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Rakkety Tam (Redwall #17)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  8,148 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, the roguish Highlander squirrel who sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. And there's never been a villain quite like Gulo the Savage: a vicious beast-eating wolverine who descends upon the Abbey in search of a relic called the Walking Stone. Readers ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Firebird (first published January 1st 2004)
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There is one thing you need to know about my relationship with this series:
Redwall NEVER gets old.
I don't care how many times I've read the descriptions of feasts and battles and Mossflower and Dibbuns. I don't. Redwall will always have a special place in my heart, and on my shelf. The novels go next to the two picture books and the cookbook and the Map and Riddler and all the different tribe guides and someday, dammit, I'm going to buy that abbey model.
If I ever have children, I am raising
Sep 08, 2008 X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Redwallers, especially fans of the earlier books
This is one of my favorite Redwall books in a while, probably since The Bellmaker, at least. It is more like the earlier books than those that were published more recently, and a few parts were rather surprising for Jacques' supposedly juvenile audience. Still, there were many wonderful characters, and some delightful new accents. A great tale!
Feb 11, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Brian Jacques does Walter Scott - ie. a medieval tale of mad, warrior Scot[tish squirrel]s, fighting for their simple, traditional way of life against the seemingly inconquerable English [wolverine and his] army. I found this one of the more gripping Redwall tales.
Sep 14, 2007 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
you can never get enough brian jacques
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Jan 16, 2016 Adela Bezemer-Cleverley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-stars, children
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Jesse Booth
Apr 22, 2015 Jesse Booth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Ah, Redwall... Taking me right back to my childhood! Rakkety Tam was a fun tale. It's been a few years since I read the previous novel, Loamhedge.

We meet a new sinister antagonist, Gulo the Savage. He's a wolverine, and he's bad. There were parts of the book involving Gulo that shocked me. Let's just say that he and his subordinates don't just kill their enemies, they eat them too. For this reason, the book seemed darker than other Redwall books, but it definitely distinguished just how bad Gulo
Jun 22, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Rakkety Rakkety Rakkety Tam,
the drums are beatin' braw.
Rakkety Rakkety Rakkety Tam,
Are ye marchin' off tae war?

That savage from the lands of ice,
he's no' like any other.
He's sworn tae get the Walkin' Stone,
an' murder his own brother!

'Tis braw tae woo a bonny maid
for love is aye sae sweet.
Yet who'll be left tae tell the tale,
when steel an' fang must meet?"

Rakkety Tam, P. 264

Another new batch of Abbey dwellers comes to the forefront in this seventeenth novel of Brian Jacques's unpa
Oct 20, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it

The book Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques is about two soldiers for the squirrel king, Doogy Plumm and Rakkety Tam, who pledged their swords to fight for him. But when the king is attacked, and the banner is stolen they set out on a quest to gain back the banner and ultimately their freedom. They meet many along the way including the hares of salamandastron and join forces to fight for a common cause, to find the bandit and slay him. But when they learn that the he is heading to Redwall Abbey they m
Feb 01, 2016 Davis marked it as to-read
Shelves: stopped-reading
It's been twelve years since I've read a Redwall book. And I was about twelve when I realized the series had declined in quality. Now, here at twenty-seven, I tried to pick up where I left off in the series: Rakkety Tam.

As an adolescent, I loved this series more than any other. It had animals, adventure, swordfights, honest good guys, vile villains, epic journeys across majestic landscapes, and best of all a gorgeous map at the front of each book. But after Lord Brocktree came out, I noticed a d
Feb 09, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This is definitely the most indulgent of the Redwall books. You can tell that Jacques wrote it because he wanted a protagonist with a Scottish accent. And this indulgent feel makes the book tons of fun to read. Plus, Tam and Doogy are some of the more endearing heroes of the series as a whole.

