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Wot, Wot?! Could it be another epic Redwall tale (tail?) thick with high adventure, heavy accents, and leek-and-turnip pasty from the beloved beast master himself, Brian Jacques? It is indeed, happy readers. Triss, the 15th book in the distinguished and wildly popular animal fantasy series, chronicles the exploits of a brave squirrel maid who travels from the bonds of slavery to the meeting of her destiny as a warrior at Redwall Abbey. Triss the squirrel, Shogg the otter, and Welfo the hedgehog, all slaves to the bloodthirsty royal ferret family of Riftgard, filch a ferret boat and sail away from the murderous clutches of Princess Kurda and her malevolent father, King Agarnu. Swearing revenge, Kurda sets out to recapture her slaves, her evil Ratguard troops reinforced by the pirate fox Plugg Firetail and his band of criminal Freebooters. At the same time, the badger Sagaxus and his bosom friend Bescarum the hare also set sail from Salamanstrom, to seek adventure on the high seas. Meanwhile, back at the abbey, the Redwall inhabitants are being plagued by a mystery that involves a hidden door, a secret code, and three stinking, sinister snake siblings that are picking off the gentle forest folk one by one. Any ardent fan of Redwall knows that what comes next will include sword fights, feasting, raucous good humor, and a thrilling climax. Jacques's fervent followers are rewarded with the author's usual swashbuckling good storytelling, while the newly initiated will read with wide eyes, and quickly go back to hungrily devour the rest of the series. (Ages 10 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Brian Jacques weighs in with Triss, the 15th title in his Redwall series. Here, the enslaved squirrelmaid escapes by sea and a Dibbun duo discovers Brockhall's secret entrance. David Elliot's b&w illustrations introduce each chapter. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Triss tells 3 stories that eventually weave into each other. Far to the North live three slaves, Triss, Welfro and Shogg, who somehow escape from the clutches of the cruel King Aragnu and his daughter the evil Princess Kudra. As they travel away in a stolen ship they realize that eventually they will have to return home to save their friends, but not until they have saved themselves. To the South in Salamandastron Sagax, a young badger Lord sets out to sea with his two close friends the gluttonous hare Scarum and the clever otter Kroova, in search of adventure. They end up getting much more than they bargained for. And to the East in the legendary Redwall Abbey, both the young and the old struggle to solve some tricky riddles that may hold the key to the location of the old and forgotten Brockhall.
Just like the past 14 Redwall books Triss is filled with adventure, humor, action, and mystery. But Triss is no ordinary Redwall book. Since it takes place generations after Taggerung we have a whole new cast of interesting charecters to learn about. my favorites are Kroova the otter and the warriormaid Triss herself. The Humor in Triss is far the best we've ever seen in any Redwall book. Don't believe me? Well, wait until you read the section about Pluggs' tail! That made me giggle.Read more ›
Here's the Story:
Triss is a young brave squirrel who is enslaved with many other slaves on the island of Riftgard, which is ruled by the evil King Agarnu and his son and daughter Prince Bladd and the sadistic Princess Kurda. Triss and her otter and hedgehog friend Shogg and Welfo are determined to leave the terrible island and to return to free the other wretched slaves...and to slay the Pure Ferrets to end the evil for once and for all!
Meanwhile, two Dibbuns from Redwall Abbey have wandered off and gone missing in the Mossflower Woods. As they are found about a day later during a storm by Skipper of Otters and Log-a-Log the Chieftain of Shrews, the Dibbuns tell the elders that they had found an oak tree which provided them shelter. The oak tree had a cunningly hidden door, they said and the older Abbey creatures realize that the babies had found the mysterious Brockhall! They decide to find the place. (here's where most of the poems, songs, and RIDDLES comes out!) But some evil beast (or beasts?) are living there and they are determined to defend their home...
At the great moutain of Salamandastron, the stronghold of badgers and hares, the young badger Sagax and his gluttonous hare friend Scarum have runaway from endless chores and from the stern paw of their parents.Read more ›
I bought Triss because (unlike many of the recent Redwall books) the plot actually sounded interesting. Unfortunately, though Jacques can still set a story quite well, he can no longer take advantage of his own plots. The book was highly predictable, to offset which Jacques filled it with reversals of fate and twists and turns that did not really alleviate its predictability. Similarly, the characters are merely caricatures of Jacques' more memorable creations, and the settings are no longer settings but set-pieces. For instance, Brockhall plays a role in this book, but in an entirely boring way. Also, Jacques now feels compelled to insert a song in virtually every chapter, as well as to repeat descriptions of food verbatim. He also uses the same jokes over and over. That said, there were some genuine laugh-out-loud moments, and I was glad to see that female characters are now evenly placed among warriors and villains, instead of just abbey-dwellers.
I was at one point a diehard Redwall fan, and the first seven books in the series are still some of the best books I own. However, the fire has gone out of Jacques' writing; I do not think any of his Redwall books will ever stir me as much as Mossflower, Salamandastron, or my other favorites did and still do. So save seven bucks and go reread them, or better yet, something else. However, all this being said, I will still probably read the next book in the series, 'Loamhedge,' because I can't quite give up the ghost myself.
Most recent customer reviews
Do you like serpents? How about giant serpents? Or maybe your taste is for pure white ferrets who are master swordsmaids? Read morePublished on June 23 2006 by A grade 4 student
Evil. Princess Kurda is a one of the most evil known. She has grown tired of using vegetables to practice her sword fighting on. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by fredthefat44
What more can I say about this wonderful novel? It's got an intriging plot, has wonderfully colorful characters (including Triss and Princess Kurda) who are fully developed unlike... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Eponine Giry
Brian Jacques has to be one of my favorite authors for good reason. This is another Fabulous book in the redwall series it displays all of his usual charm and witty songs. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Hazel M. Flack-Barley
Besides 'Mariel of Redwall,' 'Triss' is another book that shows just how brave and strong girls can be. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003
Triss was a very interesting novel only more and more in Jacques's books the entire welcome all trust all themes tend to flood the senses with a gush of ingratitude... Read morePublished on May 30 2003
Triss is a book with adventure,excitement, and mystery! It captures the mind in a world where there is war, tyranny, and peace. Read morePublished on May 27 2003
only 2 words 2 describe this book 4 u:
ABSOBALLYLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (wot wot)!