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Tales from Redwall: The Bellmaker, Martin the Warrior, Salamandastron Paperback – Oct 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group; Box edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441004148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441004140
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Not since Roald Dahl have children filled their shelves so compulsively" The Times "He is a wonderful storyteller, immersed in his own kingdom" Guardian "A constant hit ever since Martin the Warrior first took up arms against his foes" Scotsman "There are quests and riddles; cunning treachery and chivalric derring-do; and, in a feature that became a hallmark of the entire series, groaning boards spread with sumptuous feasts, lovingly described" New York Times "The combination of a completely imagined world full of domestic detail...with a strongly created mythology to underpin them, big-scale plots and Jacques's rolling prose quickly turned Redwall into a leading international brand in children's books" Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

BRIAN JACQUES was born and bred in Liverpool. At the age of fifteen he went to sea and travelled the world. He worked as a stand-up comedian and playwright and hosted his own programme, Jakestown, on Radio Merseyside. His bestselling Redwall books have captured readers all over the world and won universal praise. He died in 2011. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Redwall is a classic story of good vs evil. In this case the fight is between a collection of woodland creatures - mice, rats, snakes, badgers, ferrets, sparrows, and even moles.
On the 'good' side we have a monastery full of mice in monk wear who are dedicated to helping and healing.
On the 'evil' side we have the nastiest rat ever (one eyed, pegged leg, scar covered, temperamental..."loony" as Jacques implies) and his gang of rats.
It was the 'bad guys' who really made the book for me. First, I was fascinated by this evil rat leader - Cluny the Scourge - and how terrible he was. Just the most repulsive, mean, nastiest character ever imagined. We was constantly swatting, bad mouthing, and threatening his followers. He must have killed half a dozen members of his horde (all ranks, no discrimination there) without a second though. He was obsessed with remaining in power and using his power to take over the world. I bet he was fun character to write.
I also got a bit of a chuckle from the names of some of the evil rats - Cheesethief, Scumnose, Wormtail, Ragear.

The actual plot was pretty simple - Cluny and his gang, who have been laying waste to most of the world, show up at the walls of Redwall Abbey. Surprisingly, they are repulsed when they try to attack the Abbey. They lay siege to Redwall, making additional and more creative attempts at getting inside.
During this time the occupants of the Abbey realize their full potential and in some cases their destiny - like say, being a world class warrior.
What make the book a page turner is the pace and the characters. There are very few slow moments with lots of battles, adventures through the woods, and a mystery made of riddles to solve. It keeps your attention.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Redwall Series April 21 1999
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All of the books by Brian J. have been absolutely thrilling from beginning to end.A lot of other books that I have read, have been boring at the start and gradually get more interesting. However, Brian J.'s books are excitement the whole way through. If you are considering reading these books, I would highly recommend them and read them in Chronological order. (If you want to know the order e-mail me at
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I would recommend that anyone read the Redwall books. I've read them all, some more than once, and I can't wait for the Ledgend of Luke to come out. I think there should be many, many more than the present 11. I think there should be more like 111. I'd read them all, too. One of my best friends is as obsessed with them as I am. She can read one in less than a day. I can read one in a couple of days myself. I especially like squirrel archers, otters, hares, and badgers. If you haven't read these books, please, READ THEM! They are exciting, interesting, full of action, and just plain good! Out of 10, I give them 11.
Brian Jacques' Redwall series is amazing. June 10 1998
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I have read every one of Mr. Jacques' books and I am telling you there is nothing better. His unique storytelling techniques are excellent. His "world" is full of life, fun, imagination and great adventure. Every last one of his (so far) 10 books, from Redwall to The Long Patrol are masterpieces. His books are about woodland type of creatures who fight tyranny and evil creatures. There is everything in them. Joyfulness, Greif, Tragedy, Happiness, etc... Lets just put that movies can not compare to Jacques' amazing story telling. If you choose to not read them, then you do not know what you are missing.
great Feb. 24 2002
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I have enjoyed these books. They are full of sadness, happiness,adventure, comedy, and just a little bit of love.The Bellmaker is about an old mouse and his friends trying to find his warriormouse daughter because he fears she is in trouble. Martin the Warrior is about a mouse fighting against slavery. He is determined to slay the Tyrant that held him in bondage. I read Salamandastron such a long time ago I really don't remember what it is about but you can be sure there is alot of adventure in it as with all of Brian Jacques book.
This one is the best July 31 2002
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Martin the Warrior is by far the best of the stunningly successful and wonderful series. This one will move you to tears and make you grin like a fool. Martin's unbending determination to see justice done is inspiring and done with unequivocating sincerity. Jacques does not hold back.
If you are just starting the series, you could happily start with this one. In Redwall Chronology, it is the first book. So it is a good place to start.
Read this book and you will become an addict and possibly a better person.