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Triss (Redwall #15)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  10,135 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Enslaved by the evil ferret King Agarnu of Riftgard, and his cruel daughter, Kurda, the brave squirrelmaid Triss plans a daring escape by sea. At the same time, far away in Salamandastron, three young companions sail away from their mountain home too, but for a very different reason -- they are seeking adventure.

Meanwhile, in Mossflower Woods, a pair of wandering Dibbuns a
Mass Market Paperback, 383 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Ace (first published January 1st 2002)
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Joseph Leskey
Apr 25, 2017 Joseph Leskey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: oh, you know, humans
I really enjoyed this Redwall book. It had a somewhat more developed plot than the usual and was stuffed with enjoyment.
I read these as a child and am re-reading the series out of order (as usual it seems!). What I had forgotten was how formulaic they are. This was very similar to the others I have read - different gangs of animals, good vs. evil themes, lots of endless descriptions of food and eating, animals travelling from one place to another, a battle, fighting. It did get a bit tedious, and Scarum was intensely irritating. I honestly would have pushed him overboard and/or poisoned his food, but this book is ...more
Jeremy Gallen
Jun 25, 2017 Jeremy Gallen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this yarn of Redwall, the titular squirrelmaid Triss works as a slave for the Pure Ferrets, among them Princess Kurda, considered to be skilled with the blade. Meanwhile, two younglings disappear from Redwall Abbey, while a ship called the Stopdog, its main crew consistent of Sagax the badger, Scarum the hare, and Kroova the sea otter, sails, with occasional encounters with the vermin typically antagonistic in the Redwall universe. Triss also plots escape with her fellow slaves, and the Skipp ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Lex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing book from Redwall! Unfortunately, they will never be any new ones. Quite recently, Brian Jacques passed away and part of my childhood died with them. The Redwall books literally got me through my horrible middle school years. Jacques was the first person I ever wrote fan mail to (he didn't reply but I got a lovely packet from the Redwall people with a cool bookmark). I started with either Redwall or the sequel of Mattimeo and continued reading endlessly from there. I thought I ha ...more
Vincent Ribaya
Jun 12, 2012 Vincent Ribaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Treetops and timber! Another fun and epic tale of Redwall.

Long after the events in Redwall, Triss tells the tale of the heroine Trisscar, and escaped squirrelmaid slave who will soon become the only Redwall Abbey heroine called up to wield the sword of the legendary co-founder of Redwall and the protector of Mossflower Woods, Martin the Warrior.

Triss makes a wonderful collection to the Redwall Book Series and it introduces a brand new set of lovable heroes, villains, and abbey-folk. Despite it b
Ah, another tale from Redwall. I'm a huge fan, have been for a while, but it seems that almost all of them are the same - with quests, feasts, an Abbey riddle, an evil and cunning enemy (or two), but each book has it's own special flair. Triss is no exception, it is truly a good book, although if you've read the other 14 Redwall books, it feels as if you're almost reading the same thing again. Which isn't nessecarily a bad thing.

Triss is three stories that all come together, quite expertly, in t
Jan 27, 2013 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was an old favorite that came to mind while reading the Odyssey. Brian Jacques is far from perfect— heavy stereotyping, which simplifies some characters a bit, along with some winks and nods along with most of the jokes— but he's a brilliant storyteller with a vivid way of putting forth his imagination.
Interesting premises, although it wasn't as memorable as the rest of Jacques' other literary triumphs. Triss did not particularly stand out as an heroine, and I found myself just slightly bored towards the end.
Sep 18, 2012 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Be thankful for the season,
And happy for the day,
Be grateful for the bounty,
Which comes to us this way.
Good food from the earth is grown,
And brought unto our table,
By honest toil and labour,
Let's eat, whilst we are able!"

