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In the fourth volume of the epic Redwall saga, a mouse-ship is attacked by the pirate rat Gabool and his heinous band of cut-throats. Hapless voyagers Mariel and her father Joseph the Bellmaker are mercilessly thrown into the sea by the pirates. Mariel washes ashore, starved and near death, and is taken in by the hospitable inhabitants of Redwall Abbey. Sure that her poorIn the fourth volume of the epic Redwall saga, a mouse-ship is attacked by the pirate rat Gabool and his heinous band of cut-throats. Hapless voyagers Mariel and her father Joseph the Bellmaker are mercilessly thrown into the sea by the pirates. Mariel washes ashore, starved and near death, and is taken in by the hospitable inhabitants of Redwall Abbey. Sure that her poor father is dead, Mariel swears an oath of vengeance against the filthy pirates who killed her father. With he help of a motley band of animals, Mariel leads the charge to recover a bell and avenge her father. About the Author:Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England, in 1939. Growing up on the docks of Liverpool, he attended St. John's School. He went on to work as a radio show host, playwright, longshoreman, lorry driver, folk singer and comedian prior to his career as a writer. The father of two sons, Jacques enjoys walking his West Highland Terrier, Teddy and spends most of his time writing. A new Redwall book is introduced once every year....

Title : Mariel of Redwall
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ISBN : 9780142302392
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Mariel of Redwall Reviews

  • Amy
    2018-12-24 16:37

    I have read this book before, but it still enchants me. This was the first Redwall book that I ever picked up. I had heard that it was about mice, and I didn't want to read it. Then one day, I was soooooo bored that I picked it up and was enthralled, but was reprimanded for reading this one first, and so I took Redwall out from the library. It got better and better. I love these books. :)This is about Mariel and how she hunts down Gabool the Wild, in return for his imprisoning her and her father. Brian Jaques comes up with the coolest riddles!

  • Joseph Leskey
    2018-12-28 19:39

    This was frightfully enjoyable. As of such, according to the logical nature of the good ol' world, I enjoyed it. Actually, I enjoyed it a great deal.The humor, battles, characters, and adventures were all vigorously delightful. Nevertheless, my favourite part is almost definitely the different dialects of the assorted animals. British English is so much more enjoyable than American English.

  • Jess Lee
    2019-01-17 13:40

    rip brian jacques. So tough to choose a favorite from the Brian Jacques vault. While I am delighted to discover that there are yet a few books in the Redwall series that I haven't read, it saddens me to know that I'll never get to be a child eagerly awaiting the newest release in an ongoing saga of Martin the warrior and the peace-loving woodland inhabitants of the abbey. I no longer have the letter Mr. Jacques wrote in response to a third grade assignment in which I had to write 5 fanmail letters to celebrities (the other most famous people I could think of at the time and admired were Jim Davis, author of Garfield, and Charles Schultz, who I was devastated to learn was already dead.), but now as I am reminded of Mr. Jacques passage I believe that a more tenderhearted man never existed. I really think this series helped to indoctrinate me in the beliefs that good will always win over evil, and that even the most diminutive creatures can be heroes/heroines. I think Mariel is my favorite, because she's tough as nails and basically embodies all of the qualities I admire in a heroine despite the fact that she's a mouse. It's been at least a decade since I read this book, but I suppose my purview in writing this review is really to pay homage to Mr. Brian Jacques for providing me with some of the most valuable literary experiences I had as a child. Thanks and RIP

  • Dan Martin
    2018-12-22 17:36

    I'm giving all these books a 4, because they basically GOT me hooked on fantasy I think. I read all of these in elementary school, and still have fond memories floating around. The rad legendary weapons, (with the channels etched in for blood flow, which i found super hardcore). The foods, the booze, honey mead and apple wine or whatever. Come to think of it, these books might also be a little responsible for my alcoholism, too.

  • Joanna
    2019-01-10 19:28

    I had reached for the Redwall series as a break from a lot of dark fiction I had been reading recently. I found the experience was like climbing into my old playroom. At first it's warm and homey and all of my friends are there. But then I realize that I've basically played out all my old games and things are more complicated than "hare, good; sea rat, bad". So I will rate it as my childhood self might have and move on to other things.

  • Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
    2019-01-02 15:33

    I absolutely loved Grub. He was a hilarious little scamp! He made the entire book for me. Mariel was also quite a pleasing character with plenty of growth and sass.

  • Mariel
    2019-01-03 17:25

    Are there any good books about Mariels? I once found an e-book online (didn't read it. The excerpt was bad enough) about a woman with my whole name who sleeps with her boss. That doesn't count. She was pathetic. (I was googling myself. I shouldn't do that. Shit I posted at 17 is still around. I'm worried about e-books soiling my name?)I wished I'd read this as a kid (it came out in 1990 or 1991? I was still young enough). I would have loved a heroine with my own name. (Instead I had to put up with Ariel from The Little Mermaid and no one would ever listen to me that it isn't pronounced the same. Tough times... Where was the sword wielding Mariel then, hmm? No wonder I pinched bullies with my Sebastian the lobster fingers claws. Disney is a bad influence.)What is up with all of the eating? It's honeyed cakes this and spiced meads that. If they aren't eating, it is because they are cooking. Don't read these books if you are on a diet. Actually, the food didn't even sound that good. Like the Turkish Delight from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Yuck. (John Bellairs, on the other hand, was a recipe (chocolate chip cookie recipe) for disaster.) (Don't go grocery shopping or write book reviews while hungry.)Anyway, as much as it pains me to say it, Mariel was pretty lame. She wasn't even a heroine. I think Jacques just wanted to have a female heroine to name after me and he stuck this little mouse in the place of a biter fighter (me!).I've read a couple of others in the series. I couldn't get past the eating. It was like Hemingway and the wine flowing like wine on every page. My mom named me Mariel 'cause she admired the teen modelling career of Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, Mariel. Aha! So we make wine flow like Jesus. (No wonder I'm the life of all parties.) (I'm not. I'm reviewing this on gr at home by myself so obviously I'm not.) (Ignore the sound of honeyed mead bottles corking in the background.)

  • Emily Collins
    2019-01-17 17:47

    This book I will always keep dear to my heart. The day my mom bought this for me was the same day that a certain infamous Brian Jacques was having a book signing not too far away from my middle school. That's right, my copy is signed my the big man himself. I was in sixth grade at the time and I believe that while I was waiting in line, I took a spare piece of paper and created a mouse in a boat (awful quality, but 3D nonetheless). When I got up to the front of the line, he took one look at me and said that my name must be Erin Magonagle. I don't know for the life of me who Erin Magonagle really is, but I took it as a compliment and he signed the book I gave him my mouse-boat. I double he kept it but he looked so pleased to have gotten it at all that it made my day (or my year).To focus on the book itself, Mariel was always a character that I loved. She was the unconventional Redwaller, the one that didn't quite fit in. I may or may not have carried around a bit of rope (my own Gullwhacker) for a few weeks after reading the book - I admit nothing.This is an especially good book for kids who don't feel as though they fit in with the rest of the crowd. I was the odd one out for a long time, and this book was a great companion for that time.

  • Kelsey Hanson
    2019-01-20 11:35

    I've discovered that I tend to go to Brian Jacques books after I read something that I find really dumb (*cough* Divergent series *cough*). Brian Jacques was just an incredibly masterful story teller and his characters are always interesting and you can't help but care about them. I particularly liked the relationship between Dandin and Mariel how they are partners in crime without being romantically linked. I do also admire the fact that Jacques always manages to make the point that violence is not something to be relished and shows that showing mercy does mean weakness. He has a variety of interesting characters in a variety of ages, species and genders and a pleasant combination of old and new. This was another fun swashbuckling tale and once again I can't praise this audiobook series enough for Brian Jacques' narration and a full cast.

  • Calvin Edwards
    2018-12-23 18:37

    This book was alright.I liked it more near the end.So like the last book.If it wasn't for thatI would've gave it two.You can't put two and a half on Goodreads,so I gave it three stars.

  • Kelsey
    2019-01-04 14:23

    i loved this whole series! more magical than babysitters club, but also realistic descriptions and amazing adventure set.

