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(Redwall #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  67,032 ratings  ·  1,036 reviews
The thrilling prequel to "Redwall". The clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is determined to govern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron paw. The brave mouse Martin and quick-talking mouse thief Gonff meet in the depths of Kotir Castle's dungeon. The two escape and resolve to end Tsarmina's tyrannical rule. Joined by Kinny the mole ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by ACE Books (first published 1988)
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Liam It's aimed at young children, but the brilliant thing about this book is that anyone can enjoy it. It transcends age barriers. It's a book for everyon…moreIt's aimed at young children, but the brilliant thing about this book is that anyone can enjoy it. It transcends age barriers. It's a book for everyone.(less)

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I love the Redwall books written by the late and sadly missed Brian Jacques.'Mossflower' is a wonderful and magical book among the many he wrote about Redwall. The novel begins with Bella the Badger telling of the plight of the creatures of Mossflower Wood many years ago before Redwall Abbey was built. They were oppressed by the evil Tsarmina the wildcat and her father. The young mouse Martin strayed into the wildcat’s territory and was imprisoned. Many twists and turns follow in the ensuing adv ...more
If you asked me to pick a single favorite Redwall book, I'd probably splutter at you a lot and then mutter 'Mariel, if I have to pick just one'; but if you asked me for a list of my top 5, Mossflower would definitely be on it. Early on, before I'd read the rest of the series, it was far-and-away my favorite - for the interwoven quest and siege plots (two of my favorite fantasy structures, tropey as they can be, likely because of Redwall books), for the humor, and for the absolutely glorious take ...more
Mar 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, this is a children's book, while I am far, far away from my childhood...

Just finished Redwall#2, and it was adorable! I liked it just as much as the first book, but I thought the author is a bit too bloodthirsty for such young audience. Loved the characters, including some of the ones on the wrong side of the conflict. The story is a bit better structured than the first one and if you are listening to the audio, the songs of the poet are an absolute treat!!! I am so glad I got to rea
For this Redwall prequel, I decided to get the audio version on mp3 to listen to during my daily walks. What I didn't realize until I started listening was that there is so. much. singing. What is it with fantasy novels (featuring animals or humans) that requires so much fucking singing? Remember The Hobbit? SO MUCH SINGING.

And while it's rough enough at times to read all the songs, it's worse having to listen to it. There was a lot of eye rolling as I walked, let me just say.

Before the abbey of
Joseph Leskey
Update (2018-05-10):
This book is still very nice, but also rather longer than I thought…

original review
This book is massively well done and, as such, is wonderfully enjoyable. The plot was fun, the characters most hilarious, and the setting was… you know, a setting. There is naught to define the absolute goodness of a setting that I can think of in my current unenlightened state, but it worked well with the other aspects of the book.
July 2006 Review:

The second book in the Redwall series, Mossflower provides much of the backstory for that novel, recording Martin the Warrior's time spent in Mossflower wood and his battle to free the natives from the tyrannical rule of Tsarmina the wildcat. This text shows remarkable improvement, both in style and in setting, from Redwall and even now remains one of the best books in the series. Martin is a true hero and an enjoyable protagonist, both supporting characters and villains are wel
This second installment in the Redwall series is actually a prequel. Here we learn the history of Martin the Warrior and see the eventual founding of Redwall Abbey. Our story begins with the creatures of Mossflower being severely taxed and oppressed by Lord Greeneyes, the wildcat king of Kotir, a fortress in Mossflower Wood. Upon his death Tsarmina, his even more evil and far crazier daughter, takes his throne and vows to suck the larders of the forest creatures dry and force them to labor for h ...more
TS Chan
Apr 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-owned
Mossflower is a prequel story to Redwall, the first published book in the series, and it was a worthy one indeed. It told the story of Martin the Warrior and how he became the legendary hero of Redwall. This book started on a stronger note and I think I liked it even more than the first. There's a good balance of tension and cosiness, and of humour and sad moments. The characters were even more delightful, with Gonff the Prince of Mousethief taking the crown as most memorable.

I learnt that Jacq
Geoffery Crescent
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Picture the scene, if you will. Here's your erstwhile reviewer, aged twenty-four and about to have her first tooth removed. Gifted with three hours to kill before the dental happening, she sets off in search of vittles and something new to read, having been stuck in the waiting room so long she's already made it through the two books she brought with her. Lo, she went a wandering in W H Smith's and her gaze chanced upon Mossflower, the first and greatest of her Redwall loves, her favourite child ...more
Catherine Hawthorn
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I saw this book in one of my favorite thrift shops, and it looked rather interesting. Finding out that it was a Redwall book and remembering one of my blogging buddies saying lots of good things about that series (I believe it was Lila Red?), I decided to pick it up.

And I'm so glad I did.

The complexity of the story was right up my alley. It was a fantasy quest story that was so squeaky clean that it made my heart sing. All the names too were really cool (except for Gingivere's. His seemed m
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Much loved by yours truly, as usual.
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advisory
This next Redwall book and one of the most famous is starting with Martin the Warrior again. After he had defeated Badrang the stoat, he is now is mossflower area which is under the rule of Tsarmina the daughter of Verduaga who also had a older brother Ungatt Trunn in another Redwall book series. These are one of the relationship this book has with others. Continuing on, martin was then captured and brought inot Kotir the stronghold of Tsarmina the cruel evil wildcat. Later on he met Gonoff wher ...more
When Brian Jacques passed last month, it was a gut-punch for me. I can't tell you how many times I read his first few books, how eagerly I awaited the new hardcovers each year. I can't say I've read them all-- the point came, round about book seven or eight, when I'd figured out the formula, and they started getting old. But when I was just the right age, these were perfect.

