and the list goes on.
When I opened the front cover of this book on the first page there was a snippet from the book and here it is:

For a moment Martin's eyes meet those of Tsarmina's. His voice was clear and unafraid. "You should have killed me when you had the chance, because I vow that I will slay you one day."
The spell was broken. The guards hauled on the ropes, dragging Martin off to the cells. In the silence that followed, Tsarmina slumped in her chair and sniggered "A mouse kill me, indeed! He's hardly worth worrying about."

But boy was she wrong! In the rest of the book you are just enticed in the adventures from dancing crabs to stolen children, it is in the last and final chapters that Tsarmina is slain by a true warrior, it is also in these final chapters the most tense chapters that we find out weather our strong and heroic warrior's life is so close to being snuffed that you need a box of tissues. This is a book with such a long but exciting and action packed plot that it would take twenty pages to explain, it is hear dear friends that I take my leave...and leave you to this fantastic book of all emotions.
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By A Customer on April 9 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mossflower. The riveting Redwall book by Brian Jacques where Martin the Warrior wanders into the thriving forest of Mossflower in search of a new life. But when he stumbles into the hands of Tsarmina, Queen of a Thousand Eyes, Martin is in deep trouble! Deep down in the dark dungeons of Kotir, Tsarmina's castle, Martin meets a young mouse named Gonff and together with the help of Gonff's woodland friends Martin might be able to over run Tsarmina and free Mossflower from the evil Tsarmina
has bestowed upon Mossflower.
This thrilling story takes place deep into the heart of Mossflower Wood where Martin and his friends live in the safety of Brockhall. In Mossflower also lies Kotir, the castle
that holds so much evil.
Martin the Warrior is a mouse that is very brave and courageous. He is strong hearted
and true to his friends. Martin is certainly the perfect character.
Brian Jacques is an excellent story teller and this is a story you can't let sit on your
bookshelf. Mossflower is definitely a book that you have to pick up and read!
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Mossflower is an excellent addition to the Redwall series, and pretty soon my copy's going to fall apart; I've read it WAY too many times! I enjoyed reading this book for several reasons. First, it's exciting! The battles are in the right places, they're never drawn out, and they will always find a way to shock, amuse, or effect you. Second, the plot is an excellent and genuine find. It's not the same old, same old, plots that have found their ways into books. It's fresh. Third, it has Martin the Warrior in it. He's my absolute favorite character of all, and any book with him is fine by me.
SUMMARY: For a long time, the peaceful land of Mossflower and its inhabitants were under the claws of Verdauga, King of a Thousand Eyes and a wildcat tyrant. When he falls ill, however, he passes on the ruling to his far crueler daughter Tsarmina. The peaceful woodlanders begin leaving the settlement as the evil wildcat demands more and more tribute to the wildcat fortress, Kotir. Because of this, Tsarmina declares a war on the woodlanders, knowing that she would have to weed them out before Kotir falls into famine (the soldiers are no farmers!). Just as things look pretty bad for the woodlanders who know little of war, a young mouse hero who was witnessed to beat up a patrol "single-pawed" (as in, weaponless) comes along. This hero, of course, is Martin.
Soon, the woodlanders find a new hope. They are convinced that if they could contact Boar the Fighter, the badger ruler of Mossflower, they could defeat Tsarmina and her vermin horde. Bella, daughter of Boar the Fighter, calls upon Martin (who is accompanied by his friends Gonff the Prince of Mousethieves and Young Dinny the mole) to go to Salamandastron to seek out Boar the Fighter.
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