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Salamandastron (Redwall #5)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  23,798 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
The inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of summer-but as they do, the neighboring stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the evil weasel army of Ferhago the Assassin. Worse still, Mara, beloved daughter of Urthstripe, Badger Lord of the Fire Mountain, is in terrible danger. Then a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, and young Samkin embarks ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Firebird (first published 1992)
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Katie Schmid
Jan 28, 2009 Katie Schmid rated it liked it
Okay, so there was the badger, I think, and he had some bloodlust, being a badger, and maybe his family died? And he set off on a great quest to defeat all the vermin overlords of the north? And then some hares showed up and were funny and ate everything and said "Wot" a lot (hares being the generally insatiable comic relief in these novels. Yes, they also speak in cockney), and there was probably a description of a feast that made me hungry and sad that I didn't live in the UK where it is commo ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Junsei rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids looking for fantacy books.
Recommended to Junsei by: Mr. Banner, my teacher
I decided to read this book because I wanted to understand the whole series of Redwall. This book was about a moutain called Salamandastron being attacked by a never-ending band of Ferahgo the Assassin's Corpsemakers. This really shows the writing skills of Brain Jacques. When reading this book, I thought of me being in Japan. I went to a mountain full of cave system, rooms, kitchens , staircase and I just thought that Salamandastron mountain in the book was just the same. I felt that I was Lord ...more
Feb 04, 2013 Stacy rated it it was amazing
5 stars from the 10ish year old me reading her first ever fantasy novel. It got me hooked, I devoured the whole series, then went searching for more like it. Present day me gives it 3.5 stars. Jacques is an excellent writer; I really do love the way he blends multiple story lines throughout the books only to tie them up together in one neat little package at the end. The characters and the world are just lovely. What I wouldn't give to live at Redwall Abbey! However adult me recognizes that each ...more
Jane Jago
Sep 05, 2016 Jane Jago rated it it was amazing
All I can say is five stars.

I can't properly review Redwall titles because when I read one I'm seven years old again. And I don't think anyone wants to read the inane burblings of my seven-year-old self. I'm bad enough at sixty-mumble.

Just read 'em...
Aug 09, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love how Salamandastron abandons the pattern the first four books choose to follow. I think that's why it became one of my favorites right away. The way the story is told as a bedtime story to one of the dibbuns, it's rather clever. The pacing was also a lot more solid and I was always wondering how the good creatures of Salamandastron would protect their precious mountain from Ferahgo and his seemingly endless band of Corpsemakers. Definitely one of the best Redwall books so far, but I'm stil ...more
Wayne S.
Feb 17, 2012 Wayne S. rated it it was amazing
In the prologue to this fifth novel of Redwall, Ferahgo the Assassin, a weasel, has killed the badger lord Urthound and his wife Urthrun, leaving their two babies, one striped and the other white, to die of starvation. But do they die? Chapter one opens after many long seasons. Ferahgo and his Corpsemakers have slowly moved northward and are determined to capture Salamandastron, ruled by the badger lord Urthstripe and protected by the hares of the Long Patrol. However, Urthstripe’s daughter Mar ...more
Aug 11, 2016 Juushika rated it really liked it
The fifth Redwall novel, Salamandastron is the story of a badger maid, a blue-eyed ferret, and a plague at Redwall. Mara is a young badger maid who escapes her home, Salamandastron, and her overbearing adoptive father. As Mara begins her quest throughout Mossflower country, meeting up with Guosssom shrews and members from Redwall, Salamandastron falls under attack by a disarming, ruthless blue-eyed ferret. Meanwhile, a young squirrel named Samkim leaves Redwall in pursuit of the sword of Martin ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: redwall
‘Redwall’ is often viewed as children books, and it truly is, but it will always be one of my favourite series. Its appeal is undying, because it touches on timeless topics: the importance of family (complex relationship between Mara and Urthstripe), young ones growing up and learning responsibility (Samkim and Arula leaving their home to return to it different beasts), protecting the weak from the evil (Urthstripe and the Long Patrol defending the shores and all of Mossflower), giving your best ...more
Emily Collins
Mar 09, 2011 Emily Collins rated it it was amazing
Thrugg and Dungle won my heart.
I didn't notice the main plotflow of the story for the most part (I have a habit of zoning out on books from time to time), but when I heard about the disease, Dryditch fever, my little ten-year-old mind went into a panic. I've always had a great fear about getting some kind of horrible incurable infectious disease, and Dryditch is just the kind of thing that got my little heart racing (I'm more worried about Ebola these days). Then of course Thrugg comes along; o
This was my favorite of the Redwall series, because I'm all about the fighting hares who speak in British accents. And I loved the badgers. Despite the ridiculous factor of these books - just reading the words "Urthstripe, Badger Lord of Fire Mountain" made me laugh - they are awesome. Someday I will probably reread up until The Pearls of Lutra (was there even a series after Pearls of Lutra?).
Dan Martin
Oct 01, 2007 Dan Martin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids
I'm giving all these books a 4, because they basically GOT me hooked on fantasy I think. I read all of these in elementary school, and still have fond memories floating around, even if the books are shit. Here's a review from my 10 year old mind. The rad legendary weapons, (with the channels etched in for blood flow, which i found super hardcore). The foods, the booze, honey mead and apple wine or whatever. Come to think of it, these books might also be a little responsible for my alcoholism, to ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Neil rated it liked it
My first experience with Brain Jacques, and boy, the rumors were true!
Salamandastron offers:

