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Mossflower [Paperback]

Brian Jacques
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Sept. 4 2006 Redwall (Book 2)
Second thrilling REDWALL adventure This is the story of Martin the Warrior, the legendary founder of Redwall Abbey. When Verduaga Greeneyes, king of the wildcats, becomes tyrant truler over the creatures of Mossflower, the woodlanders begin a life of serfdom and cruelty. But then, one winter afternoon, a young mouse called Martin chances by the woods -bringing with him an indomitable spirit of adventure and will for freedom...

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as i remember Oct. 7 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Had received the Book years ago and Lost it. Glad to have been able to find another one. Story just as good as i remember it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Aug. 9 2013
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Exactly what I wanted and sooner than expected delivery. I will be back. I loved these books as kid and now my son is excited to read them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second installment a winner 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Serise June 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This Tale is one of the first of first in the Redwall serise (chronologically that is)
Martian the Warrior has come out of the north looking for adventure. He finds the Mossflower woods groaning under the oppression of Old Lord Green eyes and his crazy daughter Zarmina. He gets together with some local woodlanders and they come up with a plan to bring the that empire down.
Good book, giving animals human characteristics is not wholly an original idea but Brian Jaquas does it exceedingly well. If you are thinking about reading this book to younger children don't(the good guys don't exactly win in all instances). There more then enough in the way of plot to also keep older audiences interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mossflower March 8 2003
By mel
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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5.0 out of 5 stars HE DID IT AGAIN!!!! May 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brian Jacques did it aqain. Another incredible epic with the mouse or should I say mice that created Redwall. Although this wasn't as good as the first one it is still an awsome book. About an over grown cat that is trying to take over mossflower when along comes Martin. He is here to save the day. Like in all of the redwall series there is a riddle that must be solved so that some characters will go on a journey. There is something that Brian does to his books so that they never get boring. I can never put it down because I have to turn the page to see what happens next. I don't think that this books is for just kids like me but it is for evryone. That includes the adults too. So if you haven't bought and read this book yet do it right now because it is not a waste of money. You will never regret reading this daring tale!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mossflower May 8 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those who have read Martin the Warrior, and want to know what happened to our hero as ,after losing the love of his life, walks off into the distance, this book is what you've been waiting for. Martin finds himself in the midst of a war to liberate Mossflower Country, His home to be,from the evil wildcat Tsarmina, who wants what all who are evil want: Plunder and Ultimate Power. Tsarmina, daughter of Verduaga Greeneye and niece of Ungatt Trunn, challenges Martin's Warrior Spirit, by threatening his new-found friends and the love that he will not allow to be taken away from him again. A truly marvelous story for the faithful Redwallers who love them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read it for Tsarina's tantrums
After reading Redwall I was hoping for greater insight into Martin's history. Mossflower though it introduces Martin it doesn't come close to filling in the back story in any... Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Sarah Sammis
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Brian Jacques
Another great book from Brian Jacques -- the story is addictive -- you find yourself wanting more!
I bought these books for my kids, and found that I liked them even more than... Read more
Published on April 30 2002 by T. Rimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A true master piece in literature
Mossflower was an amazing book with somemany details and so much room that you could make ten other stories about how great this book is ! Read more
Published on April 29 2002 by "patdaman444"
5.0 out of 5 stars Mossflower,a masterpiece in story telling
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. Read more
Published on April 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, exciting, I'd give it six!
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! Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by "datbzzeb"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I have read many of the "Redwall" series books, and this one is one of my favorites. The young mouse, Martin, is a great warrior and is an exciting character to follow. Read more
Published on March 12 2002 by "shocka42"
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