Mossflower was my favorite of the lot as a kid, and upon reread, I can still see why. Tsarmina is a terrific kid's villain,
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
2nd Read. Nostalgic fun read.
Knox Merkle
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books when I was little, and it’s even better than I remembered it
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been quite some time since I gave a book five stars. This world, Redwall, is imaginative with many varied and loveable characters. I will certainly continue with this series. Not dissimilar to Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter however with mice, and other delightful 'woodland' personalities. ...more
Tabitha  Tomala
Apr 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Mossflower

Tsarmina is a savage wildcat, ruling the castle of Kotir through cruelty and fear. And she seeks to enslave the creatures of Mossflower Woods. However, while the creatures of Mossflower may be kind and gentle, when threatened they will rise to defend what is theirs. But Tsarmina’s forces will overwhelm them unless help arrives. Martin the Warrior, Gonff the Mouse Thief, and Kinny the Mole embark on a quest to Salamandastron, where the b
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reread
I remember my dad coming home with another box of used books. Before he resold them, he'd let me look through them. I saw these two books on the top of the pile. One was called Mossflower, and the other was called Mattimeo. They caught my eye because they're pretty covers but also because they have animals on them. I was curious and read the back to see what the books were about. I liked how the cover of Mossflower said, "Before Redwall Abbey was built, there was no freedom for woodlanders..." I ...more
Zachary Barnes
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
In the spirit of #TBT, I decided to review MOSSFLOWER by Brian Jacques. Why? Probably because this series is the reason I'm a writer. During my formative years, I read and re-read the Redwall books more than Mr. Jacques' editor did, and then some... And if you didn't partake of this wonderful, creature-filled world, then you are seriously missing out.

Of all the countless stories Brian Jacques told, MOSSFLOWER is my favorite. Most likely because it predates REDWALL, and I'm a super sucker for goo
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the Redwall series (prequel to Redwall)

In this prequel to Redwall, we meet Martin the warrior and understand how his heroic deeds, as well as his ability to form alliances, leads to the creation of Redwall Abbey.

The Corim, the governing council of the woodland creatures, tries to protect themselves against the evil Kotir, malicious wildcats determined to rule all the animals. Tsarmina is the cruel and mentally unstable ruler of the Kotir.

When Martin the Warrior has a run-in with Tsarm
Leslye ✴
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This is the second book in the Redwall series, but it is actually a prequel to Redwall. It is the story of how Martin the Warrior, a legendary hero, came to Mossflower Woods. Tsarmina, an evil wildcat, is ruling the land with an iron fist. There is no Redwall Abbey here. Instead there is a rundown fortress called Kotir where the bad guys (mostly rats and weasels) live. It's a story about how the good and honest creatures of the woods set out to free themselves from the tyrannical rule of Tsarmin ...more
Henry Martin
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
After finishing Redwall, I wanted more. The prequel Mossflower seemed a pretty reasonable choice.

I did enjoy the read, nevertheless, while the writing was excellent, the storyline was not as good as Redwall. Jacques still does an amazing job in creating a fascinating world of woodland creatures, but the story just didn't grab me the way I hoped it would.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
This will always be one of my favorites. We first met in the Florida library when I was 10. We reunited when I was 13 and facing my own wildcats in the form of high school bullies. We then parted ways for over a decade when I was 18, until last year. Martin & Gonff are childhood heroes with a tale that translates for any age group.
The third book in the chronological reread. Mossflower is a forest community suffering under the tyrannical reign of Tsarmina. A union of rebels are doing all they can to keep the good creatures safe. From the cold winter comes a wandering warrior mouse named Martin. The origins of Redwall begin......
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took its sweet time getting started, but it sure was epic once it did! Also, Gonff is amazing.
F.D. Gross
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A prequel to the Redwall series. And a damn good one at that. The fabled Martin the Warrior makes his debut in this second installment. A book split into three parts, each section has its own ups and downs throughout, focusing on the pinnacle ideas that tyranny and freedom can relate to in today’s society. A big thumbs up to Jacques and his quirky yet memorable characters. Martin, Gonff the this, and Dinny the mole, each of these personalities lent their personas to the overall enjoyable atmosph ...more
Grace W
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
(c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) 4.5 This book could also be called "How Martin the Warrior learned to be So Goddamn Extra TM." The prequel is maybe not as strong as the first one but I still love it. I actually like the antagonist more in this one because there is a little more depth to them. I like that Martin is in it but also that we see the teamwork of a group of people oppressed for too long. I am really enjoying rediscovering these books. They are a lot of fun and I can easily rememb ...more
Jul 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2022
So, I reread this one too. In fact, I almost started the reread with this one. It's always been a favourite. I just feel like this is the origin story of so much of the series, and it's such a fun mix of a quest sub-plot, and the underdogs fighting a tyrant.

5 stars, because it's always been a favourite. And because these books seem to be helping me out of a reading slump (though I may skip Mattimeo if I keep going, because it was never a favourite.)
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun series.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as the first one!
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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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