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Taggerung

(Redwall #14)

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Years ago, the vermin clan of Sawney Rath kidnapped one of Redwall's own-a baby otter, destined to become their "Taggerung," a warrior hero of ancient legend. But as young Tagg grows, he rebels against his destiny. The young otter journeys in search of his birthplace, a member of Sawney's clan always near, out to destroy the deserter. With the feisty mouse Nimbalo, Tagg fe ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Firebird (first published January 1st 2001)
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Leila
I have always loved the Redwall series of books by Brian Jacques who uses animals for his tales and I bought every one the minute they came into the shops. 'Taggarund' is my favourite Why? It is different to the rest of the books and in my personal opinion a better read. The books are written primarily for young teen agers upwards and are always based on the good versus evil theme where good always wins out in the end but often at some cost. Shrews, weasels, rats, stoats and foxes tend to be alw ...more
Joseph Leskey
This book was an especially enjoyable installment in the series, due to its noncomformity to the customary plots of Redwall. It was very useful to have at my veritable disposal whilst I battle the flippin' flu, wot? ...more
 Rogue
May 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: action/adventure fans
Shelves: want, favorites, reviews
I love all the redwall books, but I think this is my favorite. You can't help but love the otters! ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I love that this installement actually acknowledges the basic prejudice that each "side" has to the other, but it still falls short of actually flipping the script on it. Still it's an incredibly enjoyable addition to the series and it even includes the very thing that captured my interest back in middle school, riddles.
The cast of characters is quite fantastic as well, I adore Cregga and Nimbalo. I do wish we had gotten to see more of how Dayna fit into everything before the overall wrap up of
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M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
One of the best Redwall books IMHO. We had a book about a baby from a "bad" species being raised in Redwall, now we have a member of a "good" species being raised among the baddies. The Redwall series has been consistently decent, but this book stands out as one of the best, to me it felt as if Mr. Jacques put a LOT of himself into this book. More than he usually does, at least. Fantastic story. ...more
Adams321
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Like "Outcast of Redwall" this book has a lot of potential but fails to deliver. A baby otter, Taggerung, is kidnapped and raised by a gang of murderous vermin thieves. Then he grows up and is inherently good simply because he is an otter, and he refuses to participate in his gang's evil doings. He deserts the gang and embarks on a quest to find his true identity.

I was hoping that the theme of morality would be explored, and Taggerung would mimic the behavior of his gang because that is what he
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Lauren
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: otter fans
Oh, Redwall: my first fandom love. My first fanfictions were of this book. As such, it holds a special place in my heart. I simply must re-read it soon. I'll post a more in-depth review afterwards.

Of the entire series, The Taggerung was my favorite. Why? Well, I suppose it's because I loved the character of the Taggerung. :) The idea of the good guy being raised by the bad guys (and getting some wicked-awesome facial tattoos) was a very original and appealing thought to my pre-teen self (still
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Sophie Crane
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
Another great read! The world is created masterfully with brilliant depth, you really engage with each and every single character.
Kathy
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In this 14th Redwall adventure, a baby otter is stolen from Redwall Abbey by the evil clan of vermin Juskarath to raise as their fearsome warrior champion, called "Taggerung". Meanwhile, his loss is mourned at Redwall but life goes on with much feasting, drollery and a series of riddles that will ultimately lead to a new Abbess of Redwall. But despite learning to become a fearsome warrior like they want, Taggerung rebels against their expectations of savagery and strikes out on his own. He makes ...more
Jacqueline
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My favorite Redwall book!
Nicole
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute, my favorite so far. I love the world of Redwall so much and it was fun to get back to it
Steve
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-good-crap
I was quite looking forward to this book, expecting a slight animal version of a lesser Gemmell warrior yarn - possibly with cute manly ferrets carrying swords to battle *laughing*. It wasn't. It was nowhere near Gemmell standards of either writing, spinning a damn gripping adventure, or more importantly; 'gripping characters of deep refinement'.

So, what was it? It was a yarn about little ferrets, badgers, and hedgehogs *pmsl* (stop laughing! Sooo not funny!). It wasn't badly written, though it
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Linda
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Redwall is my first true fandom (other than maybe Pokemon? who knows what came first, but I guess I love wee creatures and friendship). I read the first books in the series as a kid and LOVED them. I dropped off at Marlfox, not because I stopped liking the books but because I was approaching teenhood and was getting more interested in gritty sci-fi. I saw a paperback of this in my local used book store and thought 'ah, a Redwall book I haven't read' and picked it up.

