Mossflower Paperback – Sep 4 2006
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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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.Published on Oct. 7 2013 by Melissa Busque
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 themPublished on Aug. 9 2013 by Corrine Borsellino
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 morePublished on April 29 2004 by Sarah Sammis
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. Read more
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... Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by mel
Brian Jacques did it aqain. Another incredible epic with the mouse or should I say mice that created Redwall. Read morePublished on May 11 2002
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... Read morePublished on May 8 2002
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