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The Legend of Luke (Redwall #12)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  12,839 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
In this twelfth book in the masterful Redwall epic, storyteller Brian Jacques goes back in time to the days before Redwall, revealing with dramatic poignancy the legend of the first of the magnificent Redwall warriors--Luke, father of Martin. It is that legend Martin hopes to discover when he embarks on a perilous journey to the northland shore, where his father abandoned ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published January 10th 2000 by Philomel Books (first published January 10th 1999)
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Aug 30, 2016 Josiah rated it liked it
"It was a wondrous tale he had to tell...It was also very sad at times, but does not sadness mingle with joy, to make us grow fully into the creatures we are?"

—Abbess Germaine, The Legend of Luke, P. 373

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this book to read it. Would the plot be focused more on Luke the Warrior or his son Martin, who has become a legend to fans of the Redwall series all around the globe?

Ultimately, I believe that The Legend of Luke is the best Redwall book si
Dec 07, 2013 Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I loved about this book is that the beginning is in the present then in the past. It really unearths some of the characters' personalities. It also helps understand how Martin feels.
Anne L.
Jan 22, 2012 Anne L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Legend of Luke is one book in the series A Tale from Redwall, in which all the characters are animals, with their own quirks, dialects, and interests. Redwall Abbey centers in most of the stories. An immense (for critters) edifice that houses dozens or more, it’s a place where anybeast (part of the series’ lingo: nobeast, everybeast, etc., just substitute “beast” where you normally would say “one” or “man”) can come to live in peace and harmony, working in the orchard or kitchens or with the ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Legend of Luke was written with the same high quality that we have come to expect from Brian Jacques and his Redwall series. Unlike his previous stories though, this novel lacked the same level of character connection that the others created between the characters and the reader.

The story leading up to Martian finding his father's former comrades had some adventure, but nothing that we have not seen before from Martin and his loyal companion Gonff, including Gonff making a reprisal of his ab
Aug 12, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first red the book Redwall over 20 years ago. It brought back a love for reading which had been dormant for a few years. After that I would read each of Jacques' books, many just as soon as they came out. Later I moved on to other books and genres. I was given this book as a gift, and while grateful - because of the special place in my heart for Jacques and his tales, I was too busy reading "more important" pieces.
Then I decided to take a little break, dust off "The Legend of Luke" and enjoy
Sep 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
The wonderous thing about reading Brian Jacques' writing is that it is so enchanting, you always want to return to it, in particular Redwall Abbey. Yes I have the audiobooks and I love how they have been dramatised, but reading the words created by Jacques is something altogether special.

This book gives the final piece of background to the one character who appears in nearly all of the Redwall books, Martin the Warrior. The story is in toxicating and although you know that there cannot be a comp
"The Legand of Luke" by Brian Jacques is is a story about a mouse Named Martain, who is like a person in this series, looking for his father. The main character Martain was level heade,"wondrous indeed, Trimp, but you must always remember what a sword is really made for. It has only on purpose, to slay..."(Jacques 22). Martain was aware that Trimp admired the sword as if it were holy and could do no evil. He was aware of the perpous of the sword and was reminding Trimp of that. Martain was kind, ...more
Dec 13, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-stuff
Spoilers luke dies.
Nov 27, 2016 Marlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not every day a warrior goes looking for his father. Martin has long forgotten the days of his youth but the road is calling and he's willing to answer. Another fabulous story in the Redwall series. Bring on the next!
The Legend of Luke is defiantly one of those one time favorites. You never ever want to read it again, but you absolutely enjoyed the legend of Redwall's famous Martin the Warrior's dad, Luke. In previous Redwall adventures there wasn't much information given on Luke, except that he was the long lost father of Martin. In this tale Martin decides to leave Redwall, accompanied by Trimp the Hedgehog, Dinny Foremole, and his best friend Gonff (who might I add considers himself the Prince of Mousethi ...more
Alex S.
Jan 06, 2011 Alex S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 19, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s

The Legend of Luke contains a unique format for Redwall: the story-within-a-story. The first and third parts are about Martin first traveling towards and then returning from the northern caves. The second part is Luke’s story, and what it shows above all is that Jacques was certainly capable of compacting a story when he wanted to. “In the Wake of the Red Ship,” as the characters call the tale, is essentially a novella, and it is probably the most concise story in all of Redwall. In fact, it mak
In this book The Legend of Luke is about a mouse named Luke, who with his family moved into an area where they live in caves. His wife was killed and his son Martin survived the killing by Vilu Daskar. Vilu Daskar is on a ship with a band of sea rouges with vermins. Luke goes on a ship with a group of mouse to avenge the death of his wife and his tribe.