Rakkety Tam does away with the annoying “hares are constantly hungry” trope that Jacques constantly takes up to eleven, and instead focuses on the “hares are perilous beasts” trope which is much, much bette
Jan 14, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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Jan 17, 2013 Chrisk rated it it was amazing

Rakkety Tam, written by Brian Jacques. Rakkety Tam, the fiction novel, is a redwall adventure fiction story about a mouse and its followers that try to hunt down the kingdom’s evil foe, Gulo the Savage. Rakkety works for the Queen and King (who are fairly arrogant and only care about themselves.). Rakkety has to find the royal banner (that Gulo stole), and return it to its rightful place with his sidekick Doogy. While they’re doing this, Gulo’s brother has stolen the walking stone. Whoever poss
Isaiah Silkwood
May 30, 2014 Isaiah Silkwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medievel
I'm under the persuasion that villains make the book. Or they make the hero that much greater. I'll start off with Gulo the Savage. This guy’s is one of my favorite Redwall villains. He and Ungatt Trunn are up there at the top of villains along with Cluny the Scourge and... I should really stop myself before I reminisce back to all of the awesome Redwall villains. But Gulo the Savage is awesome! He's a wolverine for Pete's sake. Gulo and his horde of fox and ermine vermin eat other creatures. T ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Zack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-comercial
This is one of my personal favorite books of all time. The story itself is fairly typical of Jacques other works (small woodland creature fights bullying warlord bent on killing other woodland creatures)with swordplay, brave warriors protecting the weak and innocent, and genuine fun.
The story itself is very detailed owing to Jaques' descriptive writing describing everything down to the dress of the main character and the food that they prepare which beautifully captures either the threat that th
Bradley Cannon
Oct 10, 2014 Bradley Cannon rated it really liked it
I haven't read a Redwall book since middle school, so I thought I'd give one a try upon hearing that the author passed away a few years ago.

First, the serious stuff: In all honestly, I don't think the plotting was as clever as the original few books, and I'm not sure that I'll remember many of the characters' names (besides Rakkety Tam) after the next few books in the series. The endless similarity of characters is probably the biggest problem with these books for me. If Jacques had certain char
Feb 13, 2009 Hunter rated it it was amazing
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Grace Lee
Jun 19, 2008 Grace Lee rated it it was amazing
This book is what i call a real five star book. It has adventure, bravery that sometimes leads to foolishness, and creatures who mess around and end up being friends. I liked this book because in almost every chapter.....something funny happens. I also somehow like to read and reread the descriptions of the scary creatures in there like a wolverine and the vermin throughout the story. Oh yeah....ummm..throughout the is about a wolverine named Gulo the Savage who leaves the land of sn ...more
Sep 01, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorites in the later half of the Redwall series, mainly due to the author's choice of a villain, as the main character is a squirrel, which has occurred in several books. However, all of the characters are different, even within species, even if names in newer books are not as good as in the older books. The villain is a wolverine called Gulo, and out of the series is probably one of my favorite villains (Cluny the Scourge another). As with most Redwall series plots, Redwall ...more
May 22, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it
I love burly Scots and Rakkety Tam and Doogy were fantastic examples of squirrel Scots. I liked both characters and storyline in this book, and I think it is one of the better ones in the series. Doogy did swear a lot more than I would have expected, and the baddies are cannibalistic, so I'd recommend this for the older end of the primary school spectrum.

The only thing I didn't really like was that Yoofus never really improved his ways. He stayed a liar up to the end, even though he was introduc
Oct 20, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it
Rakkety Tam is a fantasy novel by Brian Jacques, published in 2004. I thought it was a great book and I believe that I will read it again at some point. I would recommend this book.
Yoofus and Doogy end up in the house of one of Yoofus' neighbors after being captured by a band of rats. Yoofus and Doogy fight off the vermin in there. They went back to Yoofus's cave before continuing back to Redwall. When the two arrive, the volewife feeds the hungry travelers sausages and they meet Rockbottom, a
Oct 26, 2007 Jing rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking to get into another world for a while
Shelves: advisory
The next part of the Redwall saga is about Rakkety TAm a Mercenary squirrel form the north who is on a mission to claim the flag for their lord to gain freedom. While doing that, he met a lying theif named Yoofus. A thing that also homes into in is the creature he must face to claim the flag was Gulo the Salvage a Furocious Wolvering. Continuing his quest, Rakkety Tam gave up his sword to Yoofus in order to freed some maids; one which he would eventually married. To replace it, he gained the sw ...more
On the surface, Rakkety Tam is yet another Redwall book that follows Brian Jacques' tried and true formula: Half the narrative follows the title character and his rag-tag band of adventurers, while the other half deals with Redwall Abbey facing another siege. As with most of the Redwall series, there are a couple of things that differentiate Rakkety Tam from the rest of the series. In this case, it's an expansion of the setting.

