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The third addition to the beloved Redwall series takes place during the summer of the Golden Plain. Preparation for a great feat are underway at Redwall Abbey, and the young mouse Mattimeo is contributing his share of the labors. But Mattimeo is the son of Mathius, the guardian of Redwall Abbey, and it is this fact that makes him the target of a fiendish kidnapping plot coThe third addition to the beloved Redwall series takes place during the summer of the Golden Plain. Preparation for a great feat are underway at Redwall Abbey, and the young mouse Mattimeo is contributing his share of the labors. But Mattimeo is the son of Mathius, the guardian of Redwall Abbey, and it is this fact that makes him the target of a fiendish kidnapping plot contrived by the vicious fox, Slagar the Cruel. When Mathias and his brave followers abandon heir homes and face enslavement for the return of their children, the captive Mattimeo stands to prove his worth--and an unexpected hero is born....

Title : Mattimeo
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ISBN : 9780441006106
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Mattimeo Reviews

  • Leila
    2019-05-25 14:43

    This is the second time I have read 'Mattimeo'. It is a wonderful book and only one of the many books in the Redwall series for children but read by all ages: written by the brilliant late Brian Jacques. I love these magical books. They fascinate me. The Redwall characters, a mix of many animals who live together in harmony, goodwill and peace (when the 'baddies' will let them) are nevertheless always ready to defend their Abbey and lifestyle against those bent on eliminating them from the youngest to the oldest creature. There is so much in these books to teach children on a deeper level too. The theme as always is the triumph of good over evil. In this book evil is in the form of the wicked fox Slagar and his equally unpleasant but often dim witted followers. Slagar has a score to settle with the Redwallers and is out for revenge in retaliation for the death of his evil mother, an alleged healer and facial injuries to himself in an earlier book. His plan is to steal the youngsters of Redwall and sell them to slavers. The book is full of exciting adventures and as with every Redwall book has enchanted me all over again.Go on give it a try!

  • Marie Lu
    2019-06-13 14:44

    My first introduction to fantasy as an eleven year old. Still has a very special place in my heart. <3

  • Josiah
    2019-06-14 17:47

    I would likely give three and a half stars to Mattimeo, but four is a distinct possibility. This is, I believe, the most epically powerful adventure that Brian Jacques had to this point created. I can only shake my head in wondrous awe at the almost ridiculously intricate and ingenious nuances that mark the text of this magnificent story from page one to page four hundred forty-six. There are enough gritty, determined, strong-willed heroes to fill a dozen super-novels, and enough dastardly, cold-blooded, wholly evil villains to keep them busy for an additional dozen books. There truly is something magical and literally breathtaking about the luminous prose of Brian Jacques. I have never seen another author so adroitly able to spin fine fantasy literature like gold, and to retain that absurdly high standard for so long in the pages of one single heart-searing book.I could trot out all of the masterful characters here, and talk about how wonderfully real they are while all the while they maintain a level of strength and dignified grace that sets them apart as the creations of an outstanding storyteller, but I could not do this with even a small fraction of the skill used by Brian Jacques. The same goes equally for the many formidable evil-doers. Mattimeo is all at once a coming-of-age story, an epic fantasy, an epic adventure, a social commentary, a love story, a narrative about the strength of family ties and the determination that serves as a bedrock to the heart and soul of every human being, and much more that you will find upon reading it. It is a soul-stirring, thought-provoking journey that I must implore anyone and everyone not to miss. "Weapons may be carried by creatures who are evil, dishonest, violent or lazy. The true warrior is good, gentle and honest. His bravery comes from within himself; he learns to conquer his own fears and misdeeds." —Matthias, "Mattimeo", P. 30

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2019-06-13 13:48

    Probably my least favorite.