  • Meaghan Gray
    2018-12-28 17:21

    This was my first trip to Redwall Abbey and I cannot imagine a more comfortable place. I have heard that this series is "A Song of Ice and Fire with animals" and, with the incessant deaths, including some beloved characters, and lines like "Behind him in the swift-running weed-streaked waters of the ford, the bodies of the three who had made it to the water bounced and bobbed in a grotesque parody of life, though it was only the ripping jaws of the pike shoal which moved them." I can understand the comparison, but this is most definitely a children's series--it's very direct. For example, every so often, I deeply mistrusted a character or situation, only to find that everything really was ok. As I read this story, I became deeply disappointed that I did not find Brian Jacques when I was young and, between my sister and the Flamborough Centre librarian's recommendations, I'm surprised that I didn't. Ohmygosh-so-cute Dubbins and garrulous hares and ruthless searats... the little touches of this world are delightful as all hell and I can't get enough.

  • Caroline
    2018-12-28 19:49

    This may so far be one of my favorites in the Redwall series. Mariel is a mousemaid with fierce determination to find her father and avenge their capture and torture at the hands of the evil rat ruler, Gabool the Wild, after she is thrown to sea and left for dead. She's lucky enough to find her way to Redwall Abbey where she instantly finds friends and companions in Dandin the mouse, Durry the hedgehog and Tarquin the hare from Salamandastron. Together they set out on a perilous journey to Terramort Isle to face Gabool. The peaceful creatures left behind at Redwall face their own adventures fighting off evil attackers. Though this is the fourth book in the series, it actually takes place before a few of the previous stories, so certain mysteries are solved and pieces fall into place. As with all of Jacques books, Mariel is a story full of camaraderie, adventure, wonderful new characters and settings, and good triumphing over evil.

  • Edward Davies
    2019-01-08 16:20

    Another dark tale from the Redwall series, this one a little more solid with more of a structure throughout than some of the earlier books.

  • Gale
    2019-01-05 19:33

    FEISTY MISS ON A MISSION OF MAYHEM!As other reviewers have adequately described the engaging plot of this delightful adventure, #4 in the amazing REDWALL series, I will limit my review to a list of the usual, captivating elements of the author's style--which I have noted in this fabulous series.--Certain animal species have their own (British regional, or slang) accents, which is clever but challenging to read. However, the meanings become more intelligible when the dialogue is read aloud.--An Excellent map is provided at the start of each novel, which greatly helps the reader follow the protagonists and antagonists on their various agendas.--Decorative sketches at the head of each chapter, which hint of the impending plot content.--The villains are vicious and dastardly beyond measure!--Many examples of nonsense and silly humor which will appeal to kids of all ages.--Characters use modified expressions like "paws" for feet/hands, "beast" for body.--Menus of Abbey feasts are excessively long (and notasbly vegan).--Readers realize the importance of an assigned Record Keeper. Or diarist, and resepcted chronicler of annual events at the Abbey.--Always in the background is the subtle influence of the long-dead but glorious Martin, the Warrior. A mythic hero whos memory continues to inspire present Redwall residents.--Many cryptic rhymes or runes which the heroes must eventually decipher in order to succeed on their quests.--Treachery among murderers and pillagers: there is no "honor among thieves" among these scumbags!--Too many (IMHO) needless poems which do nothing to advance the plot. The author has definite poetic talent, but not all his poetry is truly necessary.--Character development: Some characters do grow up and mature by the novel's end.--Readers' challenge: to follow multiple plot lines between chapters and even in the same chapter: not just two or three but often more.This requires and promotes mental dexterity.--Curious alliances among species for Quest survival.--Interesting details about Abbey life, based on true (human) ecclesiastical communities.--REDWALL is a series that is sure to please--a real page-turner! September 26, 2014

