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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 moleThe 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, Martin and Gonff set off on a dangerous quest for Salamandastron, where they are convinced that their only hope, Boar the Fighter, still lives....

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Mossflower Reviews

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-06-18 20:02

    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 takedown at the end. It's just a damn fun read.One of, if not the, most memorable objects in the Redwall series is Martin's sword, and one of the things I love most about the books is their consistent emphasis on what the sword is and what it means. Nowhere is that more clearly laid out than in this book, wherein the sword is reforged by Boar the Fighter with the warning that "a sword is a force for good only in the paws of an honest warrior". The Redwall series does an excellent job of balancing both the mystical aura it affords to the sword and the message that the sword itself isn't inherently special; and for a series which rests squarely in line with so many fantasy tropes, emphasizing the importance of personal morality above object-linked magic is really important.Last thing: as with all Redwall books, I strongly recommend the full-cast audio version of Mossflower. It's even more fun when you can hear it come to life.

  • El
    2019-06-17 16:48

    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 Redwall was built, familiar to readers of the first book in the series, Redwall, the land was referred to as Mossflower. That's where this prequel comes in. The awful Tsarmina, a wildcat, is ruling the Mossflower Woods, and many are not happy with this arrangement. Martin the warrior-mouse escapes his prison cell with a buddy, and they make it their mission to overthrow the reign of Tsarmina.This is a long story (11.5 hours by audio book, 52 chapters) with lots of animals battling, lots of singing, and lots of really annoying voices in the narrative that did not translate well to audio. Or, at least, I don't have the patience for it.But it's an important story in the whole Redwall series, I get that, and I did get a sort of little crush on Martin who knows how to wield his sword. (That's not a euphemism, btw, because that would be gross. No, he really does have a sword.)I grew tired of listening to the story over the course of however many walks, and I had to renew it several times from the library because I couldn't get through it quickly enough. I made the decision to get the next book in the same format because I'm a glutton for punishment, but also I really need to listen to something during my walks and these stories are better than many because there's a lot happening, they have simple plots but somewhat complex characters, and all in all it's just an easy listen.But, really, quit it with the singing.

  • Leila
    2019-06-16 20:49

    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 adventures and as always in Brian’s beautifully written books; good always eventually triumphs over evil and Martin is named forever “Martin the Warrior” The Redwall books are written for teenagers but these enchanting stories can equally be read by adults who will surely enjoy them. I am not keen on too many spoilers but there are many bloodthirsty battles as well as the background of woodland life with the loyalties, friendships, bravery and love among the animals. Especially enchanting are the descriptions of the many recipes of the food made from the plants and their fruits in the woods around the creatures. Do give these books a try. Brian Jacques writes exciting novels with vivid plots and excellently drawn characters both good and evil. They can be read in order or as standalone books but I would recommend you read them in order as references are often made to previous characters in the later books.

