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(Redwall #11)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  16,253 ratings  ·  200 reviews
A villainous new presence is aprowl in Mossflower Woods-the Marlfoxes. Stealthy and mysterious, they are out to plunder and destroy everything in their path. And when they reach Redwall Abbey, they ruthlessly steal the most precious treasure of all-the tapestry of Martin the Warrior. It takes Dann Reguba and Song Swifteye, children of warrior squirrels, to follow in their ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 13th 2005 by Firebird (first published August 18th 1998)
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David Gillis
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Marlfox was my first Redwall novel in the series, even though it does come into the series relatively late. It was also what hooked me into it. I loved the light fantasy storytelling it had with the characters being mice, squirrels, otters, and other woodland creatures. But it wasn't all light-hearted fun. The Redwall stories offer more villainous creatures such as rats, shrews, and stoats. In this case, the Marlfoxes are foxes that are larger and smarter than your usual fox. What's great about ...more
Joseph Leskey
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: oh, anybody
This was quite good. It deviated slightly from the other Redwall books [that I have read as of this review] plot-wise, which, of course, made for an enjoyable story, by cause of originality.
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There's nor much I can say that has not already been said by other reviewers. This book stands decently on its own so it can be read by nearly anyone, but foreknowledge of the Redwall world will definitely help with some of the details and references here. A solid volume by an author who has consistently proven his merit in writing a fantasy world with animals. ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
"Was this a ghost-writer? Did he totally phone this one in? It was ok, but not up to the usual Redwall standard. You right bumbled this one, Brian Jacques." ...more
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Halfway through the series, some continuity of characters but I think one could enjoy many of the books without reading all of the previous ones.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great Redwall quest with heroes, villains, feasts and glutinous hares. Amuses my children read aloud with bad accents!
Megan Cutler
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh goody, another Redwall book where we get to spend 300 pages trying to distinguish what the various creatures are saying. Can't any of the animals in this universe speak normally? One or two characters with quirky speech is cute, but all of them? Doesn't someone try to preserve the language in Redwall? And while we're on the subject of continuity in this universe, why are always children at the Abbey but never any parents?

Like most of the other books in this series, Marlfox follows the same ol
Another hit by Brian Jacques. I love visiting Redwall Abbey time after time again. "Marlfox" was one of my favorite Redwall stories as a kid! :)

This book was a little different - the antagonist was not just one, but a whole group of villains - brothers and sisters, all cruel and conniving. "Marmfloxes" - the Dibbuns call them!

As always, I enjoyed seeing previous characters in a whole new story - Cregga Rose Eyes, Gurrbowl, Friar Butty, among others - as well as meeting others. The duo Dann and S
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two characters in this book irritated me to no end: Dwopple and his guardian (I forget her name). These are probably the first two characters that I actually despise in this entire series. Other than that, the book was decent. It was nice revisiting the nearly forgotten lake from some books back. Something random I noticed: I think this was the first book that mentioned almonds and raisins. Just to throw that out there..
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Emily Collins
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uk-authors
I've owned this book forever but I don't remember as much what this one was about. Kudos to Jacques though for going for more than just regular foxes and adding an air of almost-magic into it.
My favorite part of these books is often the food. Anyone else get hungry reading these?
Jenny Clark
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redwall is a lovely, safe place to visit. The villian always dies, thier slaves are always freed, and redwall always stands. There is never a single slave who dies in slavery. They always are free. That said, this is a childrens book, so I overlook that and enjoy the lovely discriptions and humor.
Clint Nutter
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I hadn't read a Redwall book in around 10 years and still thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this tale of Redwall, the titular Marlfoxes, a special breed of vulpine, led by Queen Silth, haunt Mossflower Wood and steal the tapestry of Martin the Warrior from Redwall Abbey, with a party consisting of the two children of squirrel warriors, Dannflor Reguba and Songbreeze Swifteye, following them, with the shrew Dippler and watervole Burble accompanying them. The prologue features a poem about wandering players, with plenty of other good poetry throughout the novel, and the first main cha ...more
Joe Brown
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another stellar adventure from the denizens of redwall. More great characters, same old villainous vermin and a plentiful helping of songs and tantalising food descriptions. Exactly what I've come to expect and love in a redwall novel. The marlfoxes were an interesting creation and I liked the fact that they had unique skills, ultimately though like most of the vermin in redwall novels they met their downfall at the hands of their own treachery, greed and malice. Dann, song and dippler were ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mysterious and often thought to be only the stuff of legends, the Marlfoxes make their way into Mossflower and Redwall country. After a battle at the wall, the Marlfoxes make their way into the Abbey and steal the tapestry of Martin the Warrior. Three young friends, Dann and Song the squirrels and Dippler the shrew, must leave the safety of their home to fulfill Martin's prophesy and rescue the beloved symbol of Redwall. As always, the three adventurers have a perilous journey full of adventure, ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, going into this book I had no idea what was I was expecting. I had never read a Redwall book before. But as I read through the first chapter, I decided that I liked the book. The storytelling and the imagery that the author writes is amazing. I could see everything that I was intended to see. The pace of the novel was relatively moderate in my opinion, and I could keep up with the book without trying too hard. The descriptions and emotions of the characters seemed like they could actua ...more
Paul Carter
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid read. Solid installment. I loved the focus on a more limited number of storylines so that the individual plots and characters got good amounts of attention. The back of the book talks about Marlfoxes stealing the tapestry, and then how Dann, Song, Dippler, and Burble go off to retrieve. Without much aberration, this is what "Marlfox" is about. I feel it really helped keep things moving as a narrative, and I didn't find myself losing track of characters like I have done in certain previous ...more
Ok, on the second go-round, I love Mattimeo and Pearls a bit better than this one, but it's still in the top ten, if not the top five, for favorite Redwall books. I love Song and Dann and Dippler, and I love the villains (especially when they're making good use of their sneakiness — clarification, this is a conceptual love, not a fangirly thing), and I love the general character dynamics and twists and everything. I don't know. It's just a really good book.

