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Outcast of Redwall (Redwall #8)

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When ferret Swartt Sixclaw and his arch enemy Sunflash the Mace swear a pledge of death upon each other, a young creature is cruelly banished from the safety of Redwall. As he grows, he seeks revenge on the people of Redwall and finds himself embroiled in a hostile battle with far-reaching consequences.

An epic tale of Redwall from the pen of master storyteller Brian Jacqu

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 6th 1995 by Hutchinson
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I wish I could give this story two separate reviews--one for Veil's story, one for Sunflash's. Since I cannot, I have averaged the two ratings out to three stars and will review the two storylines separately.

Sunflash the Badger: 5 stars

When we first meet Sunflash, his name is Scumtripe. He has been captured and enslaved from infancy (or toddlerhood) by Swartt Sixclaw the Ferret. Sixclaw's treatment of the badger can probably be inferred by the name the ferret bestowed upon him: beatings, forced
For most of my childhood, I was utterly in love with the world of Redwall.

Brian Jacques has a gift for storytelling, describing battles and feasts in equal meticulous detail, and it paints an enchanting picture for any reader.

But the strength of the series aside- hell. This is one of the most unfair, even racist, books I've ever read! It makes a mockery of the nature vs. nurture debate, and the vermin namesake of the book is seen as an irredeemably evil character, even when he's just a baby. Ser
Ah, the ever controversial Outcast.

One of my favorite parts of the Redwall universe is how Jacques jumps around in time. The books either take place in 1)the "present" age around the time of Redwall, 2)the far past, a la Martin the Warrior and Lord Brocktree, 3)the "future" taking place long after Redwall, or 4) the ambiguous "middle" age. The Outcast of Redwall takes place in the latter, to my memory, and suffers from the blandness of the books set in the period. It is unique, however, in havin
Sep 06, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: essentialists
Shelves: fantasy
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The past summer I decided to re-read some of this series. I remembered loving it in grade school, and The Outcast of Redwall was my favorite book of the series. I remember reading it several times as a kid, but upon rereading it in college, I couldn't figure out why. There were several unlikable characters (Bryony comes to mind), the philosophy of "all of carnivora is EEEEVVIILLLL, except badgers and otters for some reason, and that one cat from Mossflower" continued unchecked, despite the poten ...more
Probably the Redwall novel which touched me the most (although I have not read the whole series). As regards the series as a whole, these books characterized by childhood. Brian Jacques has crafted a unique and vibrant world full of lovable characters and equally despicable villains. What's not to love about talking woodland creatures that live in a little red sandstone abbey, eat good food, laugh and sing?
Trademark Jacques. Wonderfully touching, with characters that you can't help but love and cheer for as they conquer their enemies and grow to maturity. Sunflash the Mace and his journey to find his legacy, along with all the friends he makes along the way, is certain to captivate. The only let down in "Outcast of Redwall" was the character of Bryony, who was surprisingly impossible to like, given that she's one of the main characters. Her stubborn defense of Veil, even when all the evidence was ...more
I read this book back in middle school (10+ years ago) I have been searching for it for the last 5+ years as I have thought about it numerous times through out the years! That I may say makes for a GREAT book, if 10 years down the line not only do you remember the book, but feverishly search for it so you may read it again! I can't wait to re-read this amazing book, and now that I know it's apart of a series I will be looking into the other books for a great read! I don't think I would honestly ...more
If it wasn’t for the unfortunate Veil part of this book, Outcast of Redwall would be a pretty decent Redwall book. It’s probably the book with the most set-up and the one that is spread out over the most amount of time, because it chronicles pretty much Sunflash’s (and Swartt’s) entire lifetime. I liked the build-up because it’s so different to the usual This Happens Over One Season plots of the series. It was interesting to essentially “grow up” with both the hero and the villain.

Sunflash is pr
The Muser
First off, I read these books just to get my feast fix. Holy crap the food descriptions!

Woodland trifles topped with honeycream jostled for position among carrot flans, watershrimp-and-mushroom pasties, spring vegetable soup, and the favorite of moles, deeper’n’ever turnip’n’tater’beetroot pie. Latticed fruit tarts sat alongside fruit pies and applecream puddings. To refresh the palates there was old cider, October ale, cellar-cooled mint tea, fizzy strawberry-and-dandelion-and-burdock cup.

Shalandra Rivera
on the series:
Oh yeah, I LOVED this series.
You loved Redwall,
BadabingbadaBOOM you were my BEST friend

on Outcast of Redwall:
I'm not sure why I loved Veil so much as a child. I loved him so much. I think the cover ferret's cute mug might have gotten to me because ... I loved Veil. I think I might have forgotten or not read the ending because I don't remember how the story ended or Bryony's "betrayal," as the other reviews say.
I do know, however, that ever since I pick
This Redwall book has one of my favourite characters/character developments in it. Veil.

I commented in earlier reviews that a lot of characters are either good or evil, and it is very very rare for you to see an 'evil' animal act in a good manner. It doesn't happen with Veil, he still acts as a rogue, but you can see the effect his upbringing had on him (or at least the effect Bryony has on him). Thinking on it, you could use it to discuss nature v nurture... if that topic isn't a bit too far ad
I totally agree with Danielle's review of this and really, you should just read hers, but here's mine:

Sunflash is a pretty epic badger, as badgers are. I have no idea why the book title isn't about him, considering most of the book itself is. Veil, the actual Outcast of Redwall, is almost an afterthought, a way to bring Redwall into the story that's otherwise pretty much about Salamandastron and environs. His introduction seemed half-baked, at the least, and his entire story was just frustrating
This book, more than any of the seven that precede it in the Redwall series, differs significantly in feel from the type of story that Brian Jacques usually tells.