Our hero is Rakkety Tam, a highland squirrel whose Scottish-style br
Apr 20, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Brian Jaques (pronounced Jakes) for many years. I use to read them outloud to our son, doin all the voices. We would listen to them on audio too - love them - fun adventure for the little woodland critters that live at Redwall Abbey in Mossflower Woods - always a villian comes to threaten them with their vermin crews. the Villians can be rats, fox, weasels, wolverine, many different animals. Of course one of the woodland critters will come forth as the warrior in each book. Mar ...more
Oct 13, 2008 Ldswifenmom rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was the first book that I ever read from Brian Jacques, and he's got me as a fan for life! The way I describe Brian Jacques _REDWALL_ Series, is "Beatrix Potter merges with Ann McCaffrey"! You have great animal characters! You have adventure! You have character building values! You have fun! You have topics to think about and discuss! You have humor and challenges! All rolled into...I have no clue how many stories!!!

Brian Jacques is a prolific writer, and so far, every story I have read ha
May 24, 2008 Helen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Brian Jacques fans.
Recommended to Helen by:
Shelves: children-s-books
This was the story of Rakkety Tam, a squirrel warrior engaged in a battle against a wolverine, Gulo the Savage, who is seeking his brother and the Walking Stone. The story involves many battles between "goodbeasts" and "vermin", and many lives are lost along the way. We get to know several of these animals, both good and bad. If you enjoy Brian Jacques Redwall books, you will probably enjoy this one as well. I found that it moved rather slowly and it took me some time to complete the book, but I ...more
May 21, 2016 Selene rated it it was amazing
Brian Jacques knows how to describe EVERYTHING. If you're not a fan of lengthy descriptions you might not enjoy his works but he has amazing characters, languages, dialects and adventures. I've read every single one of his books and I am never left disappointed. He was an amazing author and I only hope to be as descriptive as he was, or at least half as descriptive. I read all his books in my younger high school and middle school years but to this day I still love to re-read them. His characters ...more
Summer Matthias Herondale
I loved this book! Redwall is always a series I enjoy reading, but this one was really good! Definitely in my top five in this series. Rakkety Tam Macburl was a fantastic main character. All the characters in this really came alive for me, and I have to say that Brookflow(aka Brooky) the otter , Sister Armel the squirrel, Yoofus Lightpaw and his wife Didjety the water voles were my favourite characters. Gulo the Savage, the flesh eating Wolverine and his villainous band of white foxes and ermine ...more
Mallory Kellogg
Mar 08, 2013 Mallory Kellogg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a bit more than the last 2 Redwalls I read. I'm going to say I was surprised with the level of gore in this book, since this series if for tweenagers. Cannibals was a much different angle, and introducing a wolverine was pretty cool. I also loved Rakkety Tam himself. He was very gallant and chivalrous. Plus there was a love story toward the middle of the book which is rare for this series. And I'm a sucker for romance. Of course, like all Redwalls, there's a Happily Ever Afte ...more
Varun Sriram
Nov 01, 2012 Varun Sriram rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite "Redwall" book. I really liked the new characters, like Rakkety Tam, the main character, but sometimes understanding him is hard, because Brian Jacques makes his accent perfectly.....accented. The enemy, Gulo is also a nice change, because usually the bad guys are rats, ferrets, or something like those, instead of wolverines. Some parts are a bit gruesome, because Gulo and his hordes of vermin( what the bad guys are called) tend to eat their enemies, for the most part th ...more
Huisung Park
Sep 20, 2011 Huisung Park rated it it was amazing
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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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“Armel shrugged. "I suppose so, Brother, but why do creatures have to fight?"
Demple picked Mudge up and placed him on his shoulder. "Because there's always good and bad in the land, and goodbeasts have to protect their friends an' families from evil ones who want nothing but to conquer an' destroy.”
“Go find someone who will care for ye good, to sit quiet by yore side at the fire, an' if he treats ye decent as you hoped he would, you'll have all that your heart can desire.” 5 likes
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