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Loamhedge (Redwall #16)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  6,731 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Number sixteen in the esteemed Redwall animal fantasy series, young readers will find Loamhedge just as wild and woolly as its predecessors. In this chapter of the seemingly endless history of the woodland abbey, adventure is sparked by the sad plight of the haremaid, Martha Braebuck. Due to a terrible event that befell her when she was just an abbey Dibbun, Martha has los ...more
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Published October 7th 2004 by Puffin (first published January 1st 2003)
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Aug 01, 2008 X rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Redwallers
The bad thing about continuing series is that after so many books they begin to become predictable; the good thing is that you can enjoy revisiting the same world. The good thing about Loamhedge was that just when I began to think that it was indeed becoming predictable, its turn of events completely shocked me. It still has the elements of any Redwall book (quests, heroes, a crew of villains), but it is happily unique.
It is the first book that made me feel that Redwall is ancient. Events that
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Gus
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Lindsay
You've read one, you've read them all, but the Redwall stories are all ripping good yarns. Adventure, questing and heroism but all with a message of peace, kindness and love. The series might have benefited from being somewhere between 3 and 8 books long rather than the towering 22 Brian Jacques left us when he sadly passed away last year, but like P.G. Wodehouse it's nice to know there is a lifetime's supply out there for when you're in the mood.

If it weren't for a few systematic flaws I'd give
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Bernard  Lau
Loamhedge never fails to impress, as one of Brian Jacques epic Redwall series. It creates an animal world, where there are no humans. This story revolves around two distant characters: Martha, a chair bound hare who longs to be able to walk and run. Lonna, a badger who seeks to kill Ragbol and his searat crew. Like many Redwall books, there are lots of poetic animals and peaceful scenes. However there are also many violent scenes, Ragbol killing a rat, and Lonna killing numerous searats.

What def
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Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
The best Redwall book

This may be a controversial claim, considering the large number of other highly memorable tales penned by Brian Jacques (Mossflower, Redwall) but the simple truth is that Loamhedge is by and far my pick for the best in a highly recommendable series of books.

The thing that really sets Loamhedge apart from its compatriots is the originality with which it is plotted. Most Redwall books are the same standard formula, not to say they aren't good, but Loamhedge deviates from the s
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Rob Poole
The world of Brian Jacques 'Redwall' is a land of high ideals and strong values; a land of wretched vermin and valiant warriors; a land of delicious food and beautiful poetry.

The young hare maid Martha has never walked a day in her life. She came to Redwall as a child with her brother and grandmother, fleeing some vermin horde. In a dream she hears of a secret to cure her terrible fate of being bound to a wheel chair hidden away in an abbey of old called Loamhedge. Two old friends of Redwall, S
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Ren the Unclean
Sep 14, 2008 Ren the Unclean rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
Shelves: fantasy
This book is very much what I expected from a Brian Jacques. I hadn't read one of his Redwall series books in quite a while, but they are still chocked full of anthropomorphic cuteness and relatively intense violence. The first couple times that he switches from a baby mole getting into mischief to a searat pirate gutting one of his crew can be sort of jarring.

Either way, this was an ok book. I had no trouble getting all the way through it, though it was definitely not as engrossing as I remembe
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Elizabeth
I liked that the heroes of Loamhedge (two of them, anyway) were old warriors and served as the mentors of the three younger ones. It made the trope of “the heroes of Redwall know everything about fighting despite never going outside the Abbey walls before” much less noticeable. Horty, Fenna, and Springald are inexperienced and rash, and as a result have noticeable character development throughout the book as they journey with Bragoon and Saro.

Although not as good as the Freebooters in Triss, Bad
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Krystal
Brian Jacques has been one of my favorite authors since I was a teenager. My adventures with the characters from Redwall took a hiatus after Legend of Luke until I stumbled across Loamhedge in a book store. One thing that I love about the Redwall books is that you don't have to read them in order to understand the story that is being written. Each and every one of the books have their own plot lines and characters that are unique to each story. Yes there are some reoccurring characters like Mart ...more
Piepie Beuttel
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Josh
As a child I was a big fan of Jacques' Redwall series. Though I listened to it as an adult, Loamhedge did not disappoint. The plucky Redwallers still stood up against unlikely odds against vermin while maintaining their unique characters. One this I noticed, which I didn't think of when younger, was a certain glorification of violence. The villains were fairly one dimensional and though hundreds died they were not grieved. Also, the "good guys" hardly seemed to notice when they slaughtered other ...more
Marie
(Review of audiobook version.)

I needed something lighthearted around the time I listened to this, and so it wasn't a hard choice to go back to the favorite series of my childhood. As an adult I have fallen behind and haven't read the last few of the long-running series because the books are just to formulaic for me as an adult. Quite a bit of my present enjoyment is from nostalgia!

I picked up this one because the reviews said there were some twists that deviated from the typical Redwall formula.
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Josiah
"When the sun sets like fire,
I will think of you,
when the moon casts its light,
I'll remember, too,
if a soft rain falls gently,
I'll stand in this place,
recalling the last time,
I saw your kind face.
Good fortune go with you,
to your journey's end,
let the waters run calmly,
for you, my dear friend."

