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The Taggerung (Redwall #14)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  10,381 ratings  ·  153 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
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Paperback, 438 pages
Published August 2nd 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!
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
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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,
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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
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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
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Kanomi Okina
Loved the book!
Elizabeth
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)
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Amrit Arora
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
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.
Kyrah Knell
Brilliantly written... One of the best! Exciting and filled to the brim with danger, action, and our beloved author's laugh-out-loud humor!
Ryan
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
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
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Jacqueline
My favorite Redwall book!
Will Waller
SPOILER ALERTS: Taggerund was an interesting concept. The otter who was branded by another tribe of vermin from an early age is one of the first to cross over from good to bad and back to good. The tale also was a divergence from what we've come to expect from Jacques as the battle was between a small number of Abbey animals and a small number of vermin. It is not until the end that we get a larger group.

However, there is a major deus ex machina in this book that's infuriating and it comes at t
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Carina
Although I enjoyed this more than some of the other entries in the series, I don't really have a lot to say about it... the plot is fine, you have the usual elements of the abbey being in danger and puzzling its way out, you have some creatures from the abbey out and about... it is a perfectly serviceable story just... not overly comment worthy IMO.
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
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Wendy
3-3.5 stars

A solid addition to the set, with some fun characters and a nice tribute to Cregga Rose Eyes. I think Jacques could have explored a bit more moral conflict with Tagg (rather than having species ultimately affect personality and values - he's a 'good' species, so he won't kill anyone), but it's a children's book after all.

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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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