  • Joseph Leskey
    2019-06-23 17:06

    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
    2019-05-30 15:58

    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 well-developed and interesting to read, Martin's journey provides our first glimpse of Salamandastron, and the book provides much backstory to Redwall and creates a prime jumping off point for the many, many sequels and prequels that follow.Where I sometimes feel frustrated by Redwall, Mossflower is truly a delightful, enjoyable read from beginning to end. Already in this second novel, all traces of human influence are gone, creating a more complete, independent world and more intelligent characters. The religious overtones are gone as well, Jacques' writing style has matured, and he has a greater grasp of the different beings, landscapes, landmarks, and mindsets within the world that he has created. As a result, Mossflower is a complete, highly enjoyable read by an accomplished author. It moves quickly and smoothly, manages to be funny, provoking, and emotional in turn, and is a truly engrossing and enjoyable read.Jacques is, however, almost too good at filling in all the backstory to Redwall--almost every character and location in that book is explained in this one, often providing answers that are too pat. It comes off as scripted, and the reader can get so caught up in looking for these connections that he becomes distracted from the story itself. These pieces of backstory do provide a more complete world, and in the following books Jacques will tempter, contradict, and expand upon them, but for now they do feel forced.Mossflower really is one of my favorite books in the Redwall series to come back to and reread. My copy of it is proof to that--it's a bit worse for the wear. Martin is a truly inspiring, enjoyable protagonist--not clichéd, not too funny, but very strong, independent, and realistically human and social. His journey to rebuild his father's sword is central to Redwall history, and it also is our first view of Salamandastron, which will become increasingly important in later books. The battles are memorable (although the final battle against Tsarmina does go a bit quickly), as are the characters (Skipper, Lady Amber, Mask, and Gonff all stand out in my mind). The is one of the books that I love to curl up and dive into, and it's prime material for getting lost in. I definitely recommend it if you're at all interested in the Redwall series, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.January 2014 commentary:Trying to find something distracting to consume hasn't been working overwell, so I reached for something comforting instead and am rereading Mossflower. The book was published in 1988; my copy was published in 1990, but I probably stole it from a Montessori library sometime around 1995. It looks like this, now:[image error]If memory serves, the cover came to me with a small crease (it was in a school library), which developed into a second crease, which tore a couple of years ago; I still use a liberated corner of the cover as a bookmark. Again if memory serves, I think the book has gone with me to two nations, two states, two schools, and about seven different residences.And it isn't even that good.It's comparable to comfort food both because food is a recurrent aspect of the Redwall series and because it doesn't have to be objectively good to be comforting. I actually don't much care for Redwall, the first book in the series: the plot is central to the world's history, but it's distinctly a first attempt and while it contains many of the aspects which would become cornerstone to the series--puzzles, food, dialects, multiple adventures running in parallel--the setting and tone is only half there. In Redwall we know there are humans somewhere, building barns and horsecarts, and suddenly an abbey full of talking mice is ridiculous.Mossflower is the change into what the series would be. It discards the human world, and without making any more justifications or sense (badgers weigh twenty pounds, a mouse stands three inches tall) the setting becomes far more convincing: talking mice and weasels, get passed it; they're not even weasels, really--species function as a stand-in, problematically, for a group of people. It takes those cornerstones and reiterates them, defining what the series would be from here--but coming early enough in the series that it feels familiar rather than redundant (both in publishing order and upon reread). And it's less insular, showing Mossflower as a place entire rather than a central building, journeying as far as Salamandastron, in a way establishing so much more than Redwall did. Redwall was a practice run, but Mossflower determines the future: it builds the Abbey and the series. And I love that series, I read it while growing up and have almost the entire thing in handsome hardback, I celebrated every new release well into my college years, and Jacques's death in 2011 crushed me because that was the death of my childhood.All the descriptions of food, the shallow puzzles, the existentialist and/or exaggerated characterization*, are rather glaring to me on this reread, but I find I don't mind them. It's almost nostalgic, to see as an adult what it was that made this book work for me as a child. The hardest books for me to review are those with which I have history, because how to separate that history from the book itself? Mossflower is perfectly competent, utterly decent, not awfully well-written, okay but not honestly that good, and I love it to literal pieces--the cover has come right off.* Except Martin. Martin, man, whose one-word characterization may be "Warrior" but whose character arcs are almost always about the conflict between warring and living: fighting is necessary to protect what he loves, but it divides him from what he loves. That conflict is reiterated in all his stories, but it's so bittersweet and surprisingly gentle--quiet, powerful, lonesome Martin, so eager to accept the first hand extended to him in friendship even though he remembers exactly how that ended last time--that I don't much mind.January 2014 addendum:Mossflower's primary weakness is easier for me to accept because it's a strength in the later books: it's repetitive. It's the first book that can recycle what would become the series's core features: the food, the accents, the species-as-groups-of-people, the questing and parallel adventures, and--more blatantly in Mossflower than elsewhere in the series--the branching, interconnected world. In Mossflower, we get an origin story for near every aspect of Redwall, from the barn cat to St. Ninian's Church to the Abbey itself; often, the tie-ins are obnoxiously neat--but:Upon re-re-reread, it's surprisingly poignant to see Martin and Timballisto reunited in Mossflower, not just because I know how their story will unfold in this book but because I've met him and heard of him elsewhere throughout the series; his presence, alongside the woodlanders and hares and the rest of the motley crew (and we know them, too, from their roles and progeny in other books), represents Martin's aggregate experience: the warrior in training that he was on the North Shores, which Tim represents, the changes he's undergone since entering Mossflower Woods, the warrior that he's become since leaving Salamandastron, and finally the figure he will be in Redwall's future--a story that overlays multiple books and an entire series.The series's stylistic repetition is as limiting as it is comforting, that reliable redundancy about the virtues of Deeper 'n Ever Pie. But the world's sprawling mythos becomes its strength. Despite the fact that species function as essentialist stand-ins for groups of people, the interconnected sprawl of the books means that frequently an individual mentioned in one is given greater depth in another; this doesn't do much to develop the villains (and even the exceptions may be problematic, see: The Outcast of Redwall)--but it nonetheless denies the simplicity of species as characterization; it implies that almost anyone could be the protagonist of their own story, and that many are. It also creates a sense of scope, of gravitas, of depth, of emotional connection--which is why Sunflash's appearance in Mossflower's final pages means so much: it has relevance to this story, where we met Bella and glimpsed Salamandastron, but on reread it's indicative of Salamandastron's long and storied history and the continuing impact it will have, has had, on the world of Redwall.Mossflower's repetition is frequently heavy-handed because it was the first book that could attempt it, so it's both an unpracticed attempt and a particularly glaring one; a lot of that clumsiness, for better or worse, never goes away. But rereading it with a love for the series entire, I appreciate so earnestly what it does because it's indicative of what it will continue to do: every story will have a backstory, and Martin will never be forgotten.

