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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  52,505 ratings  ·  2,059 reviews
Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge - the evil-one-eyed rat warlord - and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn't bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends....more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2006 by Red Fox (first published 1986)
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Erin
you know what was the best part of these books? and i say books as in plural because there were so fucking many of them i can't sit still long enough to check them all off. and i DID read every single one. what else was there to do in middle school?

anyway, the best part of these books was brian's description of food. it was magnificent. it didn't just make you hungry, it made you crave weird ass things that nobody would ever dream about eating in middle school. nutted cheeses and flan bread and...more
Stephen
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2.0 stars. Now I admit upfront that YA fantasy is somewhat starting to lose its appeal to me, making me a harsher critic of what I think are weak efforts. At the same time, I still really enjoy the compelling, higher end stuff. Unfortunately, THIS A'INT IT!! YA is one thing, but I found this to be the “Y” est of YA fantasy books that I have read in quite a while. It was just too young.

Despite the fact that the book is fairly well written and decently paced, I found the plot itself to just be c...more
Annette
Can't remember when I've been so disappointed by a book that came so highly recommended and clearly has such a strong following. Seriously: I love a good yarn about talking animals as much as the next person, but I do expect some basic level of believability, maybe a good character or two... a plot...
One of the things that especially niggled at me was that I couldn't figure out the *scale* of the Redwall world. Are they mice and rats living clandestine in a human-built world? If so, where are t...more
Caris
I have a mouse problem.

Last week, when my family returned from vacation, we started hearing a strange scratching noise underneath our bathtub. It didn’t happen very often and I dismissed it offhand, reasoning that whatever was under my bathtub was outside of the house and, therefore, not an issue I had to deal with. Within a couple of days of that, though, it became evident that the problem had spread from the underside of the bathtub to the kitchen, where the disgusting evidence of mice forced...more
Ann
Jan 01, 2008 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of animal characters, fantasy adventure, or LOTR
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I managed to finish this just in time for count it "as read" in 2007! With (how appropriate) 7 minutes to spare lol:>
I really enjoyed this book!!:D I was amazed at how vibrant the characters were and how attached to them I felt. Had I known the plot going into the book, I think I would have been very hesitant as the story centers around an attack from Cluny the Scourge (an evil rat) and his horde on the peaceful and caring Abby of Redwall mice and other woodland creatures - for 35...more
Ryan
Now, for those of you who read this book and liked it, I have absolutely no problem with that. I actually thought it was an okay book myself. A heroic mouse by the name of Matthias lives peacefully in Redwall, an enclosed city within a fortress. The residents include mice, squirrels, badgers, otters, and all sorts of other small animals. However, an army of rats attack in envy of stealing the fortress. Matthias must become a warrior and obtain a sword to fight back at the army. Now, at this poin...more
Jesse
Jul 01, 2007 Jesse rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like regular mice fighting with little swords
Ok, its regular sized animals living in a human sized world. Where are the humans? Why is there a human sized horse and wagon that the evil rats ride on? These are just some of the questions I pondered as I read through this snooze fest.

This book is quite literally a regular mouse picking up a tiny little sword, and fighting various things(snakes, rats, my will to live!). Now if the image of a little mouse holding a tiny sword doesn't want to make you retch at the absurd "oh how cute" nature of...more
Zeke Gill
This was pretty much the book that got me hooked on reading because I used to hate it. I know, I know, Hate reading? how is that possible? The truth is, When you're eight or nine reading doesn't normally sound as good as watching a cartoon. But one glorious day I somehow stumbled across a cartoon of Redwall, and I LOVED it! I liked it so much that when the cartoon was over I had to know more about this amazing world, but I didn't have a way of watching the other movies so I was forced to do some...more
Amber
This was a pretty good read. When Redwall abbey is under attack by cluny the scourge and his horde of vicious rats, it is up to a young mouse named Mathias and the other woodland creatures to stop them. Will they succeed? Be sure to read this book and find out. I reccomend this book to fans of fantasy and ya books. Definitely check it out.
Becky
Feb 24, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 5th grade and up
Recommended to Becky by: Chris W.
I read Chris's copy. He brought it to the library and said, "Read the real thing and not that other garbage." I guess that's a step up from "read this or die." I really have readers looking out for me, eh?

