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The Taggerung (Redwall #14)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  12,263 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
The nomad clan of Sawney Rath can feel their fortunes changing, much for the better. The Mighty One, the next great leader, has been born within the walls of Redwall Abbey and, at any cost, Sawney Rath is determined to harness the power of this magnificent beast - the deadly Taggerung!

A baby otter is kidnapped from Redwall by Sawney's ruthless band of villains called the J
Paperback, 438 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Red Fox (first published January 1st 2001)
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Joseph Leskey
This book was an especially enjoyable installment in the series, due to its noncomformity to the customary plots of Redwall. It was very useful to have at my veritable disposal whilst I battle the flippin' flu, wot?
May 16, 2009 Rogue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action/adventure fans
Shelves: want, favorites, reviews
I love all the redwall books, but I think this is my favorite. You can't help but love the otters!
Aug 23, 2007 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: otter fans
Oh, Redwall: my first fandom love. My first fanfictions were of this book. As such, it holds a special place in my heart. I simply must re-read it soon. I'll post a more in-depth review afterwards.

Of the entire series, The Taggerung was my favorite. Why? Well, I suppose it's because I loved the character of the Taggerung. :) The idea of the good guy being raised by the bad guys (and getting some wicked-awesome facial tattoos) was a very original and appealing thought to my pre-teen self (still
May 08, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, redwall
Redwall...the books that, when he was about 10, inspired my older brother to go into the bush, sharpen a tree-branch, and make a lance. It actually worked; he threw it and broke the window with it by accident. :)
I was three at that time, but when I was around nine I was introduced to Redwall by my, er, adventurous older brother, who had given them to my younger-older brother as well. Like them, I loved it. I remember that the first one I read was Long Patrol, and that's been one of my favorites,
Sep 04, 2011 Adams321 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like "Outcast of Redwall" this book has a lot of potential but fails to deliver. A baby otter, Taggerung, is kidnapped and raised by a gang of murderous vermin thieves. Then he grows up and is inherently good simply because he is an otter, and he refuses to participate in his gang's evil doings. He deserts the gang and embarks on a quest to find his true identity.

I was hoping that the theme of morality would be explored, and Taggerung would mimic the behavior of his gang because that is what he
Aug 15, 2010 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-good-crap
I was quite looking forward to this book, expecting a slight animal version of a lesser Gemmell warrior yarn - possibly with cute manly ferrets carrying swords to battle *laughing*. It wasn't. It was nowhere near Gemmell standards of either writing, spinning a damn gripping adventure, or more importantly; 'gripping characters of deep refinement'.

So, what was it? It was a yarn about little ferrets, badgers, and hedgehogs *pmsl* (stop laughing! Sooo not funny!). It wasn't badly written, though it
In this 14th Redwall adventure, a baby otter is stolen from Redwall Abbey by the evil clan of vermin Juskarath to raise as their fearsome warrior champion, called "Taggerung". Meanwhile, his loss is mourned at Redwall but life goes on with much feasting, drollery and a series of riddles that will ultimately lead to a new Abbess of Redwall. But despite learning to become a fearsome warrior like they want, Taggerung rebels against their expectations of savagery and strikes out on his own. He makes ...more
Emily Collins
Mar 08, 2011 Emily Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far, Taggerung is my favorite of the Redwall series. It's such a classic plot - protagonist grows up believing he's an antagonist - but it's so artfully performed. Further proof that the redwallers have a natural instinct of what's good and what's evil (and that the ferrets and rats are bred into a society of antagonistic people).
Some of my love of this book stems from the fact that I have always had a special place in my heart for the otters of redwall, and Bragoon was just especially badas
Lora Rearden
Apr 05, 2012 Lora Rearden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all-time favorite Redwall books. I dont know why, but for some reason I just keep reading it again..and again...and again...and again......
I love the Redwall books in general because of the colourful descriptions, songs, battles, feasts, journeys, and the way Brian Jacques balances the darkness and the light so skillfully. "Taggerung" employs all of these strengths into a real masterpiece of a novel.
Kyrah Knell
Feb 23, 2015 Kyrah Knell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written... One of the best! Exciting and filled to the brim with danger, action, and our beloved author's laugh-out-loud humor!
Kanomi Okina
Loved the book!
Feb 28, 2008 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Redwall book!
Oct 03, 2008 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book from the series of Redwall(aren't they all?).
Aug 24, 2014 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always the review is also available on my blog The Shameful Narcissist Speaks.

Taggerung varies from typical Redwall fare as the meat of the story doesn't take place at the Abbey, but rather concerns the vermin clan that kidnapped the titular character near the beginning as a babe. The point of view; however, does switch back and forth between the happenings at the Redwall and the more exciting adventures of Deyna as he tries to discover who he is and where he truly comes from as it's decidedl
Jeremy Gallen
Jun 17, 2017 Jeremy Gallen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this tale of Redwall, Sawney Rath the ferret awaits the coming of the book’s titular destined warrior, the Taggerung, believed to bring greatness to the vermin, with his vulpine seer Grissoul foreseeing his coming. However, the prophesized one proves to be an otter, who is eventually given the name Deyna, and doubts his destiny as he ages. The story begins proper, akin to its predecessors, with one of the Redwall Recorders, in this case the Assistant one, Sister Rosabel the squirrel, commenti ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It turns out that denizens of Redwall Abbey aren't the only creatures who have traditions as to how they bestow leadership upon a deserving member of each successive generation. Changing the guard of leadership is never easy and always includes risks, and for a treacherous gang of marauders like the clan of Sawney Rath the murderous ferret, the process of selecting a new leader usually involves some backstabbing and bloodshed.