  • Jing
    2019-05-31 20:01

    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 where they unite along with other woodlanders to rebel against Tsarmina- a rebellion which was the start of Redwall. In order to do so, Matthais and some of his friends went to find salamandastron to find Boar the figter for assistance. They came back without him but the a new sword for Martin. There began the final plans to defeat Tsarmina...The one thing i learn form this thing is courage. I guess in those days the value it. It reminds me sometimes wehn presenting something to other people, it takes courage becaue i am not that kind of person who like to talk openly with others. Courage is what keeps people going and eventually becomes a good relfection to their deeds. Even looking at the most uncommon people, there is some kind of courage within them.

  • Jana
    2019-05-25 20:01

    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 Redwall series as a child, and re-reading the first few books as an adult has been a very nostalgic experience for me. It's been long enough since I last read them that I don't remember exactly which characters make it to the end of the novels and which heroes get noble deaths. I did, however, remember the massive number of enemies which are slaughtered without a second thought, while the deaths of sympathetic characters are more evenly spaced and given more weight. Mossflower has more female characters than its predecessor,Redwall, which is good to see, though many of them are placed in domestic or supporting roles while the majority of the male characters take part in battles and epic quests. I'm also uncomfortable withBrian Jacques' insistence that there are "good" kinds of animal (generally what one would think of as prey, like robins, squirrels, mice, and otters) and "bad" animals (predators like foxes, weasels, wildcats, etc.) which he has used as a running theme for every book I've read within the Redwall series. (Full disclosure: I've read most, but not all, of the twenty Redwall books.) There's usually a casual mention of a "good" predatory creature, which in Mossflower is portrayed by the wildcats Gingevere and Sandingomm, but that hardly feels inclusive. Even as a child, this felt odd to me, and it feels no less odd as an adult.There are some pacing issues here, as well. A chapter might include three or four points of view, each taking place at a different point in time, which was slightly confusing. It's sometimes difficult to tell whether events are simultaneous or occurring in a sequence. The dialogue and concepts are simplistic, written to a specific audience, and the hero-villain dynamic is very clearly delineated. However, Jacques does write heroes and their battle scenes well, with enough detail to make events clear to young readers without becoming too gory or gruesome. At heart, these are fun books with clear moral messages about good triumphing over evil and the benefits of living in a positive community. They're a great way to introduce children to commonly-used fantasy tropes and the wider possibilities of the fantasy genre as a whole. Recommended for 5th-graders and older, including their parents.

