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Mossflower (Redwall #2)

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The thrilling prequel to "Redwall". The clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is determined to govern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron paw. The brave mouse Martin and quick-talking mouse thief Gonff meet in the depths of Kotir Castle's dungeon. The two escape and resolve to end Tsarmina's tyrannical rule. Joined by Kinny the mole ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1988)
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If you asked me to pick a single favorite Redwall book, I'd probably splutter at you a lot and then mutter 'Mariel, if I have to pick just one'; but if you asked me for a list of my top 5, Mossflower would definitely be on it. Early on, before I'd read the rest of the series, it was far-and-away my favorite - for the interwoven quest and siege plots (two of my favorite fantasy structures, tropey as they can be, likely because of Redwall books), for the humor, and for the absolutely glorious take ...more
El
For this Redwall prequel, I decided to get the audio version on mp3 to listen to during my daily walks. What I didn't realize until I started listening was that there is so. much. singing. What is it with fantasy novels (featuring animals or humans) that requires so much fucking singing? Remember The Hobbit? SO MUCH SINGING.

And while it's rough enough at times to read all the songs, it's worse having to listen to it. There was a lot of eye rolling as I walked, let me just say.

Before the abbey of
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Leila
I love the Redwall books written by the late and sadly missed Brian Jacques.'Mossflower' is a wonderful and magical book among the many he wrote about Redwall. The novel begins with Bella the Badger telling of the plight of the creatures of Mossflower Wood many years ago before Redwall Abbey was built. They were oppressed by the evil Tsarmina the wildcat and her father. The young mouse Martin strayed into the wildcat’s territory and was imprisoned. Many twists and turns follow in the ensuing adv ...more
Joseph Leskey
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humanity
This book is massively well done and, as such, is wonderfully enjoyable. The plot was fun, the characters most hilarious, and the setting was… you know, a setting. There is naught to define the absolute goodness of a setting that I can think of in my current unenlightened state, but it worked well with the other aspects of the book.
Juushika
July 2006 Review:

The second book in the Redwall series, Mossflower provides much of the backstory for that novel, recording Martin the Warrior's time spent in Mossflower wood and his battle to free the natives from the tyrannical rule of Tsarmina the wildcat. This text shows remarkable improvement, both in style and in setting, from Redwall and even now remains one of the best books in the series. Martin is a true hero and an enjoyable protagonist, both supporting characters and villains are wel
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Jing
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is looking for adventure
Shelves: advisory
This next Redwall book and one of the most famous is starting with Martin the Warrior again. After he had defeated Badrang the stoat, he is now is mossflower area which is under the rule of Tsarmina the daughter of Verduaga who also had a older brother Ungatt Trunn in another Redwall book series. These are one of the relationship this book has with others. Continuing on, martin was then captured and brought inot Kotir the stronghold of Tsarmina the cruel evil wildcat. Later on he met Gonoff wher ...more
Jana
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
Martin, a traveling warrior mouse, is accidentally caught up in a war between the wildcat Tasrmina, who rules over Mossflower Wood, and the gentle woodland creatures starving under that rule. The creatures have formed a resistance group, but they're farmers or weavers, and lack the experience needed to fight Tsarmina's army of stoats, weasels, and other assorted nasties. Once Martin joins the resistance, they may finally have a chance to win their freedom and drive Tsarmina out.

I loved the Redwa
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Chris
When Brian Jacques passed last month, it was a gut-punch for me. I can't tell you how many times I read his first few books, how eagerly I awaited the new hardcovers each year. I can't say I've read them all-- the point came, round about book seven or eight, when I'd figured out the formula, and they started getting old. But when I was just the right age, these were perfect.

Mossflower was my favorite of the lot as a kid, and upon reread, I can still see why. Tsarmina is a terrific kid's villain,
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Debbie
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans of all ages
Book 2 in the Redwall series (prequel to Redwall)

In this prequel to Redwall, we meet Martin the warrior and understand how his heroic deeds, as well as his ability to form alliances, leads to the creation of Redwall Abbey.

