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Pearls of Lutra (Redwall #9)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,685 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
The ninth Redwall novel. The gruesome discovery of a skeleton in Mossflower woods heralds the start of a mystery and a quest. The story unfolds in the secret places of Redwall Abbey, far across the ocean, through storms and iceburgs to the island beyond where the sun sets.
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Aaron Parson Not really. It does have a few moments, but it is, as most Redwall books, mainly an adventure story
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Paul
Jan 31, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brian Jacques must surely run out of ideas, but fortunately,
he'll never run out of stories :D
Emily Collins
Mar 10, 2011 Emily Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've reread this particular Redwall tale several times, partly because it was always lying around in my fifth grade classroom and partly because of the distinction of a female otter warrior as the main character (or as one of the main characters, as Jacques can never stick to just one).
Grath is always strong on my heart, second to Bragoon of course, and I'm glad Jacques decided to introduce another strong female. He's great at females strong in personality (sassy hedgehogs especially), which is
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Piepie Beuttel
This is one of the best Redwall books that I've read yet. I enjoyed reading about the quest that Fermald left behind for Tansy, Rollo, Piknim, Craklyn, Arven, and others to follow. The friendship between Grath - an otter bent on seeking revenge - and Inbar - another otter who knew no warfare - was nice to read about, and I hope that Grath found peace after she moved with Inbar back to his holt. And, of course, the character Romsca was dear to my heart - how her cruel corsair heart softened and b ...more
Josiah
Apr 08, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Author Brian Jacques seems to write from a neverending well of beautiful language and grand, enrapturing themes that take a simple idea and enlarge it on such a breathtakingly big scale that it becomes something emotionally powerful and absolutely unforgettable.

Not since the fourth Redwall book, Mattimeo, have we seen a story that takes place as chronologically late as Pearls of Lutra. The famed Redwall warriors Matthias and Mattimeo have gone to the gates of the Dark Forrest by now, but Matti
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Laura
Jun 02, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to find a Brian Jacques book I didn't adore. His books are full of adventure, friendship, good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, humor, song, riddles, and characters we fall in love with. I can read any Redwall book to any age person and it's rare they won't get caught up in the stories. My dad loved them as much as my little grandson. The Pearls of Lutra was full of riddles, corsairs, an evil pine marten, dream visits from Martin the Warrior mouse, an otter on a mission, Dibbuns creating ch ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 25, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
I’ve found that the Redwall books that are the best (so far) are the ones that have an overarching plot that all the viewpoints participate in. So, no random Redwall side plots that have nothing to do with the hero’s quest or the villain’s plan, just one plot that affects everyone. Pearls of Lutra has that, which means that the Redwall Abbey portion of the book is not tedious or irrelevant, but is actually quite fun and a great puzzle quest to boot.

Arven is an interesting character; he’s a Dibbu
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Jasmine Woods
Oct 27, 2015 Jasmine Woods rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite coming to Pearls of Lutra late on in my Redwall fandom life and despite it being written after Outcast, the point for many fans where the series took a downhill turn, I'm really very fond of this book. There are dozens of plot threads, giving the cast a wonderful ensemble feel, but with each of the characters still managing to maintain their own distinct personality. It's nice to have so many young females among the main cast, with Piknim, Cracklyn and Tansy at the Abbey and Viola out at ...more
Jen
Jun 13, 2015 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A definite uptick in the Redwall series, but still a little frustrating. I really appreciated that we finally get a few female otters, although Grath felt to me like an otter version of Mariel without much extra depth or difference. I also liked the search for the pearls, but either I've read too many Redwall novels or Jacques' riddles are getting predictable, because there was only one that I didn't get as soon as I read it. I dislike outstripping the characters that much.