I can connect to the world about Martin, where he wants to be able to find out his inhertance. Some people in the world want to find out about th
Megan Cutler
In a word: disappointing.

I was actually looking forward to the Legend of Luke because it involved Martin and his fabled father. And indeed, the opening of the book was a breath of fresh air. I liked the linear nature as opposed to the back and forth the books usually feature.

Alas, as soon as the book reached the main story, the one about Luke, it became the same predictable formula of all the other books, though compressed to fit in the midsection of the book. The parts with Martin, Gonff and ga
Amanda Butler
I love this book!
This answers many questions about Martin the Warrior's origins, seamlessly melding the "past" with Martin's "present".
The characters are well-developed and original, and easily become memorable "friends" for those of us that enjoy the world of literature.
If you have not read "Martin the Warrior" and "Moss Flower", the two books that come (chronologically) before this one, you may be a little confused by some of the references about Gnoff the Prince of Mouse thieves and Tsarmina
3.5/3.75 stars...I would say 4...but the Dibbons (the child animals) were especially annoying in this tale.
And yet, I understand why. This book is seriously dark and sad in some places--so far the darkest Jacques book I've read (reading chronologically, so don't quote me on that yet) so naturally the author wanted to balance out lost-innocence/darkness of some characters with the innocence and naivete of others. Yes, perhaps the dibbons characters were a bit too overwhelming (I'm looking at you
The first half of this book is about Martin going back to his homeland, and the second half is the story of his father, Luke. This book seemed different from the other Redwall books I've read. There aren't many battles, and the descriptions of food seemed a little lackluster compared with the standards set in the other books. There seemed to be a lot more singing than before.

I liked the flow of the book. This book was relaxing to read. The two halves of the book were quite different. I think I p
Will Waller
The beat goes on with reading the Redwall series. I'm nearing the middle of the series, which pleases me because I can finally move on to other books that people have given me that they tell me I must read.

Still, this one is the best one of the bunch thus far. The villain was believable and intelligent. The ending was cataclysmic. The mention of food was minimal. The hero was likeable. And there was a strong female character.

However, it cannot get much beyond a two because of the now vapid wri
Aug 02, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
If you've never read any of the Redwall series they are basically fantasy style novels for kids where all of the characters are mice or other woodland creatures. They have founded Redwall Abbey as a place where animals can live together in peace and safety. They band together against larger 'evil' animals. This particular book tells the story of Luke who is the father of Martin, the first warrior of Redwall.
I enjoy reading them because they are well written and entertaining but they also have fa
Oct 07, 2007 Jing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for adventure
Shelves: advisory
In this book, Martin a mouse and hero of Redwall of all times goes back to the place where he was born to learn about the herioc deeds of his father: Luke. According to Luke's comrades who are still alive, they said that his father went to avenge his wife Sayna by going after the stoat Vilu Daskar. In an adventure that involved island hopping and chasing each other. The final battle soon took place in Vilu's ship where Luke had a hold on him never to let go after the ship sunk. He left that leg ...more
Piepie Beuttel
This story was a little bit different than any other Redwall tale. For one thing, it was a story within a story- how Martin the Warrior left Redwall to find out more about his father, Luke. The only major villain in this book, too, was the dastardly villain Vilu Daskar- there wasn't really an enemy in the first storyline, that of Trimp, Martin, Gonff, and the others.
I enjoyed reading about Martin's family and history- his grandma Windred; Luke and his wife Sayna, and friends they met along the w
Jul 03, 2010 Bryan added it
Why doesn't anyone like this????: I don't know about anyone else, but I enjoyed this book. DO NOT read this until you've read Mossflower and Martin the Warrior. The book's about Martin wanting to find out more about his dad, Luke. Redwall fans will notice that one part in the second book is EXACTLY the same as part of Martin the Warrior. Oh, Martin seems to have forgotten Rose, Grumm, Pallum, Felldoh, and pretty much all his other old friends. This book is not for the faint of heart, because som ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Jamey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: redwall
The Legend of Luke is unique among Jacques' tales of Redwall. As is his custom, it is divided into three books, be these three books tell two stories, instead of one. Book one introduces Martin of Redwall, and how his mind is troubled with no knowledge of his father, Luke. He sets off to find his birth place and maybe news of his lost father. Book two is the tale of Martin's Warrior of a father, Luke, and book three concludes with the resolution of Martin's journey.
I've always liked Martin's sto
David Beard
Apr 12, 2015 David Beard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of Martin the Warrior of Redwall going in search of his father. He comes to know that his father died fighting an evil pirate and saving many lives. His emotional and mental journey in this story is one worthy of telling. He had suffered many wounds in battle and lost many friends, so the search for his father was a way for him to find closure for one of his many losses. He returns to Redwall more ready to lead a quiet life than he was before. in this one way he was able t ...more
Paulie Streeter
Apr 30, 2013 Paulie Streeter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i've read most of the Redwall novels over the years. stories of bravery, valor, and other good stuff written primarily for young adults. these stories consist of talking animals that fight battles in a slightly medival setting. most of the characters are small animals like mice, badgers, rabbits, hedgehogs etc, and their enemies: rats, stoats, weasels, foxes, etc. these stories have a well crafted attention to detail and setting and are told on an ambitious and even epic level.

