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A villainous new presence is aprowl in Mossflower Woods-the Marlfoxes. Stealthy and mysterious, they are out to plunder and destroy everything in their path. And when they reach Redwall Abbey, they ruthlessly steal the most precious treasure of all-the tapestry of Martin the Warrior. It takes Dann Reguba and Song Swifteye, children of warrior squirrels, to follow in theirA villainous new presence is aprowl in Mossflower Woods-the Marlfoxes. Stealthy and mysterious, they are out to plunder and destroy everything in their path. And when they reach Redwall Abbey, they ruthlessly steal the most precious treasure of all-the tapestry of Martin the Warrior. It takes Dann Reguba and Song Swifteye, children of warrior squirrels, to follow in their fathers' heroic footsteps. Together with the young shrew Dippler, and Burble the brave watervole, they embark upon the seemingly impossible quest. . . ....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Marlfox Reviews

  • David Gillis
    2019-01-02 18:26

    Marlfox was my first Redwall novel in the series, even though it does come into the series relatively late. It was also what hooked me into it. I loved the light fantasy storytelling it had with the characters being mice, squirrels, otters, and other woodland creatures. But it wasn't all light-hearted fun. The Redwall stories offer more villainous creatures such as rats, shrews, and stoats. In this case, the Marlfoxes are foxes that are larger and smarter than your usual fox. What's great about this whole series is the plethora of characters as everyone gathers together to defend their home (Redwall Abbey) from the evil characters. Although technically a children's tale, Jacques doesn't hold back with the war, death, and sickness that can plague the characters. It's a realistic, yet still positive story that is one of the reasons why Jacques became my biggest influence for writing as a child. Marlfox, in particular, is great because of this band of heroes that goes off on a journey, and the Marlfoxes themselves are deliciously sinister. If I took anything from it, it's that you can weave together humor, light-hearted fun, and more serious themes without having to overdo any of them.

  • Joseph Leskey
    2018-12-22 17:26

    This was quite good. It deviated slightly from the other Redwall books [that I have read as of this review] plot-wise, which, of course, made for an enjoyable story, by cause of originality.

  • Ben.c
    2019-01-06 12:45

    12/18/10 DoneIn the book evil foxes called Marlfoxes, take the Martin the Warrior tapestry from the Abbey. Song,Dippler, Burble, and Dann set out to retake it. Along the way they make new allies. In the end, they emancipate slaves at the island which Marlfoxes live on, Dippler becomes Log a Log, Burble becomes chief of the Riverhead water voles, Dann becomes the Abbey's champion, and Song becomes Abbess at the Abbey. A text to text connection is Song is mentioned in Taggerrung.

  • Emily Collins
    2019-01-19 14:31

    I've owned this book forever but I don't remember as much what this one was about. Kudos to Jacques though for going for more than just regular foxes and adding an air of almost-magic into it. My favorite part of these books is often the food. Anyone else get hungry reading these?

  • Jenny Clark
    2018-12-31 19:25

    Redwall is a lovely, safe place to visit. The villian always dies, thier slaves are always freed, and redwall always stands. There is never a single slave who dies in slavery. They always are free. That said, this is a childrens book, so I overlook that and enjoy the lovely discriptions and humor.

  • Clint Nutter
    2019-01-21 17:38

    I hadn't read a Redwall book in around 10 years and still thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Geoffery Crescent
    2018-12-29 12:51

    A solid Redwall read. It follows on nicely from The Long Patrol with a handful of recurring characters, as well as some of the best family dynamics to ever grace a Jacques' page. You've got the close and loving Swifteyes, the dysfunctional father/son Reguba pairing, the tragic tale of Sollertree and of course the nasty Marlfox brood. Throw a Gousim revenge plot, the poor old tapestry going missing (yet again) and some siege antics to keep the Abbey-bods occupied and you've got a good thing going. It's a shame the last third of the book relies on a deus ex machina (or a Chekhov's Squirrel if you will) and the whole thing acts as a template for seemingly every Redwall book to come after it. You am young male character? You be Warrior now. You am young female character? You be Abbess now. You am secondary character? You be head of your species-specific tribe/Abbery Recorder (delete according to gender). Plus, someone really needed to take Jacques' firmly in hand when it came to writing baby animals, or Dibbuns as they're known in universe. In the early books they were just younger, cuter versions of their adult counterparts. By Marlfox, they've developed their own, at times indecipherable stupid mode of speech (known affectionately as 'a'wight den me go bang' on TV Tropes). It's a pain because featured Dibbun Dwopple is occasionally laugh out loud funny (don't even get me started on the Mister Stickabee scene, I've been laughing at that for almost two decades). Other times he just sits there spouting crap like, 'worra 'appen Missa Florey me am so hungy me fall in pie an' get 'et by flox.' Oh it's all downhill from here...

