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(Redwall #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  27,277 ratings  ·  284 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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Joseph Leskey
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
If this was not enjoyable, then neither is a concoction of cocoa. And that is all I have to say on the matter.
Jan 03, 2015 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
Jane Jago
Sep 04, 2016 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 13, 2014 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 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
Nate Adams
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book, great action, pretty sad at parts but also really fun.
Sep 26, 2011 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
Aug 04, 2011 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 ...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
(I finished this a month ago and should have reviewed it back then, but I was more interested in diving into my next book than writing a review.)

Salamandastron follows multiple groups of characters whose paths eventually converge. The primary storyline starts at Salamandastron. Ferahgo, a blue-eyed assassin weasel, has set his sights on that place and is convinced that there is great treasure to be found there. He knows it’ll all belong to him if he and his band can manage to defeat
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story full of heroes, villains, adventure, badgers, Long Patrol hares and that lovely idyll of Redwall Abbey. Brian Jacques writing is perfect. As always in a Redwall book there is a fantastic amount of food description which makes you hungry while reading!
Wayne Walker
Feb 17, 2012 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 ...more
Dec 11, 2013 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
Sep 01, 2015 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
Tony Hisgett
May 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review
I read the first of these books nearly 30 years ago, at the time I was running out of Fantasy books I could find at our local Bookshop and I tried ‘Redwall’ almost out of desperation.
I remember at the time I was pleasantly surprised, although written with children in mind they were actually a very good read.
I only read the first 4 books partly because the range of ‘adult’ fantasy books had increased rapidly by the mid 1990s, but also because the plots were beginning to get a bit repetitive, the
Emily Collins
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-authors
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;
Will Waller
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, fiction, fantasy
I'm getting tired of these books but due to my rules, I have to finish all of them. This is a story of one of the badgers, her overpowering "father," and a weasel that wants to take over the holy mountain. Out of the books read in the series thus far, this one has FAR too many characters and story lines going on at the same time to make it readable. If you're not reading in one sitting, you're trying to remember who the random mouse is that's on another mountain looking for flowers. It's ...more
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?).
Daniel Martin
Jul 27, 2007 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, ...more
Jan 08, 2009 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 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
Nov 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I didn't like Mattimeo, but I think this was the one where I decided I was really done with the series. It had ceased to have any meaning to me, and I felt like Jacques was just writing the same thing over and over and over.
Dec 17, 2009 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)
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, animals
After having enjoyed several other books in this series, Salamandastron certainly did not disappoint.
Will McGee
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I ought to make a separate bookshelf at this point for talking animal books.

Salamandastron is the second book I've read of the Redwall series, after Redwall, and the fifth book in the series overall. The books were not released in chronological order according to the series' timeline, and hundreds of years (or at least multiple generations) seem to pass between each book, so reading them in chronological order is not particularly important.

This book follows multiple different storylines that
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Continuing my return to the Redwall series, my next selection was one I had not so fond memories of. Having now finished Salamandastron i'm happy to say it holds up better than I remember, but its short comings are quite prevalent.

Salamandastron, at its core, is about heroes from across the world uniting together to defeat a great danger. This danger takes the form of both Ferhago the Assassin and Dryditch fever, two suitably dangerous antagonists. Its an interesting tale that attempts, much
Malcolm Cox
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story full of adventure, camaraderie, cute fluffy creatures and significant character deaths. The cutesy 'children book' illustrations topping each chapter heading are massively offset by the beheadings, impalements and other violent deaths found in the text. This is chock-full of likable characters with rambunctious attitudes, true villains to boo and hiss at and so many descriptions of mouth-watering food. When they're not adventuring or killing each other, these critters spend the ...more
Joe Brown
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one. Having read the reviews a lot of the people who were unsatisfied with Salamandastron seemed to share one main point of contention and that was the large amount of pov characters throughout the book. I think there were around 6 at most before characters joined each other in the progress of the book. I found this to be a great way of getting a full scope of the adventure, I loved thrugg the otters little side quest to collect the mountain flowers and found that these ...more
Dylan Jones
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brian Jacques does a great job of combining the fates of four different creature to solve one gigantic problem. Mara is the son of Urthstripe, the strongest badger in the land, but is not satisfied with her fate, so she runs away with her best friend Pikkle, an energetic hare. They are then swept in a quest to find and kill the white badger, who is said to haunt creatures in their sleep. Arula and Samkin have been inseparable friends since birth, and when they find the sword of Martin the ...more
Paul Carter
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
So far in my reading of the Redwall novels, the character relationships in "Salamandastron" are my favorite. I found all the Klitch/Ferahgo and Mara/Urthstripe dialogue and drama to be refreshing in what I still felt was a solid Redwall installment. However, my main hang-up with "Salamandastron" is the same I have with "Mattimeo", which is I found there to be one too many storylines to deal with. Just as I felt the General Ironbeak stuff didn't seem to matter, the journey of Thrugg and Dimble to ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Samkim and Arula set out from Redwall Abbey to save the sword of Martin the Warrior that was stolen from them. On the way they make countless friends, including Mara the badger and Pikkle the hare, who fled Salamandastron in search of adventure and freedom, only to find out that their beloved mountain was under attack from an evil weasel named Ferahgo. Urthstripe, the badger Lord of the mountain and his loyal hares must battle to save their home. Back at Redwall, the Abbey has been hit with a ...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.

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)
  • Martin the Warrior (Redwall, #6)
  • The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7)
  • Outcast of Redwall (Redwall, #8)
  • Pearls of Lutra (Redwall, #9)
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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.”
“Colder than the winter wind howling its dirge through the Southwest Forest.
Colder than the snow blanketing tree, rock and earth in its silent shroud.
Colder than ice that lay on water and hung in shards from branches and bushes.
Colder than these was the smile of Ferahgo the Assassin!”
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