Author: Brian Jacques Publisher:
The Putnam & Grosset Book Group Date of Publication:
December 1991 Setting: The story takes place in
Mossflower, a forested area where the animals of Redwall
live. It takes place in fantasy times. There are no humans,
just animals roam the earth. The Main Characters: The main
characters are Mattimeo who is the son of the great warrior
mouse of Redwall, Matthias. Matthais is the great warrior of
Redwall whose son has been taken captive by Slagar the
Cruel. Jess squirrel is a normal Redwall inhabitant whose
son has also been taken by Slagar. Orlando the Ax is a huge
badger and his daughter Jube has been captured by Slagar.
The last main character, Basil Stag Hair, is a veteran foot
fighter rabbit who has an enormous appetite. Summary: This
is a story of a boy becoming a man. It is told through animals
and fantasy. It starts with the animals of Redwall having a
peaceful celebration of the new season. Slagar and his evil
henchmen came to the celebration disguised as entertainers.
They spiked the animals¹ drinks with a sleeping potion and
kidnapped all of the children of Redwall, including
Mattimeo, son of the great warrior mouse Matthias. When
they awaken they send out a search party to find the
children. Matthias, Jess, and Basil discover the trail of the
missing children. On their way they met Orlando the Ax who
was also looking for his daughter, Jube. They found out that
Slagar was kidnapping children and taking them as slaves in
a slave train to an unknown realm. They finally caught up to
Slagar and were going to rescue their children but were
fooled into going into a cave. Slagar then dumped huge
rocks over the entrance to the cave. It took the animals days
to get out of the cave. Slagar took the slaves to an
underground kingdom where they would work for an evil
ruler. The slaves were then put in a cell without anything to
eat or drink. Matthias and his companions thought they had
lost their children forever because they couldn¹t find an
entrance to the underground kingdom. Finally, while sitting
on a rock, the rock slid away to reveal a staircase into the
ground. They went down the staircase and then were
attacked by rats. By mistake they found the children who
joined with Matthias in fighting the rats. At the end they
defeated the rats and the evil emperor. They went home and
Mattimeo had finally after experiencing these events become
a man. He took over his fathers place as the warrior of
Redwall. Impression: I really liked this book because of all
its suspense. The author kept my attention constantly. For
example, in the book the author would cut off right at a very
suspenseful part and switch to another part. From a scale of
one to ten I would give this book a ten. I recommend it to
whoever likes fast moving stories and suspense.

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