  • Jeremy Gallen
    2019-01-14 14:31

    In this tale of Redwall, the titular Marlfoxes, a special breed of vulpine, led by Queen Silth, haunt Mossflower Wood and steal the tapestry of Martin the Warrior from Redwall Abbey, with a party consisting of the two children of squirrel warriors, Dannflor Reguba and Songbreeze Swifteye, following them, with the shrew Dippler and watervole Burble accompanying them. The prologue features a poem about wandering players, with plenty of other good poetry throughout the novel, and the first main chapter introduces several characters including Song’s father Janglur Swifteye, not to mention Ascrod and his sister Vanna, children of Queen Silth.The wandering players, the Sensational Wandering Noonvale Companions Troupe, are en route to Redwall Abbey, where a squirrel, old Friar Butty, serves as Recorder, mentioning the dry, rainless summer, and the death of former Abbey Warrior and Abbot Arven, not to mention Abbess Tansy. Throughout the story, the Redwallers clash with the Marlfoxes and occasional rats and other “vermin,” with Dannflor having sporadic visions of Martin the Warrior, along with a featured power struggle including another of the Marlfoxes, Mokkan. The story is generally good, though again somewhat recycled from prior entries of the series.

  • Victor Espinosa
    2018-12-30 19:33

    Brian Jacques was born to tell stories. He wasn't born to be a writer, per say, but he was definitely born to tell tales. Like traveling story-tellers from long ago, meandering from campfire to campfire sharing tales of legendary heroics in the face of absolute evil, Brian Jacques is a weaver of words. Telling stories of love that triumphs and wickedness that falls, friendships that overcome and betrayals that scar for life, Brian Jacques manages to keep his streak of incredible story telling going in Marlfox. Do yourself a favor and pick up Redwall. Then, little by little for there is no rush, read through the series. You'll be a better person because of it.

  • Matthew McAndrew
    2019-01-09 12:46

    This one was very different from the other books in the series, in some ways good, other ways bad. I remember not liking it as much as the others, but I still gobbled it up in about a day. I did like how mysterious this one felt, and the fact that it's different from the other books in the series brought some unexpected story perks.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-22 18:28

    Fantastic readOh how I wish I could visit the abbey of Redwall. Reading and rereading the books will have to do. Excellent writing and wonderful stories transport you to a land of peace and plenty

  • SophiaB
    2019-01-04 18:40

    This book was mediocre.

  • Elliot.Boesch
    2019-01-08 17:51

    This book, like the others in the Redwall series, doesn't fail to exceed my expectations. Action, mystery and a little bit of humor goes along way when writing about animals.

  • Lora Shouse
    2019-01-05 13:24

    A visit to Redwall Abbey in Mossflower Wood is always a treat.This time three separate groups traveling through the woods are accosted by Marlfoxes – a rare breed of foxes who have natural camouflage coloring that allows them to apparently disappear into woodland surroundings, giving rise to the belief that they are magic. Narrowly escaping serious injury at the hands of the Marlfoxes, the Swifteye family of squirrels, the Wandering Noonvale Companions, and the Guosim shrews (who have had their logboats stolen by the Marlfoxes) each decide to head for Redwall to warn the abbey dwellers of the danger.The sneaky Marlfoxes, however, manage to get in past the young beasts defending the abbey itself and steal the big tapestry of Martin the Warrior. Feeling responsible for the loss of the prized tapestry, Dannflor Reguba, Songbreeze Swifteye, and Dippler, a young shrew who has also been accused of causing the loss of the shrews’ logboats by sleeping on guard, resolve to go fight the Marlfoxes and retrieve the tapestry.The three friends travel across a lot of unfriendly territory making new friends and discovering some enemies. Meanwhile, the Marlfox who stole the tapestry heads back to the home of the Marlfoxes, after he has persuaded the other Marlfoxes they need to renew the attack on Redwall to avenge their brother who was killed in the earlier battle.As always in the Redwall books, the villains quickly turn on each other and unwittingly take much of their eventual defeat on themselves. And as always the Dibbuns – the abbey’s baby animals – are the most entertaining.

