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Triss (Redwall #15)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  9,796 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Enslaved by the evil ferret King Agarno and his daughter, Princess Kurda?slavers who have shackled hundreds?the brave squirrelmaid Triss, along with Shogg the otter and Welfo the hedgehog, plans a daring escape by sea. In her flights, Triss happens upon Redwall, and the abbey creatures discover a new hero in her. Someone brave enough to carry the sword of Martin and face t ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Firebird (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jul 23, 2012 Lex rated it liked it
Another amazing book from Redwall! Unfortunately, they will never be any new ones. Quite recently, Brian Jacques passed away and part of my childhood died with them. The Redwall books literally got me through my horrible middle school years. Jacques was the first person I ever wrote fan mail to (he didn't reply but I got a lovely packet from the Redwall people with a cool bookmark). I started with either Redwall or the sequel of Mattimeo and continued reading endlessly from there. I thought I ha ...more
Vincent Ribaya
Jun 12, 2012 Vincent Ribaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Treetops and timber! Another fun and epic tale of Redwall.

Long after the events in Redwall, Triss tells the tale of the heroine Trisscar, and escaped squirrelmaid slave who will soon become the only Redwall Abbey heroine called up to wield the sword of the legendary co-founder of Redwall and the protector of Mossflower Woods, Martin the Warrior.

Triss makes a wonderful collection to the Redwall Book Series and it introduces a brand new set of lovable heroes, villains, and abbey-folk. Despite it b
Jul 15, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
Ah, another tale from Redwall. I'm a huge fan, have been for a while, but it seems that almost all of them are the same - with quests, feasts, an Abbey riddle, an evil and cunning enemy (or two), but each book has it's own special flair. Triss is no exception, it is truly a good book, although if you've read the other 14 Redwall books, it feels as if you're almost reading the same thing again. Which isn't nessecarily a bad thing.

Triss is three stories that all come together, quite expertly, in t
I read these as a child and am re-reading the series out of order (as usual it seems!). What I had forgotten was how formulaic they are. This was very similar to the others I have read - different gangs of animals, good vs. evil themes, lots of endless descriptions of food and eating, animals travelling from one place to another, a battle, fighting. It did get a bit tedious, and Scarum was intensely irritating. I honestly would have pushed him overboard and/or poisoned his food, but this book is ...more
Interesting premises, although it wasn't as memorable as the rest of Jacques' other literary triumphs. Triss did not particularly stand out as an heroine, and I found myself just slightly bored towards the end.
Sep 28, 2012 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Be thankful for the season,
And happy for the day,
Be grateful for the bounty,
Which comes to us this way.
Good food from the earth is grown,
And brought unto our table,
By honest toil and labour,
Let's eat, whilst we are able!"

―Abbot Apodemus, Triss, P. 17

Fifteen books into the Redwall series, the great Brian Jacques has not in any wise lost his spectacular feel for the flow of the English language. Utilizing every inch of the canvas that is the English lexicon, he paints gorgeous, sweeping
Nov 01, 2016 sparrowcrazy rated it really liked it
Shelves: redwall
Not my favorite book but still loved it. The first one in which my fav character actually was a villain.
I wish Plugg had had more screentime in this. Absolutely best pirate fox captain ever.:D
Dec 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it liked it
Definitely not Mr. Jacques' best work, but an entertaining read overall. I didn't feel the emotional connect with most of the characters, as there was such a large cast list that I didn't feel like anyone got enough page time to really build that connection. Triss' connection to Martin seemed a lot like everything else in the book, like it was crammed into the story too quickly. Ultimately I felt as though this book should've had another 200 pages or so to adequately cover all the characters and ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
(mild spoilers)

