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Lord Brocktree (Redwall #13)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  38,563 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The mountain's defences are weak and it seems that nothing can stand in his way. Nothing, that is, ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by RHCP Digital (first published July 2000)
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Anila
There's always a risk involved in re-reading childhood favorites. What if they're not as good as I remember? What if they espouse views I now can't stand?

That last one is a serious potential problem for the Redwall books, because Brian Jacques made no bones about writing morality with very few shades of grey. As he once wrote in the introduction to the Friend and Foe guide, "Goodies are good!" And yet, despite growing up on his work, I find myself less and less fond of black-and-white morality o
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Sara
Apr 23, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lord Brocktree is awesome...he's kind of like this big, gruff warrior 'guy' with a poor ability to hide his true gentler side.(read about the way he acts around the molebabes and such). Dotti Duckfontien Dilworthy or whatever is a very amusing character, I really like the way Jaques portrays her spunk. The two twin hare brothers that you meet later in the story are also amusing, especially in the way they admire Dotti's singing.(Not everybody likes her voice, you know)
Cameron
Mar 17, 2010 Cameron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Long suffering readers looking for a fun tale of adventure and conquest
Shelves: reviewed
Lord Brocktree is a tough book to rate. One one hand, the book contains a fun and interesting story with likable characters. On the other hand, there are so many things in this book that are either completely unnecessary or just plain annoying (or both). It comes down to this: Are the abundant annoyances present in this book forgivable due to the presence of a well told story?

The answer to the above question, in this case, is no. Yes, Brocktree and Stonepaw are interesting characters who have a
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James Zanghi
Jan 02, 2014 James Zanghi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one pretty much
Recommended to James by: My Parents gave it to me for my birthday back in 2000
One of the problems with the Redwall series is that the books have gotten extremely based on a formula and while that formula is pretty easy to like, it's still pretty easy to predict character actions in the later Redwall Novels like Lord Brocktree.

Basically, the formula is villain makes appearance, causes trouble, new (and most times inexperienced) hero appears, lot of eating and description about food, some kumbahya-sing-round-the-campfire songs that are rips from Lord of the Rings and that d
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Dave
Aug 24, 2011 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I heard a lot about the Redwall series, so I found Lord Brocktree at a garage sale, I picked it up. I envisioned this to be in the same vein as Watership Down, but then anthropomorphic animals in a medieval fantasy setting. That it was, although there was little magic, and the big difference with Watership Down is that the Redwall novels are aimed at a younger audience.

It started out nicely, with the badger Lord Brocktree traveling to his ancestoral home, Salamandastron, not knowing that it is
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Elizabeth
Lord Brocktree is probably the cleverest Badger Lord of the Redwall series and throughout the book relies more on his brain than his brawn. It’s a nice departure from the usual, especially since many of Jacques’ characters all start sounding the same after a while. Another nice departure was the antagonism between Fleetscut and Jukka and the maidenry of Dotti. Her emphasis on proper manners just to rile her opponents made for some of the funniest scenes in the book, and let’s not forget all the ...more
Lisa
Jun 09, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Book, I absolutely adore Brian Jacques' writing, i have read many of his book multiples times starting at a young and continue to read them into my adult years. They never get boring dull or cumbersome. They may come across as whimsical to some, however this is what i love most about them. We all need more Whimsy in our lives.
Wing Kee Ho
Jan 04, 2016 Wing Kee Ho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is completely biased to please disregard it, it is merely a fanboy's raving.