1. A wonderfully detailed and absorbing atmosphere

2. A memorable cast of fun characters

3. Countless descriptions of meals and feasts. Jacques seems to suffer from some strange psychological compulsion that forces him to tell us what each and every character had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the duration of the book.
Jan 26, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Laura by: Allie
so intensely sad but courageous and thrilling with charcters to change us one with humor two with vengance and tgwo with loss and love but also one witgh courage and strength to fight for change a nd the past
Dec 17, 2009 Alexia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Alexia by: Myself
Loved it. Brian Jacques is a force to be reckoned with.

(I've read the entire series)
Nov 05, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
AWESOME BOOKS! I love this series.
Kaylee Dolat
Oct 19, 2016 Kaylee Dolat rated it it was amazing
Salamandastron! A peak into the life under the mountain stronghold of the famous badger warriors. Prepare to be delighted and amazed by the way Brian Jacques crafts this unseen world with ease.
Jul 15, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing
The fifth Redwall novel, Salamandastron is the story of a badger maid, a blue-eyed ferret, and a plague at Redwall. Mara is a young badger maid who escapes her home, Salamandastron, and her overbearing adoptive father. As Mara begins her quest throughout Mossflower country, meeting up with Guosssom shrews and members from Redwall, Salamandastron falls under attack by a disarming, ruthless blue-eyed ferret. Meanwhile, a young squirrel named Samkim leaves Redwall in pursuit of the sword of Martin ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
So, despite the fact that I usually don’t like the random, usually unrelated to the main plot Redwall Abbey stories, this one wasn’t too bad. While the fever was random and Thrugg and Dumble’s quest added even more viewpoints to the already viewpoint-heavy book (seriously, there’s six different major viewpoints in this book: Salamandastron, Ferahgo/Klitch, Mara, Samkim, Thrugg, and Redwall), the side plot was a welcome relief from the five other viewpoints going on. The Salamandastron viewpoint ...more
Aug 12, 2016 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing about the Redwall books is that you have to remember they're written for/classifed as YA fiction, so they're not going to be Les Miserables. But that's okay, because they're comfort reading; it's sort of the literary equivalent of chicken noodle soup. (But not for the soul.)

This book builds on the nautical themes introduced in Mariel of Redwall by taking us back to Salamadastron, mountain of badger lords. I like Jacques' Salamandastron hares, so I was glad to see them so prominantly pl
Seton Catholic
Nov 07, 2016 Seton Catholic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-9-9
Redwall is a story that takes place in a majestic world, that has creatures who live in peace until a feared assassin Fergo, comes and wages terror on all them with his expansive army of enslaved animals. His horde first leads an attack on to a fortress called salamandastron run by a fearsome badger lord. Fergo heard of rumors about the large amount of treasure held in it he (as would any greedy creature) want to obtain it using his huge army to break in and get his at the same time a young squi ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
The book Salamandastron may be long but its the name of the mountain fortress run by a badger lord named Urthstripe. The daughter of Urthstripe is Mara who goes out on a journey to escape the fort for a while while Ferhago the assassin and his son Klitch goes out to capture the fortress to get the badger's treasure. Meanwhile at Redwall a famous abbey for housing Martin the Warrior has a crazy little mischevious Samkin which found the sword which fell off the abbey being struck by lightning. He ...more
Nov 26, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: age-children
I have run out of steam for the Redwall series.

