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The sixteenth full length Redwall novel sheds light on the Abbey's ancient origins in a thrilling adventure. Loamhedge, the deserted Abbey, has been forgotten for countless seasons. What secrets do it's ruins hold? When it becomes clear that wheelchair-bound Martha might be cured by a formula buried there, two old warriors are inspired by the spirit of Martin the Warrior hThe sixteenth full length Redwall novel sheds light on the Abbey's ancient origins in a thrilling adventure. Loamhedge, the deserted Abbey, has been forgotten for countless seasons. What secrets do it's ruins hold? When it becomes clear that wheelchair-bound Martha might be cured by a formula buried there, two old warriors are inspired by the spirit of Martin the Warrior himself to go on a quest for the ancient Abbey and three young rebels are determined to go with them. Meanwhile. the giant badger Lonna Bowstripe thirsts for vengeance as he relentlessly pursues Raga Bl and his murdering crew of Searats...who are on their way to attack Redwall itself@ The valiant Abbeybeasts must defend their home, but how can they, when their boldest warriors are away on their quest? Will Redwall fall to vermin invaders at last?A rare glimpse into Redwall's history makes this volume a memorable additional to Jacques' epic. Fans will not be disappointed, and new readers will be eager to jump on board....

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Loamhedge Reviews

  • Joseph Leskey
    2019-03-22 09:14

    Ah, now this was an absolutely spiffing tale. It was enjoyable and funny and all that rot, and that's all I'll say, to be quite honest.

  • X
    2019-03-22 09:07

    The bad thing about continuing series is that after so many books they begin to become predictable; the good thing is that you can enjoy revisiting the same world. The good thing about Loamhedge was that just when I began to think that it was indeed becoming predictable, its turn of events completely shocked me. It still has the elements of any Redwall book (quests, heroes, a crew of villains), but it is happily unique. It is the first book that made me feel that Redwall is ancient. Events that happened in earlier books seem to be in the very distant past, and Martin seems perhaps even more of a legendary figure than someone who is remembered as a real mouse (person). Incidentally, it does not have as much on Loamhedge as one might think from the title, but is nevertheless a good story.

  • Nobi Nobes
    2019-03-05 12:05

    It was really amazing! I thought that Lonna was great!

  • BernardLau
    2019-02-26 14:03

    Loamhedge never fails to impress, as one of Brian Jacques epic Redwall series. It creates an animal world, where there are no humans. This story revolves around two distant characters: Martha, a chair bound hare who longs to be able to walk and run. Lonna, a badger who seeks to kill Ragbol and his searat crew. Like many Redwall books, there are lots of poetic animals and peaceful scenes. However there are also many violent scenes, Ragbol killing a rat, and Lonna killing numerous searats.What defines this book, is the language used in different scenarios. Moles have a rough dialect, while mice have a clear voice. Brian Jacques cleverly defines the difference between animals. Poems and songs is what makes Brian Jacques series unique from fantasy stories, as there are plenty of poems and songs scattered throughout the book. This gives a very peaceful mood, as most poems have joy and happiness. Some are ballads, which make a very saddened mood. With the plot and storyline, this book also has a rare glimpse into Redwall's history, so newer readers will not be confused. One thing I greatly enjoyed was the stereotypical writings of some characters. Teen-aged animals are rebellious and naive, old animals are considerably wiser, rats and vermin are "evil". This helps distinguish main characters and if they are "good" or "evil"Overall, this book was a fantastic read, and I greatly enjoyed it. There are some complex words, so I would recommend it to over 10 years old. A solid 5/5.