Loamhedge, P. 114

If the Redwall series has not quite the luster of its first seven or eight volumes by book sixteen, I think author Brian Jacques can be forgiven for the slight letdown. Each
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Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
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Anna Elghanayan
I have read several of the Redwall novels, none of which in order. I have been reading these stories for years now, and discovered that they are timeless.
I was not exactly satisfied by the prologue, it did not give the usual foreshadowing that Brian Jacques usually provides. Although the story had dozens and dozens of characters, I was pleased by the description and individuality of each one, making it easy to remember their parts. The story did not lose my interest, constantly switching points
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Jing
Oct 14, 2007 Jing rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for adventure
Shelves: advisory
Like most of the other Redwall books, it is a double destiny where you get to see tow protangonist on a mission. One is Lonna Bowstripe a badger who vows to make an end to Raga Bol and his searats once and for all to avenge the death of his friend and others who crossed paths with Raga Bol. The other is a adventure back to Loamhedge a abbey built long beofore Redwall started where five travelers journey there in the hope of finding the cure for helping Marta walk. In the end, two of the travele ...more
Shinysheensean
The book, Loamhedge, was written by Brian Jacques and is a story of a fascinating tale where animals talk and the forces of good and evil are pitted against one another. The primary characters are Bragoon, Saro, Lonna Bowstripe, Raga bol, and Martha. The perspective takes place from each own group; Bragoon & Saro, Lonna Bowstripe, Raga Bol & his crew, and Martha & Redwallers . The tone that comes off from this story seems to be jolly, yet, it puts readers in a state of constant exci ...more
Jenn
Well, I enjoyed this one like I have all of the Redwall books. The story followed the same arc as most others. The Redwallers are enjoying their peaceful and fruitful life at the Abbey, some evil band of Rats or other vermin gets ansty and decides to attack and the Redwallers are force to ignore their peaceful ways and defend their home. The characters are what make each story different and in Loamhedge I really enjoyed the young Redwall dwellers such as Muggum and Buffler. They provided most of ...more
Sue
Although this was on my toread list for a while, I bumped it up when I found out about Brian Jacques' passing. His books have always been favorites of mine, and I recommend them to students who like fantasy-adventure books (or animal-related books) frequently. One could say there is a pat formula to these books - there are almost always fights against vermin, a long journey, more than one storyline that come together at the end... but to me it is comforting in a way. The ability to always revisi ...more
Mac Donhue
This Book was one of the better Books I have ever read. I have always enjoyed the "Redwall" book series. And after more then a dozen of them I still love the stories. Brian Jaques manages to create masterpiece after master piece. This story is about some travelers who come to the Redwall abbey and come across Martha. A strong a courageous Hare who has never obtained the ability to walk. But, she's still the happiest person in the world with all the hope and wonder of becoming something great. He ...more
Angela Mondragon
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Jesse Booth
Great book! I read Loamhedge in honor of Brian Jacques passing away this year. The author was instrumental in my love for reading at an early age. I read Redwall back in 1993, when I was 8 years old. I've been a huge fan ever since! I own the entire series, and can't wait for my own child to read them (hopefully he'll have a love for the Fantasy genre like myself!). Brian, you will greatly be missed!

The book itself had an old feel to it. It reminded me of his older writing, especially at the end
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Asher Boyer
A very good book, but slightly different. The seemingly main character is in one place of the story, while some other main characters stories either branch off or are intertwined more so than the other books I have read about Redwall. I must admit though the plot was different than I first expected when I read the inside jacket.
J.T.
Another so-so Redwall adventure.
I think the villain in the book was never really developed. (similar to Cluny from the first book.)The villains are always killed by another big enemy before their characteristics are developed and they ALL seemed the same thick headed cowardly enemy-only with different forms, mainly rats, weasels, foxes and wildcats.

The story also seemed recycled. The first part is about enemies attacking Redwall (AGAIN) and the second part is when the badger looks for the vermi
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The Best
This book is a part of a series called Redwall. Loamhedge is Brain Jacques 16th book he has made in this series. This book takes place at a red Abbey known as Redwall. A little hare named Martha sat in her wheel chair yearning to walk, but she could not walk from events in her childhood. A squirrel by the name of Sarobando, and an otter named Bragoon return to their home at Redwall after running away as dibbuns. The abbot of Redwall asked them to go on a quest to Loamhedge. A secret lies at Loam ...more
Kaitlyn
A great entry in the Redwall series, but not a 5-star due to the ending. No spoilers, but the end is just sloppy, like someone told Mr. Jacques that he needed to finish the last few chapters in an hour or two.
John-Henry Amelinckx
Though composed of a slightly weaker storyline than most Redwall Tales, Flinky the stoat and his gang certainly make up for it.
Barb G
We really liked this one. Great characters; didn't follow exactly the same formula as other Redwall books.
Jill
A friend of mine once said about the Redwall books, "After a while they were all the same book, but it was a good book, so you didn't mind." That's pretty much the case here. It's a standard Redwall tale, full of songs, tasty foods, adventures, and fights with vermin. It wasn't the most exciting of Redwall books. It was a little slow and too predictable, but maybe just predictable because I know the formula too well at this point. Still, it was a decent read, and all those abbey creatures are ju ...more
Bart Andersen
The peaceable creatures of Redwall are living a life of peace and prosperity, when they are decended upon by serats. Meanwhile two Heros from season's past are on a quest to find a cure for their friend who is unable to walk.


I Loved this book it was action-packed and I love seeing the different abilitys that each creature displays, like some are good puzzle solvers, others are fearsome warriors and there are others (villians) who don't value life at all.

At the end of the day though good allways
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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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“When the sun sets like fire,
I will think of you,
when the moon casts its light,
I'll remember, too,
if a soft rain falls gently,
I'll stand in this place,
recalling the last time,
I saw your kind face.
Good fortune go with you,
to your journey's end,
let the waters run calmly,
for you, my dear friend.”
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“The crafty otter produced a flat pebble from his helmet, spat on one side of it, and held it up for the bird to see. 'Right, I'll spin ye. Dry side, I win, wet side, you lose. Good?' The honey buzzard nodded eagerly... Buteo's keen eyes watched every spin of the stone until it clacked down flat on the deck. Garfo grinned from ear to ear. 'Wet side! You lose!” 5 likes
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