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A dark force is rampaging through the forests of Mossflower. Gulo the Savage, wolverine, flesh-eater and brutal killer, has come across the seas in search of his brother, Askor. Askor stole the famous walking stone that will make one of them king of the lands of ice and snow - and Gulo wants it back. Anybeast who gets in Gulo's way is dead meat. Literally. Rakkety Tam McBuA dark force is rampaging through the forests of Mossflower. Gulo the Savage, wolverine, flesh-eater and brutal killer, has come across the seas in search of his brother, Askor. Askor stole the famous walking stone that will make one of them king of the lands of ice and snow - and Gulo wants it back. Anybeast who gets in Gulo's way is dead meat. Literally. Rakkety Tam McBurl is a brave border warrior, travelled south in search of adventure. But when his army is attacked by Gulo's flesh-eating band, adventure finds him. Gulo is heading for the ancient Redwall Abbey - and Rakkety Tam is determined not to let the savage Gulo destroy the peaceful ways of Redwall....

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Rakkety Tam Reviews

  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    2019-06-15 09:18

    I freaking loved these books as a kid. I read every single one of them multiple times and stayed up to date with the series until I graduated high school. Then for some reason, even though 5 more books were published in the series, I felt myself reluctant to pick them up. What if I didn’t like them as much? What if I was too old for Redwall?? What if the characters referenced a character I didn’t remember because it has been so long and I had to go back and reread them all to get the full experience??? Well, thankfully I finally decided to stop freaking out about all the things and took the plunge into my first Redwall book in 13 years: Rakkety Tam.And you know what? I LOVED it. The storytelling was every bit as special as it was when I was a kid and my biggest takeaway was a newfound admiration for an author who produced 20+ books in a series and still took the same care to create amazing characters, fun situations, and compelling quests in book 16 as he did with book 1. You can truly see how much passion Jacques had for his stories (and how much creativity!).Rakkety Tam offered a dashing hero, sufficiently wicked foebeasts, brilliant acts of courage, and a good lesson against greed and avarice. I especially liked the many scuffles and battles throughout and was actively cheering for the good guys by the end. And the bird!! This is the first book I can remember where a bird has a role in the story. They’re super funny in their mannerisms and I think I like them almost as much as the moles. Overall, this was a nice addition to the series.I tried something new with this book: I listened to the audio while following along in the book. Normally I would’ve just breezed through the audio, but I felt the need to really take my time with this series. And after a few chapters, I decided to try both. I admit the decision wasn’t made totally out of nostalgia. The audiobooks contains a full cast of actors for the characters, with Jacques himself reading the narration. People, I couldn’t understand a freaking word he was saying at first (imagine Sean Connery reading to you… without enunciation). I’m used to his dialect now, but I would’ve missed so much had I not changed what I was doing.It worked out though, because while listening I discovered how much unbridled FUN it was listening to a cast of voices, especially when they start singing the adorable songs & ditties Jacques loved to include throughout his books. It turned the entire story into an experience, and one I’m beyond happy to have had. Overall, I love that I’m finally continuing, and that I’m having as much fun (if not more) than I did as a kid.Recommendations: these books aren’t like Watership Down or the Fire Bringer where the reader is thrust into the unassuming lives of woodland creatures (snore), but robust, well-spun adventures where the heroes brandish swords and the villains come for blood! It’s brilliant because it has everything you’d expect from a adult fantasy novel, but it’s use of mice, otters, etc. make it accessible to kids. It’s a series with so much fun and adventure that I’d recommend it highly to any middle grade kid looking to discover books she/he could love.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-06-18 09:07

    There is one thing you need to know about my relationship with this series:Redwall NEVER gets old.EVER.I don't care how many times I've read the descriptions of feasts and battles and Mossflower and Dibbuns. I don't. Redwall will always have a special place in my heart, and on my shelf. The novels go next to the two picture books and the cookbook and the Map and Riddler and all the different tribe guides and someday, dammit, I'm going to buy that abbey model.If I ever have children, I am raising them on stories of talking woodland creatures.That is all.

  • Joseph Leskey
    2019-05-30 06:59

    This was very excellent. The plot was grand and mayhap the dialects and accents were grander.

  • X
    2019-05-28 05:01

    This is one of my favorite Redwall books in a while, probably since The Bellmaker, at least. It is more like the earlier books than those that were published more recently, and a few parts were rather surprising for Jacques' supposedly juvenile audience. Still, there were many wonderful characters, and some delightful new accents. A great tale!

