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Marlfox (Redwall #11)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  14,101 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
Queen Silth rules Castle Marl from behind the curtains of her palanquin. Greedy and vain, she has sent her six children into the world to plunder treasure. Stealth and cunning are the traits of the Marlfox. Known only in Redwall country by legend, they are said to able to appear and disappear by magic.

When the strange creatures begin to appear in Mossflower Woods, it is cl
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Red Fox (first published August 18th 1998)
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David Gillis
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marlfox was my first Redwall novel in the series, even though it does come into the series relatively late. It was also what hooked me into it. I loved the light fantasy storytelling it had with the characters being mice, squirrels, otters, and other woodland creatures. But it wasn't all light-hearted fun. The Redwall stories offer more villainous creatures such as rats, shrews, and stoats. In this case, the Marlfoxes are foxes that are larger and smarter than your usual fox. What's great about ...more
Joseph Leskey
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: oh, anybody
This was quite good. It deviated slightly from the other Redwall books [that I have read as of this review] plot-wise, which, of course, made for an enjoyable story, by cause of originality.
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Emily Collins
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-authors
I've owned this book forever but I don't remember as much what this one was about. Kudos to Jacques though for going for more than just regular foxes and adding an air of almost-magic into it.
My favorite part of these books is often the food. Anyone else get hungry reading these?
Jenny Clark
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redwall is a lovely, safe place to visit. The villian always dies, thier slaves are always freed, and redwall always stands. There is never a single slave who dies in slavery. They always are free. That said, this is a childrens book, so I overlook that and enjoy the lovely discriptions and humor.
Clint Nutter
I hadn't read a Redwall book in around 10 years and still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jasmine Woods
A solid Redwall read. It follows on nicely from The Long Patrol with a handful of recurring characters, as well as some of the best family dynamics to ever grace a Jacques' page. You've got the close and loving Swifteyes, the dysfunctional father/son Reguba pairing, the tragic tale of Sollertree and of course the nasty Marlfox brood. Throw a Gousim revenge plot, the poor old tapestry going missing (yet again) and some siege antics to keep the Abbey-bods occupied and you've got a good thing going ...more
Jeremy Gallen
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this tale of Redwall, the titular Marlfoxes, a special breed of vulpine, led by Queen Silth, haunt Mossflower Wood and steal the tapestry of Martin the Warrior from Redwall Abbey, with a party consisting of the two children of squirrel warriors, Dannflor Reguba and Songbreeze Swifteye, following them, with the shrew Dippler and watervole Burble accompanying them. The prologue features a poem about wandering players, with plenty of other good poetry throughout the novel, and the first main cha ...more
Victor Espinosa
Brian Jacques was born to tell stories. He wasn't born to be a writer, per say, but he was definitely born to tell tales. Like traveling story-tellers from long ago, meandering from campfire to campfire sharing tales of legendary heroics in the face of absolute evil, Brian Jacques is a weaver of words. Telling stories of love that triumphs and wickedness that falls, friendships that overcome and betrayals that scar for life, Brian Jacques manages to keep his streak of incredible story telling go ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

Oh how I wish I could visit the abbey of Redwall. Reading and rereading the books will have to do. Excellent writing and wonderful stories transport you to a land of peace and plenty
Lora Shouse
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A visit to Redwall Abbey in Mossflower Wood is always a treat.

This time three separate groups traveling through the woods are accosted by Marlfoxes – a rare breed of foxes who have natural camouflage coloring that allows them to apparently disappear into woodland surroundings, giving rise to the belief that they are magic. Narrowly escaping serious injury at the hands of the Marlfoxes, the Swifteye family of squirrels, the Wandering Noonvale Companions, and the Guosim shrews (who have had their
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Brian Jacques has to get credit for continually changing up the elements of the Redwall stories, always giving new peripheral looks to the basic narrative style that readers of the series become familiar with in the first couple of books.

This time, we see a brand-new kind of villain in the treacherous Marlfox sub-breed, a family of mystical, nearly magical foxes that inhabit a dark island far from Redwall Abbey. The Marlfoxes have been the stuff of legend in the past (though noticeably not men
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. Patterson
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was recently weeding books and pulled out Marlfox, because it's in bad shape and needs to be replaced. I decided to read it, because I remember one of my students recently mention that this was his favorite book in the Redwall series. I'm so glad I did.

Legend has it that marlfoxes possess magical powers and can appear and disappear at will. When several marlfoxes are spotted in Mossflower wood, the various creatures take it upon themselves to go and warn everyone at Redwall Abbey. The marlfoxe
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: continuation
Shelves: advisory
There has been this new terror called Marlfoxes: foxes that were known as magic creatures who could reappeared and disappear like smoke. The Marlfoxes that came to face Redwall were six all told who wer borhters and sister; children of the High Queen Silth and her mate who she killed. While attempting to conquered Redwall, there were a Guosim problem when one of the shrew betray his leader and killed him. The Marlfoxes also took the tapestry of Martin the Warrior and later on Mokkan the most de ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Once again, a focused plot without irrelevant side-plots makes for a good Redwall book. I enjoyed the uniqueness, for Redwall, of the “family” villains, although I still don’t like the fact that none of the villains seem capable of love. I also found the quick demise of Lantur, after all her scheming, amusing.

