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(Redwall #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  30,962 ratings  ·  475 reviews
The third addition to the beloved Redwall series takes place during the summer of the Golden Plain. Preparation for a great feast are underway at Redwall Abbey, and the young mouse Mattimeo is contributing his share of the labors. But Mattimeo is the son of Matthias, the guardian of Redwall Abbey, and it is this fact that makes him the target of a fiendish kidnapping plot ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Ace Books (first published 1990)
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Marie Lu
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My first introduction to fantasy as an eleven year old. Still has a very special place in my heart. <3
This is the second time I have read 'Mattimeo'. It is a wonderful book and only one of the many books in the Redwall series for children but read by all ages: written by the brilliant late Brian Jacques. I love these magical books. They fascinate me. The Redwall characters, a mix of many animals who live together in harmony, goodwill and peace (when the 'baddies' will let them) are nevertheless always ready to defend their Abbey and lifestyle against those bent on eliminating them from the ...more
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
I would likely give three and a half stars to Mattimeo, but four is a distinct possibility.
This is, I believe, the most epically powerful adventure that Brian Jacques had to this point created.
I can only shake my head in wondrous awe at the almost ridiculously intricate and ingenious nuances that mark the text of this magnificent story from page one to page four hundred forty-six. There are enough gritty, determined, strong-willed heroes to fill a dozen super-novels, and enough dastardly,
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Probably my least favorite.
Great novel: "Mattimeo" tells the story of the son of Matthias the Warrior, who happens to be named Mattimeo. The plot is compelling and whimsical, great especially for younger readers, and I enjoyed it even more than "Redwall". There were only a couple of minor things that kept me from giving it the full five stars.

First of all, there are the numerous (that may well be an understatement) descriptions of Slagar's mask. Believe me, if you don't know what material that mask is made of by the end
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Shortly after reading Redwall and Mossflower, I was eager to start this book. I was not disappointed. Redwall and Mossflower remain two of the best books within the Redwall series, but Mattimeo holds by itself well. The cartoon they did based off this book was also a decent one, though I'd like to see foxes cast as good guys for once. :P A solid read for any Redwall fan.
Jenny Clark
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good addition to Redwall, but it shares the issues of all books in this series- that is its predictability, and the sameness of characters from book to book. All the otters act pretty much the same, same for shrews and badgers, and hares and so on and so forth.
They all also have the same plot, of something is stolen from Redwall, or an evil horde comes to attack it. Despite this, it is still a good series, and there are a few books to break the mold, Martin The Warrior and Taggerung off the
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Jee-Uk Yang
The book that I read was Mattimeo by Brian Jacques. It is the third book in the Redwall series. He published his first book, Redwall, in 1986. Some other famous novels are The Bellmaker, The Legend of Luke, Rakkety Tam, and more. Mattimeo is about a rat, Mattimeo, fighting against other animal armies under Slagar the Cruel with his friends and his dad’s army. The story ends by killing Slagar the Cruel.
The interesting thing that I found in this book is that the
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jacques' endings, y'all. They feel like a foretaste of eternity.

I didn't used to like this one because it disturbed me for personal reasons (watching the animated show as a little kid didn't help), but reading it again, wow, it's fabulous.

There's the importance of community and sacrifice, of bravery and love. And, as all of the Redwall books, there's darkness and the fight against it, but joy and goodness has the same weight. I feel like many writers who want to write darkness don't place enough
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm honestly surprised that I haven't read this before. Anthropomorphic woodland critters battling it out in an interesting medieval world? Sounds like my dream series as a small child. Sadly, I realized after I left the library bookstore that this was the third book in the series, but apparently that doesn't make much of a difference in these stories.
One or two things were a little too perfect: none of the children die, friends suddenly appear at the perfect time to save our heroes from
Christipher Lee
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mattimeo is a sequel to Redwall and Mossflower books. The peaceful creatures of the Redwall Abbey are preparing a feast for the turn of the season. Young Mattimeo is son of Matthias who is Redwall's warrior, which makes him a target. A sly fox named Slagar the Cruel and his band of slavers are planning to capture Mattimeo and young ones from the abbey to work as slaves in this mysterious underground kingdom. After being drugged at their feast and discovering that their young ones were gone, ...more
Nov 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like original fantasy books
Shelves: swashbuckling
Matthias and his wife, Cornflower, have had a son, Mattimeo, who gets stolen (along with the abbey's young ones) by a fox who blames the abbey for a deformity. Through rescuing the abbey's young, the Redwall warriors rescue other slaves, while the animals at the abbey deal with invading birds.
It's interesting that I have to keep rotating the order that I read these books or I get tired of them. Sometimes I just have to stop reading them for a while, and this is one of the ones I read the most.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Mattimeo gives "Redwall" fans a sense of adult storytelling that is appealing to the older fans of this series. Mattimeo is the son of Matthias, Warrior of Redwall. He and a few other woodland children are captured by the sly fox, Slagar the Cruel. Matthias then sets out to find them with the help of a few followers.