  • Lindsay
    2019-06-10 07:16

    Brian Jacques does Walter Scott - ie. a medieval tale of mad, warrior Scot[tish squirrel]s, fighting for their simple, traditional way of life against the seemingly inconquerable English [wolverine and his] army. I found this one of the more gripping Redwall tales.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-01 05:12

    you can never get enough brian jacques

  • Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
    2019-06-06 13:24

    I loved it! It's been a long time since I've read a Tale of Redwall, and this is the first time reading one since Brian Jacques past away in February. It's one of my favourites that I've read. I absolutely adore the Scottish squirrels, Tam and Doogy. And the hares are as wonderful as ever. Unfortunately most of my favourite hares died.. the Brigadier and Butty what's-his-name and Dauncy. A lot more main characters died in this book than I remember from any of the other Redwall books I've read. But at least the Scottish squirrels didn't die. One of the best things about Brian Jacques's stories is that although they are all based around the same idea and general plot (an army of good beasts--mice, squirrels, moles, voles, shrews, hedghogs, hares, badgers, occasional birds--rally behind a mighty warrior, sometimes weilding the sword of Martin the Warrior, to protect innocent, peaceable creatures from hords of evil vermin--rats, stoats, weasels, ferrets, wildcats, foxes, ermine, wolverines, snakes, toads, lizards, etc.), despite that similarity, each of the books is unique and wonderfully entertaining. I love the dialects he invented for the different creatures-- particularly the moles (ee sayed it, oi thunk ee did) and the hares (well I should bally well think so, y'flippin lolopper, wot!). And, only in this book, the thick Highland accent of Doogy Plumm (ach! I cannae believe a wee thing like that!) and the less pronounced Border accent of Rakkety Tam McBurl, a fearsome, excellent hero. Love this book!

  • Jesse Booth
    2019-06-22 05:12

    Ah, Redwall... Taking me right back to my childhood! Rakkety Tam was a fun tale. It's been a few years since I read the previous novel, Loamhedge.We meet a new sinister antagonist, Gulo the Savage. He's a wolverine, and he's bad. There were parts of the book involving Gulo that shocked me. Let's just say that he and his subordinates don't just kill their enemies, they eat them too. For this reason, the book seemed darker than other Redwall books, but it definitely distinguished just how bad Gulo is. It added a scarier element to the big beast.Rakkety Tam MacBurl was a very likeable character!There is so much charm in these books. From the dibbun speech, to the food I wish I could try due to Jacques's descriptions, and just the whole good vs. evil plot, these stories never get old. If you haven't made the journey to Redwall and Mossflower Country, consider this an invitation! Give it a try!