My favorite part of the book was anything with the Freebooters, probably the most likeable group of villains in Redwall. Not only are they the only vermin group to actually mourn their captain’s loss, and seem genuinely devastated by his death, but they also write a poem about him. Captain Plugg is also great, in that he is very self-conscious about the loss of his tail and sticks it on with resin, but then in the heat of the moment, when he gets overexcited, he pulls it off and w
Will Waller
Feb 22, 2015 Will Waller rated it did not like it
Shelves: series, fiction, fantasy
Triss was bottom of the barrel Jacques. This book really suffered from his unbelievable number of characters. It's absolutely silly to name a character and a page later to kill them off. Jacques will do this time and time again. This time, operating with three different storylines, Jacques requires the reader to have a playbook on hand at all times to navigate through the plethora of animal names. Furthermore, the names are not memorable as he has, to this point, exhausted the familiar names of ...more
Oct 31, 2007 Jing rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adventure and a female protangonist
Shelves: advisory
This book is about a swordmaid named Triss. Once held as a slave in an place known as Riftgard, she escaped with some friends and vowed to return to free others confine in the place forced to work for a cruel king for life. The daughter of the king Agranu pursues her relentlessly. On the way. Trisscar met new friends and found waht she really was: a warrior. She was later involved in a quest to rediscover Brockhall the great home of the badgers. There, they fought three dreadful snakes and the ...more
Nov 23, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it
This was a fun extension to the red wall series. Triss is a young squirrel slave who escapes from a white ferret's kingdom. Her goal is to find a way to free all the other slaves. Another plot is Sagax, the badger, with his otter and hare friend go in search of adventure nd getting away from parents and rules. The last plot is the animals of Redwall rediscover Brockhall but it has been taken over by a mysterious monster. I couldn't help buy think that there was a little too much going on, especi ...more
Triss is the fifteenth book in the Redwall series.

The characters in this story were very well rounded. I was pleased that Jacques continually reminded us which type of animal each character was, because at some times that was hard to remember. It was very hard to not fall in love with the exquisite characters presented in this book, such as Scarum the hare and little Mokug! I also enjoyed Princess Kurda, the villain of the book, more than I thought I would.

The only reason I would not give this b
Jan 19, 2014 Hayley rated it it was ok
I found this in a charity shop and bought it out of nostalgia as I loved the Redwall books when I was younger. I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. I'm not sure if it's because I'm 'too old' for it now but I do think it isn't as good as some of the other books in the series.

Jacques writing is beautiful, especially the poems, songs and descriptions. He also doesn't shy away from tackling adult topics like death, love, loyalty, revenge etc. However the written versions of different accents I f
Jesse Booth
Oct 14, 2009 Jesse Booth rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
It was great to relive the Redwall experience with Triss. It has been probably about 6 years since I read one of his books. As a young boy, this series was my favorite. I would save my money to buy each book that came out. I love the way he has the animals speak, how each race talks just a little bit different. Reading the descriptions on every type of food at feasts is quite enjoyable, too.

This book was good. I could not claim it as one of my favorites from Jacques, but it had some strong point
Aug 25, 2008 Melisa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melisa by: my son's friend
Shelves: children
I have read many of the Redwall series to my son. This is our favorite! I won't list the others on my shelf because we have read so many they all blur and I can not remember which others we likes and which we didn't real well.

It is a violent series played out among forest dwelling creatures. But, the voices of the characters (especially the moles) are hilarious and for an older boy they were a great read! I started reading them when my son was 7 or 8.

We got bogged down by the first one "Redwall
Sep 17, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This was the first Redwall book I ever read--and it was, at that point in sixth grade, the best book I'd ever read. Triss holds a special place in my heart. It's the sort of adventure story that leaves you feeling a better person at the end. Like, you had a lesson in morals without the preaching. I loved the characters, I loved hating the villains with was just a great book. Adults and kids can both enjoy Redwall. I maintain that Triss is the best Redwall book, along with Martin the W ...more
Emily Collins
Mar 25, 2011 Emily Collins rated it it was amazing
This is the book that introduced me to Redwall. As an elementary school child I had no concept of what it meant to go through the series in chronological order, so it never really bothered me that I started reading about 10 books into the series (not that it really would make a difference with redwall). It drove my mother nuts however, and when she found that this was nowhere near the first book she went out and bought Redwall and Mossflower for me to read. So Triss sat unread in my bookshelf fo ...more
May 22, 2012 Exanimis rated it really liked it
Talking animals are not something I would normally enjoy reading about. My wife found this in a box of books for only $3.00 so I figured that I might as well give it a try.

This was surprisingly well written. I'll have to keep an eye out for more in this series.

Triss is a squirrel who was raised in slavery, when she escapes her captives, she promises to return one day and free the slaves. Hunted by her former master and a crew of freebooters, Triss must find her way to freedom before she is recap
Linda Cee
Dec 06, 2011 Linda Cee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I can reread two or three times a year, why? Because the character's are completely engaging, they are some of his better thought out character's and it's easy to see their personalties with just a few words, I can't help but like pratically everyone except the white ferrets but even the corsairs are easy to root for (no matter that they are as evil or more so than Kurda)
My only problem is that this is one of those books that make me both laugh and cry so it's not
Piepie Beuttel
I liked the last two chapters of this book, how it was narrated by several of the characters I had met and come to love. They came from a coterie of places: Redwall Abbey, Salamandastron, and Riftgard- ruled by the cruel and cunning king Agarnu and his beastly children.

