Martin the Warrior

Martin the Warrior Badrang the Tyrant stoat the evil Lord of the Eastern Coast has forced captive slaves to build his fortress Marshank Among these slaves is an indomitable young mouse called Martin who together wit

Badrang the Tyrant stoat, the evil Lord of the Eastern Coast, has forced captive slaves to build his fortress, Marshank Among these slaves is an indomitable young mouse called Martin who, together with his friends Felldoh and Brome, escapes from the fortress, aided by Rose of Noonvale and Grumm the mole So begins a tale of adventure love, treachery and deceit The actionBadrang the Tyrant stoat, the evil Lord of the Eastern Coast, has forced captive slaves to build his fortress, Marshank Among these slaves is an indomitable young mouse called Martin who, together with his friends Felldoh and Brome, escapes from the fortress, aided by Rose of Noonvale and Grumm the mole So begins a tale of adventure love, treachery and deceit The action is fast and furious scattered with characters like Cap n Tramun Clogg, Ambella and her Pygmy shrews, and the Rambling Rosehip Players A stirring yarn with all Brian Jacques usual ingredients of feasts, rhymes, songs, battles and humour, and starring a legendary Redwall hero MARTIN THE WARRIOR

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  1. Brian Jacques pronounced jakes was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939 Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.Brian grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks, where he attended St John s School, an inner city school featuring a playground on its roof At the age of ten, his very first day at St John s foreshadowed his future career as an author given an assignment to write a story about animals, he wrote a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile s teeth Brian s teacher could not, and would not believe that a ten year old could write so well When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as a liar He had always loved to write, but it was only then that he realized he had a talent for it.He wrote Redwall for the children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool, where as a truck driver, he delivered milk Because of the nature of his first audience, he made his style of writing as descriptive as possible, painting pictures with words so that the schoolchildren could see them in their imaginations He remained a patron of the school until his death.Brian lived in Liverpool, where his two grown sons, Marc, a carpenter and bricklayer, and David, a professor of Art and a muralist, still reside David Jacques work can be seen in Children s hospitals, soccer stadiums, and trade union offices as far away as Germany, Mexico, and Chile not to mention Brian s photo featured in most of his books.Brian also ran a weekly radio show on BBC Radio Merseyside, until October 2006, where he shared his comedy and wit, and played his favourites from the world of opera he was a veritable expert on The Three Tenors.When he was wasn t writing, Brian enjoyed walking his dog Teddy , a white West Highland Terrier, and completing crossword puzzles When he found time he read the works of Mario Puzo, Damon Runyon, Richard Condon, Larry McMurty, and P.G Wodehouse He was also known to cook an impressive version of his favourite dish, spaghetti and meatballs.Sadly, Brian passed away on the 5th February 2011.

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  1. If you like medieval type fantasy adventure stories, I cannot recommend the Redwall series enough I know it s about talking animals, but it s seriously something adults would love as well The whole world is so wonderfully detailed and complex The stories get pretty emotional I definitely teared up at a lot of battle scenes deaths in middle school They re pretty epic The books were published in a different order than the stories take place, so you can read most of them in any order Like there s a [...]


  2. One of the things I came across when I was young and completely obsessed with Redwall was a quote from Brian Jacques, in the introduction to Redwall Friend and Foe where he stated, emphatically, Goodies are good I can t help thinking about that when I think about this book, because here s the thing while on its surface Redwall can look like a series with black and white morality, where certain people are good and others are bad, the stories themselves often overturn those expectations, and none [...]



  3. Martin the Warrior is probably one of the best Redwall books While the writing is decidedly clunky at best, you never notice once you get into the book Martin the Warrior has everything it has the drama, the sadness, the love and hate of The Lord of the Rings It also has the revenge and hate of Felldoh, and off course the sadness of the death s of some central characters I felt the difference between Martin and Felldoh strongly Felldoh was imprisoned all his life, and was forever changed by it H [...]


  4. I hadn t thought of rereading these seriously until I realised that reading a childhood book was on the list for a reading challenge, and then my sister returned all my copies to make room on her shelves for her own books Then I thought, well, why not I remember that I found the books getting a bit repetitive as the series went on and on, and on but Martin the Warrior was the first I read, and it s obvious why it hooked me as a kid It s a little bit deterministic rats are evil, mice are good, sh [...]


