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Outcast of Redwall (Redwall #8)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,586 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
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
Mar 02, 2010 Emmie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: essentialists
Shelves: fantasy
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Feb 04, 2011 Rageofanath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 17, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Redwall fans, young readers, animal lovers
The Outcast of Redwall:
In which the badger Sunflash the Mace and the ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw are sworn enemies.
In which a baby ferret is raised at Redwall Abbey and we explore the ideas of Nature vs Nurture.
In which Brian Jacques outdoes himself in descriptions of snacks, meals and feasts of all kinds.

This is not my favorite Redwall tale, but the final scene involving the ferret Veil and his caretaker Bryony is one of the most memorable and complex in the entire series, and makes Outcast
Sep 21, 2014 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Jun 15, 2009 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
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
Sep 22, 2011 *Secret*Fatty* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-favs
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
Aoife Lennon
I have loved this series since childhood, but I have not read all of them. I currently own 15 of them and now I will go back and read the ones I have in sequence! I love the descriptions particularly of the food and the characters are always well developed.
Vickey Foggin
My memory was that this was the worst Redwall book and on rereading it as an adult I have to say it is a hot mess. The book is mainly about the lifelong vengeance between Sunflash the Berserker Badger Lord, his hawk friend, and Swartt Sixclaw the Ferret Warlord. But about 10 percent of it is about the abandoned son of Swartt, Veil Sixclaw, the outcast of Redwall. For some reason the book is named after him. It seems like the editors said "this book is not set in Redwall AT ALL and you have to cr ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
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
Apr 18, 2016 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one a long time ago and came back to it again, having forgotten most of the storyline. I enjoy Brian Jacques, and this one is a great representation of his style. I find the full cast audio recordings of his books very enjoyable, by the way, so check those out if you have a chance. The only other observation I'd add about this particular book is that it's misnamed. Veil, the 'Outcast of Redwall' seems to be somewhat a secondary character without a lot of strong presence or importance ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2010 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 12, 2011 Myles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-stuff, adventure
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
Feb 26, 2012 Adams321 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sep 14, 2014 Ferus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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I read this book as a teen and I remember being absolutely engrossed in the story. It's often times easy to forget you're reading about animals, but their world is so beautifully portrayed in his writing you can't quite imagine they're human either. I will say that as a fat kid, I was always obsessed with his description of the food. Jacques is an excellent writer of fantasy and I am excited to pick up more of his works.
Kristen Ying
Jun 23, 2015 Kristen Ying rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Connor Stack
This is the first Redwall book I've read since I was a kid. And it seems much more a children's book than it did then. The writing and characters are too simplistic for me to thoroughly enjoy anymore. The outcast (the namesake of the book) seemed to have some chance of developing as an interesting character, but never actually went anywhere. The descriptions of food were as tantalizing as ever though!
Jul 12, 2015 Jimmy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like other reviewers have said, the story of Veil is sadly disappointing. Jacques surprised me in The Bellmaker with a gentle hearted sea rat, and I hoped that this would be a story of another good vermin character, but it isn't. Veil is mean-spirited and cruel. So many boundaries could have been tackled had Veil been portrayed differently. Were it not for that, this would have been one of my favorite Redwall books as Sunflash's feud with Swartt is told excellently.
Jeff Gael
Mar 04, 2014 Jeff Gael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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