Though Outcast of Redwall is the third book to contain the name of the famous Mossflower Woods abbey in its title, surprisingly little of the action takes place at Redwall. Even in the fifth Redwall book, Salamandastron, about half of the story happens within the confines of Redwall Abbey, but in this book, curiously, much more of th
Disclaimer: Yeah, this book is pretty racist...nostalgia wins the culture wars again!

I read this one over and over. More than any of the other Redwall books, which makes sense I suppose since this one was my first. I distinctly remember being bored one day in 5th grade and at a loss of what to read next. I had read most, if not all, of the Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Boxcar Children, Little House, etc. series along with a great deal of Nancy Drew and Three Investigators and numerous other on
I've read nearly every Redwall book, so I'm familiar with Jacques' personal tropes and quirks as a writer. This book held to most of them, but added just enough to merit 3.5 stars - a step beyond so many of his others.

Cons(probably familiar to most Redwall fans): There are a few silly over-characterizations, a couple not-so-believable escapes, and a certain element of 2-D predictability. It's rarely weak writing, but much of it lacks any lasting strength.

Pros: Fairly keen prose, a variety of cha
This one pissed me off. I liked it more when I was younger, but after rereading it, I can't ignore some of its serious flaws. An orphaned ferret baby Veil is raised by "kind" Redwallers who emotionally abuse him and constantly discriminate against him, then kick him out. His adopted mother, the only mouse who didn't hate him, follows him as he sets out to find his father, the evil warlord Swartt Sixclaw, who abandoned him. He finds his father, the mouse finds them, the Swartt throws a spear at t ...more
Piepie Beuttel
I've read other reviews of this book, and it seems as though most of the time readers fall into one of two camps: they either hate it (they disliked the Bryony/Veil storyline), or they love it. Myself, I really liked it. It was interesting reading about the mousemaid, Bryony (who is later rewarded with the distinguished title of Mother Abbess), as she leaves Redwall to find the six-clawed ferret that she raised as an infant. Veil was kicked out of Redwall after almost murdering an Abbeybeast, an ...more
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I will be honest when I say that this book actually pissed me off when I read it. Mr. Jacques had a great opportunity here, to take one of his traditionally "evil" creatures and let him be a good guy. To break the conventions of his other stories and to do something different. And Veil does try, through most of the story, to be good. I could almost feel him fighting the author through much of the early part of the book. But no, in the end his evil side wins out, and he turns out to be no better ...more
Janith Pathirage
This is the only book I've read in this series. A Robin Hood type adventure with animal characters. It has likenesses of The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau as well. Anyway, this book didn't excite me that much. A very average story for me. And I expected this outcast (can't remember his name now) to be bit more heroic and challenging to the badger but he was physically so weak and not that cunning as well. The book didn't live up to my expectations
I would have rated it higher--I actually liked the character of Sunflash, I loved the Hares, and even the whole revenge notion and age old enemies. But a few things ruined it...

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Jeff Gael
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2-2.5 stars.

I can see why this was a divisive part of the series. I think that Bryony's conclusions at the end were a bit unfair, but at the same time, Veil was still just trying to get rid of her, and he had been a total jerk his whole life. There was no real proof that the Redwallers were being unfair to him while he was growing up, and his story really didn't do much for nature vs nurture.

My main issue with the story was that Veil wasn't a main character (although it was probably better that
This book was one of the best Jacques I have ever read (and believe me, I have read an enormous amount). Yes, it relies heavily on the standard Jaques a-little-good-beats-alot-of-evil formula, but a wonderful twist is added in the character of Veil. Is he or is he not irredeemably evil...? His actions at the beginning of the book seem to answer the question, but as the plot unfolds his character becomes more and more complex and utterly real. This twist adds depth and realism to the book, as doe ...more
This was a book I enjoyed while I was reading but didn't pull me back in when I put it down. I loved Skarlath and Sunmace. Their friendship was one of the best parts of the story. Everyone should have a friend like these two did.
I used to adore Redwall, and still have a soft spot in my heart for the earlier books, but this one was just awful. Jacques never provides any ambiguity in his characters: all the drama comes from physical conflict or from youngsters bucking the rules, never from relationships between characters.

Nowhere is this more evident that in Outcast of Redwall, where Jacques finally gave himself a chance to right a real wrong in his world: all mustelids are evil! In Jacques's world, if you're born a fox,
Emily Collins
I'm not sure about anyone else, but this was the Redwall book that I had been hoping since the beginning existed. Even for a children's series, it was very black and white on what creatures were good and which ones bad, so I had been simply waiting for one with the plot twist of a bad creature turned good. If one looks really far into it, the book is, in its own way, a nature versus nurture discussion. Then again, if I mention such a thing I feel as though too many will start to overexamine the ...more
Zach Vowles
Not sure why I read this book in the series first. It was fairly enjoyable as I recall, but I was probably a touch young for it.
I will review all the Redwall series in one. I love stories of animals (Mrs. Frisby, the Mouse and the Motorcycle, Watership Down)and these are certainly that type of story. Redwall is an abbey in the woods. It's unclear what role humans have in this world (someone help me out). Anyway, a bunch of friendly animals live in it and undergo a series of adventures revolving around the abbey and the characters that live there though some of the later novels feature other characters. The cast is a bit ...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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