  5. This was the book that got me into fantasy, and fill in love with reading My teacher in grade school loved the story, and all my friends read the series So I gave it a try on audio, and felt in love with audio and this series This is my favorite book of the Redwall series I just love the character of Martin the Warrior This origin story really shows how he came from nothing into the one of the greatest leaders and warrior in the land The ending of the book is the cause and origins of Redwall Wit [...]



  6. It s a long hard road ahead for you, little warrior Enjoy a happy day while you can Boldred, Martin the Warrior , P 267 Don t think about what you could have done, concentrate on what you plan to do it is useful Boldred, P 335 The ability of Brian Jacques to create an entirely new world that is bursting at the seams with deep, suspensefully plotted adventures, characters overflowing with originality and life, and epic, imaginative quests that could appeal to even the most hard nosed literary cy [...]


  7. So, this is possibly the best Redwall book that Jacques ever wrote It s focused no random sideplots that have nothing to do with the main one , it has a lot of characters but doesn t jump between them too much a la Salamandastron, it has unique features that depart from the formulas of previous books, and the ending is simply fantastic but also sad.And the number one reason why this book is so great is view spoiler ROSE hide spoiler WHHHHHYYYYYYYY view spoiler Main warriors never die in Redwall [...]


  8. Martin the Warrior by Brian JacquesI had been pretty burnt out on the Redwall books after Mossflower, Mattimeo, and Salamandastron Redwall was a creative and fun book, but it seemed that all its successors were progressively formulaic and uncreative Martin the Warrior, however, is a return to the same creative spirit of the original book, and, in my opinion, improves upon it.The book explores the early life of Martin the Warrior after he has been made a slave by Badrang, the cruel tyrant of Mars [...]


  9. Excellent stuff We will be reading of the Redwall books The cast for the audio version was excellent with the bulk of it being read by the author himself always a treat , plus a whole crew of talented actors.Martin is brave, strong and everything a hero should be The bad guys are really bad The clash between them is almost on par with The Lord of the Rings, except the story has forest animals as the main characters.How I love summer road trips We accomplish so much reading this way P.S One comm [...]


  10. By far the BEST book in the Redwall seiries Martin is amazing I listened to the tape when i first heard it but if i had read it i would not have been able to put it down really great story i loved it Rose is really cool also It is all about how they save a bunch of slaves from searats and other pleasent animals Really amazing book Sad at the end but then cheers up Martin is really cool You really have to have a certain taste for Brian Jaques style, but most people would like it The tapes are ver [...]


  11. The previously untold story of Martin the Warrior s travels before coming to the forest of Mossflower to found Redwall Abbey He vows revenge on the vermin warlord of a fortress, and also to free the miserable slaves who have dwelt there for uncounted years Formulaic, in the tradition of all the Redwall books, but enjoyable nonetheless It s always fun to read about your mouse heroes facing an army and defeating them, using the skills of moles, squirrels, birds, badgers, otters, and all the good c [...]


  12. The story is pretty thin and the there are a lot of boring parts I hate that every meal needed to be described in excruciating detail although it did add to the immersion of the world Martin the Warrior was cooler when he was just a legend shrouded in mystery.



  13. This book is a very exciting story of both loss and victory After having his father killed by the searat Badrang, Martin must watch as everything he knows is taken from him at a young age When Badrang and his crew arrive to the coast Martin and his village reside on death and destruction soon follow Badrang kills all that oppose him and the ones that don t are soon sold into slavery The slaves then suffer as the turn their once beautiful land into a vicious territory controlled by their cruel en [...]


  14. Like many, I grew up adoring the Redwall series, so it pains me to give this two stars now.This past summer I found my collection of Redwall books I have the first dozen and chose to reread this one because it was, in my opinion at the time, the best of them.And frankly, it isn t all that great.The writing itself is depressingly mediocre, the plot like all of them meandering and predictable The colloquial quirks of the different animal species molespeech, the shrews, etc and the painstakingly de [...]