A little bit of moveme
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Colton
Apr 10, 2014 Colton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was the first Redwall novel I read when I first found them in Middle School. I was looking for something new and fantastic, and had seen them on the shelves before. So I went to them one day; I can no longer remember what drew me to this specific book, but I know that the cover and synopsis on the inside cover intrigued me, and so I read it. And I loved it. Jacques, rest his soul, is easily one of the greatest story tellers I've ever read, on par with C.S. Lewis and better even, in terms of ...more
Carina
Oct 26, 2014 Carina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child I think this was my absolute favourite Redwall book. I can still recite the first few lines of the poem about Holt Lutra and I remember I used to read that over and over again.

Re-reading the book this time I did wonder if Sampetra could be the same villian filled northern island that pops up every now and again (a bit like the lake with the White Ghost being the island of the Marlfoxes), but I think this lies in a slightly different direction, though still to the north!

The riddles in
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Gabrielle
Oct 03, 2008 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Redwall books, and trust me, I have a lot! This about a sea otter bent on getting revenge on her family's killers. Holt Lutraaaaaa!!!!!!
Vickey Foggin
Half of this story is about the emperor of a tropical isle with hypnotic eyes trying to maintain control of rebellious factions of underlings whilst searching for the 6 Pearls of Lutra he thinks will finalise his crown and solidify his rule. That half is good. Great complex characters including a ferret corsair who is not as hard as she seems and evil monitor lizards, and Grath of Holt Lutra, seeking revenge for the murder of her family. The other half, where Redwall is crammed in, is kind of bo ...more
Keith
Sep 23, 2015 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because it was handy when I needed something to read, not immediately realizing it was part of a series. Fortunately, it stands well enough on its own that it didn't matter.

For the uninitiated, the series is set in a fantasy world populated by a variety of anthropomorphic creatures, aimed at the older end of the young adult market. As such, it doesn't sugarcoat some fairly dark characters and events, and should contain enough plot twists and grit to keep adult fans of the genre
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Steffen Minner
Nov 25, 2014 Steffen Minner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
Love the villains and the Redwall cast in this one. Great characters all around, especially Tansy and Mad Eyes, Last Frildur (the giant lizards are killer). Always enjoy when a ferret breaks ranks and turns out to be good, like Romsca., AND when BJ kills and innocent, like Pimkin. Even Martin II isn't annoyingly self-righteous. However, it could have been more exciting, and the plot was definitely not as intricate as other Redwalls. How long is the journey from the Abby to the ocean, also? Somet ...more
Adams321
Feb 26, 2012 Adams321 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly my favorite Redwall book. I really enjoyed it the first time I read it, and after rereading it, it holds up better than most of the others from the series. It deviates from the others a bit, as Martin the Warrior II and his crew travel beyond the boundaries of standard Redwall territory and sail to the tropical island of Sampetra to rescue the Abbott, who has been kidnapped by the island's leader, Emperor Ublaz, a pine marten with hypnotic eyes and an army of lizards. The Abbott ...more
Christopher
I really like animal fantasy, like Watership Down and Charlotte's Web , which is why I asked for and received several books out of the Redwall series for Christmas some years ago, and even though I'm an adult, those of you who know me know that I enjoy an occasional dabble with young adult fiction. But after reading Redwall itself, I haven't read another book in the series until now. I wouldn't say they are bad books; they are just intended for an audience a level or two below the audience ...more
Georgene
Apr 12, 2014 Georgene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I stumbled across this book while in The Strand Book Store in NYC. I hadn't read it, the price was right, so I bought it and read it while on my trip.