  • Rob Poole
    2019-03-11 14:48

    The world of Brian Jacques 'Redwall' is a land of high ideals and strong values; a land of wretched vermin and valiant warriors; a land of delicious food and beautiful poetry. The young hare maid Martha has never walked a day in her life. She came to Redwall as a child with her brother and grandmother, fleeing some vermin horde. In a dream she hears of a secret to cure her terrible fate of being bound to a wheel chair hidden away in an abbey of old called Loamhedge. Two old friends of Redwall, Sarobando the squirrel and Bragoon the otter, arrive at Redwall after many years away. They take it upon themselves to find Martha's secret. Little do they know three defiant young Redwallers, Martha's brother Horty included, steal away in the night to follow the two old adventurers. Each of the three young ones find their place quickly on the road and learn a valuable lesson in honor from the two wizened travelers.Meanwhile, a horde of searats has landed in Mossflower wood and has laid waste and destruction everywhere they pass. Their leader, the vicious Raga Bol, made a clear mistake his first night on land. He attacked two traveling badgers and thought them both dead. Unfortunately for Raga, one of the badgers is Lonna Bowstripe, a keen archer and a terrible force to be reckoned with. Lonna survives the attack and vows to kill Raga Bol and all his vermin horde. Raga Bol begins to have terrible nightmares of his death by Lonna's paws. They haunt him to the point of madness. As anyone who is familiar with the Redwall mythos knows, badgers are powerful beasts and rarely fail when they set out to accomplish something. Perhaps Raga knew this quite well.On another front, a sorry group of ne'er do well vermin, whose leader seems to change by the hour, has almost mistakenly come under the leadership of a young fox having adopted the name of Badredd. He hears tell of an abbey named Redwall full of peaceable beasts who hoard a mass of wealth and bounty, including a magical sword. Badredd, in a display of childish arrogance and stupidity, decides to take Redwall as his own. Despite, or perhaps because of, two seasoned liars and cheats named Flinky and Crinktail coercing young Badredd to their bidding, a stroke of luck lays Redwall under siege with Badredd at the helm. In an effort to reinforce their numbers, Badredd sends out Crinktail and Flinky to recruit any stray vermin in the area. Who do they run into? None other than Raga Bol. The prospect of ruling Mossflower is enough to clear Raga's mind of Lonna's pursuit, and he marches his searats to Redwall and knocks young Badredd right out of his seat of power. The Redwallers may not be warriors, but they have luck and cleverness on their side, and a battle for their beloved abbey ensues.As Jacques put it himself, 'Loamhedge' is a story of hope and an ancient curse. The hope can be found in the hearts of every goodbeast. It is hope that drives every warrior to stand and fight for their values and hope that refuses to die in the face of evil. The curse can be found in the heart of each and every vermin. It is a curse of greed and gluttony. While the vermin may find their bellies sated and their greed fulfilled, rarely do they live without a terrible Lonna Bowstripe or lashing from some wicked leader haunting their dreams. It's fear that drives every vermin's soul and hope that drives every goodbeast.Jacques' prose is expert. He has a mastery of style that few rival. The tales of Redwall are character driven. His characters jump off the page and pull at our heart strings with no effort. Jacques' knowledge of people and their person is astounding. He has a remarkable ability to make characters lovable or hate-worthy. Jacques' is also a wonderful poet, filling nearly every other page with a humorous song, heartfelt ballad, or grief stricken dirge. I enjoyed 'Loamhedge' immensely. I have always loved the world of Redwall and am certain I always will. There are other tales in the series that I found to be much more fulfilling, but 'Loamhedge' doesn't disappoint. The characters are as lovable as ever and the tales are as harrowing as one would expect. My only qualm could be that as one becomes more immersed in the world of Redwall that perhaps it loses its initial charm. I suppose this will have to rest in the eyes of the beholder.http://www.millionsofstairs.blogspot.com

  • Gus
    2019-03-03 16:00

    Loamhedge is placed in the world of Mossflower. Mossflower is a fictional place where the animals are like humans. The book begins when an otter tribe discovers a giant wounded badger. His name is Lonna Bowstripe and he is the strongest badger in Mossflower. Lonna was injured when he and his friend were travelling. They were attacked by Raga Bol and his searat crew. Outnumbered Lonna was severely injured and survived but his friend was killed. Lonna is healed by the otter crew and he seeks to avenge his fallen friend by killing Raga Bol and his entire crew.While Lonna is on his quest for blood a new quest is developing at Redwall Abbey. Bragoon and Saro return to their home to find that Martha, a young rabbit, needs their help. After a traumatic experience as a baby, Martha can't walk. Martha's new friends vow to help find a cure and they go off to find a cure. Martha's young brother Horty and his friends Springald and Fenna sneak off to join Bragoon and Saro even though they were told not to. Raga bol is haunted in his dreams by Lonna so he and his crew move inland to escape. They stumble across Redwall and see it as a fortress in which to protect them from the vengeful badger. The abbey dwellers are fierce defenders and they are able to hold the rats of long enough for the arrival of Lonna. Lonna and the Redwallers are able to successfully kill all of the searats. During the battle Martha triggers her mind and finds herself able to walk. When the quest for the cure for Martha's inability to walk is finished Saro and Bragoon are dead. The Redwallers are sad about their friends deaths but move on by rebuilding their abbey. This book was very interesting. I gave this book five out of five stars because it was widely entertaining and very exciting. This book is good for any gender and ages. This book is perfect for people who like fiction books about adventure and books with exciting plots full of twists and exciting turns. Lonna's character develops from being scared to being brave and full of rage towards Raga Bol and his Crew. He is able to fulfill his destingy and finds himself at peace.