The Taggerung, as the clan's leader is always called, most often asce
May 10, 2017 Kayla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a while, all these Redwall books start to feel alike. Sure, this one has a fairly different premise (instead of a kidnapping or a siege, we have a return... after a kidnapping)- but the plot is still overused. One storyline follows someone traveling through Mossflower, while at the Abbey they must solve a riddle. The "double" ending was also very tacked on and forced.
Jun 07, 2017 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A book from a nonhuman perspective
Katelyn Buxton
Oct 20, 2016 Katelyn Buxton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The entire Redwall series has always been near and dear to my heart ever since I discovered them, but this one has to be my favorite by far. I'm a sucker for tortured characters fleeing the darkness of their past, and this one hits the mark.
Dylan Jones
May 23, 2017 Dylan Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine recommended this series to me, and I cannot thank them enough. This was the second Redwall book that I have read, and by far the best. Other than Salamandostrom, which revolved around many characters, Taggerung only revolved around one, that being the Taggerung himself. I find this better because when you switch settings between every chapter, it gets very confusing. This book incorporates many different things, including comedy, action, and romance, making it one of the best bo ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Agsilv3r rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taggerung is a fictional book where all of the characters are animals. The plot is that basically the main characters, Deyna and Mhera, are otter siblings that have been separated by fate. The story starts with a bandit leader named Sawney Rath finding Deyna with his father. Deyna is just a newborn baby and is with his father finding some food in a stream. Sawney kills the father and takes him to raise him as his own son. The bandits that Sawney leads are a very superstitious bunch, and they bel ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Taggerung is, by far, my favorite Redwall book. And the reason why is because, despite still sticking to several familiar Redwall formulas, Taggerung is an incredibly unique book in the series. Not only does Jacques stay away from some of the more familiar and getting-old symbols of the series, he also circumvents some of them.

Example one: the puzzle quest. Not only does Mhera (view spoiler), it’s also not a puzzle (view spoiler)
Jan 16, 2009 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Jacques' "Taggerung" is a well-written tale about an otter who seeks out his true past. In this book, adventure, music, and heroism all mix to make a fascinating tale.
At the Juska camp lives Sawney Rath along with his foxes, stoats, weasels and ferrets. His seer, a vixen named Grissoul, foresees that the Taggerung, the most powerful warrior that lives has been reborn. Remembering how his father was once a Taggerung, Sawney Rath sets out with a crew to take the newborn Taggerung from Redw
Oct 29, 2012 Kacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Redwall was my favorite series when I was younger. I decided to go back to it and see if it still held magic for me.

This book promised to be the opposite of Outcast of Redwall: an otter is raised by vermin and hailed as their greatest warrior. Outcast was one of my favorites of the series so I was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, this book didn't deliver. There is very little development of Tagg's life among the vermin. We see only his initial capture and his escape, with very litt
Megan Cutler
This was the first Redwall book in a long time that didn't infuriate me. For some reason it felt less formulaic, though it possessed all the traditional pieces of a Redwall book. The story's events seemed to flow naturally via cause and effect, which made the book more enjoyable even if it was predictable.

Unfortunately, it still has all the usual problems of a Redwall book. The 'good guys' are almost indistinguishable from the 'bad guys' anymore. A pair of bank voles poisoned a rat who hadn't do
Piepie Beuttel
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Andrew Georgiadis
Sep 07, 2012 Andrew Georgiadis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The delicious can't always be nutritious, which is to say: Redwall novels are fun, quick reads that don't push the envelope within fantasy. "Taggerung" is a novel about abduction, family longing, identity, redemption, and is filled to the brim with hungry, loquacious hares, incomprehensible moles, and all manner of woodland villains (stoats, ferrets, foxes). And the inevitable appearance of shrimp and 'otroot soup.

An abduction of an infant otter from Redwall Abbey leads all within t
Amrit Arora
Oct 05, 2014 Amrit Arora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books from the Redwall series. Like all the other books in the Redwall series this book too features a battle between good and evil and shows that everyone has the potential to be a hero! A band of vermin called Juskarath hears a prophecy that a creature that will fight for them has been born. They kidnap the creature Taggerung, an otter and and raise him as one of their own. 15 seasons later Tagg is a skilled fighter and asasin but he has never killed. Later after hav ...more
Oct 10, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a very different part than most other Redwall books, and I felt that it was in a good way. As always they start out at Redwall abbey which is a happy place full of good kind hearted creatures, like mice, voles, otters, and more. Then there are the bad guys, which are usually stoats, foxes, and "bad" creatures. It started out with a Vermin Clan stealing a baby otter from Redwall who had a prophecy of being a very good fighter. After this there is a flash forward and it's fifteen se ...more
Nov 06, 2007 Jing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone looking for adventure
Shelves: advisory
At certain time, in a nomadic clan known as the Juskarath, Sawney Rath had consulted the seer for finding the new Taggerung (a great powerful beast). It was said that he would be a dweller of Redwall and will be found near the river. When they found the baby, it was a otter whcih was strange to the clan because they were ususally vermin kind consisting of foxes, weasals, stoats, ferrets and rats. When the Taggerung has grown up, he was aware taht his environment was starnge. His clan was famili ...more
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Brian Jacques (pronounced 'jakes') was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.

Brian grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks, where he attended St. John's School, an inner city school featuring a playground on its roof. At the age of ten, his very first day at St. Joh
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