  • Josiah
    2019-01-20 11:37

    Brian Jacques has to get credit for continually changing up the elements of the Redwall stories, always giving new peripheral looks to the basic narrative style that readers of the series become familiar with in the first couple of books. This time, we see a brand-new kind of villain in the treacherous Marlfox sub-breed, a family of mystical, nearly magical foxes that inhabit a dark island far from Redwall Abbey. The Marlfoxes have been the stuff of legend in the past (though noticeably not mentioned previously in the Redwall series), but their sinister path collides with that of the abbey inhabitants when a group of the foxes and their army find their way to the peaceable redstone fortress and make war upon it. No one can stand in the way of a Marlfox, the evil creatures declare, and the abbey will be theirs whether its denizens like it or not. Here the story splits into two main branches. The Marlfoxes successfully steal the priceless tapestry of Martin the Warrior from the walls of Redwall, and the brutally savvy Marlfox Makkon heads back for the island home of the Marlfoxes to present his prize to the queen. Chasing after him are the primary heroes of Marlfox, Dippler the shrew and squirrels Dann and Song, each of whom has their own strongly compelling personal reasons for setting off without permission on such a dangerous quest to restore Redwall's proudest possession. Along the way the three makeshift warriors encounter an enormous number of problems, their lives put in jeopardy repeatedly; yet they meet up with allies on their quest, as well, allies who will be essential to the eventual completion of their journey. At the same time, the residents of Redwall are desperately trying to defend against the onslaught of the Marlfoxes and their armed forces. The ability of the Redwall creatures to continue to live in peace rides on the result of the war, but can they emerge victorious against the threat of this new foe, the daunting Marlfox?After the first seven or eight books in the Redwall series, it seems to me that the entries began to diminish in complexity, though they still are fine stories told with wit and great linguistic skill. It's interesting to see the possibilities for complex continuity in a series of this length, as characters from way back continue to receive mention as they factor into the new stories.Marlfox contains some good moments of flickering insight into the nature of emotion, especially in the honest speech given by the lonely hedgehog Sollertree as he tells the story of his family that was kidnapped by the Marlfox brood many seasons before. It is undoubtedly the emotional epicenter of the book, and so much of the novel's strength flows from it. I think that I would likely give two and a half stars to Marlfox.

  • Emma
    2019-01-15 17:50

    This book was very good. It was, I think, the largest book that I have ever read, so it was a little hard to get through for me. I liked all of the characters very much. I think Bryan Jacques does well in giving all the characters a personality. The story line was great. I am a little sad that the main male and main female didn't get married, but it ended well.