  • Bryan
    2019-06-11 18:26

    Great novel: "Mattimeo" tells the story of the son of Matthias the Warrior, who happens to be named Mattimeo. The plot is compelling and whimsical, great especially for younger readers, and I enjoyed it even more than "Redwall". There were only a couple of minor things that kept me from giving it the full five stars. First of all, there are the numerous (that may well be an understatement) descriptions of Slagar's mask. Believe me, if you don't know what material that mask is made of by the end of the book then you have some serious attention problems. Quotes such as "Slagar grinned from behind the silken mask" and "The silk mask sucked into a hideous grin" are okay when used in moderation, but when we are bombarded endlessly with these nearly identical descriptions, it detracts from rather than adds to the story. I'm sorry, *what* was the mask made from again? The other thing that bothered me was the apparent lack of attention to proportion. For example, at one point, Slagar gets angry at an impudent Mattimeo and starts beating the young mouse with a cane. And yet, according to Brian Jacques, Mattimeo does not feel the blows at all. Am I the only one who thinks this is simply absurd? A fox beating a mouse with a cane would be like King Kong beating a human with an uprooted tree - that's how big foxes are compared to mice. Forget feeling the blows, Mattimeo should be crushed by them! But despite these things, I really enjoyed the story of Mattimeo, and I would recommend it to anyone who has read other books in the series or who just loves animal fantasy. I also recommend the fantastic "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" series by Kathryn Lasky and the "Warriors" books by Erin Hunter.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-28 14:50

    Jacques' endings, y'all. They feel like a foretaste of eternity.I didn't used to like this one because it disturbed me for personal reasons (watching the animated show as a little kid didn't help), but reading it again, wow, it's fabulous.There's the importance of community and sacrifice, of bravery and love. And, as all of the Redwall books, there's darkness and the fight against it, but joy and goodness has the same weight. I feel like many writers who want to write darkness don't place enough emphasis on light as well, and a lot can be learned from Jacques on the compelling balance. Granted, it's an idealized darkness instead of a gritty one, but it's still darkness, and showing the goodness and the harmony of the creates gives a purpose to the fight against evil, instead of the fighting being for its own sake.Anyway. Characters are all fantastic; wonderful, diverse personalities, even if some of the leading characters were a bit flat. Ends tie together beautifully. My new favorite Redwall book.

  • El
    2019-06-09 20:34

    This third book in the Redwall series is about Mattimeo, the son of Mathias. When Mattimeo and some of his friends are abducted by Slagar the Cruel, Mathias and other parents set out to get them back. The story bounces between that of Mattimeo and that of Mathias, so we learn about the different adventures each party had in their quests to survive and succeed.Here's the thing about these books, and remember I am listening to them on my morning walks. They take forever. If I sat and read them, maybe I would feel differently, but I did read the first book with my eyeballs and it too felt entirely too long for the story being told. This installment was about 55 or so chapters long, if I remember correctly, and I will say that by about Chapter 40, I thought the story was over. The chapters ended in a way that made it feel the book was finished, and I was pat myself on the back. Then Brian Jacques' voice as the narrator would pop back into my hears: "Chapter 41".This happened all the way through the rest of the book. For fuck's sake, end already. The story can be riveting at times, though the dramatization still annoys the shit out of me because everyone screams their lines in high-pitched animal voices, and there's still all that singing. I wind up getting so annoyed by those occasions that I find myself tuning out the actual story for a minute before I can get back into it.I'm also still not a fan about how male-centric these stories are. There are women, and some girls, involved, but they only come up on occasion. Which is strange considering some of them, like Jess Squirrel, are very important characters to the storytelling. This is probably why all along since starting this project I have been most interested in getting to the fourth book, Mariel of Redwall. A female gets her own book! How exciting.Still not the worst shit I've ever read, and I still wish I had read these in the 80s when they first came out. But, whatever, I will continue because I really need the distraction when I walk. I just don't understand why they are so bleeping long and filled with unnecessary details.