Let me tell you friends, the
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Sara
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2012, 2019, 2020
February 2020: It has been ten months since I last read this book and I am not ashamed. I listened to the audiobook this time. The first time I read Taggerung (back in 2006 - oh my!) it was the audiobook book. Listening to it again reminds me how entranced I became with the story and characters because of Jacques’ narration and the voice actors for the characters. Also, perhaps reading it twice in a year helped the story stick better so I was able to actually think about the characters and plot ...more
Emily Collins
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-authors
By far, Taggerung is my favorite of the Redwall series. It's such a classic plot - protagonist grows up believing he's an antagonist - but it's so artfully performed. Further proof that the redwallers have a natural instinct of what's good and what's evil (and that the ferrets and rats are bred into a society of antagonistic people).
Some of my love of this book stems from the fact that I have always had a special place in my heart for the otters of redwall, and Bragoon was just especially badas
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Lora Rearden
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite Redwall books. I dont know why, but for some reason I just keep reading it again..and again...and again...and again......
I love the Redwall books in general because of the colourful descriptions, songs, battles, feasts, journeys, and the way Brian Jacques balances the darkness and the light so skillfully. "Taggerung" employs all of these strengths into a real masterpiece of a novel.
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Matthew McAndrew
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Taggerung was always mine and a friend's favorite. It's among the most unique installments in the series, following a conflicted otter character as he learns about good and evil from different perspectives. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and quickly connected with the protagonist, which is always a major plus. ...more
Nunya
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brian Jacques' writing peaked here I think. Taggerung is everything you could possibly want: heartbreaking, hilarious, adventuriffic. It has amazing characters, a good plot, and if the parts with the evil stoat hordes get a little long every once in a while, in this book you barely notice.

5 stars 10/10 would read again pick it up at your local library
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Kathy
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My all-time favourite Redwall novel. A beautiful story of a young otter growing up with the bad guys and finding his way home.
La La
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I extra loved this one!
Madhav Nallani
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books, though I don't usually care for animal protagonists. This is the book that introduced Brian Jacques to me, and is also why I am a fan of his writing. ...more
Gabrielle
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book from the series of Redwall(aren't they all?). ...more
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Review originally published on my blog, Nine Pages .

I was introduced to the world of Redwall long ago and grew up with my mouth watering for candied chestnuts and deeper ‘n ever pie and strawberry cordial. Brian Jacques (RIP) has a flare for description that I have always admired and continue to admire. No one writes a feast like Jacques, and he paints such beautiful pictures of the country in which his novels take place, pausing with his creatures beside a river to describe the flora and fau
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Geoffery Crescent
While I'm firmly of the opinion that no Redwall novel is inherently bad (with the possible exception of Loamhedge, and that's only for its bat's arse stance on being able to 'cure' disability with the POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING) Taggerung doesn't live up to the high standards of its predecessors. It doesn't help that the plot is almost identical to that of Outcast of Redwall, already a fairly mediocre entry into the series, albeit it flipped on its head. This time it's a good creature being rais ...more
Jonathan
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Although normally a big fan of Redwall, I found this addition to the canon disappointing. It's not a bad book, I just felt it could have been a lot better than it was.

There are of course, some good things about it. Brian Jacques is a good writer so of course it's well written with lots of nice descriptions. However, I felt this was outweighed by the book's failings.

The worse failing is with the main character. Tagg (short for Taggerung) has, apart from his incredible fighting skills, no persona
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Phu Nguyen
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Adrienne
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
As always the review is also available on my blog The Shameful Narcissist Speaks.

Taggerung varies from typical Redwall fare as the meat of the story doesn't take place at the Abbey, but rather concerns the vermin clan that kidnapped the titular character near the beginning as a babe. The point of view; however, does switch back and forth between the happenings at the Redwall and the more exciting adventures of Deyna as he tries to discover who he is and where he truly comes from as it's decidedl
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Jeremy Michael Gallen
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this tale of Redwall, Sawney Rath the ferret awaits the coming of the book’s titular destined warrior, the Taggerung, believed to bring greatness to the vermin, with his vulpine seer Grissoul foreseeing his coming. However, the prophesized one proves to be an otter, who is eventually given the name Deyna, and doubts his destiny as he ages. The story begins proper, akin to its predecessors, with one of the Redwall Recorders, in this case the Assistant one, Sister Rosabel the squirrel, commenti ...more
Cory McRae
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I read these books as a kid. I'm also going to write these reviews out of order. Just like I read all the books! I'm also going to generically guess which plot is which. This is after 20 years. Let's see how this works out. At the least I get an incredible bit out of it. Or a fun game to play drunk with writer friends. Oh shit I forgot to check if there are any writer discords!

So to start, this one was about a feral otter that spoke in half sentences, and I'm not sure if it was some vague metaph
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Josiah
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It turns out that denizens of Redwall Abbey aren't the only creatures who have traditions as to how they bestow leadership upon a deserving member of each successive generation. Changing the guard of leadership is never easy and always includes risks, and for a treacherous gang of marauders like the clan of Sawney Rath the murderous ferret, the process of selecting a new leader usually involves some backstabbing and bloodshed.

The Taggerung, as the clan's leader is always called, most often asce
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