  • Chris
    2019-05-30 16:58

    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, vicious and entitled, an image of adult self-regard but marred by childish flaws. The picaresque aspects of the book provide frequent, exciting climaxes, often based on the characters' deployment and manipulation of much stronger forces (the Gloomer and the pike; the toads' giant eel; Salamandastron itself)-- another way I was able to start thinking about power. Martin the Warrior flattens into his strange-mouse-comes-to-town archetype a bit, but at the end of the day, he's a mouse who kills a cat, and that's just badass.Jacques overwrites to an almost Dickensian degree. It's probably from him that I first picked up that baleful habit. But for a hearing audience-- which, after all, Dickens shared with Jacques-- those redundant adjectives and frequent motifs create strong, familiar images. This book leans less heavily than some of the others on feasting, but if you've read any of these at all, you'll remember the food. If anything, I see lessons in this prose for preachers. Literary spareness is no help in the pulpit, but sensual vividness, especially for taste and smell, will stick.This isn't a defense on the merits. I wouldn't even know how to do that. But it's my own small tribute. Pour a 40 of elderberry cordial, and read one of these to a nine-year-old.

  • Debbie
    2019-06-16 20:10

    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 Tsarmina and ends up in the Kotir dungeon, he meets Gonff the mouse thief and they strike up a friendship that carries them through many adventures. Once again, Jacques creates a believable world peopled with well-drawn characters that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.This series is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fantasy readers of all ages.

  • Alexa
    2019-05-26 17:03

    Took its sweet time getting started, but it sure was epic once it did! Also, Gonff is amazing.

  • Geoffery Crescent
    2019-06-22 22:07

    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 childhood book, her original copy having long since departed for the Dark Forest, thanks to a combination of some overenthusiastic borrowers and one too many accidental dunks in the bath-tub. Seeking a source of comfort in those orally painful hours, she makes the purchase. But what did she discover? Was it to be nought but a pleasant trip down memory lane, or a painful discovery that it really wasn't as good as she remembered? Turns out it was neither.There's a reason Mossflower was my favourite book as a kid. There's a reason it got me hooked on the Redwall books and a reason it's not just the best book about Martin, but the best book of the series. Because it's bloody fantastic.Mercifully free from the Early Instalment Weirdness that plagues Redwall on re-reads but without any of the tropes that bogged down later books in the series,those that were almost suffocated by Dibbuns, songs and prophecies, Mossflower is a smart, exciting page-turner stuffed to the gills with likeable characters. These are the pre-Abbey seasons, not only are the woodlanders living wild and under constant threat, there's no cosy stronghold for them to retreat to when things get tough. Sure, it's a kid's book and you're fairly certain that things will turn out for the best but when the book opens, in the dead of Winter with the eerie Kotir and its wildcats rulers holding sway over the lands it genuinely looks like things are never going to right themselves. Tsarmina is far and away the best foe ever conceived by Jacques, she's nasty, insane and oh, let's not forget she's about five times as big as Martin the Warrior, which makes her eventual defeat at his paws all the more impressive. Her soldiers are an excellent mix of the truly evil and the punch-clock archetype, but there's room in Mossflower for more than the Vermin=Chaotic Evil that became so prevalent later in the series. And let's not forget Martin himself, fresh from his heart-break in the Northlands, the original and the greatest of all the Redwall warriors. Sure, he gets a Disney death, but let's cut him some slack because this book is dark. Dark as balls. Just read Bella's first conversation with Abbess Germaine for proof. It's a little along the lines of "everyone we ever knew is dead or dying a horrible, horrible death". And some of these deaths come straight out of left-field; even on this re-read I found myself getting all misty eyed when the Mask cops it. Boar's death is also spectacularly unexpected because he's the blimmin' hero! There are tons of well-written female characters whose motivations don't revolve solely around becoming Abbess, a couple that actually seem like they're in love rather than being paired off together in the epilogue for some reason and Gonff. Gonff is supreme. Prince of Characters.Sure, it's all a bit twee when you remind yourself that most of the cast are soft fluffy animals and like all Redwall books it goes on about food in a way that would give George R R Martin a run for his money. If you're not a fan of anthropomorphic battle mice than nothing I said here is really going to convince you but hey, it's wonderful not to have a memory tarnished, but enhanced, by a re-read of one of your favourite books. Brain Jacques at his best. Oh, and I was going to do my standard Evil Fat Character count but I can't because Jacques LITERALLY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE OR DEMEAN OVERWEIGHT CHARACTERS IN ANYWAY. How's about that then, matey?