  • Ms. Patterson
    2019-01-21 14:41

    I was recently weeding books and pulled out Marlfox, because it's in bad shape and needs to be replaced. I decided to read it, because I remember one of my students recently mention that this was his favorite book in the Redwall series. I'm so glad I did.Legend has it that marlfoxes possess magical powers and can appear and disappear at will. When several marlfoxes are spotted in Mossflower wood, the various creatures take it upon themselves to go and warn everyone at Redwall Abbey. The marlfoxes and their crew of water rats attack the Abbey and succeed in stealing the most valuable item in the Abbey -- the tapestry of Martin the Warrior. Song and Dann (both squirrels) and Dippler, a shrew, are told in a dream by Martin the Warrior that they have been given the task to find the tapestry and bring it home. Along the way the trio meet new friends, battle fierce enemies, and are met with a surprise or two. Ultimately, they must battle the marlfox and rats on their home turf -- the island at the center of the Hidden Lake. I've been a fan of Brian Jacques ever since I was given his first two Redwall books in the early 90s. I remember when I heard him speak one time he mentioned how he wrote these books as a type of radio play for students at a school for the blind. That's why all the different animals have such distinctive dialects. I'm glad I knew that -- it made me more appreciative of the style of these stories. I know that at times, it can be difficult reading what's being said but you only have to listen to one of the full cast productions of Redwall books to know why it's perfect! Now, to Marlfox.. I'm not sure why I liked it so much. On the surface, it seems to have the same characteristics as the other stories. Creatures of the Abbey going on a quest, sent by the warrior Martin, facing dangers and learning one's own strengths, etc. I guess one of the things that most attracted me to this one was Song. She's really the leader of the trio from Redwall. She's the one figuring out the riddle to guide their way. She's the one making the decisions on going, staying, etc. Although Dann is the one with Martin's sword, he's not the one doing the crazy heroic acts all the time. I love that the girl is strong and courageous, and the others accept her that way. There's plenty of exciting battles in Marlfox to attract those fans of action/adventure stories. I'd recommend Marlfox to anyone looking for a thrilling story about friends on a quest. Even if you haven't read other Redwall stories, you could jump right in and be just fine. Wonderful story!

  • Jing
    2019-01-16 12:31

    There has been this new terror called Marlfoxes: foxes that were known as magic creatures who could reappeared and disappear like smoke. The Marlfoxes that came to face Redwall were six all told who wer borhters and sister; children of the High Queen Silth and her mate who she killed. While attempting to conquered Redwall, there were a Guosim problem when one of the shrew betray his leader and killed him. The Marlfoxes also took the tapestry of Martin the Warrior and later on Mokkan the most devious of them all abandon his siblings making his way back to the island. While that was happening, four Redwallers two squirrels of Warrriors, a vengeful shrew and a watervole began their quest to get to the Marlfox island. While so, the Marlfoxes abandon began to be taken out by the Redwallers wnat by one until a great battle finish the rest of them. The four travelers of the advneture travel on only to find great friends and family members they presumed dead. There they went to the Marlfox island for a final battle. There were two Marlfox which remained in the island. One was Queen Silth who was in the worst condition ever and her daughter Lantern. Lantern eventually poison her mother and became Queen for a short while. When her brother Mokkan returned, he threw her into the lake which were infested with pike which ate and killed her. He was then the last Marlfox to rule all the water rats a his command. The heroes at taht time already killed the Guiousm traitor and were on their way to Marlfox. There was a great fight where slaves fought against the water rats. Mokkan was forced to escaped and was later killed and the terror of the Marlfoxes ended. In some way, i felt sorry for the Marlfoxes because they used to be a family until they died one by one. Of courese, they were decietful creatures that would kill anyone who thye had a good chance to put action on. They were somewhat cooperative compare to other villains and far smarter. The new theme is betrayal and loyalty. If the Marlfoxes had been loyal to each otehr instead of killing each other jsut for power, ther would have been goodness and then Redwall had been conquered. If Fenno was loyal, he wouldn't have been slanin later one. That teaches you in life to be loyal and know who to choose like an example for choosing a worker; a loyal worker at all ocst or a worker with much potential that could provided a lot to the company, but might stabbed their backs later on with his back full of money.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-19 16:41

