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Mariel of Redwall (Redwall #4)

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3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  21,774 Ratings  ·  297 Reviews
In the fourth volume of the epic Redwall saga, a mouse-ship is attacked by the pirate rat Gabool and his heinous band of cut-throats. Hapless voyagers Mariel and her father Joseph the Bellmaker are mercilessly thrown into the sea by the pirates. Mariel washes ashore, starved and near death, and is taken in by the hospitable inhabitants of Redwall Abbey. Sure that her poor ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 31st 2003 by Firebird (first published 1991)
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Amy
Jan 17, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swashbuckling
I have read this book before, but it still enchants me. This was the first Redwall book that I ever picked up. I had heard that it was about mice, and I didn't want to read it. Then one day, I was soooooo bored that I picked it up and was enthralled, but was reprimanded for reading this one first, and so I took Redwall out from the library. It got better and better. I love these books. :)This is about Mariel and how she hunts down Gabool the Wild, in return for his imprisoning her and her father ...more
Jess Lee
Aug 17, 2012 Jess Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
rip brian jacques. So tough to choose a favorite from the Brian Jacques vault. While I am delighted to discover that there are yet a few books in the Redwall series that I haven't read, it saddens me to know that I'll never get to be a child eagerly awaiting the newest release in an ongoing saga of Martin the warrior and the peace-loving woodland inhabitants of the abbey. I no longer have the letter Mr. Jacques wrote in response to a third grade assignment in which I had to write 5 fanmail lette ...more
Dan Martin
Jul 27, 2007 Dan Martin rated it really liked it
I'm giving all these books a 4, because they basically GOT me hooked on fantasy I think. I read all of these in elementary school, and still have fond memories floating around. The rad legendary weapons, (with the channels etched in for blood flow, which i found super hardcore). The foods, the booze, honey mead and apple wine or whatever. Come to think of it, these books might also be a little responsible for my alcoholism, too.
Mariel
May 20, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: not hungry people
Recommended to Mariel by: the name Mariel (my own vanity)
Are there any good books about Mariels? I once found an e-book online (didn't read it. The excerpt was bad enough) about a woman with my whole name who sleeps with her boss. That doesn't count. She was pathetic. (I was googling myself. I shouldn't do that. Shit I posted at 17 is still around. I'm worried about e-books soiling my name?)
I wished I'd read this as a kid (it came out in 1990 or 1991? I was still young enough). I would have loved a heroine with my own name. (Instead I had to put up wi
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Emily Collins
Mar 09, 2011 Emily Collins rated it it was amazing
This book I will always keep dear to my heart. The day my mom bought this for me was the same day that a certain infamous Brian Jacques was having a book signing not too far away from my middle school. That's right, my copy is signed my the big man himself. I was in sixth grade at the time and I believe that while I was waiting in line, I took a spare piece of paper and created a mouse in a boat (awful quality, but 3D nonetheless). When I got up to the front of the line, he took one look at me a ...more
Kelsey Hanson
Aug 11, 2014 Kelsey Hanson rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've discovered that I tend to go to Brian Jacques books after I read something that I find really dumb (*cough* Divergent series *cough*). Brian Jacques was just an incredibly masterful story teller and his characters are always interesting and you can't help but care about them. I particularly liked the relationship between Dandin and Mariel how they are partners in crime without being romantically linked. I do also admire the fact that Jacques always manages to make the point that violence is ...more
Kelsey
Aug 01, 2007 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: childrens/pre-teen
Shelves: childrens
i loved this whole series! more magical than babysitters club, but also realistic descriptions and amazing adventure set.
Gale
FEISTY MISS ON A MISSION OF MAYHEM!

As other reviewers have adequately described the engaging plot of this delightful adventure, #4 in the amazing REDWALL series, I will limit my review to a list of the usual, captivating elements of the author's style--which I have noted in this fabulous series.

--Certain animal species have their own (British regional, or slang) accents, which is clever but challenging to read. However, the meanings become more intelligible when the dialogue is read aloud.

--An E
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erforscherin
I know they're really childrens' books... but when the news is full of awful stories and that helpless feeling starts creeping in around the edges, I have never yet found a heartier comfort read than the Redwall series. I've recently unearthed some of my old collection and have been rationing it out cautiously: a page or two each night, remembering how carefully I used to make these last when space was limited and books were precious... and heavy.

