Lord Asheye of Salamandastron has a prophecy: a new Badger Lord will soon reign over the legendary badger fortress, one who 'shuns both armour and sword'. But who is he and how is he to be found? A young 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, 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 be able to fulfil his destiny as leader of Salamandastron. The award-winning "Redwall" series has captured the hearts and minds of readers all over the world.
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Brian Jacques - actor, playwright and BBC presenter - was first brought to the attention of children with the publication of Redwall, the first volume in his epic series. Before he began writing for children, his life was as full of adventure as the stories he creates - at the age of fifteen he went to sea and travelled the world, before returning to his home town of Liverpool in England, where he still lives. In 2005 Brian Jacques was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Liverpool.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4–8—Pitchforks, daggers, mace, and chain—these are the weapons of choice in a warring animal realm. Lord Asheye of the fortress mountain Salamandastron seeks a new Badger Lord, one who has been prophesized to shun armor and a sword. This young badger is possessed by the deadly Bloodwrath, a ferocious rage that turns him into an unstoppable killing force. Mad Maudie, a haremaiden of the Long Patrol, is ordered to find him and bring him back to Salamandastron. She sets out to secure her charge but realizes that destiny has carved a different path. A group of vicious Brownrats, dressed like cannibals, plot to storm Redwall Abbey. Instead, they encounter the seafaring vermin crew of the Bludgullet led by the infamous fox, Vizka Longtooth, intent on the same mission. In the midst of the turmoil, the young badger warrior emerges and changes the course of events. Dialogue written as accented speech is challenging to decipher but ultimately adds to the character development. Fans of the series will not be disappointed as the historical events of Mossflower Wood, Salamandastron, and Redwall Abbey continue to evolve. Story lines from previous books are mentioned briefly, leaving readers with a few unanswered questions, but not at the expense of their appreciation of this heroic tale.—Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141319615