Book Review – Redwall

Book: Redwall – Author: Brian Jacques

Genre: Childrens, Adventure

Description from Amazon:

What can the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey do to defend themselves against Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats? If only they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they might have a chance. But the legendary weapon has long been forgotten-except, that is, by the bumbling young apprentice Matthias, who becomes the unlikeliest of heroes.

My Review:

Brian Jacques’s short Castaways series was one of my all time favorites in high school, so it always surprised people that I had never read any of his other work, especially the long-lived Redwall series. After years of recommendations, I decided to finally give it a try for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

Being a children’s book, the pace was a tiny bit slow; though, conversely, some things seem to unbelievably quickly, like Matthias suddenly switching from “bumbling apprentice” to “warrior/leader”. The dialogue was also bit simple, but that’s to be expected. Nonetheless, the ideas weren’t dumbed down, which was a welcome change for this age group; it’s always nice to see an author that realizes that children can understand deep concepts as well as adults.

The story itself was actually very interesting and there were several times I found myself worried about what might happen next to my favorite characters. It can be rare to find a children’s book where the characters are in real life peril. The battles were quick paced and thrilling, and the villains were enjoyably villainous.

Oddly, the most interesting character for me wasn’t really even in this book. I became quite intrigued with the story of Martin the Warrior. Who was he? What battles did he face? Why would they make his tomb so hard to find? I had so many questions about Martin that weren’t answered in this book; I may have to read the book about him as well.

Overall, this is a nice book for a kid who loves reading about adventures, knights, and heroic deeds.

Similar Books:

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman – Brian Jacques

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien

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