I'll keep this short and sweet cause there's not much to say about this book. Yes, it's exactly like all the other Redwall books. Yes, there is a hero and there is a villain. Yes, the hero goes on an adventure and meets friends and in the end defeat the villain. Yes, there's lots of song and food. Yes, foxes, rats and weasels are always evil and hares, mice, badgers, voles, shrews, otters, squirrels and moles
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Frenchie
Well it wasn't my cup of tea. The different dialects of the creatures was confusing. It may be because I don't have a great imagination but it was hard to understand what they were saying. I also didn't like the fighting theme throughtout
Emily Norwood
Oct 20, 2014 Emily Norwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was OBSESSED with this series when I was in middle school - I read about one of these books per week. I reread this one over a decade after the fact out of curiosity, to see if it measured up to my childhood esteem for it. I was pleasantly surprised. Although there are definitely parts where you can tell beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was written for twelve year olds (deaths are glossed over, the consequences largely ignored, etc.), it was still solid writing. It's much better than most te ...more
Owen
Apr 16, 2012 Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Heidi
Dec 18, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2015 Reading Challenge - a book you own but have never read. I liked this one a lot. It is probably one of my favorites from this series. I liked how each part had two titles pertaining to the actions of the different characters. Dotti was a really fun character to read about although I wish she had a bigger part in the last part of the book. At the end she just faded into the background while the warriors did their thing inside the mountain. Also the end of Ungatt Trunn was a bit of a let down. ...more
Michael Sigler
Mar 28, 2015 Michael Sigler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the first book, chronologically-speaking, in the Redwall series, I was expecting to get the same satisfaction out of this book as I did out of others in this series I had as a kid.
I may have been hoping for too much.
Don't get me wrong, this book is very well written and the world is as fleshed out as ever, but the magic of the series while being read by an adult just isn't the same as it was when read by a child.
The writing is very clearly tailored to the mind of a child, and the funny woodl
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Nazmul Hasan
Sep 05, 2014 Nazmul Hasan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I read this now, I'd probably give it 3 stars for it's uniqueness. Regardless, Jacques was my childhood. I've read most of his work in middle school and devoured every book.

Yes, they have simplistic plots but these are books for children, not sophisticated, stuck up lovers of Victorian fantasy and readers of Kantian philosophy with poles up there asses.

If you don't like this book if you've read it now, then congrats, you've grown up to bigger and better things.

But don't expect 10 year old chi
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Sarah
Feb 24, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found a signed hardcover copy of this on a BARGAIN TABLE once. Best purchase ever!
Alexia
Dec 17, 2009 Alexia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Alexia by: Librarian
Loved it. Brian Jacques is a force to be reckoned with.

(I've read the entire series)
Wendy
Feb 22, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Yay, I think this is the last of the American-narrated audiobooks for now. I can't believe he pronounced 'Salamandastron' and 'Eulalia' wrong (and since this is the origin story of the 'modern' Salamandastron and the Long Patrol, these were said a lot, and his reading of the Scottish-accented hares was pretty much the worst thing ever.

As for the story, it was a pretty good one, with lots of the notable side characters being female and/or elderly. Obviously they all follow the same kind
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Christopher
Feb 05, 2016 Christopher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My feelings on Redwall is generally that it is probably the best thing a 8-13 year could ask for. It certainly was a formative series in my life. But its not that you grow out of it-its that the series noticeably declines starting somewhere between Pearls of Lutra and ending with the ridiculous maze-like Taggerung. That was when I stopped reading. But I knew I did not 'outgrow' the series because a few years ago I decided to re-read my favorite book in the series, Mossflower, and still loved it. ...more
Calvin Hurlbert
I liked this book because each book in the series has a different problem and is usually resolved with an adventure or quest. One thing I find interesting about the book is that all of the characters are animals and you see animals in a whole new way. The series has 22 books in it so if you're not willing to make a commitment to that, I wouldn't recommend this series to you. My favorite passage is

"Some wood for your fire, Gurth. Oh, while I've got my sword out, d'you want me to stop any shrews f
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Megan Cutler
Jan 14, 2015 Megan Cutler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is a Redwall book. It followed the formula. There was an upstart baby animal, impossible to understand creatures and feasts. Even though the theme of this book seemed to be that everyone should be able to function without food for long periods of time (while alternately wasting it with foolish eating contests).

My mistake was hoping this book would provide insight into the history and establishment of Salamandastron; it doesn't. In fact, it doesn't do anything to distinguish it from the other
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Josiah
Sep 27, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends. Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right."

—The law of Badger Lords, Lord Brocktree, P. 370

Thirteen books in to the beloved Redwall series, I think that Brian Jacques demonstrates remarkably in Lord Brocktree that his enthralling tales of Mossflower Wood and its many and varied inhabitants still have a lot of freshness kept in reserve. I would say that this book is probably the best
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Carina
This is the first book in the Redwall series if you look at it chronologically. I'm glad it comes so late in the actual release order because, honestly, it isn't that great a book.

