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The Sable Quean (Redwall #21)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,875 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Buckler the hare, Blademaster of the Long Patrol, must save the youngsters of Redwall Abbey-kidnapped by the vile Vilaya the Sable Quean-and stop the villain's conquest of Mossflower Wood.
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published February 23rd 2010)
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Callista
Jun 12, 2012 Callista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropomorphic
You would think that after reading the rest of the Redwall books up to this point, I would have grown tired of how predictable they are, but I never do. Yes, they all finish with typical "and they all lived happily ever after" endings, but there is something about the Redwall books that makes the predictable ending something that I always look forward to.

'The Sable Quean' had all the elements I have come to expect from Brian Jacques' books: friendly woodland creatures, despicable vermin villian
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Josiah
Jun 14, 2017 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Twenty-one books in to the Redwall saga, Brian Jacques still manages a surprise or two for seasoned devotees of the series. A brave young warrior departing the mountain fortress of Salamandastron in search of his destiny is nothing new, but some of the enemies and allies he makes on his voyage are. There's a swarm of Dibbun-napping vermin commanded by two deadly sables, a gang large and mean enough to rip Redwall Abbey from its hallowed foundations; a kindly water vole living on her own but with ...more
Nic
Apr 07, 2011 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: map-in-the-front
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Joseph Leskey
May 16, 2017 Joseph Leskey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
Not bad, I'm fairly certain. The plot had some interesting points and the amount of enjoyment was great, as is typical of books about Redwall.
L.
Feb 02, 2014 L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sable Quean is, in my opinion, the best Jacques book to come out since Triss. (Taggerung is my all-time favorite, for those dying to know.)

Alright, I'll try to keep this spoiler-free:

The plot has a number of familiar Jacques elements, but he keeps you guessing here more than I might have anticipated. Memorable villains (if not the most ostentatiously evil) and an ensemble of sympathetically displayed woodlanders give the novel an excellent cast. I feel that Jacques should have focused more o
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Kristen
Apr 27, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Greene
May 21, 2012 Sarah Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Liam
Jan 27, 2013 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've read this a couple times by now, so it's about time I reviewed it. I do enjoy Brian Jacques, and while his writing can be childish, it's still vivid, powerful, and emotional. I enjoyed this book as much as the first time I read it.
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Jul 04, 2011 Adela Bezemer-Cleverley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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04haydenv
Oct 23, 2012 04haydenv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In this review I will be writing about the last book I read which was Sable Quean. I really liked this book. This so far has been one of my favorite books I have ever read. I think that the book was intended for young adults. Because it is to easy for adults and to hard for the smaller kids.

The main problem in this book to me was to get back the babies and to protect redwall abbey. The setting to me is perfect. I believe that there is no other place that you could do the story at. Because redw
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Elizabeth
Jan 25, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s

Summer of Redwall: The Sable Quean

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by Leaf's Reviews in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, Series Week Tags: 4/5, Brian Jacques, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Redwall, Reviews, Series Week, The Sable Quean Edit

The Sable Quean is the twenty-first book in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. It was published in 2010 by Philomel. The Redwall wiki (spoilers!) can be found here, and info about Brian Jacques can be found here.

Summary/Blurb:
Unfortunate title aside (“Quean” means a “disreput
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Anna
Feb 28, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: redwall
This is a book in the best traditions of Redwall and Brian Jacques, and I enjoyed it on so many levels.

I love the characters, the every single one of them: courageous Buckler Kordyne, his gluttonous and funny friend Diggs, all Witherspyk company. Special mention goes to Flandor, Midda, Tura and Whitherspyk twins. They are no more than babes, if only slightly older than the rest of the captives. And yet they are heroes on par with adult warriors. They don't wait to be rescued - they rescue thems
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Caroline
Jun 06, 2009 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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Leinad
Apr 02, 2014 Leinad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, reviewed
I had read 20 of the 22 Redwall books in my day, and when my friend got hold of number 21 I thought it would be well worth a read. After a very busy term of school, this was a relaxing read. It was not a wholly different or original story. It had all the old Redwall standbys — from the stereotypical division between "good" and "bad" types of animals, to the different dialects and habits of the animals, to the rather obsessive focus on food. But while we wouldn't want every story we read to follo ...more
Ashley Gagnon
I love the Redwall series and have read it since I was a kid and still do as an adult. I remember as a kid, well, 13 year old, I hated reading with a passion. My school libarian got tired of everyone looking up porn on the laptops and as punishment, made us read books and keep journal logs on them every day. Redwall was what I picked up in a hurry-grab-a-book rage and I have been hooked ever since, and now thanks to Brian Jacques, I love to read.

