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Redwall by Brian Jacques
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Apr 07, 2012

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In a peaceful abbey of mice and other woodland creatures, young Matthias dreams of being a warrior. His wish is granted when a horde of rats led by the evil Cluny the Scourge lay siege to the abbey’s walls. While the mice and a tough badger repel the invaders, Matthias goes on a quest for the ancient hero Martin’s sword, fighting and befriending sparrows, shrews, a cat, an owl, and a hypnotic, deadly snake.

It’s a superbly engrossing story (I raced through its 350 pages), written as if for adults, with an impressively expansive vocabulary and formal, old-style syntax, plus the occasional lines of dialect. Plot-wise, it’s much more simple, with the bad guys wearing their evil intentions on their sleeves and the good guys all good, and an eminently predictable climax --- which is probably why the formula is so popular.

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