I did like that the villains are able to take Salamandastron (like the ravens in Mattimeo took the Abbey), it changes the pace of the book a bit. And I liked the badger lord (more specifically I liked his (view spoiler)) and the 'bark crew'. But this really isn't a memorable story overall.
Rhea
Mar 16, 2014 Rhea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
How flat and formulaic can these books get? I read this long ago, when I was still a very inexperienced reader, and even then I couldn't stand the annoying characters, predictable point-A-to-point-B plot, and draggy story. All the villains are EEEEVIL, or mean, or stupid; all the heroes good and brave (and unintentionally annoying). I think I was about 40 pages from the end when I gave up! And that was the time when DNFing books felt like the Cardinal Sin of Reading to me. Bleh. Skip it.
Steven
Feb 02, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The wildcat Ungatt Trunn and his Blue Horde assault Salamandastron. The goal, to conquer the mountain and make it his. To the east, Dotti, the haremaid, joins with the Badger Lord, Brocktree to take back the mountain. They must amass an army because the Blue Horde will take no less than a might army to defeat it. This is a tale of unlikely friendship, cruel evil villains and the fun of being a creature of the wild. Another great “furry” novel from the pen of Brian Jacques.
Jenna Meillure
Oct 01, 2014 Jenna Meillure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. It's hard to find heart-warming scenes in a book about wars. I loved how all the characters had some kind of connection that tied them to all the other characters in some way or another. The battle scenes are nicely written, accents and speech all unique and different. It really sounded(what am I saying--looked) like they were transcripts of real people with different accents. It added to the fun of reading. You don't find many book where all the characters' dialogues are unique in t ...more
Callie Conklin
Feb 27, 2014 Callie Conklin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!

This book was the first one I've read that does not mention Redwall or its creatures even once. As I continued to read on I discovered that was because this book takes place before Martin the Warrior comes into the story and Redwall came after he did. I could hardly put this book down! such a great story of courage friendship, loyalty and the battle for justice against evil. I highly recommend this one to any Redwall fans out there!
Will Waller
I'm continuing to progress through the Redwall series. They're so predictable these days that it's a real struggle. However, this one was more enjoyable than the recent ones that I have read because the villain seems most real. The wildcats generally have better diction, meaning that I can read them more quickly than others. Brocktree is also enjoyable as he seems like he is a real leader. Ultimately though these books just follow too clearly a pattern.
Amrit Arora
Dec 10, 2014 Amrit Arora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lord Brocktree, by Brian Jacques, is Chronologically this is the first book in the Red wall series even though it is the 13th one that Brian Jacques wrote. Everything in this book took place before Martin the Warrior came to Mossflower and founded Red wall Abbey. The book features Lord Brocktree the first great Badger Lord who travels to Salamandastron, a mountain to overcome Ungatt Trun, an evil wild cat who killed Lord Brocktree’s father Lord Stonepaw. Along the way he puts together an army of ...more
Garrett
Dec 31, 2013 Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacques reaches back into the history of the Redwall series one last time (I believe) in a story that establishes the structural and institutional founding of Salamandastron. Each of the books published since and until Jacques' death deal in a post-Mattimeo world, so those with a nostalgic enchantment with the ancient history of the world of Redwall (interestingly, the planet or world is called earth several times throughout the series) get one last dose with Lord Brocktree. Once again, several ...more
Tim
Apr 04, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
Lord Brocktree is my favorite book in the Redwall series. Chronologically it is the earliest of all the Redwall books. Lord Brocktree is the father of Boar the Fighter who was the badger lord who forged Martin the Warrior's famous sword. This story is exciting and has some of the best battle sequences in all the Redwall series. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the story as it chronicles the adventures of one of the founders of Salamandastron.

After the fortress of Salamandastron is taken o
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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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“So here is my story, may it bring
Some smiles and a tear or so,
It happened once upon a time,
Far away, and long ago,
Outside the night wind keens and wails,
Come listen to me, the Teller of Tales!”
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“Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends. Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right."

—The law of Badger Lords”
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