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The Rogue Crew (Redwall #22)

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Redwall Abbey has never seen a creature more evil or more hideous than Razzid Wearat. Captain of the Greenshroud, a ship with wheels that can sail through water as well as the forest, this beast is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything-and everyone- in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey.

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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Philomel (first published May 1st 2011)
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Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone (especially teens)
If you are reading this book, chances are you have read the myriad other titles by Brian Jacques. Due to the similarity in plot and characters, you'd assume that If you've read one, you've read them all, but SOMEHOW you are drawn back every time. Brian Jacques had a gift for storytelling that, like your favorite grandparent, allowed him to sit you on his knee (metaphorically speaking) and tell you the same story he has told a hundred times before, but make it seem new and fascinating again.

May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie, I got a little teary when I was reading the last page. It's the unfortunate end to a series that I have followed for nearly 15 years. In a way, it was a decent book to end with because the Redwallers, Guosim, Long Patrol (and Badger Lady) all made an appearance. There were a couple of other groups added to the mix as well and it works. I'll miss waiting for the next book, which is something I've done for years. It's too bad that he didn't get to end the series how he wanted ...more
Wayne Walker
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Rogue Crew is the 22nd book in the Redwall Abbey series of fantasy novels by Brian Jacques. The one main objection to these stories that I have heard, even from some homeschoolers, is that they are not specifically “Christian” fantasy, like the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. At the same time, I would reply that they are definitely NOT “anti-Christian” fantasy like books of Philip Pulliam, nor even occultic fantasy like Harry Potter, and the fact is that they are definitely representati ...more
Andrew Blok
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Read on for a nostalgia-driven appreciation of the Redwall series. No real review here.

A few weeks ago, I was looking for a series of books to read. Something about how and what I was reading made me want to start something new. My wife and I are rereading through Harry Potter, which might have something to do with it. In my search for a series, I learned that I had read every Redwall book, except the last one. I was 21-for-22 and I couldn't leave something unfinished that was so close to being
Joseph Leskey
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any blinkin’ body
Pretty good, eh? Yes, I do believe it is. Actually, this Redwall book was extremely enjoyable. Why? Well it had a very decent plot, quite fair characters, and not a small amount of good ole dialect. So, pretty much the usual Redwall fare, but yet it was a little different than some, another reason why it was so fine.
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
After about 20 years of reading the Redwall books as they've been published, it was pretty bittersweet to pick up this knowing it was the final book Brian Jacques wrote, and also knowing that the magic from this series really was gone years ago.

This suffers from a lot of the problems the second half of the series does--recycled character types and plots, but with different faces and names. While there were some interesting new ideas in here--a ship with wheels that could go over the land, as wel
Nolly  Sepulveda
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Niece asked me last week for Authors of children's books for her daughter being as I had turned her onto reading she wanted the same love of reading for her daughter. Well of course I had an Authors list for since I enjoy going back in time my-self, so I listed Erin Hunter, Kathryn Lasky, M.I. McAllister, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez as well as Richard Adams, S.D. Smith and Brian Jacques. Then I got to thinking, Hey I have a Redwall novel on my shelf I haven't read yet, so I grabbed the book and sta ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: talking-animals
Sadly, I finish this book. It is Brian Jacques last book. It was a good book to end on. All the old groups are back (Long Patrol, Shrews, Redwallers) along with meeting the Rogue Crew, which are sea otters. All going after the vermin who travel by ship. The ship also has wheels, so it can sail over land. Of course, Martin the Warrior is still helping the Redwallers come out victorious. Now, I have to say a word about Brian Jacques. THE BEST STORYTELLER THAT EVER LIVED! I can picture him in Heave ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I don't know if it was just me, but I felt like this novel was a little... off. It didn't quite have the same spirit that drew me into the series, but it was still pretty decent. As usual, Jacques' ability to create battle scenes and describe feasts amazed me. The plot was pretty much the same as the other novels in the series, good triumphing over evil, but with different characters. The Rogue Crew was definitely a tad more bloody than some of the other books, especially with a villain like Ra ...more
Will Waller

No more Brian Jacques in my life.