  • Jee-Uk
    2019-06-20 16:25

    Jee-Uk YangMrs.Ebarvia11-29-07 The book that I read was Mattimeo by Brian Jacques. It is the third book in the Redwall series. He published his first book, Redwall, in 1986. Some other famous novels are The Bellmaker, The Legend of Luke, Rakkety Tam, and more. Mattimeo is about a rat, Mattimeo, fighting against other animal armies under Slagar the Cruel with his friends and his dad’s army. The story ends by killing Slagar the Cruel. The interesting thing that I found in this book is that the author used animals instead of using humans. The author used animals just like humans. Most novels about war I have read involved animals. When I first started reading this book, I thought it was a churlish book because animals are used as humans. But by the time goes, the author used one animal’s features to solve problems. I thought it was really interesting and I also thought that it was childish because there weren’t any problems that they couldn’t solve it by themselves. As I have mentioned in the previous paragraph, all the characters solved the problems by themselves. There were many obvious plots. For instance, when a hero is fighting against a villain, the hero never loses. Only about once or twice in the story, the hero dies. If the author set the story as in the back and forth forms, which is giving some loses to the hero and give some wins to the enemy, it should be more exciting. Despite its weaknesses, such as obvious plots, the novel is an enjoyable one to read. I have heard that there are lost s of different age groups as fans of this book. You should be able to tell why that is. It gets better and better as you read the book. It is like a video game you play on TV, except that you are not using your fingers that much and you are just looking at it.

  • Christipher Lee
    2019-06-18 21:23

    Mattimeo is a sequel to Redwall and Mossflower books. The peaceful creatures of the Redwall Abbey are preparing a feast for the turn of the season. Young Mattimeo is son of Matthias who is Redwall's warrior, which makes him a target. A sly fox named Slagar the Cruel and his band of slavers are planning to capture Mattimeo and young ones from the abbey to work as slaves in this mysterious underground kingdom. After being drugged at their feast and discovering that their young ones were gone, Matthias and his 2 companions set out on a long and epic journey fighting evil and finding new companions while they find their young ones. This is one of the best books that I have read, it has many side conflicts that can have a chain reaction and affect other conflicts that they have. I also thought that the book having clues that would fit together and relate to something was cool.

  • Amy
    2019-06-25 13:37

    Matthias and his wife, Cornflower, have had a son, Mattimeo, who gets stolen (along with the abbey's young ones) by a fox who blames the abbey for a deformity. Through rescuing the abbey's young, the Redwall warriors rescue other slaves, while the animals at the abbey deal with invading birds.It's interesting that I have to keep rotating the order that I read these books or I get tired of them. Sometimes I just have to stop reading them for a while, and this is one of the ones I read the most. Occasionally I get tired of this book, and I had 4 stars for this one's rating, but I really like this book.

  • leslye
    2019-06-04 13:31

    Mattimeo gives "Redwall" fans a sense of adult storytelling that is appealing to the older fans of this series. Mattimeo is the son of Matthias, Warrior of Redwall. He and a few other woodland children are captured by the sly fox, Slagar the Cruel. Matthias then sets out to find them with the help of a few followers.A must read for Redwall fans!

  • Caroline
    2019-06-11 16:45

    Adventure galore! I didn't remember much of Mattimeo at all (from having read it as a child), and it kept me guessing all the way through. Matthias and his friends lead the reader on an adventure to save the children of Redwall Abbey, but of course Jacques gives us the story from the rescuers perspective, as well as the young hostages, Mattimeo and his friends. But Cornflower and the Redwallers that are left behind deal with an adventure all their own as well. As usual, Jacques weaves a fascinating story mixed with tragedy, a little comedy, some love, suspense galore and of course, bravery and battle.

  • Wendy J. Portanova
    2019-06-12 17:44

    It was so good I love these books

  • Joseph Leskey
    2019-06-16 16:39

    I must say, this book was of a brilliant radiance that rivals the sun. That is, I would have to say that if I was planning to exaggerate a wee bit. But, seeing as the mood to exaggerate has not taken me, I shall instead say that this book was very well written and quite funny. I would have been sad to put it aside, except that I spurned it at the exact second that I finished in order to read Wrath of the Storm, but that is not relevant, so I suppose I'll usurp my power and stop writing this review to avoid any more irrelevance. <---(EXCUSE)