I'm so glad things ended well for Triss, Scarum, Sagax, Welfo, and others, and as always, my heart was touched by the bittersweet deaths of their friends and loved ones.

Love conquers all, and there is nothing higher than the code
Aug 06, 2012 Jamey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: redwall
Once enslaved by Royal white Ferrets, Triss, Shogg and Welfo vow to one day return to Riftgard to free their fellow slaves. But first, they must flee the Pure Ferret Princess Kurda, who is pursuing them aboard a Freebooter's ship. The three friends go through many dangers, meet new friends, and of course, eventually make their way to Redwall. This is a tale of freedom, loyalty, and mystery with a little bit of romance thrown in. Just what Redwall fans would expect and have grown to love from Bri ...more
Vickey Foggin
Sep 19, 2015 Vickey Foggin rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, kids, adventure
Triss is the story of a warrior squirrel maid who escapes slavery and goes off in search of allies to help her free the ones she left behind from her Jamaican albino ferret overlords . It has a lot of potential but it isn't well executed and is one of the weaker books in the series. There are three intertwined stories, and too many characters, too many poems to pad out the book, and some super annoying characters like the scared hedgehog and the hungry hare that constantly ruins every plan by st ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Shelby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's definitely a children's book, but it's still a thrilling story. There were parts that had me on the edge of my seat. I listened to it on audiobook narrated by Brian Jacques. Very nostalgic and wonderful. RIP Mr. Jacques. The songs had music and were catchy. The voices were very believable and I finally had the pronunciations of words that I've been curious about for forever. Anyways, if you're gonna read the Redwall series, I recommend the audiobooks highly.
Somehow I found the focus of this book to be all over the place. I was expecting Triss & her plight to save the slaves to be the main character of the story, turns out not really. That bit's only featured as a sideline. Hardly. Perhaps I would've given it more stars had it not been in Redwall series, but compared to the other stories in the series so far, this one's a bit of a dissapointment to me.
Jan 15, 2011 Ben.c rated it it was amazing
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Oct 20, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this fantasy novel. I liked when Triss and her friends came together with the Redwall warriors and Salamandastron to fight the rats. I did not like that the cruel offspring of King Agarnu held the creatures as slaves. It seems that Kurda was only concerned with gaining queenship.

I enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the next two books. I would recommend this book.
Hyrum Sutton
Jun 06, 2016 Hyrum Sutton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Brian Jacques did it again! As usual, the story follows several different sets of characters. And as usual, every storyline is just as interesting and exciting as the next! Every time I read a Redwall book, I'm left wishing I could visit that beloved abbey. I'd recommend these stories to anyone, young or old.
May 10, 2010 Sam rated it liked it
Shelves: 3rd-term-reading
When i first picked up this book i thought it would be like all the other redwall books i'd read, just intro, adventure and a huge battle at the end. But as the book unfolded, it immediatly drew me in, mostly because the main character grows, and rises to the in more ditail than any of the others. How she does this is she starts off as a prisoner and through grand events, becomes a great warrior.
Bobbi R Korte
Feb 06, 2016 Bobbi R Korte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Favorite Redwall Tale

This 15th out of over 22 Readwell stories is my absolute favorite! The characters are is always flawed but easily loved. The adventure, as always, Is full of twists and turns. Ever the unexpected happens to trysts and company. Read at your own peril and for your own enjoyment!
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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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“Tis a far cry from home for a poor lonely thing,
O'er the deeps and wild waters of seas,
Where you can't hear your dear mother's voice softly sing
Like a breeze gently stirring the trees.

Come home, little one, wander back here someday,
I'll watch for you, each evening and morn,
Through all the long season 'til I'm old and grey
As the frost on the hedges at dawn.

There's a lantern that shines in my window at night,
I have long kept it burning for you,
It glows through the dark, like a clear guiding light,
And I know someday you'll see it, too.

So hasten back, little one, or I will soon be gone,
No more to see your dear face,
But I know that I'll feel your tears fall one by one,
On the flowers o'er my resting place.”
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