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The Taggerung (Redwall #14)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  8,986 ratings  ·  138 reviews
The fourteenth saga in the epic Redwall series -- now in paperback.

Where the power of a Redwall heritage is proved to be stronger than that of an evil incarcerator.

A baby otter is kidnapped from Redwall Abbey by the Juska, a ruthless band of villains who believe he is a Taggerung -- a legendary animal said to have supernatural fighting skills. Their leader, Sawney Rath, ra...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Red Fox (first published September 1st 2001)
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 Rogue
May 16, 2009 Rogue rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Maria
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,...more
Adams321
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...more
Lauren
Aug 23, 2007 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Kathy
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
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...more
Lora Rearden
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.
Grania O' Malley
Tag A.K.A. Deyna is the peak of awesomeness!!!
Nimbello (sp?) is adoooooooorable!
Gabrielle
This is a great book from the series of Redwall(aren't they all?).
Allie Macdonald
One of my favorite of all the Redwall books. The main plot follows Tagg, a fifteen-season-old otter who was kidnapped by a clan of vermin as a baby and trained as a killer. Only, there's an issue - Tagg is unwilling to kill! As a result, he flees the clan and embarks on a quest to discover where he came from.
The characters who join Tagg on his journey are another reason I love this book so much. There's Tagg's best friend Nimbalo, a mouse trying to escape a troubled past. Mhera, Tagg's sister at...more
Jacqueline
My favorite Redwall book!
Josiah
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 asc...more
Jorge
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...more
Jamey
I've read many a Redwall book, and I have to say that this is by far my favorite (so far). It may be because it is the most recent, and I don't remember well the books I liked in the past, but I did really like the story.
The Vermin Chieftan Sawney Rath has heard tale of a vicious and unbelievably strong beast known as the Taggerung. His vixen seer claims he'll come in the form of a baby from Redwall Abbey. Being terrified of the place, Sawney waits until the Taggerung and his father leave the ab...more
Andrew Georgiadis
Meadowcream

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...more
Keaton Henderson
The otterbabe Deyna, being kidnapped by a clan of vermin called the Juska fifteen seasons ago, has grown up learning the way of the clan. The clan, under superstitious beliefs, thinks Deyna to be their powerful weapon; the Taggerung. When the stoat Antigra kills Sawney the rath, the clan leader, she blames it on Tagg (Taggerung), forcing him to become exiled from the Juska. Not only that, but the tribe has sent a group of stoats, weasels and rats to bring back Tagg's head.

Who Can outrun the w...more
Steve
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...more
Agsilv3r
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
Piepie Beuttel
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Emily
This book is one of my favorites in the Redwall series. I have yet to find one better.
It is about a baby Redwall otter named Deyna(a.k.a. Taggerung) who is kidnapped by Sawney Rath, a vicious vermin leader of a clan known as the Juskarath. These vermin were very superstitious and thought that Deyna was their future clan warrior called Taggerung.
As he is growing up, his older sister Mehra is solving riddles to find out who the next abbot or abbess.
When Tagg (Zan Juskarath Taggerung) is about...more
Kacey
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...more
Amy
We recently took a long road trip, and got the audio edition of this book. I rated it 3 stars, because I think I would have liked the book somewhat if I had read a physical copy of it. I've read other Redwall books and liked this one better than most, because it had more action and funny characters.

However, if I were rating the audio version - it would have gotten only 1 star. The author himself narrated the book, along with a full cast of other voices. The author's voice was not meant for audio...more
Jing
Nov 06, 2007 Jing rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Franklin Kendrick
This book was one that I waited so long to read. I got it for my birthday and was so sad when it was finished! Being a fan of Redwall, I believe this is one of Jacques's strongest entries in his mythology since Salamandastron. The young otter, Tagg, who is raised as vermin in a clan, escapes and tries to make his own way, ultimately befriending a young mouse, Nimbalo, and the two ultimately reach Redwall Abbey and must confront the clan they have been running from.

Jacques taught me many things...more
Scott Houston
I will always remember reading the Redwall series when I was in elementary school. I initially chose the books because they were worth a lot of accelerated reader points, but I fell in love with the story of the series and the characters, who knew animals could have so much depth! I like this story because I think it can show young learners about family bonds and overcoming your bad nature. I like this story because the main character Tag is a roguish character and runs with a bad crowd, but whe...more
Janice
Wow, I remember reading this, and how obsessed I was with the series.
I especially loved this book, I found the Taggerung to be so interesting..but my review might be a bitttt biases since I've always loved Redwall....
Victor
It's actually pretty shocking at the very start of the book, and I REALLY was super glad that the villain, or leader of vermins, wasn't so stupid to attack Redwall Abbey, at the start of the book, because every time someone is an enemy of the Abbey, I think they get pretty owned, and just get kicked out every time someone invades. I also like the idea of a destined warrior in the book known as Taggerung, and I actually felt bad for Sawney, since he raised him and all. But I was disappointed by t...more
Jessica Buike
I loved the extra dose of mysticism and signs that hung throughout this tale. We meet an otter who is kidnapped at birth to become a legendary figure among a tribe of vermin, but who knows deep down that he is meant for something else.
This is one of the more fast-paced novels in the Redwall series, filled with a whole lot of chasing and adventure! The characters are lovable as always, and we say goodbye to a sweet creature who is featured in many of the books in the series.
True to his form, Br...more
Joanie Rich
Aug 24, 2007 Joanie Rich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good storytelling
I actually listened to the audio version of this one - read by the Author and a full cast of characters. This one felt so vivid and it really came alive. Tag is a great character and as far as plot goes, it really stands apart from most of Jacques other stories since you get to see a different side of the usually vicious hoarde of vermin (in one of the characters at least) -- and the ending was satisfying if a bit too clean - but hey, this is Brian Jacques we're talking about. If it didn't have...more
Bryan
kidnapped: Long ago the clan of Swaney Rath took a child from Redwall. The baby otter deyna, destined to be the "Taggerung" a warrior of legend chosen to lead the Juska. In his fifteenth season he rebells aginst his destiny.
this book is filled with detail and excitement. Taggerung also has many many riddles and songs throughout. over all this is a very good book. (warning may cause extreme hunger)

Other books:Redwall, mossflower, mattimeo, mariel of redwall, the bellmaker, the outcast of redwa...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.

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