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-21 16:13

    You've read one, you've read them all, but the Redwall stories are all ripping good yarns. Adventure, questing and heroism but all with a message of peace and kindness. The series might have benefited from being somewhere between 3 and 8 books long rather than the towering 22 Brian Jacques left us, but like P.G. Wodehouse it's nice to know there is a lifetime's supply out there for when you're in the mood.If it weren't for a few systematic flaws I'd give the entire series 5 stars (as children's books) just for the way he tells em. The one dimensional characters, the dodgy stereotyping and the sheer similarity of the stories are a bit much. At the same time I really enjoy the stereotypes: the hares as clones of Hugh Laurie in Blackadder IV, the westcountry bumpkin moles, the crazy-ass birds all being clones of Watership Down's Keehar, the ruthless backbiting searats, the wily scheming me-myself-and-i foxes, and the badgers with anger management problems. In every book I think a tribe of warlike voles stops short of killing our heroes on recognising one of them as their long lost god, and this is no exception.Oh and the food. These books make me HUNGRY. The luscious descriptions of food, and animals *really* enjoying their food, are enough to drive you mad. Another reason to love these books - all the goodies are vegetarian :-D

  • Ren the Unclean
    2019-03-03 11:59

    This book is very much what I expected from a Brian Jacques. I hadn't read one of his Redwall series books in quite a while, but they are still chocked full of anthropomorphic cuteness and relatively intense violence. The first couple times that he switches from a baby mole getting into mischief to a searat pirate gutting one of his crew can be sort of jarring.Either way, this was an ok book. I had no trouble getting all the way through it, though it was definitely not as engrossing as I remember the earlier books in this series (Redwall, Mossflower, and Mattimeo in particular) being. This book also featured Jacques propensity for describing food more heavily than I remember, as eating or talking about eating probably took up 60% of the book.I will have to go back and read the first couple, to see if my memory is accurate, but I guess I would recommend this book to fans of the series, especially younger readers.

  • Kelsey Hanson
    2019-03-04 12:53

    Once again, I feel the need to mention that because this is a Redwall novel and my rational normal review rules are pretty much thrown out the window. I love this series. I love the audiobooks, can't recommend them enough. That being said, this wasn't my favorite Redwall novel. I really enjoy the characters of Bragoon and Saro and Martha who I really related to as a mature for her age young lady. The dibbuns are also pretty adorable and lovable. I really didn't like Horty. I found him incredibly irritating all the way through and I normally like hares. Also the ending seemed a bit abrupt and randomly threw in a villain to fulfil a specific purpose that I can't describe without giving away the endings. Still there was plenty of action, feasts, humor and riddles and as always I love the Redwall world too much to be unbiased.

  • Jeremy Gallen
    2019-03-06 09:57

    Redwall author Brian Jacques dedicates this sequel to his friend Martha Buckley, who inspired the lapine character Martha Braebuck, a lame hare, not to mention his bedridden friend Heather Boyd, as well as to the memory of Nolan Wallace, who inspired the badger Lonna Bowstripe, and Eric Masato Takashige Boehm, whom he says “fought the good fight.” The prologue is an odd narrative by the fictitious Teller of Tales and Weaver of Dreams, while the first main chapter introduces the sea otter Abruc and his son Stugg, who bury a Badge Lord and contest with the searat Raga Bol amidst rainy weather.In the meantime, far to the west, spring has sprung for Redwall Abbey, with the pudgy lutrine Toran Widegirth being the monastery’s Head Cook, and the mouse Carrul being Father Abbot. Twelve seasons prior, Martha arrived at the Abbey, unable to walk and with her brother Hortwill, with a plague brought on the eponymous Loamhedge by the typical antagonistic vermin of the franchise, consistent of rats, foxes, ferrets, weasels, and stoats, among others, while other creatures such as mice, squirrels, badgers, hares, and otters are depicted as inherently good, true to their dispositions in prior installments.As in other entries, moreover, one of the characters receives a vision of Martin the Warrior, while another of the heroes, Lonna Bowstripe, seeks to battle the villainous Raga Bol. The vermin actually verge on conquering Redwall, with battles occurring towards the end accompanied by an epilogue occurring a few seasons afterward. Overall, this is another enjoyable yarn of Redwall, though an in-universe measurement of time to compare chronology from prior entries would have been welcome, alongside the breaking of positive and negative stereotypes of specific animals.