Mariel of Redwall was actually the first Redwall
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Josiah
Nov 10, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
Three and a half stars would most definitely be a strong possibility for this work.
If ever a writer were to be called truly magnificent, I think that Brian Jacques would have to be the one. As he has done again and again over the years without missing a beat, he has once more crafted an astonishing masterpiece in Mariel of Redwall.
Suffused with endlessly exciting adventure, glowing romanticism and breathtakingly gilded language of a rare beauty that shines in only the most wondrous of novels,
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Eileen
Jun 22, 2014 Eileen rated it really liked it
Mariel, Mariel, Mariel. You badass, you excellent hero you. She is great, isn't she? I read this under the desk in middle school and I adored every minute of it.

And she didn't fall in love with Dandin. They were friends, really good friends, best friends who were so close and didn't fall in love. Stories where that happens, I can count on one hand. It was such a delight for my non-romantic can-we-just-get-the-inevitable-kissing-bits-over-with self to have a girl hero being tough and awesome and
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Amy
Dec 09, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I would say really good. The author Brian Jacques is a real good storyteller. The story is about a mouse name Mariel who is thrown out to the sea by an evil sea rat king named Gabool the wild.When Mariel is washed up on a beach, and has no memory of herself or her past. Therefore she calls herself storm and carries around a knotted rope witch she calls Gullwacker when she finds herself in Redwall her memory comes back to her, and she made an oath that she will have revenge on Gabool for killing ...more
Victoria Young
This was given to me for my birthday when I was... 8? and it took me a while to get around to picking it up. But once I did I was genuinely sucked into the world of Redwall and spent a good part of the next four years reading Jacques's series (in a very higgledy-piggledy fashion because I was too impatient to wait for other library users and read them in order).

This installment features a cool butt-kicking heroine (packaged in the form of a tiny mouse) and an old-fashioned pseudo-medieval epic a
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Kacey
Dec 23, 2016 Kacey rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this 4th book in the Redwall series...the only complaint that I do have is that I felt like the story focused on Mariel quite a bit & less on her father, Joseph & wish that the story had focused on him as well. It just felt like I got a little glimpse of Joseph as a character at the beginning of the book & at the very end of the story, but felt like right smack dab in the middle, it was like he completely disappeared.
This was still a good read for me & am glad t
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Nate D
Jan 04, 2011 Nate D added it
Somewhat perfunctory girl-hero Jacques epic. I think this one was about the Joseph Bell mythos hinted at in the prior books. Also pirates. Started the trend of all subsequent Redwall books by taking place chronologically in between Mossflower and Redwall (or was there one about Martin's pre-Mossflower past? I can't recall anymore, but he had to wander out of somewhere.)
Thomas
Feb 27, 2016 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Anony-miss a-non-y-miss
Apr 03, 2009 Anony-miss a-non-y-miss rated it it was amazing
See my comment on "The Long Patrol" (One in the Redwall series). It'll give you an idea what I think about the series :)

I loved this one, too - if you have time to kill, and want to enjoy a kid's novel - here you go. you'll thank me :)
Jane Jago
Sep 04, 2016 Jane Jago rated it it was amazing
I will here admit to being a fan girl. Brian Jacques Redwall books actually float my boat big time. It's just the rightness of them.

The man was brilliant.
Jennifer
Another great Redwall tale, this one just as good as the first! I would recommend these books to anyone who loves a good adventure with memorable characters.
Ethan
Apr 02, 2015 Ethan rated it really liked it
It was very good with an interesting story line, and it stayed with the background of Redwall.
Alicia
Dec 31, 2016 Alicia rated it liked it
While I felt this was another enjoyable tale in the saga of Redwall Abbey and it's woodland creatures I was a bit disappointed that Mariel didn't get to be more of a hero in her own story.