―Abbot Apodemus, Triss, P. 17

Fifteen books into the Redwall series, the great Brian Jacques has not in any wise lost his spectacular feel for the flow of the English language. Utilizing every inch of the canvas that is the English lexicon, he paints gorgeous, sweeping
Alyssa Tabor
Mar 11, 2017 Alyssa Tabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the first Redwall I listened to and I find it very enjoyable, it is not among my favorites of the Redwall series. So far, the top two spots belong to Mossflower and Loamhedge.
Definitely not Mr. Jacques' best work, but an entertaining read overall. I didn't feel the emotional connect with most of the characters, as there was such a large cast list that I didn't feel like anyone got enough page time to really build that connection. Triss' connection to Martin seemed a lot like everything else in the book, like it was crammed into the story too quickly. Ultimately I felt as though this book should've had another 200 pages or so to adequately cover all the characters and ...more
Matthew. A
Feb 23, 2017 Matthew. A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryan Jacques really outdid himself with his fifteenth Redwall book Triss. this book was exiting filled with good characters and interesting plot lines. I find it awesome that he can consistently make new and exiting books hat all tie into each other. at the same time, however, he manages to make a story that is unique and interesting. I love that he is not afraid to remove major characters which keeps us guessing at what will happen next. Peace island and also the monster were well placed and d ...more
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My favorite part of the book was anything with the Freebooters, probably the most likeable group of villains in Redwall. Not only are they the only vermin group to actually mourn their captain’s loss, and seem genuinely devastated by his death, but they also write a poem about him. Captain Plugg is also great, in that he is very self-conscious about the loss of his tail and sticks it on with resin, but then in the heat of the moment, when he gets overexcited, he pulls it off and w
Will Waller
Dec 12, 2014 Will Waller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction, fantasy
Triss was bottom of the barrel Jacques. This book really suffered from his unbelievable number of characters. It's absolutely silly to name a character and a page later to kill them off. Jacques will do this time and time again. This time, operating with three different storylines, Jacques requires the reader to have a playbook on hand at all times to navigate through the plethora of animal names. Furthermore, the names are not memorable as he has, to this point, exhausted the familiar names of ...more
Oct 31, 2007 Jing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure and a female protangonist
Shelves: advisory
This book is about a swordmaid named Triss. Once held as a slave in an place known as Riftgard, she escaped with some friends and vowed to return to free others confine in the place forced to work for a cruel king for life. The daughter of the king Agranu pursues her relentlessly. On the way. Trisscar met new friends and found waht she really was: a warrior. She was later involved in a quest to rediscover Brockhall the great home of the badgers. There, they fought three dreadful snakes and the ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun extension to the red wall series. Triss is a young squirrel slave who escapes from a white ferret's kingdom. Her goal is to find a way to free all the other slaves. Another plot is Sagax, the badger, with his otter and hare friend go in search of adventure nd getting away from parents and rules. The last plot is the animals of Redwall rediscover Brockhall but it has been taken over by a mysterious monster. I couldn't help buy think that there was a little too much going on, especi ...more
Triss is the fifteenth book in the Redwall series.

The characters in this story were very well rounded. I was pleased that Jacques continually reminded us which type of animal each character was, because at some times that was hard to remember. It was very hard to not fall in love with the exquisite characters presented in this book, such as Scarum the hare and little Mokug! I also enjoyed Princess Kurda, the villain of the book, more than I thought I would.

The only reason I would not give this b
Jul 25, 2013 Hayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this in a charity shop and bought it out of nostalgia as I loved the Redwall books when I was younger. I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. I'm not sure if it's because I'm 'too old' for it now but I do think it isn't as good as some of the other books in the series.

Jacques writing is beautiful, especially the poems, songs and descriptions. He also doesn't shy away from tackling adult topics like death, love, loyalty, revenge etc. However the written versions of different accents I f
Jesse Booth
Jul 16, 2008 Jesse Booth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
It was great to relive the Redwall experience with Triss. It has been probably about 6 years since I read one of his books. As a young boy, this series was my favorite. I would save my money to buy each book that came out. I love the way he has the animals speak, how each race talks just a little bit different. Reading the descriptions on every type of food at feasts is quite enjoyable, too.

This book was good. I could not claim it as one of my favorites from Jacques, but it had some strong point
Aug 25, 2008 Melisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melisa by: my son's friend
Shelves: children
I have read many of the Redwall series to my son. This is our favorite! I won't list the others on my shelf because we have read so many they all blur and I can not remember which others we likes and which we didn't real well.

It is a violent series played out among forest dwelling creatures. But, the voices of the characters (especially the moles) are hilarious and for an older boy they were a great read! I started reading them when my son was 7 or 8.