  • Josiah
    2019-03-08 14:06

    "When the sun sets like fire, I will think of you, when the moon casts its light, I'll remember, too, if a soft rain falls gently, I'll stand in this place, recalling the last time, I saw your kind face. Good fortune go with you, to your journey's end, let the waters run calmly, for you, my dear friend." —Loamhedge, P. 114If the Redwall series has not quite the luster of its first seven or eight volumes by book sixteen, I think author Brian Jacques can be forgiven for the slight letdown. Each Redwall novel is nearly four hundred pages and many surpass that mark, and all are more densely plotted than most young-adult fare. Even if Loamhedge may not equal the greatness of such prior classics as Martin the Warrior, Mattimeo, Mossflower or The Bellmaker, the story is still remarkably imaginative and populated with wonderful characters, who make their own imprint on the memories of loyal Redwall followers just as the likes of Constance Badgermum and the legendary warrior Matthias did before them. For Brian Jacques and the sum total of his life's creative output, we are greatly beholden. Redwall Abbey has endured being assailed by massive hordes of monstrous rodents in the past and come through fine, but what about when a smaller group of the marauding creatures brazenly attacks the front gates, demanding access to the abbey's wares? More and more as the years go by it is Martin's famed warrior's sword, not any presumed treasure of the abbey, that leads vermin to its formidable gates, but the abbey dwellers will fight no less ferociously to keep what is theirs, the talisman which has long guided their decisions in times of extreme trouble and pointed them in the direction of what their first and greatest warrior would do. In the present day, however, the abbey is "between warriors", so to speak, at its all-time most vulnerable to attack from greedy outsiders, and even a ragtag gang like the one led by the unimposing fox Badredd can pose a threat to their safety. On the abbey's side in the matter is a young rabbit named Martha Braebuck, wheelchair bound but possessed of innate sensibility and goodness of spirit, both of which go far when facing an enemy as thoughtless as the one now pounding on the gates of Redwall. But what if a much more powerful gang than that driven by Badredd is on its way to attack the abbey? What is Redwall to do in these days of no solid warrior to take up the sword, no able-bodied help in time of crisis as they always seemed to have in the days of old? Luck falls the venerable abbey's way as a pair of formerly wayward youths who left Redwall years ago in search of adventure decide now is the time for a reunion with old friends. Legendary misbehavers Saro and Bragoon are just the type of creature needed to defend the troubled abbey, though their attentions may be drawn off course by another journey that needs taking, and who but the two erstwhile runaways are better suited for such an impromptu venture? Paths intersect and intertwine as those with Redwall's best interests at heart put aside comfort and safety to go in search of one who might be able to help, and the righteously vengeful badger Lonna Bowstripe tears across the Mossflower countryside in desperate search of the notorious Raga Bol, the evil searat captain who killed his mentor and nearly slew him, too. The bloodwrath of a badger enraged by evil perpetrated upon him cannot be satiated by anything short of his own death or full eradication of the instigators of the crime. A badger like Lonna Bowstripe will not rest while dark-hearted vermin walk the earth free to loot and murder innocent creatures, and as Raga Bol and his crew flee the path of destruction wrought by Lonna Bowstripe, their flight takes them dangerously close to Redwall Abbey. Could it be destiny for the battle that settles everything to be fought on the doorstep of the abbey which has seen so much war in endless pursuit of peace? And could there be a cure located far from the abbey for Martha Braebuck's inability to walk, hidden in a place where secrets lie in repose and death waits in forms both sinister and serene...or might the secret to Martha's becoming ambulatory actually be found much closer to home? Loamhedge has its moments, for sure, times when Brian Jacques is nearly everything he ever has been, his storyteller's voice pure magic on the page as the narrative progresses and we learn about ourselves along with the characters. Because of this I would give Loamhedge two and a half stars, and recommend it for longtime fans of the Redwall series. Brian Jacques understands the ins and outs of the journey of life, as stated best on page one of this book: "Life is one long journey from beginning to end, you know. We all walk different roads, both with our bodies and our minds. Some of us lose heart and fall by the wayside, whilst others go on to realize their dreams and desires." Sixteen books into the Redwall series, Brian Jacques hasn't forgotten that great writing is about illuminating the complexities and poignancies of life the reader will recognize immediately but perhaps never have seen in such a way, spotlighted for a moment on the world's stage as time marches on and even those we consider most special and important to us eventually succumb to join the pages of history. This is the heart of the Redwall series, why a group of brave woodland creatures fighting for their freedom and honor means so much to us humans and always, always will. I offer a a toast to Brian Jacques and his Redwall books: There will never be anything else like them, and that, in the end, is the most meaningful legacy of all.