  • Josiah
    2019-06-23 12:26

    "Rakkety Rakkety Rakkety Tam, the drums are beatin' braw. Rakkety Rakkety Rakkety Tam, Are ye marchin' off tae war? That savage from the lands of ice, he's no' like any other. He's sworn tae get the Walkin' Stone, an' murder his own brother! 'Tis braw tae woo a bonny maid for love is aye sae sweet. Yet who'll be left tae tell the tale, when steel an' fang must meet?" —Rakkety Tam, P. 264 Another new batch of Abbey dwellers comes to the forefront in this seventeenth novel of Brian Jacques's unparalleled Redwall saga. Legendary warriors of Mossflower Wood have led full lives and then passed on for generations, from Luke to Martin the Warrior to Matthias to Mattimeo to Triss. Yet despite the veneration of warriors that have kept Redwall from falling to the wicked schemes and brazen might of every scourge to happen upon the sandstone building and believe it theirs to claim, Redwall remains primarily a place of peace, home to woodland creatures who aspire to live in harmony with one another and the earth, trading their hard agricultural labor for the bountiful reward of yearly harvest. In the same way, the Long Patrol hares of the mountain stronghold Salamandastron have maintained their focus generation after generation, patrolling the adjoining region in service to their badger lord to prevent vermin from ever taking hold of it. The right warriors seem to come to Redwall and Salamandastron when needed and not a season before, often at the protective behest of Martin the Warrior, who continues to guard the Abbey residents long after his passage into the next life. In Rakkety Tam, that ideal new warrior comes from without, as fierce Highland squirrels Rakkety Tam MacBurl and Wild Doogy Plumm seek to extricate themselves from indentured servitude to independently proclaimed sciurine royalty and reestablish their own reputation as freelance warriors with whom to be reckoned.With life in Redwall Abbey and surrounding Mossflower Wood proceeding as usual, its creatures aren't aware of the power struggle ensuing up north in the icy lands beyond the sea. A wolverine kingdom there starts coming to pieces when the patriarch is murdered and his blood-lusting sons, Gulo the Savage and Askor, lock wills in a battle over family preeminence. When Askor steals their father's prized Walking Stone and sails south with it, Gulo piles a ship full of vermin and takes off after him, toward unsuspecting Mossflower. It is but a matter of time before Gulo and his crew stumble onto Redwall and figure that's where Askor would go for sanctuary with the Walking Stone, and once Gulo decides he will have entry into Redwall if it's the last thing he ever does, the future of the Abbey is in serious jeopardy. Sent on an errand by the faux king and queen of squirrels to earn their own freedom, Rakkety Tam and Doogy Plumm walk unwittingly into the midst of the tense standoff between Gulo and the Redwallers. Tam is drawn into the drama by the watchful spirit of Martin the Warrior, who appears to have selected him as the one to challenge Gulo in a fight to the death. Not since the days of Tsarmina the wildcat has Mossflower been plagued by an enemy as lethal as Gulo, of sufficient size and temper to battle a full-grown badger and win. Tam's responsibility for the peace-loving Redwallers is mitigated by the arrival of the Long Patrol from Salamandastron, bearing a special gift for the Abbey, but Gulo's unpredictable rage soon leads Tam, Doogy, and a company of hares on reconnaissance duty to split up and try thinning the ranks of the wolverine's vermin troops through a strategy of attrition. Fewer foxes, ermine, and rats to contend with on the periphery will give Tam a better chance in a face-off against Gulo. Fate has selected the brave Highland squirrel and the flesh-eating wolverine to duel it out for the safety and liberty of this land and its long tradition of preserving and furthering the rights of the defenseless, and Tam and Gulo ultimately will clash with all of that at stake as Mossflower's future once more depends on the capability and perseverance of a great warrior. Will Rakkety Tam MacBurl save Redwall and his own life, or might the vanquishing of a foebeast as strong as Gulo the Savage require an equal sacrifice of bodies, a noble fighter in exchange for a conscienceless one? Can Redwall Abbey endure the losses it must absorb defending against its ruthless adversaries? Rakkety Tam doesn't lack for variety of adventures. The Abbey is abuzz with action through most of the novel, after entering lockdown to prevent Gulo and his cannibalistic followers from attacking those who live within. Tactical guile isn't Gulo's strength, but he has crafty vulpine advisers to devise plans to outwit the opposition, provided Gulo doesn't slay them all out of anger over the delay in sacking Redwall. The war on the home front wages all book long, so there's plenty of opportunity for suspense. Tam has adventures of his own, diverting a portion of Gulo's horde to chase him and lead the war away from the vulnerable Abbey, but there are enemies besides the maniacal wolverine for Tam to worry about the further he strays into unknown corners of Mossflower. Doogy has isolated escapades, as well, tracking down a volethief and trying to find the way back to Redwall through unfamiliar lands. Mossflower is home to folks generous and reprehensible, and there is always question of why some won't leave well enough alone, content to develop the quality of their own lot in life without harming innocents to do it. And what makes one goodbeast lean toward a warrior's lifestyle, cutting down evil vermin without a twinge to his or her conscience, while another is haunted by the prospect of killing a single vile fiend even in self-defense? I believe I agree with Tam's words on this matter: "We all choose our different paths. Some are born gentle, whilst others are destined to be warriors." There's valid reason to resist amoral marauders even to the regrettable point of taking their lives, as Brother Demple of Redwall explains: "Because there's always good and bad in the land, and goodbeasts have to protect their friends an' families from evil ones who want nothing but to conquer an' destroy." From Lord Brocktree and Luke, who both predated even Martin the Warrior, down through the ages to Rakkety Tam MacBurl of modern Redwall, warriors in Mossflower have stood resolutely in Brother Demple's philosophy of righteous assertiveness. I pray they continue their unflagging defense of the innocent and downtrodden for all seasons yet to come."Now the sunny glades are silent, where our fallen warriors lay. As in memory we treasure all the brave who marched away. Through the dusty seasons rolling, o'er our passing out parade, how we laughed and sang together, Oh your face 'twill never fade." —Rakkety Tam, PP. 172-173I can't say Rakkety Tam packs the emotional punch of the first eight Redwall novels, or even later entries such as The Legend of Luke and Lord Brocktree, but it's a solid story with moments that engage deeper feeling, particularly surrounding the deaths of a few courageous beasts who lose their lives resisting Gulo the Savage's hawkish overtures. The book wraps up meaningfully, too, and in light of these points in its favor, there's a chance I would give Rakkety Tam two and a half stars. The introduction of some animals new and rare to Mossflower should also be noted, as well as a slight increase in graphic description of the story's violence. It's a mild spike, however, doubtful to make many reconsider the series' appropriateness for kids. I plan on visiting Redwall often in the future, for I always find welcome and comfort within its walls. If you, reader, seek the same, I recommend Rakkety Tam or any of the Redwall books for your reading pleasure. There's no other series like it."When the sun slips o'er the treetops, then small birds fly off to nest. Feel the peace lie on the meadows, 'tis a time that I love best. Slumber on, little one, I am ever near. Drowsily, lean on me, dream small dreams, my dear. All the jewelled stars a-twinkle, Watch the clouds drift through the night. Sail upon thy boats of dreaming, to the rays of dawning's light. Slumber on, day is gone, by thy side I'll lay. Fear no harm, rest in calm, 'til the golden day." —Rakkety Tam, P. 198