It took me a good while to get through this, but I'm glad I did. I've now read a classic and I can agree with Chris that one should read the "real thing" as well as the graphic novel adaptation. What the graphic novel missed in distilling down 300-plus pages was the descriptions: Jacques writes...more
Marya
A distinctly children's book, with a simplified children's plot, simplified children's characters, and a simplified children's theme. If you focus on the plot and don't think the word "nuance", it can be quite enjoyable.

But alas, I am an adult, and I couldn't help trying to figure out the scale of the book in a literal sense. Are the mice supposed to be mice sized in a largely human world, a la Disney animated movies? Or are they supposed to be human sized in a world without humans a la furries...more
Jonathan
Redwall was a book I read many years ago just before I entered into private schooling after going through six fun years of home schooling. Six years of being at home and getting an education does have the benefit of allowing an avid reader such as myself time to build up the reading speed and vocabulary (I did little else but read books in those formative years in fact but I digress). Now I must admit that I loved Redwall when I first read it as a ten year old. I thought it was the coolest thing...more
Tim
Jul 18, 2007 Tim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 year olds
After I finished this book my overall impression wasn't very good. But in retrospect I think that was mostly due to the fact that it's written for a ten-year-old audience. There's nothing wrong with the book when viewed as a kid's book. The writing is competent, and the story is exciting and interesting enough to keep a ten-year-old engaged. I imagine there are a lot of adults who are fans of this book, just like there are plenty of adult Harry Potter fans (though I didn't enjoy this one as much...more
Jason
This book Redwall is about a mouse named Matthias who is living in an abbey named Redwall. Then Cluny the Scourage comes along and ruins the peace as he declares war on the people (animals) of Redwall. Matthias finds himself looking for a sword of the great warrior Martin beliving that he can defeat Cluny and his horde. Matthias goes off with new hopes, finding allies and to save Redwall.

I can connect to text where in the book Comeback of the Home Run Kid by Matt Christopher a book I read a long...more
Michael
This was one of my very first childhood reads and I'm ashamed to say I'd forgotten all about this series until I was reminded about it within a Goodreads group (thank you, Goodreads!) I quickly went on to Amazon and bought the novel, eagerly awaiting its arrival.

I'm pleased to say it is still one of my favourite books and I'd wished I'd re-read it before embarking on writing my own novels because I think Brian Jacques is a master storyteller. His writing is the perfect blend of humour, grit and...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Enjoyable books with animals as medieval type characters in a fantasy world. There isn't any overt fantasy as the world starts out (wizards etc) though some supernatural content is hinted at.

Nice books, found it (some of them) enjoyable. Was torn between 3 and 4 stars. Went with 3 as I never hurried to the later books and my children didn't get into these as they did some others. Maybe if I have grand children I'll reconsider, who knows?
Wendell Adams
As an adult, I found this book ok; it was the standard fantasy cliches that abound without anything especially new that caught my interest. However, since this was a bedtime story for my kids, I want to add that they enjoyed it more and would probably have said it was at least 3 stars if not 4.
Katherine
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"I-am that is
My sword shall wield for me."


Setting:The Kingdom of Redwall; the past

Coverly Love?:Not particularly. It's cute though!

Plot:The kingdom of Redwall has always been a place of peace, and Redwall Abbey is its center. All friends of the Abbey are welcome and protected under the watch of old Abbotts and Friars like Mortimer and Methuselah. The motherless are also welcome and raised as members of this harmonious community. Such is the case of Matthias, a young orphan. Raised to be an Abbo...more
Jorge
Brian Jacques' "Redwall" is one of the best books I have read. Its filled with mystery, adventure, songs, love, death, and the rise of a warior.
Redwall Abbey. The home of a mouse named Matthias and many other unique creatures. A place that was founded by Martin the Warior mouse. For many years, Redwall Abbey has been a place of peace. But that will soon change when a rat with evil intent reaches Mossflower Woods. That rat...is Cluny the Scourge. Cluny, an infamous rat with a whip-like tail, ha...more
Gatorgal21
Okay look, this is like a classic series for me. When I was younger, I read these books again and again with my older brother. They may be dry as dust at times, and just sort of odd at others, but its definitely something I think you should at least try.
The vocab is incredible, it really helped me alot, his weapons, his dialogue and just his descriptive language in general totally changed what I knew about words.
While it may not be the most interesting book you've ever read, I think you will...more
Hava
May 25, 2010 Hava rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
I put this book on my "Read" shelf, but that's not true - I couldn't finish it. I tried, several times, but I just couldn't force myself to read this when there are so many other great books out there.