  • Matthew McAndrew
    2019-03-04 16:06

    This one was by far the most distinct book in the series, departing entirely from Redwall...but unlike other volumes with that idea, it doesn't suffer because of that. I remember being intrigued by all the riddles and mysteries involved in the story, and even as a preteen, I thought it was interesting how Brian Jacques included a disabled character in this book. Very interesting.

  • Katy
    2019-02-27 17:08

    Would have liked a little more details about Loamhedge or more time spent there.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-12 13:10

    I liked that the heroes of Loamhedge (two of them, anyway) were old warriors and served as the mentors of the three younger ones. It made the trope of “the heroes of Redwall know everything about fighting despite never going outside the Abbey walls before” much less noticeable. Horty, Fenna, and Springald are inexperienced and rash, and as a result have noticeable character development throughout the book as they journey with Bragoon and Saro.Although not as good as the Freebooters in Triss, Badredd’s gang are portrayed more sympathetically/comically than other vermin gangs in the Redwall series. Despite their overall inefficiency, they do manage to lay siege to Redwall, and perhaps because of their comic portrayal, all of the named members of the gang that attacked Redwall survive and go off and apparently live off the land for the rest of their lives. Flinky, their Chief when the gang escapes Redwall, is also liked by the rest of the vermin, another rarity. I do enjoy these moments of departure from the Redwall formula, especially in a book that is full of said formula. Also, Ka-chunk!So, how did Sister Amyl get out of her wheelchair? It seems too unlikely that her and Martha’s inability to walk were both psychosomatic. In fact, the entire “willpower cure” that Bragoon and Sara create seems a bit crass, and not at all representative of actual disabilities. Willpower (or positive thinking) is good and does affect certain areas of your life, but having the message of the book be “through willpower your disability will vanish” seems…shortsighted.So, the “hares are always hungry” gag was mildly funny for the first few books, but Jacques has really amped it up since then and now it’s only annoying. Horty is not as bad as Scarum, but still quite obnoxious. And speaking of formulas, the shrews were definitely only put in there so that there was a band of shrews with an acronym name.I’m confused as to why Martha didn’t become Abbess, after all the leading she did during the battle, and Fenna, of all creatures, did.Raga Bol, another Redwall villain to have the most anticlimactic death ever. I’ve noticed that when badger lords are involved, the villain’s death is always swift and always anticlimactic.Read more reviews at http://leafsreviews.wordpress.com/

  • Shinysheensean
    2019-02-24 10:48

    The book, Loamhedge, was written by Brian Jacques and is a story of a fascinating tale where animals talk and the forces of good and evil are pitted against one another. The primary characters are Bragoon, Saro, Lonna Bowstripe, Raga bol, and Martha. The perspective takes place from each own group; Bragoon & Saro, Lonna Bowstripe, Raga Bol & his crew, and Martha & Redwallers . The tone that comes off from this story seems to be jolly, yet, it puts readers in a state of constant excitement as the perspective continually changes in every chapter with a new exciting twist. A basic summary of this story would be; the fabled heros, Bragoon & Saro, return to their home, Redwall, and find a hare named Martha who is Confined to a wheelchair. They journey outwards, once again (finding that they may never settle), to find a cure for Martha to walk again. The heros will discover that they have some unwanted guests on their journey, but continue on... possibly to their demise as they fight through many foes to seek the cure to Martha's disablity. Brian Jacques always has written enjoyable literature, and continually a strong point of all most all of his novels is the multiple perspective approach. However, a weak point possibly is always the scenario of each novel (In other words, he seems to use the good vs. evil plot a little too much with good always on the winning side). Pherhaps, a change in this would be welcomed by many, but it still has been a sucess by continuing to do this. However, It is quite possible that none will tire of his stories, but in the future it might help to vary the subject of his stories.Once again the author, Brian Jacques, continues his stories of the inhabitants of Redwall Abby always pulling in readers of all ages.