  • Jeremy Gallen
    2019-05-30 11:01

    Author Brian Jacques dedicated this tale of Redwall to a colleague and a great friend, Tim Moses, and opens with a squirrel named Melanda, the youngest creature ever to serves as Recorder of Redwall Abbey, introducing the story of the titular squirrel protagonist, Rakkety Tam MacBurl, who receives several poems throughout the story. The chief antagonist is the wolverine Gulo the Savage, hunting down his brother Askor for want of the Walking Stone, whose holder allegedly is entitled to rule the land of snow and ice, with some backstory exposed for him such as his committing patricide.Meanwhile, it’s winter at Redwall Abbey, where Humble the hedgehog has reigned as Abbot for a long time. There’s also talk of a shipwreck near Salamandastron, after which the writer introduces readers to the territory of the Squirrelking Araltum and Idga Drayqueen, the country whence the titular protagonist and his fellow squirrel Doogy Plumm come. Another character playing part is Yoofus Lightpaw, a water vole and master thief from Mossflower, married to Didjety. Well-described battles occasionally erupt between the good creatures and vermin, accounting for a satisfying, if somewhat familiar, tale of Redwall, on par with its predecessors.

  • Matthew McAndrew
    2019-06-02 06:28

    Any time Brian Jacques jumps into the Scottish-influenced side of his Redwall world, you know it's going to be a fun ride. Loved the main characters in this one. It was all just a funny story, with trademark moments of Brian Jacques epicness. The villain was among the most intimidating in the series, I remember, and that's always a good thing. The scarier and/or more intriguing the villain, the better.

  • Josh
    2019-06-01 05:12

    Jacques takes the journey into Mossflower to a whole new level in this excerpt of the Redwall epic. While his works always pit a clear good vs a clear evil there was always a line; the presence of predatory creatures that did not openly prey on their 'weaker' counterparts. While a weasel might eat a mouse in real life - not so in Mossflower. However, Gulo the Savage brings a whole new realm of evil to Redwall. Jacques crosses that line and it is grisly. A great read - I always enjoy his Highlander characters - and Tam's brash willingness to leap to the fray is as challenging as any Redwall Warrior. Might be my new favorite Redwall book - definitely in the top 3.

  • Charlotte Walker
    2019-06-05 09:07

    BTW the speak in Scottish accents.

  • Davis
    2019-06-13 10:18

    It's been twelve years since I've read a Redwall book. And I was about twelve when I realized the series had declined in quality. Now, here at twenty-seven, I tried to pick up where I left off in the series: Rakkety Tam.As an adolescent, I loved this series more than any other. It had animals, adventure, swordfights, honest good guys, vile villains, epic journeys across majestic landscapes, and best of all a gorgeous map at the front of each book. But after Lord Brocktree came out, I noticed a decline in quality. This time in my life also coincided with my maturation as human being, having discovered objectivity, and hormones having discovered me. The next novel, The Taggerung, was... okay, though it did have reptiles, so I carried on. Triss was predictable, and Loamhedge was a carbon copy of Triss with the names changed. Even though I owned Rakkety Tam, I put it aside, untouched.Now, twelve years later, I picked it up again, wondering if my past distaste was just a rebellious streak. It was not. The problems are all here. Characters' voices are incomprehensible unless you speak them aloud, interrupting any flow of reading you've built up. Characterizations are broad, plotting is obvious, and sentimental descriptions of a simpler life are filled with food descriptions. It was the same as before, nothing had changed, only this time it was a Scottish squirrel instead of a mouse. Not that all of the book was terrible. The descriptions of violence by the antagonists, how they eat their enemies, leaving only fur and bones behind, was surprisingly gruesome. Had they always been that dark? Aside from phonetic accents, the action was clear, the characters memorable if not new. The adventurous streak carried me through half a dozen chapters, but even then I itched for something, anything, different.So I stopped reading. This shames me. I hate not finishing books, but I have more and more books to read and less and less time to read them. But once I set the book down, tore out my bookmark with teary eyes, felt relief. I would gain nothing by finishing this book. Now, were the earlier books as bad? Do the cliched plots start earlier than I remember? Rakkety Tam itself, out of the context of the other twenty novels, is probably serviceable, if not decent. But why read this one if there are others, potentially better ones at that?This series, though not this book, will always have a special place in my heart. They helped to transition me from chapter books to novels. Yes, there were still pictures before each chapter (which are still beautiful, in their animals-acting-like-humans way.), but the book is definitely a novel. It's not as impenetrable as Tolkien's language, nor as subversive as LeGuin's Earthsea, or even as enlightening as Watership Down. The characters are black and white, the tropes are fulfilled, and the text is light, though lengthy. But I will always remember the adventures of Matthias, Martin the Warrior, and Mariel with fondness. The Redwall books were a stepping in stone in my reading maturity, one I do not regret, but one I fear I cannot revisit. My son is seven months old, and in time he will (probably) read these books. My shelf still bears their spines, and he may learn to love them as I did. And in twelve more years, who's to say he won't also grow too old for them, stepping slowly into the world of adulthood?