  • erforscherin
    2019-01-17 16:46

    I know they're really childrens' books... but when the news is full of awful stories and that helpless feeling starts creeping in around the edges, I have never yet found a heartier comfort read than the Redwall series. I've recently unearthed some of my old collection and have been rationing it out cautiously: a page or two each night, remembering how carefully I used to make these last when space was limited and books were precious... and heavy.Mariel of Redwall was actually the first Redwall book I ever read: a kind librarian at the public library allowed me to dip into the Adult section (I guess the size of these was too intimidating for the Childrens' section?), and this was an enormous hardback with an exciting cover, and the pages were dusty and stained and dog-eared and well-loved. It follows the same basic formula as all the Redwall books, really -- feisty mousemaid escapes evil pirates, journeys to Redwall, regains her memories, makes new friends, journeys back to the coast, finds her father, defeats the pirates -- but it's hopeful and soothing and lighthearted, and I loved it instantly. I can't even guess how many times I read and reread this and Outcast of Redwall, but probably easily the double-digits for each.I was a little worried, cracking it open again after such a long time... But no -- it was like reuniting with old friends again; just a few pages and there I was again, tiny and anxious for school to end and knowing that a summer bright and brimming with adventure was just around the corner. A perfect time capsule in paper form: There is still magic in this world.

  • Josiah
    2019-01-19 14:38

    Three and a half stars would most definitely be a strong possibility for this work. If ever a writer were to be called truly magnificent, I think that Brian Jacques would have to be the one. As he has done again and again over the years without missing a beat, he has once more crafted an astonishing masterpiece in Mariel of Redwall. Suffused with endlessly exciting adventure, glowing romanticism and breathtakingly gilded language of a rare beauty that shines in only the most wondrous of novels, we are taken on a nearly four hundred page journey into another world, a journey that is impossible to forget. The narrative bubbles over with power and charisma and unexpected shots of ringing humor, all of which only serve to underscore a story that carries enough plot lines for half a dozen exceptional novels, at least.Mariel of Redwall will pull you into its grasp and make you care about these characters, and care about them a lot, at that. It fits alongside the other Redwall stories perfectly, giving emotionally important nods to the past while including fresh characters and significant acknowledgements of future events in the Redwall chronology, as well. Simply put, Mariel of Redwall is a literary gem, and I am so glad to have read it.

  • Eileen
    2018-12-23 11:27

    Mariel, Mariel, Mariel. You badass, you excellent hero you. She is great, isn't she? I read this under the desk in middle school and I adored every minute of it. And she didn't fall in love with Dandin. They were friends, really good friends, best friends who were so close and didn't fall in love. Stories where that happens, I can count on one hand. It was such a delight for my non-romantic can-we-just-get-the-inevitable-kissing-bits-over-with self to have a girl hero being tough and awesome and having all these cool adventures. Leading the adventures, because this was her revenge quest, okay.Also, this was (I believe) the book where Jaques lovingly paints a scene in which "blood swirled in the water from Lord Rawnblade's Bloodwrath." It's lines like that which let you know this book is for children.

  • Amy
    2019-01-19 11:36

    I would say really good. The author Brian Jacques is a real good storyteller. The story is about a mouse name Mariel who is thrown out to the sea by an evil sea rat king named Gabool the wild.When Mariel is washed up on a beach, and has no memory of herself or her past. Therefore she calls herself storm and carries around a knotted rope witch she calls Gullwacker when she finds herself in Redwall her memory comes back to her, and she made an oath that she will have revenge on Gabool for killing her father.You will have to read this book for yourself if you want to find out what happens Wot Wot!

  • Victoria Young
    2018-12-27 13:31

    This was given to me for my birthday when I was... 8? and it took me a while to get around to picking it up. But once I did I was genuinely sucked into the world of Redwall and spent a good part of the next four years reading Jacques's series (in a very higgledy-piggledy fashion because I was too impatient to wait for other library users and read them in order).This installment features a cool butt-kicking heroine (packaged in the form of a tiny mouse) and an old-fashioned pseudo-medieval epic adventure plot. A satisfying and entertaining read for children.

  • Kacey
    2019-01-19 17:49

    I really enjoyed this 4th book in the Redwall series...the only complaint that I do have is that I felt like the story focused on Mariel quite a bit & less on her father, Joseph & wish that the story had focused on him as well. It just felt like I got a little glimpse of Joseph as a character at the beginning of the book & at the very end of the story, but felt like right smack dab in the middle, it was like he completely disappeared. This was still a good read for me & am glad that I am taking the time to slowly make my way through reading this series!

