Brian Jacques · Children · Redwall

Redwall (Redwall #1) by Brian Jacques

Synopsis

Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge, the evil-one-eyed rat warlord, and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army, but he hasn’t bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends. (goodreads.com)

Review

redwallI was hesitant to begin reading Redwall (story about mice fighting rats?)but once I started it, I fell in love with the story and the characters. I can’t wait to start the next book in the series!

Plot

Although the story is a little violent for younger readers, I still recommend it to anyone who is 10 or older. The story is engaging, fast paced, and has a simple plot. There is also a lot of action with tons of battle scenes that are never boring. Even with a simple plot it was still entertaining. There were not any boring parts or excessive details. It is definitely a page turner, especially for younger children. Many adults may not be able to get past the simple plot.

It is an interesting story because everything is in the perspective of rats and mice, and other woodland creatures. You really end up being involved in the story as if you were really there.

Characters

The characters are wonderful! There are many characters that the book focuses on including Matthias the mouse, Cluny the Scourge who is the evil rat, Constance the badger, Silent Sam the squirrel, and Warbeak the sparrow, just to name a few. They all are well detailed, have there own personalities, and some have their own dialect, which is very interesting. The moles are hard to understand, but their speech is rather entertaining, and I like the speech of the sparrows.

Writing

The writing flows well and is easy to understand. However, the dialect of the moles is complicated to decipher and it is not always translated for you. There is some vocabulary that may be more difficult for younger readers, but nothing that is beyond their reach.

Overall Thoughts

I really enjoyed Redwall and I would recommend it to anyone who is 10 and older and loves fantasy stories with a lot of different characters. It is definitely a fun read for both children and adults! A perfect book to read together. I can’t wait to introduce this series to my son.

My rating: 5/5 stars!

 

View this book on Amazon and Goodreads

Brian Jacques website where you will find information about the author and his books

Reading Order

TV series is on Netflix (i don’t know how good it is)

 

Book From The Past (josephboy.wordpress.com)

“Book Review: Redwall” (thecheapreader.wordpress.com)

*photo provided by wikipedia.org

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Redwall (Redwall #1) by Brian Jacques

  1. I thought the same when I started to reading Redwall 😀 like mice and rats….? Can this be any good. But it was just so good :3 I think I finished the whole serie in few weeks or so.

    I think however violence is a bit high and later it also turned so sad 😮 like children’s books that make you are…hmm…great ones.

    Did you like the next book? The series? 🙂 I see you made this review about a year ago so 😀

    1. I’m glad you liked the whole series. I haven’t read any others yet, but I have been slowly collecting them over the year from our library book sale. Only .50 cents so its a great deal! I cant wait to read the ones I have. Just soooo many books on my reading list.

Comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s