  • Martina Sanjaya
    2019-06-22 11:25

    Really enjoy the Northern accent of the two heroes in this story! :) and fascinated by the fact that 'gulo' is wolverine's original Latin name!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-25 09:14

    This is definitely the most indulgent of the Redwall books. You can tell that Jacques wrote it because he wanted a protagonist with a Scottish accent. And this indulgent feel makes the book tons of fun to read. Plus, Tam and Doogy are some of the more endearing heroes of the series as a whole.Rakkety Tam does away with the annoying “hares are constantly hungry” trope that Jacques constantly takes up to eleven, and instead focuses on the “hares are perilous beasts” trope which is much, much better (hence why The Long Patrol is so good). Really, any book with The Long Patrol taking center stage is good, because it focuses more on military technique than the overused “where’s the scoff?” aspect of the hares.And speaking of military technique, I loved the strategy used by the creatures in this book, especially the “use the terrain against your enemy” strategy and the “let’s let them think their plan worked” strategy. It’s all the more satisfying because the villain of this book, Gulo, is from the start described as Awful and Terrible, even more so than other villains. He doesn’t just kill innocents, he eats them. And speaking of Gulo, hooray for a death scene that is not anticlimactic!Also, there are moments of humor in this book that I found especially good and memorable, notably the scene where Brooky is sure that the snake threatening Armel is a grass snake, only to wipe away the mud and find out that it was an adder as Armel thought and thinks it’s hilarious. Oh, and “cwown pwince Woopert.”For the most part, I think this book did a very good job of avoiding or subverting a lot of the tropes that Jacques has used in the previous Redwall books. However, it’s still the same basic plot as all the Redwall books. It’s just less noticeable because of the aforementioned avoidance of tropes.Overall, Rakkety Tam has an indulgent feel that just makes it fun to read, and in this book Jacques avoids or is more subtle with the tropes he has used to death in previous Redwall books, making for a Redwall book that at least feels different. The military aspect of the book is very good and the inclusion of The Long Patrol does away with the “solitary hungry hare” that is so ridiculous in previous books. It’s a fun book, and a welcome relief from the monotony of Redwall plots.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-29 08:03

    I am positive that you will enjoy yet another tale from Brian Jacques, Rakkety Tam. This book has a new take on the Redwall series. In a new twist to the series, the main characters are highland squirrels, named Rakkety Tam MacBurl and Wild Doogy Plumm. They have differing severities of the highland accent, which is actually Scottish. I would guess it is called a highland accent because Scotland is in the highlands of the UK. There is a new species introduced, the Wolverine. There is an insane one called Gulo the Savage. For reference, Wolverines are basically bears the size of badgers. Gulo is tracking his brother, Askor, who stole something called the Walking Stone, which is the symbol of power in his homeland. He is leading an army of albino ermine, who devour their enemies after they slay them. While on the warpath to recover the Walking Stone, which Gulo believes is in the famed Redwall Abbey, he manages to piss off a number of creatures, including The Long Patrol, which is an army of hares located in the mountain fortress of Salamandastron, where the great Badger Lords have dwelt for time immemorial. Gulo had slain 8 hares and 30 squirrels, stealing a prized drum from the hares, and the banner of the kingdom from the squirrels. I should explain about the squirrels, as it pertains to the past of Rakkety Tam and Doogy Plumm. In the woodlands up north in Mossflower, they were inserviced to the self-proclaimed “squirrelking” Araltum. Ever at odds with him and his mate, Idga Drayqueen, his rude words land him in jail for the ceremony of the day. While the rest of the squirrels are parading about the woods, they are attacked by Gulo and his vermin, leaving 30 dead and the banner stolen. Not surprisingly, Araltum and Idga run back to the central kingdom, crying and screaming about how their banner was stolen. Not one word about the 30 brave squirrels murdered. So Tam and Doogy set off on a quest to retrieve the banner. On the sands of the Western Coast, 8 hares, which are escorting a giant drum to Redwall, are ambushed and killed by Gulo and his vermin. This causes Salamandastron to send out fivescore more hares to help hunt down Gulo and bring him to justice. And bring the drum back. All of this escalates when Gulo comes to Redwall, and is about to attack it when everything comes to a head. But I’ll let you read it to find out what happens.