1- The characters are new in every book now, and there is very little attention paid to where each book falls in the chronology of Redwall Abbey's development. The reader spends a lot of time wondering who each creature is related to, when this story happened, etc. with no answer.
2- Brian Jacques talks about food too damn much. If I read one more line about Foremole's deep-n-ever beetroot pie, buttercup cream or strawberry cordial, I am going to scr
Abigail Zimmerman
Oct 16, 2016 Abigail Zimmerman rated it it was amazing
Salamandastron by Brian Jacques is one of the many books in the Redwall series. In this adventure, a young badger maid flees from Salamandastron because of her overprotective father. While she is out on her own for the first time, she meets a fox who she will soon find out is planning to attack her former home. Without anyone to turn to, she meets a young squirrel from Redwall. At the Abbey, the young squirrel is determined to fulfill the legacy of Martin the Warrior and take back the sword stol ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an absolute privilege to be taken along for the ride once again as Brian Jacques unwound one of his most memorable and moving tales yet, Salamandastron.

A book this good, and this full with glowingly wonderful story material, doesn't come along very often, yet it seems to happen each and every time that Brian Jacques endeavors to create a new novel. All of the characters in Salamandastron are beautifully formed and come etched in deep reality down to their very last thoughts and actions,
Jul 07, 2013 (ha)Ley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, amazing
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Stephanie (Chinchillita)
Although this particular Redwall novel falls pretty far on my list of preferred books, it still manages to capture my love and affection. This story, for me, is one of the most dull in the entire series. We follow the story of the badger maid Mara, and her friend Ffolger, as they run away from the mountain and learn the meaning of family; of Samkin and Arula (of Redwall) as they become warriors. The badger mountain, Salamandastron, is besieged by Feragho the assassin, his son Klitch, and his hor ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
After venturing further into the fantasy genre, I picked up this book which had been in a box of books for many years. I remember reading part of it to my son about 10-yrs ago but we never finished it. Since I'm loathe to throw any books out without at least giving them a chance, I began a refresher of Salamandastron.

The book was first published in the UK and was written with a YA audience in mind but it was an entertaining read for me as well. It's part of the large Red Wall series of books, an
Whenever I think of the Redwall series I always remember this book as being one where I didn't particularly enjoy the 'main villain' plot but enjoyed one other - for the life of my I couldn't recall what it was that I enjoyed.

Luckily it came to my quite quickly - baby Dumble! He is my favourite Dibbun I think and I always remember imagining as a child the sight of him on the back of a bird bringing the cure to Redwall! Done right that would make a good cartoon for kids I think!

The main plot of t
Feb 09, 2015 Fansy rated it it was ok
Shelves: brian-jacques
I was upset to see the story go back to Redwall Abbey. It seems every novel, thus far (have read up and until Salamandastron) have always included the Redwallers, even though the stories surrounding them have been side plots which merely drag the book out. The first three novels centered around the Redwall Abbey, so it made sense, but Mariel of Redwall and this one could've avoided the Abbey altogether.

There is a formula for the Redwall series which has gotten a bit tired with time.

1) 100 pages
Zachary Schiltz
May 25, 2015 Zachary Schiltz rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I loved the original Redwall book, and I wanted to read the others. I thought this was an excellent book, because I love the creativity of Brian Jacques. The start was a bit confusing, because it was kind of a foreshadow, and I didn't know that until later, so what was happening didn't make sense. I would recommend this book to other students, and they don't even have to read the original one first! That's one more thing I like about this series, every single book is ki ...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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Other Books in the Series

Redwall (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • Redwall (Redwall, #1)
  • Mossflower (Redwall, #2)
  • Mattimeo (Redwall, #3)
  • Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, #4)
  • Martin the Warrior (Redwall, #6)
  • The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7)
  • Outcast of Redwall (Redwall, #8)
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“An early fly landed on Mara's eyelid.
She shooed it off with a dozy paw as she awakened to peachgold dawn stealing softly over the sleeping dunes.The land lay in a pool of serinity;the sand,now still and cool,awaited sun-warmed day.Somewhere a lark began trilling as it fluttered its morning ascent into the airy heights.”
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