A must read for Redwall fans!
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it!

A fantastic read for adults as well as children. With both major plots within the story standing strong on their own, it was not at all a problem that the author kept on switching back and forth between the two major stories. They intertwined really well and the characters, old and new, were wonderful.

Calvin Edwards
This book was good, but some parts were stupid.
Joseph Leskey
Original review:
I must say, this book was of a brilliant radiance that rivals the sun. That is, I would have to say that if I was planning to exaggerate a wee bit. But, seeing as the mood to exaggerate has not taken me, I shall instead say that this book was very well written and quite funny. I would have been sad to put it aside, except that I spurned it at the exact second that I finished in order to read Wrath of the Storm , but that is not relevant, so
This third book in the Redwall series is about Mattimeo, the son of Mathias. When Mattimeo and some of his friends are abducted by Slagar the Cruel, Mathias and other parents set out to get them back. The story bounces between that of Mattimeo and that of Mathias, so we learn about the different adventures each party had in their quests to survive and succeed.

Here's the thing about these books, and remember I am listening to them on my morning walks. They take forever. If I sat and read them,
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In the book Mattimeo it connects to another of Brian Jacques books where Mattimeo is captured by Slagar the cruel as slaves. Mattimeo and his other young friends from Redwall tries to escape a terrible fate. His father Matthias would go off with his friends to get the young kids of Redwall. Meanwhile bakc at Redwall the remaning citzens have to protect themselves aganist whatever was out there to get them.

I can connect to the world how a parent would do anything to get their child. In the book
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Unlike the other Redwall books (see my review of Redwall), this book was actually different and therefore interesting. Mattimeo is the stuck-up, spoiled son of Matthias (hero of Redwall), who is captured by the fox Slagar the Cruel. He and his friends are forced on a long journey towards a place whose terribleness is hinted at in the last line of an oft-repeated poem: "Who go there? None but the brave." They traverse seemingly impossible obstacles, all while his father, the famous Warrior, is ...more
Joseph Leskey
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody!!
I must say, this book was of a brilliant radiance that rivals the sun. That is, I would have to say that if I was planning to exaggerate a wee bit. But, seeing as the mood to exaggerate has not taken me, I shall instead say that this book was very well written and quite funny. I would have been sad to put it aside, except that I spurned it at the exact second that I finished in order to read Wrath of the Storm , but that is not relevant, so I suppose I'll usurp my power and stop writing this ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adventure galore! I didn't remember much of Mattimeo at all (from having read it as a child), and it kept me guessing all the way through. Matthias and his friends lead the reader on an adventure to save the children of Redwall Abbey, but of course Jacques gives us the story from the rescuers perspective, as well as the young hostages, Mattimeo and his friends. But Cornflower and the Redwallers that are left behind deal with an adventure all their own as well. As usual, Jacques weaves a ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow book three already. I am hooked on this series. They both intrigue me and they are written so well that you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next other wise the anticipation is juts too much!
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Such a cute series. I encourage all parents to read the Redwall books to their children. John is reading a chapter to me every night before we go to bed.
Pinko Palest
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even better than the first two in the series. Thoroughly enjoyable for adults too, maybe because the villains are more intriguing and better sketched
Wendy J. Portanova
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was so good I love these books
Another great Redwall story, and an extremely well performed audio book.
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing book. It had a lot of action and mystery. I want to continue to read books by Brian Jacques.
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Once again I found myself in real danger of over indulging with all that talk of rich meals. With the first two books those moments only felt like a danger to my wallet and waist line, however considering the events taking place this time around I started to find myself growing angry with the characters. Several of them had their children taken from them and yet they find the time to stop, on more than one occasion to make better meals than I do on maximum effort days and play around or just ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA
My feelings about this book are mixed. On the one hand, this was one of the few books that broke the mold. Mattimeo isn't just a standard "someone attacks Redwall for X reason" story. The plot centers around a kidnapping, and there is a twist with the villain which I never saw coming. Slagar is more complex than a lot of Jacques's other antagonists, and the puzzle the abbey-dwellers must solve was clever.
However, the book was not an enjoyable read for me. I couldn't get into it. I'm not sure if
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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.

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