  • leslye
    2019-05-28 20:03

    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 Tsarmina.By the end of the novel, you forget that mice can't talk and that badgers don't wield swords. I highly recommend this fun, magical series... even to adults who just want to escape to an age of innocent adventure.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-15 15:56

    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.

  • Olivia
    2019-06-16 14:54

    2.5 stars

  • Zachary Barnes
    2019-06-04 17:03

    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 good world-building. You see, in REDWALL, there's this awesome sword that the mouse protagonist must find to defeat Cluny the Scourge, who is as evil as his name suggests. It's the sword of an ancient, honored warrior... and MOSSFLOWER is the story (well, part of it) of that warrior! Martin is his name, and kicking vermin butts is his game.This novel is a conflation of probably the two best tropes in fantasy: the "quest" and the "siege". The quest is about finding a warrior fit enough to take down Tsarmina--the wildcat patricide who lords over Mossflower woods. And the siege, well, there's actually two of them, are both pretty rocking. Oh, and there's a ship named *Bloodwake* and food is called 'vittles'. Epic stuff.But those aren't the reasons I love MOSSFLOWER. I love it because of its themes.Martin has a sword. It's reforged from the shard of a meteorite. But that just makes it a better tool. The sword is neither good nor bad, though it can be *used* for good or for bad. The first REDWALL book made a pretty clear distinction between the good guys and the bad guys. Good guys = friendly, cute creatures. Bad guys = rats and gross creatures (adders, ferrets and the like). But MOSSFLOWER deals with morality in a more evenhanded fashion. Martin could choose to use the sword to rule over Mossflower like his enemy does, but he elects to help others instead. On the other hand, there are a few 'villianous' creatures who end up being decent people, like Tsarmina's wildcat brother. All in all, it's a much more realistic look at storytelling (as realistic as talking animals can be, that is...)So if you haven't been paying attention, this book is great. Read it.

  • Kelsey Hanson
    2019-06-14 14:54

    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. Seriously, I'm not sure that if it's because I have so much nostalgia built up around this series but I love it. The storytelling is good. There is a lot of detail that it feels like you could actually visit this place. It's light-hearted but sometimes it's refreshing to read a swashbuckling book with a happy ending. This book also features Gonff who is one of my favorite characters in the series. He's impossible not to like. I also tend to enjoy the prequel stories because of Martin who has a pretty fascinating life story and ultimately drives the entire series through his spirit which serves as a symbol of goodness. I realize that this is a bit of a gush review but I like these books too much to really be objective.

  • Hannah Rodes
    2019-06-07 15:02

    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" that sounds creepy•what was Angulor's (the golden eagle) purpose, to eat the other characters? These are just a few of what I did or didn't like but they are the main ones. But the story was intriguing! I tell you one thing though I can finally relate to that pin on Pinterest (first picture) I'm really starting to like this character (next picture) and.... He's dead:(

  • Dev
    2019-05-26 20:08

    Of all the Redwall books I read, this one is my favourite. I am a little in love with Martin the Warrior and his spirit. I love that Brian Jacques has pure heroes who are valiant and kind and always win in the end. Martin's relationship with all the other woodland characters is fun to read, just as all Redwall books, because of the diverse dialects and witty dialogue. Martin is especially clever with words, and his personality is exactly what I wanted from the hero so adored in the first Redwall.

