Saturday, June 20, 2009

Brian Jacques and Redwall

Fighting riddles and quests are perennial themes and prominent in children's literature.I had the honor of being introduced to children's author Brian Jacques on Mouse Medicine blog. Some of the Reviews of the Redwall series are below . I want to get Loamhedge as part of my repertoire of books.

Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.
Erik Erikson (b. 15 june 1902 - 1992) developmental psychologist & psychoanalyst

The other bright light in the world of children's books whose birthday it
is today is brian jacques (b. 1939).
jacques created perhaps one of my favorite children's book series, the redwall
series. the series started in 1986, today there are dozens of redwall books and
redwall spin-offs (including, of all things, a redwall cookbook, a
television series, and an opera). by the way, you don't have to be a child to
enjoy the redwall books, but of course, mouse lover that I am would say


Lord Asheye of Salamandastron has a prophecy: a new Badger Lord will soon reign over the legendary badger fortress, one who ‘shuns armour and sword’. But who is this youngbeast and how is he to be found?
A haremaid from the Long Patrol regiment is dispatched on a dangerous mission to find him, but the unsuspecting future Badger Lord has been captured by a murderous gang of Sea Raiders who are intent on conquering Redwall Abbey.
While the fate of many creatures, both good and evil, are caught up in the saga, somehow the young ruler must escape and find a way to defend Redwall, for only then will he be able to fulfill his destiny as leader of Salamandastron.
Current Reviews: 4

High Rhulain[Paperback]

Young Tiria Wildlough is an ottermaid touched by the paw of destiny. Her epic adventure takes her on a journey from Redwall Abbey across the Great Western Sea, to the mysterious Green Isle. There she must fulfill an ancient prophecy and gain her inheritance.
Green Isle is home to the otterclans, but they are beset by dangers from Wildcat chieftain Riggu Fellis and his catguard slave masters. Aided by two birds and a platoon of Long Patrol hares, Tiria joins forces with the outlaw leader of the otterclans in a battle that will test all their courage and skill.
In the true tradition of Redwall comes a new saga full of feasts and fighting, riddles and quests, and a heroine you’re not likely to forget as she strives to become the chosen one—the High Rhulain


Loamhedge, the deserted Abbey, forgotten for countless seasons. What secrets do its ruins hold?
Martha Braebuck, a young haremaid, wheelchair-bound since infancy, wonders about a mysterious old poem relating to the ancient Abbey. Could it really be the key to her cure? But how could she get to this Loamhedge? As fate has it, two old warriors, travellers returning to Redwall Abbey, are inspired by the spirit of Martin the Warrior to quest for the ancient place - and three young rebels are determined to go with them.
In another part of Mossflower Country, the giant badger Lonna Bowstripe thirsts for vengeance as he relentlessly hunts down the Searat Raga Bol and his murderous crew. He pursues them unto the very gates of Redwall - and finds valiant Abbeybeasts defending their home against the conniving band of marauding vermin!
Riddles, feasting, songs and battle intertwine with the forces of good and evil in this epic saga. Join the heroes in their far-flung misson. Stand on the ramparts with the Abbot and his friends. Face the Foebeast at the Abbey of Redwall. Take the high road to adventure in the search for the hidden secret of Loamhedge! Eulaliiiiiaaaaaaa!

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