  • di
    2019-06-21 16:33

    After reading (& loving) Redwall, Mattimeo was something of a disappointment. It was almost a predictable retelling of the first story, with nothing that added to it to make it stand on its own. The pathetically convenient appearances of the owl & Stryk Redkite *just in time* to save the day & their equally convenient disappearances I attribute to the author's sloppiness, in addition to the handling of the shrews & sparrows. It reminds me of when I watched Star Trek growing up. Whenever there was a new character on the bridge you knew there would be an attack, & that character would be killed. That was the purpose for that character--so it was with the nameless shrews & sparrows, who were the only ones to be killed in the battles against the evil hordes. The whole tale was just too far-fetched to be believed, from the grief-stricken parents who swear to find their kidnapped youth, but stop in critical moments to feast & rest up (what parent would stop like that when their kidnapped child was in view & in danger--no matter how hungry or tired they were?), to the battles where thousands of huge, evil, seasoned armies fall beneath the swords of a handful of warriors...& yet nobody (except a few nameless shrews) are killed. Including children, who have never learned warfare...? Sorry, I realize it is a fantasy, but even fantasies must have some sense of believability. I was disappointed with each step in the journey at the easy solutions. This was supposed to be a tough journey--Good grief! I would have rated this lower, maybe a 2, but I couldn't, given that Jacques really is a great writer. His language & his characters are loveable, even if the story has much to be desired. I wouldn't receommend this book, but I've know many a kid who devours the Redwall books religiously, & for them I wouldn't disrespect this volume. This series is not as bad as, say Goosebumps...the quality of the language is far superior, I just wish Jacques had given more time to the plot.

  • Jason
    2019-06-07 14:49

    In the book Mattimeo it connects to another of Brian Jacques books where Mattimeo is captured by Slagar the cruel as slaves. Mattimeo and his other young friends from Redwall tries to escape a terrible fate. His father Matthias would go off with his friends to get the young kids of Redwall. Meanwhile bakc at Redwall the remaning citzens have to protect themselves aganist whatever was out there to get them. I can connect to the world how a parent would do anything to get their child. In the book it's Matthias trying to get his son Mattimeo and Jess trying to get her son Sam. In the real world parents would do the same. They would give huge amounts to find their children and to find out who is responsible for it.I give this book a five out of five because it shows the orgin of Redwall where the first Warrior came, the first leader, where they came from and much more. It also explained a lot of questions how things come into a cycle. Martin gives his sword down to Matthias, then Matthias gives it to Mattimeo and then maybe Mattimeo will give it to his son Martin. That shows that things might come to a full circle from Martin to Matthias to Mattimeo to Martin and then over again.

  • Mary
    2019-06-15 19:47

    Unlike the other Redwall books (see my review of Redwall), this book was actually different and therefore interesting. Mattimeo is the stuck-up, spoiled son of Matthias (hero of Redwall), who is captured by the fox Slagar the Cruel. He and his friends are forced on a long journey towards a place whose terribleness is hinted at in the last line of an oft-repeated poem: "Who go there? None but the brave." They traverse seemingly impossible obstacles, all while his father, the famous Warrior, is hot in pursuit. This book excels over the other Redwall books because it reunites characters from previous books (a rarity in the Redwall series), it covers a wide variety of strange and different terrains, and Jacques actually creates a believably ominous atmosphere as the slaves near their terrible destination. If you have to read another Redwall, read Mattimeo.

  • Thomas
    2019-06-13 14:35

    Wow book three already. I am hooked on this series. They both intrigue me and they are written so well that you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next other wise the anticipation is juts too much!

  • Pinko Palest
    2019-05-27 13:41

    Even better than the first two in the series. Thoroughly enjoyable for adults too, maybe because the villains are more intriguing and better sketched

  • Erica
    2019-06-24 16:51

    Such a cute series. I encourage all parents to read the Redwall books to their children. John is reading a chapter to me every night before we go to bed.

  • Ian
    2019-06-14 16:40

    This book was an amazing book. It had a lot of action and mystery. I want to continue to read books by Brian Jacques.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-19 17:47

    Another great Redwall story, and an extremely well performed audio book.