  • Caroline
    2019-06-01 18:40

    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 with it (it's a prequel to Redwall). I read it both ways, starting with Redwall when I was young, and this time, starting with Mossflower, and I definitely think Mossflower should come first.

  • Urian
    2019-05-29 15:07

    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
    2019-06-10 17:50

    Not too bad but not good enough... 3star

  • Chelsea
    2019-06-15 20:50

    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 animal characters who had general but interesting personalities, and a through line of certain themes and relations between the books. This was the first really long series I started. I also saw the animated show. It wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t that bad either, in my opinion. There’s only one general criticism I have of the series, but I’ll talk about that in a bit.Mossflower is the major location for the series. The majority of the books take place there. Martin the Warrior is the most famous of characters, and he becomes a messiah like figure later on, his ghost appearing in some cases. One of the major characteristics of him is that he’s a mouse, who typically are small and not particularly warlike most of the time, but he’s very dangerous. When Martin arrives in Mossflower, he’s coming from a traumatic background that they get into with greater detail in other books. He is immediately accosted by the corrupt army of the leader in the are, the aging warlord wildcat Verdauga Greeneyes. They are robbing the people blind and letting their criminal bully minions do whatever they want. The people wish to rebel, but they have no real focal point or person to rally their cause. Enter Martin. This is a very Robin Hood like story. Verdauga dies, poisoned by his daughter Tsarmina and her vixen companion Fortunata. Fortunata masquerades as a healer. Tsarmina is cruel and vicious and wants to have all the power, and she blames the death on her gentler, kinder brother Gingivere. She establishes herself quickly as the villain by the murder and breaking Martin’s family sword.While imprisoned, Martin meets the clever and cheerful mouse thief Gonff. They become close quickly, and they are rescued by the Corim, a group dedicated to getting their lands back. Loamhedge is introduced here too as an abbey where they had to flee from because of the plague, and Abbess Germaine is the main character from there. We also meet the badger Bella, who is a ringleader and swears only her father Boar, the Badger Lord of Salamandastron, can save them. Salamandastron is also a major location in the series. Martin, Gonff, and Young Dinny the mole head off to find Boar. They also meet the shrew Log-a-log, a character that is mostly a title we see a lot of in the series. They have a series of adventures on the road, partly why people compare this to The Hobbit’s journey. They have a greater goal, but there are pit stops as they nearly die frequently. My personal favorite is the terrifying eel Snakefish who they nearly get eaten by in a pit, but they actually end up helping to escape.They make it to Salamandastron and meet Boar, and he helps fix Martin’s sword. The Badger Lord and his dangerous hares are also major characters in the books, so this is one of the earlier starts to them. Boar is killed in a duel with his great enemy, so Martin has to accept he is the hero who must save Mossflower. They return after taking over a slave ship and sailing back with the freed slaves, and Martin kills Tsarmina. There’s an interesting part where they nearly drive Tsarmina mad by slowly flooding the castle, and no one believes her when she keeps claiming she can hear water. Having her break down reminded me a bit of Lady Macbeth. Martin nearly dies in the final battle but he does survive. He goes to be a Redwall legend as this courageous warrior who helped them get their land back.My only real complaint in the series, and this is something many people bring up, is how black and white the characters are. In this case, it’s specific to the species they are. I get it’s easier to go “well all mice are peaceful but have inner strength” and “all rats are inherently vermin.” But it did often feel like the characters were too two-dimensional because of it. Later in the series he does redeem some of the evil species characters, but it’s rare. He was capable of making complex characters, Martin certainly was one, but too often the bad guys were just evil. Nothing else. Evil. It also doesn’t feature too many strong female characters; don’t get me wrong, Bella and Gonff’s love interest Columbine were interesting! It just took awhile before a woman was the lead character and a badass. Anyway, overall this book is a delight. I’ve read it multiple times over the years, and it’s always entertaining. I forget how many little adventures they had on the road. Revisit it if you only read it during childhood. It holds up!