Thank goodness!

This final book was one of the best of the series, as it doesn't bounce around or have frivolous poems throughout. The Wearat was a delightfully cruel villain, a fine end to the series and the Long Patrol/Rogue Crew made me laugh with their antics.

Were the series 10 books shorter and more books like this, it might have been a more pleasurable experience...

I read all the books because I was given the first three books i
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just as formulaic as the other Redwall books, but having not read one in so long, I enjoyed it. I had missed the different dialects of the various species. It was an easy read and I'm glad I visited Redwall and Salamandastron once again. I don't think this was my favorite Redwall book. I think I enjoyed Legend of Luke more. As this was the last of the series, RIP Brian Jaques. Thank you for the wonderful woodland world.
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Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Redwall
Recommended to Redwallcrazy- My God is Healer, Awesome in Power! by: The Redwall Website
I really enjoyed this book, though it took m a little longer to read because it's the last Redwall book EVER and I really wanted to enjoy it. And I did! Wonderfully done, Rogue Crew was much better than Sable Quean and Doomwyte, it wasn't my favorite in the series, but it was really good anyway. I enjoyed every moment of reading it. We shall miss you, Brian Jacques!
Jeremy Gallen
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the final Redwall book by Brian Jacques, published posthumously, and which he dedicated to his brother Jimmy, the warlord Razzid Wearat, said to be a mix of a weasel and a rat, and his minions, seek to seize Redwall Abbey, although Abbot Thibb and the monastery’s residents protect their home with the assistance of the hares from the Long Patrol and the titular Rogue Crew of sea otters. Before the main text, divided into three books, is a poem relating to dreams, with plenty of enjoyable poetr ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I have a hard time being objective here, as this is Mr. Jacques final book. There was much I enjoyed - Rake Nightfur the blackfurred, northern Long Patrol Captain, the presence of Otter heroes alongside the Long Patrol, among other things. However, this is not Jacques best work. At times it seemed incomplete, as though notes from his writing board had been forced into a published work. I also found some characters to be too flat, which is something that stands in contrast with other pieces of Re ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rogue Crew is the first Redwall or Brian Jacques book I've read. The pacing was wonderful for a break from fast-paced, edge-of-your seat thrillers, but it wasn't overly slow, either. It maintained a quick step without too much happening at once. It was difficult to pick out the climax, though I guess I'd say that when all the characters that have been growing on you die, that's when it starts ending. That's something I noticed, is that supporting characters will slowly get closer and closer to y ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I think I'm finally growing out of the age group these books are supposed to be for. I can't enjoy them as much as I used to, but I still had parts of this book where I didn't want to stop reading, which seemed to place themselves conveniently when D.E.A.R stopped...
I've only got 1 and a half more of this series left to read, and then I'll have achieved the only life goal I have ever set, which is quite impressive considering that there are so many books in the series. Next goal: Read in chronol
Zach Guo
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Curse Aortic aneurysms! How dare you take away my favorite writer of all time, and end my favorite series! But seriously, I am really was devastated when I found out about his death. These Redwall books have really held a place in my heart. Repetitive? Yes, but they never got old for me. Even if the plotline is similar, every new place that is explored is so intriguing and riveting to read. Maybe it's just because I'm young, but these books are so hard to put down. The Rogue Crew was definitely ...more
Matthew McAndrew
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't not give this one five stars. As the last Redwall book published before Brian Jacques passed away, it has all of the familiar elements of the series: adventure, mystery, mouth-watering feasts and epic battles. I got so nostalgic reading this one, it's ridiculous. It's the perfect way to end the series, as it returns to its own roots and has everything a Redwall fan could ask for. Great read. Brian Jacques will be missed.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Not the best of the series, but it was a good end to a wonderful series. Knowing that I'll never read another new Redwall tale makes finishing this one bittersweet. Rest in peace Brian Jacques, and thank you for the wonderful tales of adventure and friendship that you provided through my childhood.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, animals, kids
I’ve put off reading this book for so long knowing that it is the last of the series. Brian Jacques will forever be the foundation of my childhood and the single author I can point to as beginning my voracious love of literature, particularly fantasy and middle grade fiction. Eulalia!!!!
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I haven't read any redwall books for awhile and I forgot how much I really really liked them!!
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting book. I thought some of the names (probably created by fans and the likes after the authors death) were a bit silly and didn't fit Brian jacques usual type.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet day, finishing Brian Jacques' final Redwall novel.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: redwall
I admit reading this book was sad, since it’s the last book of my favourite series. And it being the last book, I wanted to enjoy it thoroughly. The answer to whether I did or not is both yes and no. ‘The Rogue Crew’ wasn’t as awesome as a final book should be – but I still enjoyed it greatly.