I think the problem wit this book is that it's dated - perhaps if I'd read it as a child, I would have loved it, but as an adult, I simply couldn't get past all of the overblown drama.

"Cluny is on the march!"

"Cluny doesn't even know why he's going the way he's going, but he does know that he hasn't...more
Zoe
My 8 year old daughter loves this series, and in the interest of knowing what she's into (and on her recommendation) I read this. It is very well done, and I can see why Mr. Jacques has become such a phenomenon. The exploits of woodland creatures who live in a medieval abbey and the surrounding woods is of interest to all reading levels - these are great if your kid has finished Harry Potter or Narnia but isn't quite up to reading Tolkien yet.
Alexandra Doepp
Recall is a very interesting book about a group of mice that fight rats. However this book is not very interesting I still loved it because it put a new twist on a war book. It is fantasy at the same time that it can be taken very seariously.
I like how the author found a way to grab the readers attention right at the start then backed up a little bit then worked back up to the climax. He also shows the view of Clunney and Mathiass so you can understand why the rats attack the Abbey and if the mi...more
Libby
The Redwall books are a wonderful, creative series for young readers. After the first book they do not really have a lot of adult appeal, like a series such as Harry Potter which appeals to a larger audience, but I'd still recommend the first book if you have not read it. You should not miss out on this world of little heroes and their amazing adventures.
Madeline
I think I got to Book Three in this series when I was in elementary school, and I remember mostly liking these books when I wasn't giggling at the image of mice and chipmunks weilding tiny swords. But in all honesty, I'm only adding this review so I can post this xkcd comic I just stumbled across:

http://xkcd.com/370/
Megan D
The entire Redwall series is honestly a household classic which can be enjoyed by nearly all ages (hypothetically the ages when you start reading). I have so many beautiful memories reading this series as a child with my grandpa. Brian Jaques has a gift of weaving themes and events into his stories which often occurred in medieval English history. He's created an entire world of unforgettable animal characters and places. This is one of those books I will continue to re-visit throughout my life.
Kelsey Hanson
This is always going to be one of my favorite series just because I read is so often during middle school. I was almost afraid to re-read this book because I didn't want to discover that it was better in my memory. Fortunately, I still love this series. Part of that is the great characters featured in it. I LOVE Basil Stag Hare one of the most upbeat and funny characters I've encountered. I also really admire that Brian Jacques (may he rest in peace) had the insight to have a wide variety of cha...more
Jeph
Redwall, as I was pleased to learn, is just as delightful and entrancing as it was when I first read it back in Jr. High. It's been a long time since I could not put a book down, a children's book no less.

But don't let the genre fool you, like Harry Potter, Redwall is appropriate for any and all ages. The world of Redwall is set in a forest called Mossflower, where forest creatures of all types endeavor together in peace and prosperity at Redwall Abbey. However, when Cluny the Scourge, an evil a...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jul 12, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I tried. Got as far as the end of "Book One" at page 97 before deciding this one wasn't for me. I think for two reasons. The first being the style seemed clunky to me and the dialogue cheesy. It's an omniscient narrative but without personality, humor or charm. Granted, this novel was written to be a children's book. But so was The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Watership Down, Narnia, The Last Unicorn and The Sword in the Stone and that doesn't keep them from being compelling reads for an adult. The oth...more
Wendy
I read and adored every one of these books as a kid (well, the 5 or 6 of them that existed in the mid-90s, that is). However, I honestly cannot get through them anymore as an adult. Morally they are so simplistic that you can tell what side a character is on by his or her species (e.g. mice & squirrels = good, rats & foxes = evil), and never, ever will there be an exception. Oh sure, Mr. Jacques might tantalize you a bit by having an otter (good) raised by weasels (bad), or having a rat...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...more
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