Song and Dann (and Dippler and Burble) are probably the most endearing heroes that come from Redwall in a while. They’re not bland or flat, like Samkim was, and they’re not forgettable like
Foxes always seem to be villains in Jacques's work, and here he introduces a new kind, the Marlfoxes, who, with their "silver-gray coats heavily mottled with patches of black and bluey gray," are blessed with natural camouflage such that they are thought to be magic ("They could make theirselves invisible"). A family of four males and three females, they lead their band of water rats in search of "treasure" for their senile but dangerous mother, Queen Silth. When they learn of the existence of R ...more
Will Waller
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction, fantasy
There is much good to be said about the Harry Potter series of books - their foray into wizardry, their magical locations and characters, the rhythm of their plots as you discover what Harry is up against. Most notably, Voldemort. Voldemort appears and disappears and you don't really have a handle on him until the end of the last book. It's great, and perfect for kids and adults who need to be given small doses to be kept interested.

This book, unlike the Harry Potter series, lacks wizardry, gre
Megan Cutler
Oh goody, another Redwall book where we get to spend 300 pages trying to distinguish what the various creatures are saying. Can't any of the animals in this universe speak normally? One or two characters with quirky speech is cute, but all of them? Doesn't someone try to preserve the language in Redwall? And while we're on the subject of continuity in this universe, why are always children at the Abbey but never any parents?

Like most of the other books in this series, Marlfox follows the same ol
Part of the prolific and classic Redwall series, Marlfox follows an ever-widening band of forest creatures as they fight the evil and mysterious marlfoxes. Marlfoxes are ruled by the evil Queen Silth from a forgotten island on a forgotten lake. When they steal an important tapestry from Redwall Abbey, a band of young Redwall creatures must fight to save it.
Advanced readers will love having many books in the series to choose from and will feel very grown up reading lengthy books that begin with
Mattia Allen
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foxes have always been antagonists in the Redwall books, in Marlfox it was really cool to take foxes to an almost “magic” realm. This book was a fun adventure to read, with a variety of characters from squirrels to water rats, magpies to eagles, the different animals are really fun to read. As a whole I liked this book, it wasn’t boring to me and the story moved at a good pace. I liked how the story jumped around from one group to another, it gave some good juxtaposition. One of the things I did ...more
Another hit by Brian Jacques. I love visiting Redwall Abbey time after time again. "Marlfox" was one of my favorite Redwall stories as a kid! :)

This book was a little different - the antagonist was not just one, but a whole group of villains - brothers and sisters, all cruel and conniving. "Marmfloxes" - the Dibbuns call them!

As always, I enjoyed seeing previous characters in a whole new story - Cregga Rose Eyes, Gurrbowl, Friar Butty, among others - as well as meeting others. The duo Dann and S
Okay, one of my slightly guilty pleasure books. I love the Redwall Series, despite many, many faults I could list. And I probably will. But I have loved these book since fourth grade, when they were practically all I ever read. I am always a bit surprised to see them on the teen shelf, when to me they are children's books. They are likely a decent way beneath my reading level, but... I enjoy them nonetheless.
Anyway, Marlfox... typical Redwall. Dibbuns are kidnapped and must be recovered, the evi
Stephen Fordyce
Dec 26, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nature readers
I've only read two Brian Jacques books so far and this one was the lesser of the two. I didn't like how the author built up the foxes to be like these mystical and accomplished ninja foxes who could disappear and reappear at will, and then they were so easily killed off in the end. Anyone who read the book will remember. Did the Marlfoxes kill any of the important good characters? When they weren't killing each other, they were getting their mystical heads chopped off.

If you are going to imply
The Doctor
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day, a squirrel Songbreeze and her family run into Marlfoxes, dangerous creatures that disappeared for centuries. They go to Redwall Abby to warn them about the Marlfoxes. They meet a young shrew named Dippler, and a young squirrel named Dan. The three become friends right away. Then one night the Marlfoxes come when everyone's asleep, and steel the tapestry of the founder of Redwall, Martin the Warrior. Now Songbreeze, Dippler, and Dan must go on a long and perilous journey to get the tapes ...more
I like that Marlfox is really the first book in the series to re-use a notable place from the early books. I mentioned in one of my reviews of an earlier book (Pearls of Lutra I think) that the home of the Marlfoxes here was once the same island the White Ghost lived on - who, if you have read all the books you know to be Urthwyte from Salamandastron.

I especially liked that his legend remained and actually played a part in this book. Apart from Martin you don't really hear of any previous charac
Nazmul Hasan
Sep 05, 2014 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.

This book in particular was my favorite. Even though I've forgotten all the names of all the characters, I still remember the battle with the Marlfox and the vividness of the scene painted by Jacques. I still remember by first epicgasm.

Yes, they have simplistic plots but these are books for children, not sophisticated, stu
Mark Isaak
Brian Jacques is good at writing banter. Unfortunately, he plays to this strength until it feels as if two-thirds of the book is banter (really it's probably close to one-third). And not banter for the sake of exposition or character development, but mostly banter for the sake of banter. Worse, most of the characters speak in dialect, so the reader often needs to pause to decipher lines like, "Us'n's be gurtly drownded, zurrs." The book as a whole has a lighthearted tone, but that tone gets inse ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
The first Redwall book I ever read.

I would have enjoyed it more if I had started at the begining of the series rather than jumping in at the eleventh book. Such things happen though when you are twelve years old and spy a mysterious fox grasping a wicked looking axe on a book cover.

As with all of the Redwall series, it's a "lighter" fantasy with complex and developed themes.

Marlfox (as I remember) seemed darker than the rest. Very well written, as all of Brian Jacques works are. Exciting battle
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: redwall
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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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