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Martin the Warrior

(Redwall #6)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  40,263 ratings  ·  546 reviews
Finally, the long awaited tale of Martin, the Warrior mouse of Redwall

As a child, Martin was brought to the stronghold of Badrang the Tyrant, forced into enslavement behind its massive walls. But he was strong. He was brave. And mere escape was not his plan as long as his father’s sword rested in Badrang’s ruthless fist…
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published September 30th 1999 by Ace (first published October 1993)
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Kimberly If you wanted to read this series in chronological order, you could definitely start here and everything would make perfect sense.

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I love The Redwall books and have all of them on my shelves. I am once more reading through them all out of respect for author Brian Jacques who sadly has passed away. There will be no more delightful books full od the adventures of the animals of Redwall. Yes, these books are written primarily for children, but here is one child at heart who been gripped by every one of them. They can teach youngsters and older people too, lots about life. There is a lovely innocence in the books coupled with t ...more
One of the things I came across when I was young and completely obsessed with Redwall was a quote from Brian Jacques, in the introduction to 'Redwall Friend and Foe' where he stated, emphatically, "Goodies are good!" I can't help thinking about that when I think about this book, because here's the thing: while on its surface Redwall can look like a series with black and white morality, where certain people are good and others are bad, the stories themselves often overturn those expectations, and ...more
Annie Hawthorne
I think I will just find a blankie, and a corner to cry my heart out in.
Stephan Sevenyoln
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Martin the Warrior is probably one of the best Redwall books. While the writing is decidedly clunky at best, you never notice once you get into the book. Martin the Warrior has everything; it has the drama, the sadness, the love and hate of The Lord of the Rings.
It also has the revenge and hate of Felldoh, and off course the sadness of the death's of some central characters.
I felt the difference between Martin and Felldoh strongly; Felldoh was imprisoned all his life, and was forever changed b
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hadn’t thought of rereading these seriously until I realised that reading a childhood book was on the list for a reading challenge, and then my sister returned all my copies to make room on her shelves for her own books. Then I thought, well, why not? I remember that I found the books getting a bit repetitive as the series went on (and on, and on) but Martin the Warrior was the first I read, and it’s obvious why it hooked me as a kid. It’s a little bit deterministic — rats are evil, mice are g ...more
Kevin Xu
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, re-read
This was the book that got me into fantasy, and fill in love with reading. My teacher in grade school loved the story, and all my friends read the series. So I gave it a try on audio, and felt in love with audio and this series. This is my favorite book of the Redwall series. I just love the character of Martin the Warrior. This origin story really shows how he came from nothing into the one of the greatest leaders and warrior in the land. The ending of the book is the cause and origins of Redwa ...more
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
"It's a long hard road ahead for you, little warrior. Enjoy a happy day while you can."

—Boldred, Martin the Warrior, P. 267

"Don't think about what you could have done, concentrate on what you plan to do; it is more useful."

—Boldred, P. 335

The ability of Brian Jacques to create an entirely new world that is bursting at the seams with deep, suspensefully plotted adventures, characters overflowing with originality and life, and epic, imaginative quests that could appeal to even the most hard-no
This was one of my least favorite Redwall books, if I recall correctly, mostly because it's such a tragedy. Coming back to it, well, it's still not my favorite. But I did enjoy it much more than I used to — now I appreciate the message and impact of the tragedy far more than I used to.

All the Redwall books fairly well exemplify the "I do not love the spear for its sharpness" quote. When they glorify the heroes and the warriors, they do it because of how those heroes defend others. And this book
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to re-visit the Redwall universe in chronological order and this was the first chronological book available on

I was really looking forward to the peaceful wholesomeness of the original Redwall book, but Martin the Warrior is pretty focused on the numerous and violent obstacles Martin encounters instead. I still enjoyed the enthusiastic descriptions of food and the friendships the develop in the story. I'm looking forward to reading Redwall at some point.
Joseph Leskey
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
This was extremely well written and entertaining. I enjoyed it vastly.
These books are Chicken Soup For The Anthropomorphic-Animal-Loving Soul and I could not get enough of them. Still comfortable nostalgia reads! This made better use of the Redwall formula than most, partly because the semi-sympathetic treatment of a couple of the vermin characters gave that side a bit more nuance, partly because there's a real melancholy running through Martin's story. Knowing his legacy ups the poignancy factor of seeing him here, at the beginning of his journey.

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Eric Starr
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A classic, definitely one of the best Redwall stories out there. Even if you've never read a Redwall book, this one gets you started on one of the oldest and most important of the stories, centering on the great warrior mouse, Martin. It may not be the first in the series, though these books do have a wonderful way of functioning perfectly fine no matter which one you start with (I've found). Adventure, love, courage, tears, humor, the Brain Jacques-experience.