  • Chrisk
    2019-06-17 07:10

    Rakkety Tam, written by Brian Jacques. Rakkety Tam, the fiction novel, is a redwall adventure fiction story about a mouse and its followers that try to hunt down the kingdom’s evil foe, Gulo the Savage. Rakkety works for the Queen and King (who are fairly arrogant and only care about themselves.). Rakkety has to find the royal banner (that Gulo stole), and return it to its rightful place with his sidekick Doogy. While they’re doing this, Gulo’s brother has stolen the walking stone. Whoever possess the walking stone gains power. While the books main storyline is fun to read and keeps you reading, It has its downfalls. The main downfall that I saw was that the book is sometimes hard to focus on because of the fact that all the characters have a British accent. Also during half of the book, the writing is in British stereotypical words back in the medieval day and hard to fluently read (i.e. “Aye wherefore ain't it enow?”). Besides the language, the plot is thrilling and has enough “silent action” to keep it enjoyable. I especially like the characters in this book because of the stealing and thief “work”. While Rakkety is a mercenary working for the arrogant King and Queen, he fights for good and seeks out to remove his loans that he owes. (i.e. “He sneaks around Gulo’s camp without a hint of noise while rescuing his trusty pal Doogy.”). He just seems so relative to me as a character. I like every detail about Rakkety which makes me love the book even more. If you need to relate to another book, Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". It may not be the same personality or race, but it has a close plot of stealing and revenge for the better. I read a lot of fiction because I like the creativity. If they ever make more of this great series, I will pick them to read in the future. I like everything about fiction, from sci-fi to adventure. They are good books that I enjoy reading. In the end, I give this book a 5 out of 5 of what I have read so far in my life. This book involves stealing and talking animals that are the characters. It has fine creativity throughout and is a great novel.

  • Nate
    2019-06-02 10:29

    The book Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques is about two soldiers for the squirrel king, Doogy Plumm and Rakkety Tam, who pledged their swords to fight for him. But when the king is attacked, and the banner is stolen they set out on a quest to gain back the banner and ultimately their freedom. They meet many along the way including the hares of salamandastron and join forces to fight for a common cause, to find the bandit and slay him. But when they learn that the he is heading to Redwall Abbey they must intercept him. At the same time, two different creatures depart from Redwall, Sister Armel and Brookflow, with the sword of Martin the Warrior knowing that the matters and interests of others should always be put in front of one’s self. Their task is to find the “warrior who lost who sword”, and provide aid to him. Jacques makes the theme of the book clear and consistent throughout the whole book - The matters and interests of others should always be put in front of one’s self. For example on page 124 two creatures leave their home for the sake of others, who they have never seen before. The theme is also kept on page 153, when Rakkety Tam gives away his sword and his freedom to save others.Another one of Jacques successful elements in his book is his interesting, elaborate, and sometimes mature word choice. Throughout the whole book phrases such as “top hole” and “wot wot” are used, keeping it interesting. On page 87 both of the phrases are used in ways that describe the mood. But he also uses mature and older words as on page 216 “Thou art a bravebeast, Zerig, but thy sense often deserts thee.”Rakkety Tam is a good book that keeps readers reading and offers good morale on being nice to others and as as is on page 46 when the Father Abbot complements his recorder. Also there is a constant change in mood throughout the chapters. For example in chapter 19 the mood is sad when a hare is slain by the enemy, but despite the fact that one of their own was killed, in the next chapter there is a great feast held by the hares and it is a jolly mood. And at the same time the book has inquisitive word choice to keep it interesting and good for the older readers.

  • Caleb S 8b
    2019-05-25 11:09

    Hawaay the Braw!!

  • Sam
    2019-06-16 06:01

    I have to say, this is probably one of my favorites, along with Triss and others. This was VERY good, I always love to re-read this one.

  • Isaiah Silkwood
    2019-06-04 13:29

    I'm under the persuasion that villains make the book. Or they make the hero that much greater. I'll start off with Gulo the Savage. This guy’s is one of my favorite Redwall villains. He and Ungatt Trunn are up there at the top of villains along with Cluny the Scourge and... I should really stop myself before I reminisce back to all of the awesome Redwall villains. But Gulo the Savage is awesome! He's a wolverine for Pete's sake. Gulo and his horde of fox and ermine vermin eat other creatures. That takes his whole level of fearsomeness up like 82 notches. And Gulo ate a seagull after roasting it just long enough to burn the feathers. You don't get much more evil than that. This wolverine’s strength rivals and even surpasses that of badgerlords. And puts a wildcat’s fierceness to shame. Gulo carries no weapon but uses his powerful teeth and razor sharp claws to slay his foes. Next is Rakkety Tam Macburl. Like Martin and Mathias he makes a great leader when the need arises. He is one of my favorite lead heroes. Tam isn't as pure as Martin and Mathias though. He's got more of a Luke feel too him. He comes from the far north and has a slight highland accent which makes him all the more cool.Tam and Gulo drove this story into being one of my fondest Redwall books. But there are plenty more awesome characters that aid in making this a great chronicle of Mossflower. Wild Doogy Plumm for one, Tam's best friend, and a squirrel with an even broader highland accent. And the Walking Stone. Though he doesn't say much, he totally rocks! Awesome accents, fabulous feasts, vile vermin, Martin's magnificent sword, and the warm homey feel of red sandstone walls. Yep this is a Redwall book, and one to be treasured.