I will say: one of the things that make
Spandan Sharma
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Marlfox' is, in many regards, a continuation of the passing-of-the-baton started in 'The Long Patrol'. With a new cast of characters and a new generation of Redwallers venturing forth, Jacques introduces a fascinating new roster of mice, moles, otters, shrews, water voles, hares, badgers, and more in an adventure that feels full of nostalgia for the magical beginnings of Redwall. My only quibble is with the titular villains and villainesses themselves, who too often seem to be too shallow and p ...more
Victor Espinosa
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Brian Jacques was born to tell stories. He wasn't born to be a writer, per say, but he was definitely born to tell tales. Like traveling story-tellers from long ago, meandering from campfire to campfire sharing tales of legendary heroics in the face of absolute evil, Brian Jacques is a weaver of words. Telling stories of love that triumphs and wickedness that falls, friendships that overcome and betrayals that scar for life, Brian Jacques manages to keep his streak of incredible story telling go ...more
This book is a great installment in the series, with the same lovable characters and some new ones, each with their own clearly distinguishable personality traits. One of my favorite characters in the series would have to be Florian the Rabbit, his antics definitely helped make some of the dryer parts easier to read. This book makes some great leaps in terms of lore and doesn't make any noticeable differences from pre-established lore. The use of different accents really immerses you as supposed ...more
Despite all my bellyaching about it, I finished Marlfox last night, and also despite my bellyaching, I got sucked in. They might be repetitive and trite, but it's hard not to get attached to the characters and the sweet simplicity of abbey life. I was crushed when it looked like Skipper was no more. I'm too old for this; why am I getting verklempt over anthropomorphized animals? Except for baby Dwopple. He can choke. ...more
Felicity Fields
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childhood
I was crazy about Redwall books as a kid. When I got older I saw how repetitive they were and I stopped buying the latest installment. I picked up Marlfox in a thrift store for nostalgia, and it was every bit as delightful as I remember. The characters aren't as memorable as some of the earlier books, but the feasting, questing, and adventuring is all here. And so is the food! What I wouldn't give to attend a Redwall feast . . . ...more
Matthew McAndrew
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was very different from the other books in the series, in some ways good, other ways bad. I remember not liking it as much as the others, but I still gobbled it up in about a day. I did like how mysterious this one felt, and the fact that it's different from the other books in the series brought some unexpected story perks. ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
After 10 books of repelling the hordes of unwashed, undocumented foreign invaders, the denizens of the "peaceful abbey" of Redwall go up against a yet more perilous foe: sneaky, scheming foreigners!

In which book do they repel the stoats or possums or whatever who are very frugal or wear a certain kind of hat?
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Redwall books, largely due to the shadowy Marlfoxes. The plot may be a bit formulaic, but Jacques takes his readers from the familiar walls of Redwall to an inland sea, with a few plot twists. The villains are fascinating, and as a tween, I enjoyed their seriousness juxtaposed with Florian's antics. ...more
Stefanie Robinson
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Gosh, I love this series. I say that in every review, but I really love this series. in this book, the villainous Marlfoxes are harassing the Abbey dwellers. They invaded the Abbey and stole the tapestry of Martin the Warrior. Some new brave souls go on a mission to rescue the tapestry and defeat the harassing Marlfoxes. This was a great book.
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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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Redwall (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • Redwall (Redwall, #1)
  • Mossflower (Redwall, #2)
  • Mattimeo (Redwall, #3)
  • Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, #4)
  • Salamandastron (Redwall, #5)
  • Martin the Warrior (Redwall, #6)
  • The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7)
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