  • Nate D
    2019-01-16 12:48

    Somewhat perfunctory girl-hero Jacques epic. I think this one was about the Joseph Bell mythos hinted at in the prior books. Also pirates. Started the trend of all subsequent Redwall books by taking place chronologically in between Mossflower and Redwall (or was there one about Martin's pre-Mossflower past? I can't recall anymore, but he had to wander out of somewhere.)

  • Thomas
    2019-01-05 14:26

    Another great book in the the Redwall series this book is more of mystery than the others. When the mousemaid Mariel finds her way to Redwall it seems that Martin the Warrior's spirit has been awoken once more

  • Anony-miss a-non-y-miss
    2019-01-11 17:21

    See my comment on "The Long Patrol" (One in the Redwall series). It'll give you an idea what I think about the series :)I loved this one, too - if you have time to kill, and want to enjoy a kid's novel - here you go. you'll thank me :)

  • Jane Jago
    2019-01-08 18:46

    I will here admit to being a fan girl. Brian Jacques Redwall books actually float my boat big time. It's just the rightness of them. The man was brilliant.

  • Ethan
    2018-12-29 17:42

    It was very good with an interesting story line, and it stayed with the background of Redwall.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-15 16:37

    Another great Redwall tale, this one just as good as the first! I would recommend these books to anyone who loves a good adventure with memorable characters.

  • Fiona
    2018-12-31 13:22

    Mariel and her father Joseph the Bellmaker are captured by sea rats. Gabool the Wild (the captain separate) wants Joseph to give the bell to him but he disagrees. Without Joseph knowing, Gabool throws Mariel overboard with a rock attached to her in attempt to drown her but she lives and finally drifts to land while holding a big piece of driftwood. She tries to survive but the island is lizard inhabited and lacks of much water. Part of the Long Patrol saves her and brings her to Redwall Abbey, known for caring for the sick, injured and hungry and it's just a great place to live. But Mariel has some unfinished business with Gabool the Wild, and needs her father back. Once well nourished, she and a few friends go to search for him. But of his ships capture her! She is a slave, but then realizes that her father is captured on the same ship! Joseph forms a rescue group to escape with all the slaves to be free and everything falls into place when Mariel is with them. Read the book to find out more! This is a great book, one of my favorites and it is really good for both children and adults. I love how Brian Jacques makes all the creatures have different accents and talents. This book couldn't be better!

  • Paul Carter
    2018-12-28 12:20

    Basically, take the parts of "Mattimeo" that called for improvement, and "Mariel of Redwall" nailed them. The character development in "Mariel of Redwall" is just plain better. Although we run into another three-way storyline situation like in "Mattimeo" (Mariel and co. to Bladegirt, Redwall and Graypatch, Gabool at Terramort), I did not feel as if any one storyline was irrelevant. My favorite part/s of "Mariel of Redwall" was that you had two characters in particular, Mariel and Gabool, who actually felt somewhat human. Mariel being lost, reserved, and stand-offish in the beginning and Gabool becoming mad with power made the whole book glow unlike any of the prior Redwall installments. My only gripe with Mariel of Redwall is that there may have been too many names to keep up with. All the different searats, ships, and Redwallers started blending together to a point where I was concerned I was missing certain nuances of the story. This could also just be a "me problem". Anyway, at this point, Mossflower and Mariel of Redwall are my favorite Redwall novels, although I am looking forward to the next installment, Salamandastron.

  • ProfessorJoe
    2019-01-13 13:49

    I wish I had more time to read this book. As soon as I started reading this book, it was the last few days of school, meaning I would soon have to return it. I tried so hard to finish it, and I made it to part 3. I only got this book a week before my birthday, (close to the end of summer) and finished it in no time (even though I reread a lot of what I already read). I absolutely adore Redwall. Just like all the other books in the series, this one had adventure, travel, and sadness. But these books won,to stop amazing me. It's amazing how much these series make me laugh, cry (on the inside!) and jump up and down. If your reading Redwall- or planning to- I recommend it to you without any hesitation.