The Corim, the governing council of the woodland creatures, tries to protect themselves against the evil Kotir, malicious wildcats determined to rule all the animals. Tsarmina is the cruel and mentally unstable ruler of the Kotir.

When Martin the Warrior has a run-in with Tsarm
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Alexa
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took its sweet time getting started, but it sure was epic once it did! Also, Gonff is amazing.
Geoffery Crescent
Picture the scene, if you will. Here's your erstwhile reviewer, aged twenty-four and about to have her first tooth removed. Gifted with three hours to kill before the dental happening, she sets off in search of vittles and something new to read, having been stuck in the waiting room so long she's already made it through the two books she brought with her. Lo, she went a wandering in W H Smith's and her gaze chanced upon Mossflower, the first and greatest of her Redwall loves, her favourite child ...more
leslye
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in the Redwall series, but it is actually a prequel to Redwall. It is the story of how Martin the Warrior, a legendary hero, came to Mossflower Woods. Tsarmina, an evil wildcat, is ruling the land with an iron fist. There is no Redwall Abbey here. Instead there is a rundown fortress called Kotir where the bad guys (mostly rats and weasels) live. It's a story about how the good and honest creatures of the woods set out to free themselves from the tyrannical rule of Tsarmin ...more
Lisa
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
This will always be one of my favorites. We first met in the Florida library when I was 10. We reunited when I was 13 and facing my own wildcats in the form of high school bullies. We then parted ways for over a decade when I was 18, until last year. Martin & Gonff are childhood heroes with a tale that translates for any age group.
Zachary Barnes
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
In the spirit of #TBT, I decided to review MOSSFLOWER by Brian Jacques. Why? Probably because this series is the reason I'm a writer. During my formative years, I read and re-read the Redwall books more than Mr. Jacques' editor did, and then some... And if you didn't partake of this wonderful, creature-filled world, then you are seriously missing out.

Of all the countless stories Brian Jacques told, MOSSFLOWER is my favorite. Most likely because it predates REDWALL, and I'm a super sucker for goo
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Kelsey Hanson
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
This is another old favorite of mine that I rediscovered on audiobook. Like Martin the Warrior, the audiobook features a full cast including the author Brian Jacques who is a masterful storyteller and his radio experience is clearly evident. I always feel like I'm reviewing the entire series when I review a Redwall novel but here goes. Yes, it's forumlaic. Yes, all of the books have a similar theme. Yes, the good guys are pretty easy to spot from the bad guys, but I DON'T CARE! Haha.
Eh ahem. Se
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Hannah Rodes
Jul 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My first thought after reading the first chapter was "really this mole accent is driving me nuts I can't hardly read it!" Soon I got used to it but it still annoyed me.

What I liked
• my favorite characters were Gingevire, Mask and ya gotta love Gonff
• The hares were awesome with there British accent:)
• and the squirrels and otters? Awesome!

What I didn't like
• so much death, I counted most of them it added up to 45 (there was more then that!)
• seriously when thy die they go to the "Dark forest" th
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Caroline
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first began reading Brian Jacques when I was little. Recently I decided to start over and hopefully read past where I'd stopped in the series, and I have to say I knew I would still like them, but I was surprised by how much. This book is great for young readers--the imaginative characters and setting is perfect for kids--but the wonder, nostalgia and excitement transcends to adult readers as well. Honestly a must-read. Even though this book was written second, I recommend new readers start wi ...more
Urian
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story of suspense and action. The character development worked great as well as the action scenarios made sense. I look forward to reading more in the series.
Bodosika Bodosika
Not too bad but not good enough... 3star
Chelsea
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classics
Continuing my new purpose of writing about books that influenced me as a child, I had to get started on Mossflower. This book! This series! Chronologically this is not the first of the group, but it is the first one I read. Brian Jacques did such a long and great series of short books geared tower young adults/children. I’ve read all of them, and I recently enjoyed reading them again. I was so sad when he died, considering he filled my childhood with such wonder. It was a series with fascinating ...more
Edward Davies
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice followup to Redwall that gives a bit of history behind the settings of the series. I love that Jacques isn't patronising and kills characters off without any undue ceremony.
Lauren Alise Schultz
I was pleasantly surprised to find just how much I enjoyed Redwall, the first of Brian Jacques’s fantasy novels that I had ever read. In comparison, I did not enjoy its prequel Mossflower quite as much, which was disappointing.