  • Anna Elghanayan
    2019-03-12 12:13

    I have read several of the Redwall novels, none of which in order. I have been reading these stories for years now, and discovered that they are timeless.I was not exactly satisfied by the prologue, it did not give the usual foreshadowing that Brian Jacques usually provides. Although the story had dozens and dozens of characters, I was pleased by the description and individuality of each one, making it easy to remember their parts. The story did not lose my interest, constantly switching points of view. Martha, a wheelchair bound mouse-maid and her Redwall Abbey brothers and sisters fight to defend their precious home. Meanwhile Redwall born Bragoon and Sarobando trek across perilous country with three youngsters to find the secret of walking for Martha. Raga Bol and his evil horde of sea-rats attack the Redwall Abbey, all by being hunted by the great Badger Lord Lonna Bowstripe. Each Point of view is expertly tied together, constantly providing twists and turns of unexpected adventure! I found myself becoming more and more enveloped by the story, cheering for the defenders of Redwall Abbey, and feeling hopeless simultaneously with its characters. I also felt the the rage of Lonna as he avenged the loss of his adopted father in his quest to murder Raga Bol. Most of all, I literally found myself in tears at the honorable loss of two respectable characters.In conclusion, I was bit annoyed by the number of loose ends. For example, what became of the the otters who nursed Lonna back to life in the first place? Did Springald and Fenna ever meet their shrew- boyfriends again? These, however, were minor details, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story!

  • Krystal
    2019-03-19 17:04

    Brian Jacques has been one of my favorite authors since I was a teenager. My adventures with the characters from Redwall took a hiatus after Legend of Luke until I stumbled across Loamhedge in a book store. One thing that I love about the Redwall books is that you don't have to read them in order to understand the story that is being written. Each and every one of the books have their own plot lines and characters that are unique to each story. Yes there are some reoccurring characters like Martin the Warrior, but you don't have to have knowledge of the other books in the series to understand the reoccurring characters. Brian Jacques has built an amazing world around Redwall Abbey and Mossflower. He is so descriptive with the setting and characters that it is almost impossible for readers to be unable to envision what they are reading. Loamhedge is no exception. It has been years since I've picked up a book from the Redwall series, but as soon as I picked up Loamhedge I was instantly transported into the world of Redwall. There is nothing bad that I could say about this book. The character development is amazing as is the plot development. I love how even though the book bounces back and forth between many different scenes, the reader is still able to follow along and comprehend it.

  • Marie
    2019-02-24 14:48

    (Review of audiobook version.)I needed something lighthearted around the time I listened to this, and so it wasn't a hard choice to go back to the favorite series of my childhood. As an adult I have fallen behind and haven't read the last few of the long-running series because the books are just to formulaic for me as an adult. Quite a bit of my present enjoyment is from nostalgia!I picked up this one because the reviews said there were some twists that deviated from the typical Redwall formula. I'm not sure if that's entirely true, as the basic formula is still there. There is an adventure with warriors, Redwall itself is attacked and must be defended, and the villains are fairly one-dimensionally evil. Of the bad guy cast, I most enjoyed reading about the stoat, Flinky. His character stood out among the horde as being a different take on villainy - he didn't use strength or fear to get what he wanted, but rather his silver tongue. In general I enjoyed the story, but it was not particularly deep or memorable as Redwall stories go. My favorites are still Mattimeo, Mossflower, and Salamandastron (the weasel twins! I love them).As for the audiobook, some of the voices were irritating (high pitched) and took some getting used to as the dialects were very thick (and not just the moles). In future I will probably read hard copies over the audio versions.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-11 15:13

    As many books in the Redwall series there are several stories going on. Martha is a young hare who has never been able to walk. She has a vision of Martin the Warrior that says an abandoned Abbey called Loamhedge has the cure for her disability. Saro, a squirrel, and Bragoon, an otter, seasoned warriors, offer to follow an old map to Loamhedge but they are followed by Martha's brother, Horty and their two friends, Fenna and Springald. The younger Redwallers cause all sorts of mayhem because of their inexperience.The second plot is Redwall Abbey is under siege by not one, but two vermin hordes. With all the warriors gone, the animals of the abbey have to find a way to defend themselves until help arrives. The final story is about Lonna, a badger, who is tracking the searats who attacked him and killed his mentor so that he can have his revenge. I hate giving spoilers so I'll just say I gave it only 4 stars because I didn't like the ending. Jacques has had better sieges and better villains in other books. I also didn't like they way Martha's disability was handled. In the beginning she was a strong character determined to pull her weight despite being in a wheelchair. How it was resolved was a little bit condescending.