I have enjoyed the Redwall books. This one was no exception. Although this series is considered "Young Adult" fiction, I see no reason why I, being the age of a grandmother, can't enjoy them also.
Melody
Apr 30, 2013 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Brian Jacques book I ever read. I bought it in 1995, I think, but I didn't read it until a few years later. This series was the catalyst that got my son interested in reading, or at least got him to understand that reading /can/ be fun. :) I love the whole Redwall series, but I do believe this particular book will forever hold a special place in my heart. '"Fencing, fighting, pirates, torture, revenge, true love..." "I guess it doesn't sound too bad."' LOL It reminds me of that ...more
Hallie O'malley
Mar 19, 2014 Hallie O'malley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a completely awesome book! I love the mystery Tansy and her friends have to solve. It's awesome, and the walruses too!:)As always I love the way the food is described! I also like the way Arven acts calling Tansy... Tansy pansy toogle doo.:)
Cole
Jan 19, 2014 Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book amazing marks because the young hogmaid, Tansy saves Abbot Durral from corsairs, wave scum, and Emperor Ublaz of Sampetra. Of course she could not do this without Martin the Warrior, Grath Longfletch of Holt Lutra, and Clecky Montisles of the mountain hares, Gerul the owl and Rollo, Recorder of Redwall Abbey. This book shows courage, bravery and smarts as this tale of a Redwall unrolls.
Stephen
Jun 01, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read nearly all the Redwall books, I can say that this is definitely one of the best, if not the very best; both in terms of plot and the cast of characters it sets up for next couple of books. The Pearls of Lutra has everything you could want from a fantasy novel: a great hook to drag you into the story, great villains, an adventure with lots of twists and turns, and best of all, a truly moving ending that I can honestly say I did not expect from a children's book.

Reviewing this is makin
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KJ
Mar 12, 2015 KJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Brian Jacques books, because it was one of the most unusual kinds of stories I could have read as a child. A female character swears bloody vengeance without reprieve upon her enemies, and NO ONE TALKS HER OUT OF IT. In fact, they say "Yeah! You go for it! We'll help!" And people talk a lot about how physically strong she is, and eventually she gets a submissive murder-boyfriend and they wreak vengeance happily ever after.

Also dashing pirate captains trying really, rea
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Tyler
Mar 29, 2014 Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Fairbairn
I love all of Brian Jacques' Redwall series. I especially love how he has two prominent female protagonists, with one of the two being a warrior. Jacques writes with such whimsy and charm, I am simply addicted to all of his books.
Carolyn
Mar 14, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite of the Brian Jacques books that I read. Although reading his books always made me hungry...
John-Henry Amelinckx
A swashbuckling, rip-roaring adventure in which a young ottermaid wreaks revenge upon the corsair and searat brethren who destroyed her family for the sake of six pearls: The Tears of all Oceans.
A beautiful story composed of memorable characters, bone-chilling and laughter-inducing scenes, and possibly some of the best poems and riddles Brian Jacques has ever written for his series.
Oh, Brian, you and your tales shall be missed!
Paige
Book 18/19 (I think) - A book with nonhuman characters AND a book from your childhood

This was the first Redwall book I ever read. I remember picking it up from the bookmobile that visited my school every other week, interested because all the books had animals on the covers. I'm glad I picked this one as my first, because the riddles throughout really drew me in as a ~3rd grader. In the near future, I hope to reread all of the books in chronological order. Brian Jacques is an author that really
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Will Waller
Surprisingly entertaining, these books may have turned a corner. This one was about a hunt for several missing pearls and ended unusually. I appreciated the main character being a female and for the character Martin to be resurrected in a family member. That was interesting.

Definitely enjoyed this one more than the others.
Jennifer
Sep 11, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I always return to Brian Jacques, I haven't actually read this one for a good number of years. Having re-read it, I recall how much this embodies the spirit of mystery and advetnture. How can you go wrong with warriors journeying on an epic sea quest to rescue their Father Abbot, and with the peaceful characters still doing their bit at home with finding the required ransome? Jacques' writing will always mesmorise me, and I am truly saddened that I will not be reading any new adventures ...more
Elise
Jan 20, 2016 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wikipedia... now read all my Redwall collection. Interesting premise, sounds a bit confusing.
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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)
  • Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, #4)
  • Salamandastron (Redwall, #5)
  • Martin the Warrior (Redwall, #6)
  • The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7)
  • Outcast of Redwall (Redwall, #8)
  • The Long Patrol (Redwall, #10)
  • Marlfox (Redwall, #11)

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