    Once again, a focused plot without irrelevant side-plots makes for a good Redwall book. I enjoyed the uniqueness, for Redwall, of the “family” villains, although I still don’t like the fact that none of the villains seem capable of love. I also found the quick demise of Lantur, after all her scheming, amusing.Song and Dann (and Dippler and Burble) are probably the most endearing heroes that come from Redwall in a while. They’re not bland or flat, like Samkim was, and they’re not forgettable like Dandin. For once, theirs is a group that actually has a good dynamic and isn’t overshadowed by one character or the other. None of them seem to be simply tagging along for the purpose of having another character (i.e. Arula and whoever it was that was with Bryony in Outcast of Redwall that was probably a mole). I suppose that Burble is there simply for comic relief, but the other three actually have character development.Speaking of comic relief, Jacques usually uses the hares for that and it’s especially noticeable here. Florian is probably one of my least favorite hares, but his inclusion makes for some of the funnier parts of the book.But oh my goodness, the Dibbuns! They’re cute in the first five or so books, but then they just keep getting more and more annoying with their way of speaking and their antics. Dwopple…sigh. Also, why don’t we ever see vermin babies?More retconning from Jacques, although that’s pretty much old news by now. Or maybe for this one he did it on purpose, to illustrate the way that legends change over time? Anyway, this time, when describing the history of Marlfox Island, Cregga mentions that Urthstripe (from Salamandastron) went to the island, met his brother Urthwyte, and then traveled back to Salamandastron with him where they fought Ferahgo. Uh, well, it was Mara who found Urthwyte, and the two brothers never actually met face-to-face. But it makes for a good legend, I guess.Overall, Marlfox has some of the better heroes in the series (of those that come from Redwall) and a unique set of villains. I still think Redwall is at its best when Jacques doesn’t try to take on too much at once in regards to plot, and so far all the books that have one main plot are the best, Marlfox included. The Dibbuns are still annoying, though, alas.

  • J.T.
    2019-01-22 15:25

    Foxes always seem to be villains in Jacques's work, and here he introduces a new kind, the Marlfoxes, who, with their "silver-gray coats heavily mottled with patches of black and bluey gray," are blessed with natural camouflage such that they are thought to be magic ("They could make theirselves invisible"). A family of four males and three females, they lead their band of water rats in search of "treasure" for their senile but dangerous mother, Queen Silth. When they learn of the existence of Redwall Abbey, they naturally conclude that so impressive a structure must contain something worth having, and the Redwallers find themselves besieged. Then two of the foxes gain entry to the Abbey through a postern gate and make off with the great tapestry depicting the heroic mouse-warrior Martin. The only ones who can be spared to try to recover it are untried youngsters--Dippler, a Guosim shrew who slept on watch and let his band's logboats be stolen by the foxes and rats; Dannflor the squirrel, whose former-warrior father has been putting on the pressure for him to behave in fighter fashion, and Songbreeze, the daughter of a wandering family of squirrel entertainers. But they have one big advantage the foxes don't know about: Martin's spirit speaks to Dann, providing him with advice and guidance as they make their epic journey through the forest to the lake where the Marlfox castle stands on a rugged island. Like some of the other Redwall novels, this one contains a valorous quest, pitched battles, and really nasty villains--as well as a good measure of humor, much of it supplied by Florian Wilffachop, the hare, and his wandering theatrical troupe (including his arch-enemy, the "fiendish mousebabe" Dwopple), who find themselves trapped in Redwall by the siege. Jacques also introduces a new variation on villain-beasts: a barbaric band of toads and lizards who inhabit the watermeadows north of the lake and are given to torturing prisoners to death. Especially well done is the pace and the intercutting between the tapestry-seekers, the ongoing siege at Redwall, and the events at the foxes' castle as Silth's children plot to put her out of the way and (like most villains in this series) soon fall to fighting with one another.

  • Will Waller
    2018-12-28 12:32

    There is much good to be said about the Harry Potter series of books - their foray into wizardry, their magical locations and characters, the rhythm of their plots as you discover what Harry is up against. Most notably, Voldemort. Voldemort appears and disappears and you don't really have a handle on him until the end of the last book. It's great, and perfect for kids and adults who need to be given small doses to be kept interested. This book, unlike the Harry Potter series, lacks wizardry, great characters, and a good villain. It lacks especially in the final category as the villains are all spread out amongst a family. This dilution of characters is what I believe is truly lacking in this book series. The characters cannot be properly developed because there are far too many of them. I've started skimming through these books and not really remembering who the characters because it doesn't matter. Here's how the characters work: there are a few main protagonists spread among the animal species. They go out to save Redwall from intruder/villain x. Villain x never gets really close to taking the Abbey, but they will try. Meanwhile, the protagonists go to another spot to save slaves or prisoners from good species of animals. There's little if any backstabbing among the good animals, little chiding. They work together and get along together. This world view of perfection among the good species is a load of horse crap. That's not the way the world works. No one is truly good or truly bad. We're all a mixed bag. So I'm getting tired of these books and their simplistic and unrealistic world view. What a load. Meanwhile, due to my stringent world view about what books I read, I've already reserved the next book from the library. Forge on ahead I guess.