  • Min
    2019-05-30 19:26

    Once again treated to hearing Brian Jacques narrate to a full cast dramatization of his book. Perhaps because I truly enjoy the story of Redwall so much, I liked this one better than the second book, telling the history leading to Redwall's construction. Learning the fate of Matthias and Mattimeo after the defeat of Cluny of the Scourge was more thrilling for me; particularly the father/son dynamic, and being the child of a hero. Matthias learning how to stand upon his own to fight for goodness when before he skid along on his father's reputation. Also, the mystery of the identity of Slagar the Cruel intrigued me, however, considering the first book, it wasn't too long. The addition of the underground empire felt odd to me, other than making a destination for the slavers. It felt less developed. I might have missed why they were there, who they were, and their ultimate goal. The death of the enemies in Jacques' stories glow like an epic for a cosmic justice being fulfilled against those that harm the righteous. Once more I felt the inclusion of others being a hero of the moment, particularly female characters, is a high point of this series. There is certainly the main character that gets their triumphs and accolades, yet, it is always a task that requires the help of others; such as, the return of the GOUSIM, a delight for me as I truly loved their staunchly collectivist action, and thinking with its foibles. For example, the sub-plot of the attack on Redwall once the heroes have left, is an exploration of yet another riddle-- I admit to finding it suspiciously present in every book thus far, ever-conveniently solving the problem at hand, but I do find it clever and fun-- for the residents to solve that helps them to save their abbey, and home. I note that it is the female Cornflower, who is questing for a solution left behind by the female church mouse that designed Redwall. Makes me wonder, what other characters will find their legacy of mysterious words for future generations to find. The next book in publication order has a female main character, and again, returns to the past offering more information about the landscape, its history, and its connection to the beloved Redwall. It was half way through the book that I realized this portion had been included in the animated series of Redwall.

  • Paul Carter
    2019-06-07 13:34

    Keeping on keeping on with the Redwall books in publish order, I have completed "Mattimeo". The huge caveat to this review may be the context in which I read it. Long story short, my wife and I have been in the process of moving, and the last month has been pretty hectic. Nevertheless, I was able to read "Mattimeo" with only one check-out renewal from our library! However, all this being said, I must say I did not enjoy "Mattimeo" as much as "Redwall" or "Mossflower". I think, in short, there was just one too many storylines going on for me to follow. The storyline with Mattimeo was certainly important and, therefore, the storyline with Matthias was also important. However, the additional storyline back at Redwall Abbey just seemed kind of overkill. I believe the storyline with Ironbeak, although entertaining, ended up taking away from what could have been a really cool side-by-side, with Matthias embarking on his last adventure before passing the sword to Mattimeo, and Mattimeo being forced to grow up and become the next Warrior Of Redwall. Instead, things felt rushed, and Mattimeo's coming of age came off as inauthentic and unbelievable. If Mattimeo was supposed to be to "Mattimeo" what Matthias was to "Redwall", then I think more depth was warranted in character development, particularly for Mattimeo.

  • Emily
    2019-06-21 14:42

    Loved it!A fantastic read for adults as well as children. With both major plots within the story standing strong on their own, it was not at all a problem that the author kept on switching back and forth between the two major stories. They intertwined really well and the characters, old and new, were wonderful.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-28 20:30

    My fantasy-steeped ten-year-old gave this book a resounding "meh." Brian Jacques offers a thousand ways to put his characters in danger and a thousand-and-one deus ex machina resolutions. Since one reads a Redwall book for the plot, we both found this unforgivable. Not one of Jacques' finest offerings.

  • Shira Bea
    2019-06-06 21:41

    Poor Mattimeo, he was kidnapped and was intended to be sold to slavery, together with his friends. His father, together with others from Redwall Abbey, searched for them. For me, I like this book because tells of a great adventure, and that there will be times wherein we have no choice but to face the truth, and be more mature. It also tells of how friendship can overcome great adversaries.

  • AmandaPanda
    2019-06-05 17:41

    I Love this book! It is currently my favorite book. I have reread it so many times. It is, if not, very close to my ideal book. If any one wants to read an other book like this, I suggest Raven Quest by Sharon Stewart. I am only a bit more than half way through the book, but it I is really good so far.

  • Tegbir P
    2019-05-29 19:40

    This book is a spectacular heroic adventure with plenty of action for those who get bred of reading very easily. In this book, you can read about the story of Mattimeo and his friends and their daring escape, along with the quest of Redwall led by Mathias. This book will keep you glued right to it!

  • Nakia
    2019-06-16 13:23

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.