Although the second novel that Jacques wrote about his woodland creatures of Mossflower County is certainly full of action and adventure, I could not take seriously the threat posed by the self-involved cat Queen Tsarmina and her incompetent army of rats and stoats. Althou
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Philip
"I liked it really much."
RavenclawReadingRoom
Plot summary: A warrior mouse named Martin arrives in the woods of Mossflower, only to be captured by the evil wildcat queen, Tsarmina. Upon being rescued by the Mossflower resistance, he embarks on a quest to the badger mountain of Salamandastron in search of Lord Boar, and salvation for Mossflower's inhabitants.

Thoughts: I loved the SHIT out of the Redwall series as a kid. Completely obsessed with them. Read the words off every page. But I hadn't reread any of them in about 15 years. So when I
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06chandlerh
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mossflower Book Review
By: Chandler Holm P.4

I believe the book Mossflower is one of the greatest novels of my time. It’s very obvious why any person who has a shred of reading capability would be interested in this adventurous book. This book is the best because the author, Brian Jacques, does a great job at stimulating the imagination in a way that allows the reader to create his/her own picture.

An example of Jacques literary prowess would be found on page 157 when the trio of heroic creatures
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Sarah
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book from the “Redwall” canon that I’ve read in the past few months. I seem to be unable to get enough of the little rodent inhabitants of that country. Brian Jacques is a lovely storyteller, although I’m interested to see if he can break away from the “evil tyrant threatening the humble but tenacious villagers” routine for any of the following books.

In this tome by Jacques, we encounter the forest of Mossflower – the future home of Redwall Abbey. Martin the Warrior has been wa
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Lindsay
While I love Redwall, I doubly loved Mossflower. Redwall took me awhile to get into the pace and style of Jacques writing. Mossflower, though only the second book in the series, seems to mature. Aimed for children in genre, though not as obviously written in style. The author does not "write down" to the level of children as some authors do. Instead, he presents more of a "child friendly" story in setting, but does not beat around the bush when it comes to serious issues--death, betrayal, enslav ...more
Heimdall Thunderhammer
Review originally published at http://thevikingreviewer.blogspot.com/

This is the prequel to Redwall which follows Martin the Warrior when he first arrives in Mossflower woods. He is immediately taken prisoner by the foul cat Tsarmina and held prisoner along with the mouse thief Gonff. With the help of the nearby woodland creatures they escape and plot to take down the wicked cat and her castle of rats, stoats, and weasels. In order to accomplish the task, Martin sets out for the mysterious mount
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Gabriel Kagan
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Redwall series initiates
Another seriously influential book, thanks to the public library of Round Rock, Texas. When I was 9 years old, my family started making much more significant use of the local libraries in the communities we lived in. Compared to the public library in the last town we lived in (Canton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston), Round Rock's allowed us to take out many more books at a time; needless to say, my mind was blown.

Mossflower, in fact, was recommended by one of the staff at the library. Needles
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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 28 books)
  • Redwall (Redwall, #1)
  • Mattimeo (Redwall, #3)
  • Mariel of Redwall (Redwall, #4)
  • Salamandastron (Redwall, #5)
  • Martin the Warrior (Redwall, #6)
  • The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7)
  • Outcast of Redwall (Redwall, #8)
  • Pearls of Lutra (Redwall, #9)
  • The Long Patrol (Redwall, #10)
  • Marlfox (Redwall, #11)
“Pick-a-lock, Pick-a-lock, you'll regret the day,
When you took a mouse thief and locked him away,
Silly cat, look at that, it's two for one,
A thief and a warrior, by dawn will be gone.”
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“There is no greater evil than killing. I don't care whether they call it war or justice. Life is precious.” 33 likes
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