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Mossflower Paperback – Sep 4 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (Sept. 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862301395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862301399
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


"Not since Roald Dahl have children filled their shelves so compulsively" The Times "He is a wonderful storyteller, immersed in his own kingdom" Guardian

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"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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This is my second excursion into the world of Redwall (my first was "Redwall") and I can only say that I was entirely entranced and captivated by this wonderful story. I could hardly wait to come home from work and dive back into it. Brian Jacques is very rapidly becoming my favorite author. The Redwall series are supposedly "children's" books, but really they are for anyone who enjoys a well-told, exciting story. The characters in "Mossflower" as they were in "Redwall" are exceptional. Dinny the mole with his comical molespeak, the heroic and noble badger Boar the Fighter, the truly wicked Tsarmina, Martin the Warrior, Chibb the robin, all are wonderful and complex, well-thought out characters. Their actions and doings are as compelling as the story itself. Mr. Jacques does a good job of not making the battle scenes too gory while still providing the necessary imagery, with Martin wiping the blood and sweat from his face as he engages in battle with the sea rats at Salamandastron. The final battle between Tsarmina and Martin was quite epic. I love the idea of "going questing" as Martin did in his search for Salamandastron and hope to go "questing" myself in the future. I guess that seems a silly notion, but a fun idea nontheless. "Mossflower" will fire your imagination and transport you to another world, one of courage, humor, bravery, nobilty, "questing", good vs evil, and mostly, a world of high adventure. I can only hope the rest of the "Redwall" series are as good as this story.
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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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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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