  • Jing
    2019-02-25 11:03

    Like most of the other Redwall books, it is a double destiny where you get to see tow protangonist on a mission. One is Lonna Bowstripe a badger who vows to make an end to Raga Bol and his searats once and for all to avenge the death of his friend and others who crossed paths with Raga Bol. The other is a adventure back to Loamhedge a abbey built long beofore Redwall started where five travelers journey there in the hope of finding the cure for helping Marta walk. In the end, two of the travelers died showing true valor in protecting others. Raga Bol also completes his duty in destroying his enemies and returns to Salamanstron. One thing i want to add that all the other books didn't have is to aim for something for others. Marta was a hare that couldn't walk, but in saving her abbot on a vicous attack, she rush with her feet to save him. Sometimes other want you to accomplish your dreams because it would make them happy too. Before the two travelers that died on the Loamhedge quest, they made up the message for the cure when they couldnt' find one. They just wanted Marta to be happy. Is there anyone who would be happy if you accomplish your dreams?

  • Piepie
    2019-03-06 17:06

    Once again I feel like Jacques ended this book too soon. The scenes with the Wearet creature, Lonna Bowstripe fighting the vermin down to the last rat, Toobledum the dormouse and his pet lizard...I wish he had just continued the storyline rather than maybe worrying about time constraints or page numbers. I can't believe, however, how attracted I was to those brave warriors, Bragoon the otter and Saro the squirrel. I almost cried when I read how they died! And making up one final rhyme to add to Sister Amyl's secret was extremely heart-touching. I loved them - such memorable characters to add to the Redwall/Mossflower world.I still love Redwall, I do, I enjoy visiting time and time again - but now that I'm older and reading through the series I finally realize that each book is a little similar. A conflict at the Abbey, travelers going on a quest accompanied by riddles, and finally warfare at Redwall and the travelers returning...sometimes all of a sudden, it seems.Nonetheless, I enjoyed learning more about Loamhedge. If you're curious about the history before Abbess Germaine, you will enjoy reading this book.

  • The Docta
    2019-03-19 16:12

    We see gerbil rats in this one, but there have not been any new animal types for some time. I am waiting for a chipmunk to be part of the friends or perhaps a turtle. Perhaps a wolf like has already been mentioned but never in the story as a character. Or maybe a wolverine, tortoise, or porcupine. Probably making the appearance as a villain perhaps a possum or raccoon. But I am not sure if he restricts the woodland and mountain creatures to those indigenous to England. We know the bigger animals exist in the world of Redwall because a horse appears in the first book and a dead wolf was found in book 11. I doubt the author would use anything with hooves, so that counts out deer, goats, and horses as actual characters. Besides the horse in book one was treated more as a dumb beast owned by a human whose cart it was pulling (though no such human was mentioned obviously). And I think a bear is unlikely because what could contend with a bear; but wolves, beavers, wolverines, and possums are not totally out of the question.

  • Will Waller
    2019-03-11 17:13

    And the beat goes on...Okay this book is more of the same with some differences from other Redwall books. The terrain is different which is a plus. The villains are not that intimidating. Instead of a mega-villain, the Redwall folks face a humorous and bumbling group. And the characters cross a crevasse which is an interesting change of pace too. However, far, far too much of this book is about food. I think in Jacques old age he became preoccupied with it and it shows in this book. I skim all these sections because the typical conversation is: we had food, we discussed the food, Dibbuns were ridiculous, people appreciated our food, especially hares. Secondly, this book could have the opportunity to really tie back into the past with the trip to Loamhenge, but it doesn't. They get there, they see some stuff but nothing mind blowing. Finally, the last villain really should be fleshed out. Not memorable at all, and comes only in the final few pages. The ending is great in this one however, unlike most Redwall books.

  • Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
    2019-03-09 13:58

    I'm not going to write an especially long review this time. I've just been reading so many Redwall books lately that I'm afraid I've said almost all I can about them.Did I mention that despite the relatively simple language, I find the imagery far easier to envision when I read Redwall books than any other books?Did I mention that I love the dialects?Did I mention that although all of the books feature the same or similar creatures in relatively the same setting, each of the stories is unique and therefore interesting?Did I mention that I love hares? Horty is rather adorable.It was sad when Saro and Bragoon died, but I kind of expected it when the fight-in-the-gorge scene started. And I definitely thought Horty was going to become Abbot because he was carrying the sword the last we heard--but then Fenna, so that was a surprise.Anyway, "Loamhedge" was certainly just as charmingly quaint as all of the Redwall books; I think I'm just not inspired because I've been reading too many of them. I need to take a break for a few months, maybe a year. :P