  • Edward Davies
    2019-06-14 14:54

    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
    2019-05-28 21:45

    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. Although he was a rather stereotypical villain, at least Cluny the Scourge was not laughable and his plots were not as easily ruined by bungling troops. There are a few more serious and gruesome battles between different woodland creatures and Tsarmina’s forces, but since most of the fights are brief and the efforts of the rats and stoats are usually fairly absurd and unsuccessful, these battles were not enough to create the feeling that the woodlanders were truly in peril. Tsarmina and her forces seem more like a nuisance than a danger. Of course, some might find the more light-hearted tone of Mossflower enjoyable, but part of what I really enjoyed about Redwall was the combination of the adorable woodland creatures with the truly sinister villains.Additionally, the characters were not as well-developed in Mossflower as they were in Redwall. I found myself very drawn to the aspiring warrior mouse Matthias in Redwall, who had several quirky little traits and adorable moments before he grew into the confident hero of the novel. In Mossflower, however, Martin the Warrior is not nearly as distinctively developed, and although I wanted to feel an affection for the main character of the novel, I found myself much more fond of Gonff, the self-proclaimed Prince of Mousethieves. Making up little ditties before, during and after each adventure, the joyful and musical little mouse was much more adorable and interesting than his companion Martin.As for many of the other characters, there were so many mice, otters, squirrels, hedgehogs and ferrets running around in this novel that it started to feel as though Jacques was just enjoying the sheer size of the world he was building and his growing cast of characters – and consequently he did not have time to imagine and describe any of them in any great detail or depth. There are a lot of potentially really interesting characters and plot elements in Mossflower – Boar the Fighter and his mysterious ability to “see what is written,” the otters, Gingervere the cat, “the Mask,” the sea rats – but Jacques tries to cram so many creatures into the novel that we don’t learn enough about any one of them to really get attached to them.Similar to how Jacques jumps too quickly from one character to the next, he also jumps from one event to the next in Mossflower. Although the quest that Martin and his band undertakes – the journey to Salamandastron – certainly involves many adventures, I didn’t find any of them as involving as the much more well-developed unraveling of the riddle and resulting quest for Martin the Warrior’s sword that Matthias undertakes in Redwall. I was intrigued by the initial riddle that the group had to tackle to determine the route to Salamandastron, but it turned out to be far less complicated and interesting than the search that Matthias had to carry out right within the abbey.This is not to say that there is nothing enjoyable about Mossflower – I was still somewhat entertained by the novel and I enjoyed Redwall, so I’m not ready to give up on the series yet. I can see why kids would enjoy the many adventures and quick pace of Mossflower. I hope that Mattimeo and Mariel of Redwall will be more well-developed, though.

  • Philip
    2019-06-20 20:05

    "I liked it really much."

  • RavenclawReadingRoom
    2019-05-28 13:51

    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 was given a uni assignment that required rereading a book we had strong memories of as a child, I figured it was about time I gave these a go again.Yeah, 29 year old me didn't adore this. It was a good story, and I definitely enjoyed it. BUT I had a bunch of niggling questions that lodged themselves in the back of my brain, which prevented me from adoring it like I did when I was 10:- How can mice fight cats/foxes/ferrets? Or train with badgers?? How can these species even fit inside a building together? - Maybe it's a human sized building? - Maybe all the different species are more on a par in terms of size? i.e. mice are more the size of squirrels??- There were a lot of Lord of the Rings parallels - a warrior with a great destiny and a broken sword, a group of three on a quest to find missing friends, a mysterious cave-dwelling beastie.- Is there actually a religion involved in the various abbeys that crop up in the story? Because if there are robe wearing Brother/Sister mice and an Abbot/Abbess, you'd think there'd be a religion. But nowhere in the book does it mention anything. Similarly, in drawing up her plans for Redwall, the Abbess includes a belltower, but no chapel/church/cathedral. Etcetera. Basically, if I'd been able to shut off my brain, I think I would have found it much more enjoyable!!