  15. This book was a little bit too childish for me, to be honest I had started Jacques series years ago as a 12 or 10 year old, and liked it then, but even then it was a little too easy for the characters, a little too simple minded for me.Now it is even so since I m an adult, howeveris book does what it sets out to do It is a heartwarming tale, written in simple yet pretty prose Jacques descriptions of landscapes are captivating he knows how to set a scene His eating and food scenes are so well des [...]


  16. This book is about a mouse named Martin He lives in a world were all unworthy animals are slaved to an animal overlord Martin, like all of the other slaves hated this overlord and all of his followers It is Martin s quest to escape his slavery with as many other animals as he can, and defeat the evil overlord It is all up to Martin to save the slaves.There are many external conflicts in this book Many of them are Martin vs the overlord or one of his followers One of the frequent ones is Martin [...]


  17. Martin the Warrior is by Brian Jacques It is fantasy because animals are talking.The main characters are Redwall, Martin, Grumm, Captin Tramun, and Rose Redwall started out as a small mouse but now he is a hero and is adventurious Martin is grey mouse with heroic skills Grumm is a wise mouse and can try to act funny and heroic.Rose is Martin s sister and she is heroic too Captin Tramun is the bad guy they run into him and he has a bunch of scars They go to a bunch of places during the story like [...]


  18. Ah, Redwall A source of much enjoyment to me as a young leveret Oh the feasts Oh the adventure Oh the villains Obviously, it doesn t hold up well I mean, I m rarely one to be overly focused on poor writing if there are some redeeming features a good plot will allow me to excuse bad style , but Brian Jacques isn t a very good writer I know children s books are very often clunky as all hell, but that s not good enough I can understand wanting to tone down themes a bit for youngsters, but that does [...]


  19. Spoilers ahead This one was always my least favorite Redwall novel growing up largely because of its bittersweet ending But it was still a Redwall book so I still really liked it Now I have a better appreciation for this novel Martin is an awesome character and the mythos surrounding him is a driving force throughout the series I really enjoy the novels that focus on him and his past Plus I ve always enjoyed books that feature the little guy fighting back against an impossible foe A big reason w [...]


  20. 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.i remember this one being one of the best though Martin is a badass for su [...]


  21. This Redwall books was especially wonderful, for me, because it was so atypical It just wasn t like the rest of them In fact, I must say that, as the series grew larger, I found that I liked the books that occured in distant lands better than the ones near Redwall, because the ones by the abbey were sometimes slightly redundant.Anyway, this particular book was awesome And I punched a guy over it I think it was the first time I punched someone outside of my family too, so it is extra awesome.


  22. While it is easy to argue that the Redwall books quickly fell into a formula, Martin the Warrior is a black sheep in so many ways There is no Redwall to save The heroes are not constantly on the defense There is a genuine love interest you care about Not to mention easily the most heartbreaking ending of any of the books in the entire series Martin the Warrior is the best Redwall book, easily It s compelling, unique, and beautiful.


  23. I m always a little depressed when I finish one of Jacques books Even though these are purportedly for children, he doesn t shy away from violence, or death At least one of my favorite characters usually manages to get killed off And even though I m an adult, I always finish a book and wish I could live at Redwall Abbey.


  24. I really liked this, but it had the same thing, well what happens about in all of them, is that a rescue party always comes at the last minute when it seems all is lost but it was still one of the best because of all the previous stuff, i mean this was the first book i read, so of course it was amazing but like this one,other books have a last minute rescue still WAY worth reading,ben


  25. Marvelous Read by the author and a full cast of colorful characters, whose voices brought their already vivid personalities to life I love how Brian Jacques told real stories of heroic valor and war and strife and suffering, but made them accessible to children as well as adults by using animals instead of humans Loved it.


  26. InRedwall, everyone knows of the famed Martin the Warrior, the founder and most valiant defender of Redwall Abbey This is the story of how he came to be a legend Martin is a fantastic character, and his adventures are enthralling.


  27. My pick for the best of the Redwall series Martin the Warrior is the legendary hero of the Redwall universe, and this book does him full justice Very entertaining story with a strong final act, this was one of my favorite books as a youngster 4.5 stars, highly recommended


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