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The Bellmaker

(Redwall #7)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  20,646 ratings  ·  216 reviews
It has been four seasons since Mariel, the warrior-mouse daughter of Joseph the Bellmaker, and her companion, Dandin, set off from Redwall to fight evil in Mossflower.  Nothing has been heard of them since.  Then one night, in a dream, the legendary Martin the Warrior comes to the Bellmaker with a mysterious message.  Clearly, Mariel and Dandin are in grave danger.  Joseph ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 9th 2004 by Firebird (first published June 2nd 1994)
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Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swashbuckling
I'm a little fuzzy on all the details, but I know I adored this book. Mariel, Dandin, and Mariel's father were all so dear to me.

Instead of trying to recall details about the book, I'm gonna write a little something to Mr. Jacques (may he rest in peace.)

Dear Brian Jacques,
I only ever met you once in my lifetime. You came to a book signing at Third Place Books in Seattle a long, long time ago. I remember you saying, "I love book signings: kids waiting in line for you to scribble on their new book
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is at the same time one of the singularly most beautiful stories I have ever read, and one of the most original and humorous.

I can't explain how author Brian Jacques is able to turn out bold, mysterious, resounding and completely wonderful stories every time he takes pen to page, but The Bellmaker easily rivals any of the other classics that he has created. The depth and shining beauty of the writing is unsurpassed in all of literature, in my opinion; it is romantic and entertaining
Joseph Leskey
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
This was very much enjoyable. All the tangled plot was very fun, as was the assorted dialects, naturally.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Methinks it's time for me to take a break from Redwall for a bit, although this means I won't get all of the intra-series references in the next bajillion books. But there's only so much repetition I can take before I start wondering if I've actually read this one already. Otters are scary but lovable: check. Rats are bad: check. Badgers are hell on wheels: check. There will be a sea voyage: check. There will be a tyrant who is cooked in his own pudding and good riddance: check. There will be a ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
As much as I dislike Mariel of Redwall, The Bellmaker (the sequel to Mariel) is probably one of the better books in the series. It has that nice focus that Martin the Warrior had, despite its many characters and viewpoints, and the typical Irrelevant Redwall Sideplot was made more interesting by the inclusion of a “good” vermin, Blaggut.

Blaggut is one of the only vermin characters in the series that is a friend to the Redwallers. There are a couple of others, but he’s the one that stands out the
Tim Man
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Bellmaker, written by Brian Jacques, is part of the Redwall series. This book is about Joseph the Bellmaker trying to find his daughter and her companion. The protagonists are Joseph the Bellmaker, Mariel, Joseph’s daughter and Warriormaid of Redwall, and Dandin, Mariel’s companion. The antagonists are Urgan Nagru, the Foxwolf, and Silvamord, his mate.
Joseph doesn’t know where Mariel and Dandin are, and it’s been four seasons since they left. Abbot Saxtus and the Redwallers have no clue e
Huisung Park
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great book and in my opinion can be enjoyed at many levels for all ages. I have read every one of Brian Jacques books and am now on the second round of reading them. Brian Jacques is sadly no longer with us so no more wonderful tales of Redwall. In this book Joseph the Bellmaker is visited in a dream by Martin the Warrior. He is told to set off and find his missing daughter. The book is full of action and adventure and of course a wicked enemy as always. No spoilers. If you are young a ...more
Leona  Carstairs
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: siblings-own
What a wonderful tale, full of talking animals. I had to say "bye bye" to it when I used it to bargain with my sister. I wanted her Lord of the Rings box set and so I had to give her 10 books for it. *sigh* But that box set sure looks nice on my shelf ;)
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite Redwall books yet, especially since there is a searat who actually gets to have a redemptive arc! It makes it more interesting when you can't classify an animal as "good" or "bad" merely by species. There are 3 different storylines going on at once, which isn't unusual for a Redwall book, but Jacques does a marvelous job of bringing them all together.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is very exciting. The journey begins with Mariel and Dandin while they are travelling the land of Southward. While they are on their journey they meet a new companion named Bowly. Shortly afterwards they are captured by the evil troops led by the foxwolf Urgan Nagru and his mate Silvamord. They are taken to Castle Floret which was stolen from the king and his wife by the evil pair a couple seasons earlier. On the other side of Mossflower Joseph the Bellmaker is told that Mariel is in t ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the seventh book in the Redwall series by Jacques, the reader gets to revisit old friends on a new adventure. The focus of the story is on Mariel and Dandin, after they've left Redwall in search of new adventures themselves. Along the way they are swept up in the battle to free Southsward from the evil Urgan Nagru Foxwolf and his vixen mate, Silvamord, who overthrew Gael Squirrelking and his family and took over Castle Floret. Mariel's father, Joseph, and other old Redwall friends like Durry ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: made-me-cry
I was missing Redwall and Brian Jacques so much. It's been years since the Rogue Crew and I hadn't read one since. Reading The Bellmaker again was the perfect cure for my nostalgia.
This is classic Redwall fare. We have wandering warriors, hungry hares, cutthroat pirates, sea-faring adventurers, mysterious prophecies, evil tyrants, vermin hordes, guerrilla shrews, berzerker badgers, a convergence of heroes and villains and armies for battle, sumptuous feasts, the battle of good and evil, the powe
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Will Waller
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Ugh. Another mouse book. Seriously, I'm tired of these same rundown story lines of mice having people attack them and they responding by going on a quest to kill the people attacking them. Pretty boring books and I'm having a hard time finishing this series.