  • Zack
    2019-05-26 08:17

    This is one of my personal favorite books of all time. The story itself is fairly typical of Jacques other works (small woodland creature fights bullying warlord bent on killing other woodland creatures)with swordplay, brave warriors protecting the weak and innocent, and genuine fun.The story itself is very detailed owing to Jaques' descriptive writing describing everything down to the dress of the main character and the food that they prepare which beautifully captures either the threat that the character poses or the genuine affection that the author has for the heroes of the story. If I could say anything bad about the story it would be that Mr.Jacques has passed away, and the children's literary community is a lesser place without any more Redwall books being written by him.The characters are also very fun to read about as well. The main villain is a meat eating Wolverine hell bent on reclaiming a walking stone (turtle) that was stolen by his brother. The hero is a Squirrel dressed up like a traditional Scottish warrior with quick wits and amazing sword skills, and the residents of the abbey (the primary setting for the series) are some of the most colorful characters I have ever seen in the entire series.There are illustrations at the beginning of every chapter along with a map made by the author himself to further add depth to the story, and to entice the audience into reading the chapter.I would recommend this series for 4th through at the most 6th grade because there is blood, and there are occasional curses like "hell's teeth" but, otherwise it's a fairly quick and exciting read that is just as fun for adults as it is for kids.

  • Bradley Cannon
    2019-06-04 11:27

    I haven't read a Redwall book since middle school, so I thought I'd give one a try upon hearing that the author passed away a few years ago.First, the serious stuff: In all honestly, I don't think the plotting was as clever as the original few books, and I'm not sure that I'll remember many of the characters' names (besides Rakkety Tam) after the next few books in the series. The endless similarity of characters is probably the biggest problem with these books for me. If Jacques had certain character types that he wanted to write about, then I really wish he would have kept to the past time periods with all the generations of creatures that I knew so well (Martin, Mariel, Matthias, etc). It is a little strange not knowing how many seasons have passed between the previous books and this one. Are these characters distantly related to anyone from older books? If not, I wonder what made Jacques decide to let all record of his previous generations slip away? Regardless of this, the descriptions of food are still genius. The characters are colorful despite their predictability. The conclusion is satisfying, and there are a few nice twists along the way. I will admit, the walking stone plot surprised me in a very good way! I definitely recommend that readers start with the earlier books such as Redwall, Mossflower (my favorite!), Salamandastron, and so forth. These books are perfect for all ages from 8 (when I first started reading them) to 100. Who knows, maybe you'll end up reading the entire (20+ books) series if you just give it a try. I will definitely finish the last five or six books that I have to go.

  • Hunter
    2019-05-30 10:01

    Rakkety Tam MacBurl and his comrade-in-arms Wild Doogy Plumm (I don't like his Northern accent) venture to recapture the Standard of Igda Drayqueen from the wolverine warlord Gulo the Savage in this book. Meanwhile, Gulo has sailed south from the Land of Snow and Ice to recapture the Walking Stone, a tortoise that represented the wolverine kingship. Gulo's brother, Askor, had stolen the Stone (later called Rockbottom by Yoofus and Didjety Lightpaw the water voles) after the Savage One killed their father Dramz. Tam was accidentally captured by Brigadier Crumshaw's forces, the Long Patrol of Salamandastron Lady Melesme. They save the maidens Sister Armel (later Tam's wife) and the niece of Redwall's Skipper from the clutches of Shard, one of Gulo's captains and a white fox. Eventually, Tam recieves the Sword of Martin and goes to battle Gulo's forces at the Broadstream with the Guosim. At the same time another of Gulo's captains, Zerig, leads a charge against the Redwallers at their own home, but with the help of the Long Patrol (sadly resulting in Brigadier Crumshaw's death), they were driven off.Gulo was killed be beheading on Rakkety Tam's sharp-edged shield at a battle just outside Redwall Abbey (Matthias the Warrior's shield was sharp too. Coincidence?). Eventually, Tam married Sister Armel and they had a daughter: Melanda MacBurl. Rakkety Tam gave his claymore to Doogy, and they returned the Standard to King Araltum and Queen Igda, who abdicated and made the Araltum Groves a Republic (in the eyes of some readers).