We got bogged down by the first one "Redwall
Sep 16, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Redwall book I ever read--and it was, at that point in sixth grade, the best book I'd ever read. Triss holds a special place in my heart. It's the sort of adventure story that leaves you feeling a better person at the end. Like, you had a lesson in morals without the preaching. I loved the characters, I loved hating the villains with was just a great book. Adults and kids can both enjoy Redwall. I maintain that Triss is the best Redwall book, along with Martin the W ...more
Emily Collins
Mar 08, 2011 Emily Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that introduced me to Redwall. As an elementary school child I had no concept of what it meant to go through the series in chronological order, so it never really bothered me that I started reading about 10 books into the series (not that it really would make a difference with redwall). It drove my mother nuts however, and when she found that this was nowhere near the first book she went out and bought Redwall and Mossflower for me to read. So Triss sat unread in my bookshelf fo ...more
May 19, 2012 Exanimis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talking animals are not something I would normally enjoy reading about. My wife found this in a box of books for only $3.00 so I figured that I might as well give it a try.

This was surprisingly well written. I'll have to keep an eye out for more in this series.

Triss is a squirrel who was raised in slavery, when she escapes her captives, she promises to return one day and free the slaves. Hunted by her former master and a crew of freebooters, Triss must find her way to freedom before she is recap
Linda Cee
Oct 07, 2011 Linda Cee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I can reread two or three times a year, why? Because the character's are completely engaging, they are some of his better thought out character's and it's easy to see their personalties with just a few words, I can't help but like pratically everyone except the white ferrets but even the corsairs are easy to root for (no matter that they are as evil or more so than Kurda)
My only problem is that this is one of those books that make me both laugh and cry so it's not
Piepie Beuttel
I liked the last two chapters of this book, how it was narrated by several of the characters I had met and come to love. They came from a coterie of places: Redwall Abbey, Salamandastron, and Riftgard- ruled by the cruel and cunning king Agarnu and his beastly children.

I'm so glad things ended well for Triss, Scarum, Sagax, Welfo, and others, and as always, my heart was touched by the bittersweet deaths of their friends and loved ones.

Love conquers all, and there is nothing higher than the code
Jul 22, 2011 Jamey rated it liked it
Shelves: redwall
Once enslaved by Royal white Ferrets, Triss, Shogg and Welfo vow to one day return to Riftgard to free their fellow slaves. But first, they must flee the Pure Ferret Princess Kurda, who is pursuing them aboard a Freebooter's ship. The three friends go through many dangers, meet new friends, and of course, eventually make their way to Redwall. This is a tale of freedom, loyalty, and mystery with a little bit of romance thrown in. Just what Redwall fans would expect and have grown to love from Bri ...more
Vickey Foggin
Triss is the story of a warrior squirrel maid who escapes slavery and goes off in search of allies to help her free the ones she left behind from her Jamaican albino ferret overlords . It has a lot of potential but it isn't well executed and is one of the weaker books in the series. There are three intertwined stories, and too many characters, too many poems to pad out the book, and some super annoying characters like the scared hedgehog and the hungry hare that constantly ruins every plan by st ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Shelby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's definitely a children's book, but it's still a thrilling story. There were parts that had me on the edge of my seat. I listened to it on audiobook narrated by Brian Jacques. Very nostalgic and wonderful. RIP Mr. Jacques. The songs had music and were catchy. The voices were very believable and I finally had the pronunciations of words that I've been curious about for forever. Anyways, if you're gonna read the Redwall series, I recommend the audiobooks highly.
Somehow I found the focus of this book to be all over the place. I was expecting Triss & her plight to save the slaves to be the main character of the story, turns out not really. That bit's only featured as a sideline. Hardly. Perhaps I would've given it more stars had it not been in Redwall series, but compared to the other stories in the series so far, this one's a bit of a dissapointment to me.
Jan 02, 2011 Ben.c rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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“Tis a far cry from home for a poor lonely thing,
O'er the deeps and wild waters of seas,
Where you can't hear your dear mother's voice softly sing
Like a breeze gently stirring the trees.

Come home, little one, wander back here someday,
I'll watch for you, each evening and morn,
Through all the long season 'til I'm old and grey
As the frost on the hedges at dawn.

There's a lantern that shines in my window at night,
I have long kept it burning for you,
It glows through the dark, like a clear guiding light,
And I know someday you'll see it, too.

So hasten back, little one, or I will soon be gone,
No more to see your dear face,
But I know that I'll feel your tears fall one by one,
On the flowers o'er my resting place.”
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