This one is notoriously boring as the Bellmaker really doesn't do much in the story, but strike up a special relationship with a sea otter. Whoop-de-whoop.
Richard Houchin
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Redwall books ought to be a perennial children's favorite. They are simple and formulaic, but it's a good formula! Jacques has a real gift for dialect, and culinary descriptions. I credit an early fascination with the Redwall stories for my modern-day feats of gastronomic delight. "Salad anna scone!"
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Redwall book. As an eager 5th grader, I gobbled it up in just under twelve days. I've been hooked to the series ever since. I read it again not long ago, and it was just as good as I remember.
Jesse Clarke
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Redwall books. One of the best parts of the book, in my opinion, is Blaggut. It is nice to see that not all "vermin" are bad and that they can have good hearts if given the chance. It is a nice change from the usual "mouse is friend, rat is enemy".
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite child hood fantasy series. I still love it and occasionally pick one out to read for a light and easy novel. I have read the series many times.
Joe Bliven
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading Brian Jacques in at least 8 years. This book was a great return to the Redwall series for me. This book has three plot lines and the two main plot lines are really fun, exciting, and full of adventure. The C plot is unfortunately really dull, I think it was mostly an excuse to have the Redwall Abbey be in more of the book but it was very unnecessary. The other two stories were fantastic. The main plot was about Mariel and Dandin liberating a castle from two foxes a ...more
Paul Carter
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best of the series by FAR. I was starting to lose faith in the Redwall books, but I was pleasantly surprised here. First, I very much appreciated not having to be introduced to entirely new characters by picking up chronologically from "Mariel Of Redwall". Secondly, I have had issues with previous installments because they seemed to be saturated with storylines to the point where getting invested in any one storyline or character was almost unrealistic to this reader. In "The Bellmaker", althoug ...more
Joe Brown
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book in the series that has made me shed a genuine tear! No mean feat for a cold hearted bastard like myself! It wasn't the death of a hero or the killing of an innocent creature that caused this, it was the brilliantly written character Blaggut the searat and his reaction to the death of mellus the badger. Throughout the series so far the vermin have been the embodiment of evil and have shown little in the way of peacefulness, whenever they've been shown any form of kindness ...more
An Odd1
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I wish I could live there. Redwall is my favorite series, has been for some time, disregarding "children" niche label. Small line drawings add life and personality to "anybeast" people within.

Babies get tickled, face pirates. Brave perish.
Mouse Mariel returns, sought by father Joseph. Valiant otter Finnbarr captains the Pearl Queen.

In Redwall Abbey, feasts tempt any appetite. How can the detail of perhaps impossible recipes be so appetizing? Author skill. He paints hateworthy villains, human
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another action-packed adventure featuring the furry woodland creatures from Redwall Abbey, this one featuring Joseph the Bellmaker as the primary character, as he heads off on an adventure to locate his daughter Mariel. Always fun with a lively audio production that features the author himself as the main narrator with several others doing various animal voices. Also lots of fun music!
Gabriel Chattaway
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Good and medieval like the rest. Valorous creatures slaying stupid rats in violently hilarious ways,
and 'ole seadogs' sailing over the sea and escaping impossible odds. A 'bally good piece of writing, wot?'
Sophie Hancock
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brian Jacques knows how to right a story that has so many story lines tucked into it, and than in the end bringing them all together to make an Amazing climax that makes you want to keep turning page after page. It made me cry at least three times. XD
Matthew McAndrew
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one, to me, is the most fun of the series. Not the best, but the most fun, definitely. It felt like a lighthearted swashbuckler with a little bit of high seas epic mixed in there. The story is unique and I loved all the otter characters involved. Overall, a quick and enjoyable read.
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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

Other books in the series

Redwall (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • Redwall (Redwall, #1)
  • Mossflower (Redwall, #2)
  • Mattimeo (Redwall, #3)
  • Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, #4)
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“Friend is a very small word,
A little sound we make,
For one who is true, one who will do,
Great deeds for friendship's sake.”
“A little (one) can sometimes see things in others that us older ones cannot because our judgement gets clouded.

—Abbot Saxtus”
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