  • Grace Lee
    2019-06-08 11:24

    This book is what i call a real five star book. It has adventure, bravery that sometimes leads to foolishness, and creatures who mess around and end up being friends. I liked this book because in almost every chapter.....something funny happens. I also somehow like to read and reread the descriptions of the scary creatures in there like a wolverine and the vermin throughout the story. Oh yeah....ummm..throughout the is about a wolverine named Gulo the Savage who leaves the land of snow and ice that he once ruled and goes out of there into the woodlands of Mossflower to take revenge and get bloodthirst for his brother, another wolverine named Askor. Not only his brother but the Walking Stone, the symbol of all power, was stolen from Gulo's hands to Askor who went to the woodlands from his evil brother. Rakkety Tam Macburl, a squirrel and another squirrel named Wild Doogy Plumm in order to save another royal but snifty little squirrel family's royal banner which was stolen from Gulo and his scores of vermin. In order to break the pact to serve the whiny pair of royal squirrels and lay peace, he and Doogy has to get the royal banner from Gulo and his vermin. But, along the way, he and Doogy meets new friends, mighty hares, the creatures of the famous Redwall which is usually the main place where animal heroes come from throughout this series.... and more woodlanders....some naughty, some beautiful, some betraying, some humble ones, and some caring ones, and brainy ones too!If you ever get the chance to read this AWEsome book, i say it is the finest one!

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-28 13:10

    This is one of my favorites in the later half of the Redwall series, mainly due to the author's choice of a villain, as the main character is a squirrel, which has occurred in several books. However, all of the characters are different, even within species, even if names in newer books are not as good as in the older books. The villain is a wolverine called Gulo, and out of the series is probably one of my favorite villains (Cluny the Scourge another). As with most Redwall series plots, Redwall is put in danger because two travelers go there and Gulo realizes it and heads there, intent on getting the Walking Stone back from his brother, who he assumes went to Redwall. Rakkety Tam and his friend leave after an attack on their home by Gulo and join the Long Patrol in tracking Gulo down. I enjoyed this story because the characters because, as usual, they were very well written and the story as well, because I kept reading it until I finished it. It's sad that there aren't going to be any more books, but I can still reread all of the Redwall series and not grow tired of it. I think the reason it is enjoyable to me is that all of the characters are animals with human characteristics, and it is old-fashioned, with swords and bows and the like and no advanced technology.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-27 11:04

    I love burly Scots and Rakkety Tam and Doogy were fantastic examples of squirrel Scots. I liked both characters and storyline in this book, and I think it is one of the better ones in the series. Doogy did swear a lot more than I would have expected, and the baddies are cannibalistic, so I'd recommend this for the older end of the primary school spectrum.The only thing I didn't really like was that Yoofus never really improved his ways. He stayed a liar up to the end, even though he was introduced as having a personal code (though they also said that he didn't have a conscience, so...who knows).I listened to the audiobook, and the cast was brilliant as always. The only thing that stuck out was that Mark Jacques played multiple characters, and though his accents are OK (but always slightly northern), he has no subtlety when it comes to reading lines. Every line always has a strong emphasis on one word, as if it's a demand or something shocking just happened. You could tell immediately which characters were voiced by him. It didn't take away from the story, but it was definitely noticeable.

  • Tyler
    2019-05-27 13:14

    Rakkety Tam is a fantasy novel by Brian Jacques, published in 2004. I thought it was a great book and I believe that I will read it again at some point. I would recommend this book.Yoofus and Doogy end up in the house of one of Yoofus' neighbors after being captured by a band of rats. Yoofus and Doogy fight off the vermin in there. They went back to Yoofus's cave before continuing back to Redwall. When the two arrive, the volewife feeds the hungry travelers sausages and they meet Rockbottom, a tortoise (who is actually the Walking Stone). At Redwall, the other part of Gulo's army attacked the Abbey by getting past the Long Patrol. The vermin are all killed by armed Redwalls led by Armel and Brooky but in a big battle Freeta kills Crumshaw. While Tam and the rest of the force are creating a diversion will their Guosim allies clear the Broadstream of a massive fallen tree.Gulo falls off the tree and is carried by the rivers current over a waterfall . They think Gulo is dead so Tam's forces head home but to their surprise Gulo did not die and Doogy is captured by the wolverine.

  • Jing
    2019-05-25 07:07

    The next part of the Redwall saga is about Rakkety TAm a Mercenary squirrel form the north who is on a mission to claim the flag for their lord to gain freedom. While doing that, he met a lying theif named Yoofus. A thing that also homes into in is the creature he must face to claim the flag was Gulo the Salvage a Furocious Wolvering. Continuing his quest, Rakkety Tam gave up his sword to Yoofus in order to freed some maids; one which he would eventually married. To replace it, he gained the sword of Martin the Warrior and with the help of the Redwallers, he slayed Gulo the Salvage. After taht, he returned the flag to his former lord now in danger of revoult lived a free beast. The main thing of the story is always there such as your role in life. What is different now is I noticed a few more morals. Some of them are giving up something precious to you to save someone's life. At taht time, Rakkety gave up his claymore sword to make Yoofus the greedy and selfish theif where the maids were and freed them from Gulo's army. A living life has more value than something that does not exist becaue a life is something that is capable of many things.