The story itself, without spoiling
B.J. Richardson
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book to read over the Thanksgiving weekend. There is plenty of feasting, song, and gratitude shown. The first two are elements in all of the Redwall series. For those unfamiliar with Brian Jacques, he writes an of an animal based world that brings memories of Narnia or Watership Down. Martin the Warrior is the sixth book written but I believe the second one if you are to read them chronologically. This one, like all of his books, is what a children's story should be. The go ...more
Edward Davies
This wasn't bad, but like much of the historical Redwall books I felt like this was just a bit of filler, retreading many of the same beats from previous books. ...more
Tim Milligan
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
It gets off to a bit of a slow start, I thought, but it all pays off pretty well, especially in the character of Brome. Also has plenty of anything characters, such as The Warden.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
So, this is possibly the best Redwall book that Jacques ever wrote. It’s focused (no random sideplots that have nothing to do with the main one), it has a lot of characters but doesn’t jump between them too much a la Salamandastron, it has unique features that depart from the formulas of previous books, and the ending is simply fantastic (but also sad).

And the number one reason why this book is so great is:

(view spoiler) WHHHHHYYYYYYYY?

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Oz Barton
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Like many, I grew up adoring the Redwall series, so it pains me to give this two stars now.

This past summer I found my collection of Redwall books — I have the first dozen — and chose to reread this one because it was, in my opinion at the time, the best of them.

And frankly, it isn't all that great.

The writing itself is depressingly mediocre, the plot (like all of them) meandering and predictable. The colloquial quirks of the different animal species (molespeech, the shrews, etc.) and the painst
Rick Davis
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques

I had been pretty burnt out on the Redwall books after Mossflower, Mattimeo, and Salamandastron. Redwall was a creative and fun book, but it seemed that all its successors were progressively formulaic and uncreative. Martin the Warrior, however, is a return to the same creative spirit of the original book, and, in my opinion, improves upon it.

The book explores the early life of Martin the Warrior after he has been made a slave by Badrang, the cruel tyrant of Ma
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Martin the Warrior is by Brian Jacques. It is fantasy because animals are talking.The main characters are Redwall, Martin, Grumm, Captin Tramun, and Rose. Redwall started out as a small mouse but now he is a hero and is adventurious. Martin is grey mouse with heroic skills. Grumm is a wise mouse and can try to act funny and heroic.Rose is Martin's sister and she is heroic too. Captin Tramun is the bad guy they run into him and he has a bunch of scars. They go to a bunch of places during the sto ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy adventure
Shelves: owned
How does one even begin to relate this epic tail without making this sound like every other Redwall tale? You'll just have to take my word when I say everyone should pick this book up and give it the read it deserves. Martin the Warrior is the sixth installment in the Redwall series and mainly focuses on Martin and his story of becoming the renown warrior we have all heard epic tails about.
There is a little adventuring in the story but the main focus of this tale is the battle of Marshank. Mart
Excellent stuff! We will be reading more of the Redwall books. The cast for the audio version was excellent with the bulk of it being read by the author himself (always a treat), plus a whole crew of talented actors.

Martin is brave, strong and everything a hero should be. The bad guys are really bad. The clash between them is almost on par with "The Lord of the Rings," except the story has forest animals as the main characters.

How I love summer road trips. We accomplish so much "reading" this wa
Alice T.
Oct 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
By far the BEST book in the Redwall seiries. Martin is amazing. I listened to the tape when i first heard it but if i had read it i would not have been able to put it down! really great story. i loved it. Rose is really cool also. It is all about how they save a bunch of slaves from searats and other pleasent animals. Really amazing book. Sad at the end but then cheers up. Martin is really cool. You really have to have a certain taste for Brian Jaques style, but most people would like it. The ta ...more
Angela Mondragon
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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May 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
The story is pretty thin and the there are a lot of boring parts. I hate that every meal needed to be described in excruciating detail - although it did add to the immersion of the world. Martin the Warrior was cooler when he was just a legend shrouded in mystery.
The second book on my chronological rereading journey. Now, we learn of the early origins of Redwall's warrior, Martin.

After escaping from slavery, Martin journeys back to the fortress of Marshank to free his fellow slaves and take back his father's sword.
Joshua Tooth
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Also a great read! Really Good Book!
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really didn't anticipate getting choked up over the death of a mouse. ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
3.5/5 I did not enjoy this one as much as I liked Mariel of Redwall and Salamandastron. The villains were really good though. Badrang the tyrant stout and his former pirate partner Clug going at each other during the length of the novel was probably my favorite part.

This is the 6th book in the Redwall series and a prequel to everything that’s happened so far. The time line is very wacky compared to the publication date where Redwall is concerned.

I don’t know if it’s because I had just finished
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This book gets me every time I read it, and I mean like actually crying 'gets me'. Maybe because I was little the first time I read it and I have that emotional connection to it/the characters but. Yeah :'(

I think the keystone of this book is how much rests on Martin NOT having extraordinary strength or powers, NOT having the ability to keep going. He has this Pyrrhic victory and what he lost shows on him. Like, for months. And he doesn't heal. I think that's such brilliant writing, and such a b
J.R. Underdown
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as 'Redwall', it still contains plenty of fun characters and swashbuckling adventure. The pacing is a little off and Martin could have been better developed as a character, but it was an entertaining read nonetheless. ...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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