‘The Rogue Crew’ is a pretty dark book that can be compared with Rakkety Tam in that aspect. Razzid Wearat is a ruthless villain who slays his way to Mossflower, and the heroes pay him in the same coin, ta
Ashley Gagnon
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well I gotta say, I enjoyed reading the Rogue Crew. This book had the feel of his older books in the series, unlike Sable Quean and Doomwyte (which I didnt enjoy as his other works). I greatly miss Brian, and may he rest in peace. He is my all time favourite author. He taught me alot of values, honour, morals and lessons through his books.

What I like about Rogue Crew was how he made the sea otter warriors, powerful goodbeasts with a bloodthirsty side to them. Though generally very honourable, th
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-at-heart
The first Redwall book I read was Salamandastron, way back in the early 1990s. I was immediately charmed by the world created by Brian Jacques, with his little animals bravely defending their territories against encroachers.

Since then, I have read many others, from Redwall Abbey to Rakkety Tam and more. Despite being far removed from the books' target audience (author Brian Jacques developed the stories for the children in the cancer ward at Liverpool Hospital), I was charmed by their world.

Adam Wilson
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
It wasn’t until remembering that Brian Jacques had another Redwall novel released that I learned of his death. This was my first experience with losing an author that I had grown up reading, an author who I used to listen to reading his own novels with my dad snoring in the background because he couldn’t stay awake long enough to hear of the struggles of woodland creatures fighting off rats and other beasts. Brian Jacques also wrote the first Redwall novel for visually impaired children so his b ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This final novel by Brian Jacques features a vermin leader known as a Wearat who rides a ship with a green sail over the high seas until being burned by the rogue crew of sea otters of the High North Coast. Razzid Wearat nearly went to Hellsgates in that attack but he survived and now he's bent on revenge. His ship now has wheels and it carries the vermin leader wherever he wants to go. A surprise murder of Salamandastron hares has some of the Long Patrol heading out to form an alliance with the ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A common pattern in the Redwall novels is the rise of a vermin war leader of great evil who does great mischief until the good peoples of Mossflower Wood unite to oppose him. This particular novel also enlists the fierce sea-otters of the North Coast -- they are the so-called "Rogue Crew" of the title. Razzid Wearat has been described as the most wicked of Jacques' many vermin war leaders. His violence and slayings are somewhat extreme, and victory over the Wearat comes at a high price in lives. ...more
Emmalee Nelson
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Like most of Brian Jacques’s books The Rogue Crew is tied into the Redwall series by the magic and lure of Redwall Abbey, however it is also a story complete and whole in its own right. As such, it does not require prior knowledge of the series, however, due to some darker parts (such as the rogue crew’s no-prisoners attitude) I would not recommend it for children under 13 unless they are familiar with the series. The Rogue Crew takes you on an epic tale in the battle between good and evil. Aft ...more
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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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come wander through scenes of joyful peace,
or stampeded through nightmares of fear.
Dare we open those secret doors,
down dusty paths of mind,
in long-forgotten corners,
what memories we'll find.
Who rules o'er the Kingdom of Night,
where all is not what it seems?
'Tis I, the Weaver of Tales,
for I am the Dreamer of Dreams!”
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