  • Jenn
    2019-03-17 16:05

    Well, I enjoyed this one like I have all of the Redwall books. The story followed the same arc as most others. The Redwallers are enjoying their peaceful and fruitful life at the Abbey, some evil band of Rats or other vermin gets ansty and decides to attack and the Redwallers are force to ignore their peaceful ways and defend their home. The characters are what make each story different and in Loamhedge I really enjoyed the young Redwall dwellers such as Muggum and Buffler. They provided most of the comic relief. One of the things I didn't like about this installment in the series was the abundance of different "dialects" . All of the different creatures (Moles, Shrews, Otters, etc.) have different dialects and the author tries to show this in the writing. I feel like it slows everything down trying to read the dialoge between characters that "speak" with a lot of English slang and unusual contractions. Otherwise, I like it!

  • Angela Mondragon
    2019-03-08 09:47

    Another wonderful installment in the series of Redwall, about three young, soft Redwallers who get a taste of the outside world and grow up as they embark on a quest with two old mates to help a chairbound haremaid. The hares have always been amusing to me, but Horty takes the cake as one of the most unstoppable hares ever, and one who needs a good dose of discipline and hardship to shape him into a hare worthy of the Long Patrol. In the meantime, his wheelchair-bound sister is discovering her own strengths as Redwall is besieged by an ambitious young fox, who in his turn is put in his place by a paranoid searat and his crew. Yet another giant badger makes an appearance with his own score to settle. A tale of kinship and friendship and sacrifice that left me very satisfied, as I have been with the whole series.

  • Mac Donhue
    2019-02-25 10:06

    This Book was one of the better Books I have ever read. I have always enjoyed the "Redwall" book series. And after more then a dozen of them I still love the stories. Brian Jaques manages to create masterpiece after master piece. This story is about some travelers who come to the Redwall abbey and come across Martha. A strong a courageous Hare who has never obtained the ability to walk. But, she's still the happiest person in the world with all the hope and wonder of becoming something great. Her brother and two of his friend set off on the adventure of their lives with two strong experienced warriors. However, little do they know that their small Redwall abbey is going to placed under siege from a terrible warlord. I can't say to much, but you must read it to experience a great time like I have over and over reading Brian Jaques' books.

  • Sue
    2019-03-10 12:48

    Although this was on my toread list for a while, I bumped it up when I found out about Brian Jacques' passing. His books have always been favorites of mine, and I recommend them to students who like fantasy-adventure books (or animal-related books) frequently. One could say there is a pat formula to these books - there are almost always fights against vermin, a long journey, more than one storyline that come together at the end... but to me it is comforting in a way. The ability to always revisit the hungry hares, guerilla unions of shrews, fabulous feasts, singing otters, down-to-earth molespeak - I love it. I appreciate that there are 21 books in the series - there always seems to be another I can read when I want to enter that world... but I am saddened that after the 21st, there won't be any new ventures into Redwall. Of course, one could just start the series over again...

  • Jesse Booth
    2019-02-28 11:50

    Great book! I read Loamhedge in honor of Brian Jacques passing away this year. The author was instrumental in my love for reading at an early age. I read Redwall back in 1993, when I was 8 years old. I've been a huge fan ever since! I own the entire series, and can't wait for my own child to read them (hopefully he'll have a love for the Fantasy genre like myself!). Brian, you will greatly be missed!The book itself had an old feel to it. It reminded me of his older writing, especially at the end. There were times my heart stirred for the abbey creatures, and who couldn't love Lonna Bowstripe? Great characters. Martha, Horty, Bragoon, Saro... they were all developed very well. I'd highly recommend this book to anybody interested in the Redwall series. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • J.T.
    2019-02-19 11:50

    Another so-so Redwall adventure.I think the villain in the book was never really developed. (similar to Cluny from the first book.)The villains are always killed by another big enemy before their characteristics are developed and they ALL seemed the same thick headed cowardly enemy-only with different forms, mainly rats, weasels, foxes and wildcats. The story also seemed recycled. The first part is about enemies attacking Redwall (AGAIN) and the second part is when the badger looks for the vermin. Other then that, it was alright. Not Brian's best work, but good enough that I would want to finish reading it. The introduction of new animal species (such as wolves, groundhogs, and the like) would do the series some good.