  • Megan Cutler
    2019-01-16 12:46

    Oh goody, another Redwall book where we get to spend 300 pages trying to distinguish what the various creatures are saying. Can't any of the animals in this universe speak normally? One or two characters with quirky speech is cute, but all of them? Doesn't someone try to preserve the language in Redwall? And while we're on the subject of continuity in this universe, why are always children at the Abbey but never any parents?Like most of the other books in this series, Marlfox follows the same old formula, making the entire plot highly predictable. There's a war at the Abbey. There's a riddle to be solved. There's a war elsewhere, because if there aren't at least two wars, then what would be the point? And as usual, there's lots of feasting for the good guys and back-stabbing for the bad guys. There's even a mousebabe because, apparently, they too have become a staple.Marlfox is particularly boring because it didn't feel like any of the characters on the quest for the tapestry learned or changed or grew in any way. Instead, all the characters they met along the way seemed to do all the work. Also, the final confrontation was woefully short, which makes all the build-up to it seem pointless.Not the worst of the series, but far from the best. Easily skip-able; you aren't missing much.

  • Treasure
    2019-01-04 15:45

    Part of the prolific and classic Redwall series, Marlfox follows an ever-widening band of forest creatures as they fight the evil and mysterious marlfoxes. Marlfoxes are ruled by the evil Queen Silth from a forgotten island on a forgotten lake. When they steal an important tapestry from Redwall Abbey, a band of young Redwall creatures must fight to save it. Advanced readers will love having many books in the series to choose from and will feel very grown up reading lengthy books that begin with a prologue, map, and quote. The books never talk down to young readers and elevate their vocabulary with such descriptors as something being the color of “terra-cotta” rather than simply orange or red. Low level readers will struggle with the length and depth of the book, as well as the large words and complex sentences, and readers of all ages may struggle with the many dialects (“ ’tweren’t”, etc.).An excellent introduction into adult fantasy novels, literary novels, and British writing. With detailed characters and plots and a magical setting, readers of all ages can return to the same books again and again and gain new insights each time. And who can resist names such as “Florian Dugglewoof Wilffachop”?!(Reviewed for Puget Sound Council)

  • Mattia Allen
    2019-01-17 16:29

    Foxes have always been antagonists in the Redwall books, in Marlfox it was really cool to take foxes to an almost “magic” realm. This book was a fun adventure to read, with a variety of characters from squirrels to water rats, magpies to eagles, the different animals are really fun to read. As a whole I liked this book, it wasn’t boring to me and the story moved at a good pace. I liked how the story jumped around from one group to another, it gave some good juxtaposition. One of the things I didn’t really like about Marlfox is that it has a lot of repeating themes in common with the other Redwall books, this isn’t really a problem but after I noticed I couldn’t stop comparing what happened in this book to others. As with other Redwall books there are a lot of different accents that may require more than the usual amount of energy to understand. There were some parts when I was dieing to turn the next page and others when the pace was slower. The descriptions for the great feasts will make your stomach rumble, the land building is really great, the description of everything is one of the reasons why I really liked this book.

  • Piepie
    2018-12-22 14:53

    Another hit by Brian Jacques. I love visiting Redwall Abbey time after time again. "Marlfox" was one of my favorite Redwall stories as a kid! :)This book was a little different - the antagonist was not just one, but a whole group of villains - brothers and sisters, all cruel and conniving. "Marmfloxes" - the Dibbuns call them!As always, I enjoyed seeing previous characters in a whole new story - Cregga Rose Eyes, Gurrbowl, Friar Butty, among others - as well as meeting others. The duo Dann and Songbreeze are just wonderful. Skipper of Otters was great and amazing, as always. Hares are always a delight - Marlfox's hare was named Florian, and quite a card he was! I loved his relationship with the tiny infant Dwopple!I didn't give this book five stars because to me it seemed like the ending was wrapped up way too fast, like Jacques just killed some of the villains too quickly at the end (and, of course, some of the good guys, too). Other than that, Marlfox was a delight to read. I look forward to reading other Redwall's that I have never read before! :)