First there was a lot going on in this book and I felt that all the different plot lines got a bit confusing at parts. I did like most of the characters though I could have done without as much attention on Bagg, Runn and Grubb because they got annoying. I definitely liked Mariel, Rawnblade, Tarquin and the ha
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Andrew
Dec 18, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
This book follows the formula established by the other Redwall books. It is, to be sure, a satisfying formula. Great feasts, an overarching quest causing some of the characters to leave on a grand trek, the remaining creatures left to defend the homeland from unexpected dangers, unlikely heroes, and divine assistance by Martin the Warrior. The formula is good, but a little tired. Mariel and her Gullwhacker are a lot of fun, but, if you're reading this book, there isn't much here that you haven't ...more
Guera25
This was closer to a 3.5 in truth, but I just couldn't justify 4 stars when I've given that to better books. The world of Redwall is still whimsical, and some of Jacques' descriptions of the food and landscape border on the lyrical, but a certain sameness is setting in, a rubber-stamp template of characters, motivations, and plot points. If it weren't for the minor abbey denizens and the underlying sweetness and hope of the books, they would be humdrum indeed.
Pinko
Oct 24, 2016 Pinko rated it it was ok
It's getting repetitve by now, although it's still fun, even for adults. The stories tend to become blurred though, they feel very much alike
Aaron
Oct 18, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it
Nice change from the plot of the first three books.
Niina
This book circling around the fruitful gardens and the merry Sisters and Brothers of Redwall is different compared to the past ones for one main reason: The horrible, terrible, strong tyrant ruling with violence, fueled with hate and bad mood isn't actually all that horrible. In this case it really seemed like the rumours of the tyrants powers and the threat he poses were highly exaggerated, as in the reality he had already started to crumble into the many pits of madness and indiscreetness when ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
I’ve never really liked Mariel of Redwall that much. I’m not quite sure what it is. Both Mariel and Dandin just seem very different than the warriors that have come before them. Maybe this is due to their age, but I can’t quite buy into either of them being the “warrior” of the book, especially Dandin. I think it might be because there’s not nearly as much character development for either of them as there was for other warriors, like Matthias and Mattimeo (Martin doesn’t quite count because he’s ...more
Jasmine Woods
Sep 28, 2015 Jasmine Woods rated it it was amazing
Four books into the series, and Jacques has definitely hit his Redwall stride. Mariel features all the classic Redwall tropes: the epic quest, the riddles, the threat to the Abbey, plenty of October Ale- but never feels tired or clichéd. Mariel is the finest of all the Redwall 'verse heroines, although I can't help wishing she'd spent a little more of the book as the grumpy, amnesiac Storm Gullwhacker. Her gender is never an issue, unlike latter heroines Tiria and Triss, she simply does her thin ...more
Jen
Nov 20, 2013 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love this series so, and I was glad to have a female protagonist finally, but it felt a little bit flatter than the first three. Perhaps this was due to Jacques relying on the strength of the Redwall universe for the first time--other than Martin, there are no recurring characters from any of the first three books here. It's a prequel, of sorts, highlighting the important pieces of the Abbey as it comes to be the place described in the first book.
I really did appreciate that the badgers an
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Hannah
Jul 09, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action, adventure, anthropomorphic animals, songs and poems, humor, and even a touch of romance—there’s something for everyone in Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques—or everybeast, as they say in Redwall! Mariel, a mouse, finds herself stranded on shore after being tossed about in a storm at sea, with no memory of who she is or what happened to her, and decides to call herself Storm. With the help of some hares and a grumpy old squirrel, she makes her way to Redwall Abbey in Mossflower Woods. Onc ...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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Other Books in the Series

Redwall (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • Redwall (Redwall, #1)
  • Mossflower (Redwall, #2)
  • Mattimeo (Redwall, #3)
  • Salamandastron (Redwall, #5)
  • Martin the Warrior (Redwall, #6)
  • The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7)
  • Outcast of Redwall (Redwall, #8)
  • Pearls of Lutra (Redwall, #9)
  • The Long Patrol (Redwall, #10)
  • Marlfox (Redwall, #11)

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“Wait and wonder when we will return, mouse - then you will really see what a battle is like."
Simeon turned his head in the direction of Graypatch's voice. "Alas, I will never see anything for I am blind; but I can sense a lot. I can feel you are both evil and desperate. They say you have only one eye. I am surprised at you—even a fool with half an eye could see that you will never triumph against good if you are evil.”
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