i read these book
Jan 23, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally bit the bullet and listened to the last part of this book instead of reading it, even though the reason I didn't start with the audiobook was because the version I have is American and that just seems wrong to me. It was still kind of painful to listen to an American man try to do all of the accents, but I wanted to get through the story, and I wasn't getting there on the Kindle.

This was a sad but sort of sweet story, since you know from the beginning that Martin is never going to mee
I enjoyed going back to Mossflower, although the book didn't quite live up to the previous books in the series. It was odd how the story of Luke the Warrior was book-ended with a not-very-exciting road trip with Martin & Co. I really enjoyed the actual story of Luke, although it clearly was not long enough for its own book. It's almost as if there were two little stories that Jacques wanted to tell, and they were squeezed together.

All that said, I still enjoyed the book. I found Luke believ
Oct 26, 2014 Carina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed this book. Discovering the truth behind Martin's fathers disappearance and hearing his tale is interesting. In the world of Redwall bravery obviously runs in families!

For the most part all of the characters in this book are new, you have some little bits with Martin, Gonf et al from Mossflower, but the majority of the book is devoted to Luke and his quest to try and reunite with his son.

Although Luke's legend is interesting I must admit I very much enjoy the scenes back at
Paul Eckhardt
Dec 16, 2009 Paul Eckhardt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was another good read by Jacques. One of the things I really like about all of his books is that they're all part of a great big timeline. They seem like they never end, and that's a good thing. I really liked this book because I got to know even more about the beginning leading to Redwall. It makes you look back at other works and remember things. It's a great story about a son and father, and about the son trying to find out more about his family. This made me want to find out more a ...more
Jan 28, 2011 Henry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is two stories artfully weaved into one legend. Martin the warrior sets out to find out what happend to his father Luke the warrior. Accompanied by dinny the mole Trimp the hedgehog maid, chugger the squrrilbabe and the ever mischevius prince of mousetheives gonff they set out to see if they can find out what became of luke in the great red ship goreleech and its cruel leader, Vilu Daskar. A thrilling tale and probobly the best in the series this book is a classic that I think everyone will e ...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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“Sometimes friends do go from us-it will happen more and more as you grow up, Chugg. But if you really love your friends, they're never really gone. Somewhere they're watching over you and they're always there inside your heart.
“You will stay and help defend our cave against all comers, protect those weaker than yourself and honor our code. Always use the sword to stand for good and right, never do a thing you would be ashamed of, and never let your heart rule your mind ... And never let another creature take this sword from you, not as long as you live. When the time comes, pass it on to another, maybe your own son. You will know instinctively if he is a warrior. If not, hide the sword where only a true warrior who is brave of heart would dare to go and find it. Swear this to me, Martin.” 6 likes
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