  • Kaitlyn
    2019-01-03 14:34

    Okay, one of my slightly guilty pleasure books. I love the Redwall Series, despite many, many faults I could list. And I probably will. But I have loved these book since fourth grade, when they were practically all I ever read. I am always a bit surprised to see them on the teen shelf, when to me they are children's books. They are likely a decent way beneath my reading level, but... I enjoy them nonetheless.Anyway, Marlfox... typical Redwall. Dibbuns are kidnapped and must be recovered, the evil is a backstabbing coward, young heroes go out to save the world and the bad guys are totally out of their league. I was rather disappointed this time around, actually... I wish the Marlfoxes had been more of a threat. As it was, it felt like a lot of buildup for little actual threat. Also, I was reminded just how much time Jacques spends talking about food and feasts. Redwall never seems to have just a normal meal... they have at least a feast a week, seriously. It's a wonder they aren't all too tubbly to fight evil.

  • Stephen Fordyce
    2019-01-08 17:24

    I've only read two Brian Jacques books so far and this one was the lesser of the two. I didn't like how the author built up the foxes to be like these mystical and accomplished ninja foxes who could disappear and reappear at will, and then they were so easily killed off in the end. Anyone who read the book will remember. Did the Marlfoxes kill any of the important good characters? When they weren't killing each other, they were getting their mystical heads chopped off. If you are going to imply the competency in the skills and intelligence of your villains, you have to follow up on that implication by displaying their prowess. Anyway that was my biggest problem with the book. I did like the character of Song and the little mole too. I was cheering them on. Turns out I didn't need to. The incompetence of the Marlfoxes proved to be their own undoing.

  • The Doctor
    2019-01-18 12:45

    One day, a squirrel Songbreeze and her family run into Marlfoxes, dangerous creatures that disappeared for centuries. They go to Redwall Abby to warn them about the Marlfoxes. They meet a young shrew named Dippler, and a young squirrel named Dan. The three become friends right away. Then one night the Marlfoxes come when everyone's asleep, and steel the tapestry of the founder of Redwall, Martin the Warrior. Now Songbreeze, Dippler, and Dan must go on a long and perilous journey to get the tapestry. I loved this book. The dangers are exciting. For example, Songbreeze tries to save a hawk and goes over a waterfall. You don't know if she's alive until about the twentieth chapter. There's humor in it too. For example, in one of the beginning chapters, a theater group preforms a skit where all they do is throw silly insults at each other.

  • Carina
    2019-01-12 19:24

    I like that Marlfox is really the first book in the series to re-use a notable place from the early books. I mentioned in one of my reviews of an earlier book (Pearls of Lutra I think) that the home of the Marlfoxes here was once the same island the White Ghost lived on - who, if you have read all the books you know to be Urthwyte from Salamandastron.I especially liked that his legend remained and actually played a part in this book. Apart from Martin you don't really hear of any previous characters being remembered. The addition of the Noonvale players was also nice as it ties back to Martin the Warrior (and considering the next book focuses back on Martin it is a useful reminder).The only other thing I would say is, that by this time you would surely think the animals of Redwall would hang Martins tapestry somewhere more secure...

  • Nazmul Hasan
    2019-01-18 14:36

    If I read this now, I'd probably give it 3 stars for it's uniqueness. Regardless, Jacques was my childhood. I've read most of his work in middle school and devoured every book.This book in particular was my favorite. Even though I've forgotten all the names of all the characters, I still remember the battle with the Marlfox and the vividness of the scene painted by Jacques. I still remember by first epicgasm.Yes, they have simplistic plots but these are books for children, not sophisticated, stuck up lovers of Victorian fantasy and readers of Kantian philosophy with poles up there asses.If you don't like this book if you've read it now, then congrats, you've grown up to bigger and better things.But don't expect 10 year old children to be reading at your level. Calm down. When you were 10 you were still peeing in your bed.