Many of you agree that his books have the sterotyp
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Nathaniel Turner
Dec 30, 2011 Nathaniel Turner rated it liked it
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J. Alfred
My wife and I listened to this as an audiobook, which is how I know for certain that Brian Jacques pronounces his name "Jakes," thus throwing away a perfectly good Q. I didn't lose too much respect for him on this point however, because his voice is perfect for these stories --it's deep and rugged with a Sean Connery-esque Northern twinge-- and you can tell that he loves the simple good-vs-evil adventure of his Redwall universe and tells the story at least in part for the fun of the telling, and ...more
Melissa Koser
Feb 10, 2017 Melissa Koser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a good time! Not the best in the series, but close. My only nitpick is that the story teaser makes you think the Dibbuns are really going to give their captors a hard time, because they're Redwallers. Nope! The ones who do that are actually Guosim and a few other miscellaneous characters. All the same, this had unexpected twists that kept me wondering how things would turn out right. I recommend it to Redwall fans!
Andrew
Feb 26, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: redwall
To begin, I love the cover. It's one of the best in the series. The story was also clever and original, and the end battle exciting. My favorite character was Axtel, since he was the first ever warrior mole. However, the characters had absolutely no development. Diggs was my least favorite character because his only trait in the whole book is that he likes to eat. As a main character, he should have had more personality then loving food. It got really annoying after around 200 pages. The rest I ...more
Rebekah
Vilaya, the Sable Quean, and her henchman Zwilt the Shade orchestrate a plot to overtake Redwall Abby. When the young critters of Mossflower Wood begin to disappear, Buckler, a Salamandastron blademaster, sets out on a mission to rescue the babes from the vermin horde. True to Jacques style, the twenty-first installment of the Redwall series emphasizes themes like loyalty, food, and music. Divided into four parts, the book follows a series of related adventures. Story lines also rotate chapter t ...more
Zack
Mar 08, 2012 Zack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading the Redwall series about fifteen years ago, and each book, on its own, is a lovely piece, full of adventure and emotion. Taken together, though, they all follow pretty much the same formula. New vermin ruler threatens the safety/freedom of the good creatures, a group of young ones go on a journey, they are instrumental in thwarting the bad guys' army, usually with the timely arrival of reinforcements at the climax battle of the book.
From that basic skeleton, there are a number
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Huisung Park
Sep 06, 2011 Huisung Park rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Molly
Jul 01, 2011 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-book-worms
I always enjoy a Redwall read, however, this was not Jacques' best effort! I definitely have favorites in the series that I've read time and again, but this doesn't make that list. I always enjoy how he handles characters, and the warrior mole appearance made me chuckle. It was definitely a twist after all the other books! I felt like at times he was just tossing in new character after new character, whereas in some of his other novels he fleshes them out much more sufficiently, leaving the audi ...more
Rachel
I loved this book, although it made me sad that this was Brian Jacques last book. His audiobooks done with full cast and himself as narrator are always so much fun to listen to. I think that it is much easier to get through the books this way because he constantly keeps you entertained with all the different voices. My favorite characters/voices are still the moles, and this volume had a warrior mole named Axtel Sturnclaw!

The Sable Quean is the story of two young hares, Buck and Diggs, who are s
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Judith
Jun 01, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was introduced to the Redwall books years ago in elementary school, and avidly collected them whenever I ran across them second hand. I acquired the later books really just for the sake of having the series complete, and I wondered if I'd still actually enjoy reading them. Not to worry - this book kept me turning pages and snatching spare minutes at all kinds of day to read a chapter. Yes, the heroes and villains are similar in most of the books, but the writing is still humourous and charming ...more
Frank Daly
Feb 04, 2016 Frank Daly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a thrill catcher even on the back , “When dibbuns go missing, one by one, it is revealed that the beautiful and evil Vilaya, Sable Queen is holding them hostage, using them as part of her plot to conquer Redwall abbey, " that is the hook on the back, when I read that I was hooked like a fish.
This is for fantasy readers young and old, when I started it I had no idea it would be so good. I got lost in the suspense and adventure, I think it was a balanced and well written book with lot
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Abby
Jun 09, 2010 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Brain Jacques and the world he has created with the Redwall series. The Sable Quean is a good addition to the series, continuing with the fine feasts, valient heroes, evil vermin villains, with cunning plans and plot twists. This was a pretty straightforward story, with no riddles to speak of. It wasn't my favorite of the series (I have read them all), but it was better than several of the recent books. Jacques presented us with many wonderful new characters, and I would be happy to read ...more
Erica Leigh
May 30, 2011 Erica Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to find the Redwall series an enjoyable escape - they are simple and childlike, yes, which is largely why I find them so delightful, along with sweet characters and charming descriptions which combine to tell a moral tale it would do us all well to learn. I don't mind the formulaic aspect of the series because I focus on them one at a time and just allow myself to enjoy the specific romp I am reading. In marking the next of the series, The Rogue Crew, on my "to-read" list I saw from r ...more
Bmankiewicz
Feb 13, 2012 Bmankiewicz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is an entertaining fantasy of woodland creatures, with the mice, shrews, hedgehogs, hares and moles attacking the stoats, rats, and sables in order to reclaim their kidnapped children, the "dibbuns". There is a considerable amount of killing and bloodshed, for the good and the bad. I have not read any others of Brian Jacques series but Redwall, and that a long time ago, so I can't compare them.

I would highly recommend the recorded version. The characters are portrayed by a whole cast of act
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C.J.
Aug 27, 2010 C.J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in no place to judge impartially--I read for the comfort of reading Redwall, as I did when I small, and lived on heaths with hares, or in holes with voles; or out in a holt of sea otters. I don't think Jacques keeps quite the quality he did, in writing, tone, structure or character--it's all looser, and little less tightly woven. But it is a rollicking read nonetheless. Or perhaps it's that it's Redwall. There was always something solid in Jacques' stories that I loved--his foundation: food, ...more
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what price then, medals an' fame?
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One day when our hearts were young.”
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