  • 06chandlerh
    2019-05-27 16:52

    Mossflower Book ReviewBy: Chandler Holm P.4I 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 crosses paths with a swan. “ The huge white swan was like a ship in full sail. The snowy white body and the half folded wings complemented the serpentine neck.” As you can see from this passage, the author knows very well how to capture the essence of a living creature and present it so you feel as if you are there.Additionally, if we were to turn to page 5 of said book, we would find this quote “ Mossflower lay deep in the grip of mid-winter beneath a sky of leaden gray with tinges of scarlet and orange showing on the horizon.” As you can see from this quotation, Brian knows clearly how to describe a natural scene in nature that clearly surpasses that of any other author. However, no human is without flaw and Mr. Jacques certainly has some of a minor demeanor. His stories, while good in nature, are predictable. You always know that good will triumph. An example of this would be found on Page 385: “Tsarmina realized she had gone too deep. The water filled her world, dark swirling, cold. Her nightmare had come true!”With that in mind, we can see that this book is not perfect but is clearly superior to others that have tried to write in this genre. Everyone needs to read this book. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-03 21:58

    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 wandering and happens to wander into a small village near the fortress of Kotire, which is held by the ruthless wildcat Verdauga family. The fortress is soon run by Tsarmina, the daughter of the original wildcat conqueror, and she is cruel, exacting, and unfortunately – slightly insane. Martin is captured by Tsarmina’s forces, where he learns the sad fate of the creatures of Mossflower forest and vows to help them; whether this means fighting along side them or traveling long distances to the mythical mountain of Salamandastron – home of the fire lizards.Once again, the storytelling is masterful and engaging. (I know I use those words a great deal, sorry). Jacques is not afraid to have his characters suffer and die – often violently. Although his stories are about small animals warring with each other, the author recognizes that it is war and there will be casualties, whether they be main characters or not. I applaud him for being realistic. Without ruining the plotline, I would like to scold Christopher Paolini for stealing yet another plot “twist” from yet another fantasy novel. Naughty naughty, Mr Paolini.

  • Lindsay
    2019-06-15 16:03

    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, enslavement, etc. (Possibly Spoiler/Forewarning?)(view spoiler)[ Also, while I have not read "The Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin, I'm pretty sure Jacques has more of a knack in killing loved/love to hate characters when you least expect it (he's been at it a bit longer--and in a kids series too! "Martin the Warrior"--the book--was the worst) Even if you do expect it--you rue it. Still, the Jacques is a brilliant weaver of tales. I cannot wait to read/listen to the rest of the books.(hide spoiler)]On a note regarding the Audiobooks: I highly recommend finding them if you are able. They are narrated by Brian Jacques himself as well as voiced by a small cast of actors. It's brilliantly entertaining. On another side note: I find it entertaining to go through the books in chronological order rather than publication (in which they hop around timeline a bit) But since they are self contained for the most part, I don't see much of a difference other than continuity of characters/character development and a more familiarity with references.If you want to do the chronological order--

  • Heimdall Thunderhammer
    2019-06-25 17:54

    Review originally published at 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 mountain Salamandastron to find the badger warrior Boar the Fighter.This is a great addition to the Redwall story and introduces two of my favorite characters, Martin and Gonff. One of the great things about Jacques' writing is that he always has so much going on at once, such as Martin and Gonff's adventure, to the plotting of the forest creatures in Mossflower, to Tsarmina fighting with her horde. Together he weaves all these stories into one to create a brilliant tale.Reading Level: AStory: 5The story continues to be amazing.Characters: 5I love all the characters, they each have a life of their own and it's hard to believe that they don't actually exist after reading the book.Style: 5The writing is gorgeous and flows great. It has an old-style feel to it, which fits the story perfectly.Cover: 4All the various editions have great covers.Presentation: 3As I mentioned before, I would love to see a fantastic collector's edition of the series, with a great layout and illustrations.Epicness: 5Spanning many generations with a rich, interwoven plot, Redwall is one of the most epic stories ever written.Final Score: 4.5