Redwall (Redwall #1)
by Brian Jacques
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 10th 1987 by Philomel Books (first published 1986)
When Redwall was published in 1986 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.
That hero is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey. The villain is Cluny the Scourge, one of the most deliciously despicable rats of all time. The unforgettable cast of supporting characters includes the stalwart badger Constance, an irrepressible hare named Basil Stag Hare, and the elderly wise mouse Brother Methuselah.
But most of all there is Matthias, seeking his true destiny in a journey that will lead through danger and despair to true wisdom.
I am going to warn you now; this won't really be a review of the book. It is five stars and will forever and always be five stars as far as I am concerned. It is a story that can be told when you are a child and loved just as much as an adult. It's themes of love, loyalty, and striving for what is right, is honestly the type of thing we need now.
The world of Redwall will always have a special place in my heart. I can't describe the stories that Brian Jacques created other than nostalgic. Before I read Harry Potter, though my dad did try to read it to me when I was three I listened to Red Wall. I couldn't even read yet! My mom checked out the audiobook read by Jacques on cassette, and I listened to it that way. Little five year old me was enthralled by the world of mice and rabbits, badgers and squirrels who swore to defend their home and all that was right and good in the world from the evil sea rats. I went through and read 16 of the 22 books. And I fully intend on finishing the other six books. Maybe I will do it this year! I am behind on reading anyway so why not.
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