Mossflower – Stg2bio.co

The thrilling prequel to Redwall The clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is determined to govern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron paw The brave mouse Martin and quick talking mouse thief Gonff meet in the depths of Kotir Castle s dungeon The two escape and resolve to end Tsarmina s tyrannical rule Joined by Kinny the mole, Martin and Gonff set off on a dangerous quest for Salamandastron, where they are convinced that their only hope, Boar the Fighter, still lives


10 thoughts on “Mossflower

  1. Leila Leila says:

    I love the Redwall books written by the late and sadly missed Brian Jacques Mossflower is a wonderful and magical book among the many he wrote about Redwall The novel begins with Bella the Badger telling of the plight of the creatures of Mossflower Wood many years ago before Redwall Abbey was built They were oppressed by the evil Tsarmina the wildcat and her father The young mouse Martin strayed into the wildcat s territory and was imprisoned Many twists and turns follow in the ensuing adv I love the Redwall books written by the late and sadly missed Brian Jacques Mossflower is a wonderful and magical book among the many he wrote about Redwall The novel begins with Bella the Badger telling of the plight of the creatures of Mossflower Wood many years ago before Redwall Abbey was built They were oppressed by the evil Tsarmina the wildcat and her father The young mouse Martin strayed into the wildcat s territory and was imprisoned Many twists and turns follow in the ensuing adventures and as always in Brian s beautifully written books good always eventually triumphs over evil and Martin is named forever Martin the Warrior The Redwall books are written for teenagers but these enchanting stories can equally be read by adults who will surely enjoy them I am not keen on too many spoilers but there are many bloodthirsty battles as well as the background of woodland life with the loyalties, friendships, bravery and love among the animals Especially enchanting are the descriptions of the many recipes of the food made from the plants and their fruits in the woods around the creatures Do give these books a try Brian Jacques writes exciting novels with vivid plots and excellently drawn characters both good and evil They can be read in order or as standalone books but I would recommend you read them in order as references are often made to previous characters in the later books


  2. Kogiopsis Kogiopsis says:

    If you asked me to pick a single favorite Redwall book, I d probably splutter at you a lot and then mutter Mariel, if I have to pick just one but if you asked me for a list of my top 5, Mossflower would definitely be on it Early on, before I d read the rest of the series, it was far and away my favorite for the interwoven quest and siege plots two of my favorite fantasy structures, tropey as they can be, likely because of Redwall books , for the humor, and for the absolutely glorious take If you asked me to pick a single favorite Redwall book, I d probably splutter at you a lot and then mutter Mariel, if I have to pick just one but if you asked me for a list of my top 5, Mossflower would definitely be on it Early on, before I d read the rest of the series, it was far and away my favorite for the interwoven quest and siege plots two of my favorite fantasy structures, tropey as they can be, likely because of Redwall books , for the humor, and for the absolutely glorious takedown at the end It s just a damn fun read.One of, if not the, most memorable objects in the Redwall series is Martin s sword, and one of the things I love most about the books is their consistent emphasis on what the sword is and what it means Nowhere is thatclearly laid out than in this book, wherein the sword is reforged by Boar the Fighter with the warning that a sword is a force for good only in the paws of an honest warrior The Redwall series does an excellent job of balancing both the mystical aura it affords to the sword and the message that the sword itself isn t inherently special and for a series which rests squarely in line with so many fantasy tropes, emphasizing the importance of personal morality above object linked magic is really important.Last thing as with all Redwall books, I strongly recommend the full cast audio version of Mossflower It s evenfun when you can hear it come to life


  3. El El says:

    For this Redwall prequel, I decided to get the audio version on mp3 to listen to during my daily walks What I didn t realize until I started listening was that there is so much singing. What is it with fantasy novels featuring animals or humans that requires so much fucking singing Remember The Hobbit SO MUCH SINGING.And while it s rough enough at times to read all the songs, it s worse having to listen to it There was a lot of eye rolling as I walked, let me just say.Before the abbey of For this Redwall prequel, I decided to get the audio version on mp3 to listen to during my daily walks What I didn t realize until I started listening was that there is so much singing. What is it with fantasy novels featuring animals or humans that requires so much fucking singing Remember The Hobbit SO MUCH SINGING.And while it s rough enough at times to read all the songs, it s worse having to listen to it There was a lot of eye rolling as I walked, let me just say.Before the abbey of Redwall was built, familiar to readers of the first book in the series, Redwall, the land was referred to as Mossflower That s where this prequel comes in The awful Tsarmina, a wildcat, is ruling the Mossflower Woods, and many are not happy with this arrangement Martin the warrior mouse escapes his prison cell with a buddy, and they make it their mission to overthrow the reign of Tsarmina.This is a long story 11.5 hours by audio book, 52 chapters with lots of animals battling, lots of singing, and lots of really annoying voices in the narrative that did not translate well to audio Or, at least, I don t have the patience for it.But it s an important story in the whole Redwall series, I get that, and I did get a sort of little crush on Martin who knows how to wield his sword That s not a euphemism, btw, because that would be gross No, he really does have a sword I grew tired of listening to the story over the course of however many walks, and I had to renew it several times from the library because I couldn t get through it quickly enough I made the decision to get the next book in the same format because I m a glutton for punishment, but also I really need to listen to something during my walks and these stories are better than many because there s a lot happening, they have simple plots but somewhat complex characters, and all in all it s just an easy listen.But, really, quit it with the singing


  4. Joseph Leskey Joseph Leskey says:

    Update 2018 05 10 This book is still very nice, but also rather longer than I thought original review This book is massively well done and, as such, is wonderfully enjoyable The plot was fun, the characters most hilarious, and the setting was you know, a setting There is naught to define the absolute goodness of a setting that I can think of in my current unenlightened state, but it worked well with the other aspects of the book.


  5. Juushika Juushika says:

    July 2006 Review The second book in the Redwall series, Mossflower provides much of the backstory for that novel, recording Martin the Warrior s time spent in Mossflower wood and his battle to free the natives from the tyrannical rule of Tsarmina the wildcat This text shows remarkable improvement, both in style and in setting, from Redwall and even now remains one of the best books in the series Martin is a true hero and an enjoyable protagonist, both supporting characters and villains are wel July 2006 Review The second book in the Redwall series, Mossflower provides much of the backstory for that novel, recording Martin the Warrior s time spent in Mossflower wood and his battle to free the natives from the tyrannical rule of Tsarmina the wildcat This text shows remarkable improvement, both in style and in setting, from Redwall and even now remains one of the best books in the series Martin is a true hero and an enjoyable protagonist, both supporting characters and villains are well developed and interesting to read, Martin s journey provides our first glimpse of Salamandastron, and the book provides much backstory to Redwall and creates a prime jumping off point for the many, many sequels and prequels that follow.Where I sometimes feel frustrated by Redwall, Mossflower is truly a delightful, enjoyable read from beginning to end Already in this second novel, all traces of human influence are gone, creating acomplete, independent world andintelligent characters The religious overtones are gone as well, Jacques writing style has matured, and he has a greater grasp of the different beings, landscapes, landmarks, and mindsets within the world that he has created As a result, Mossflower is a complete, highly enjoyable read by an accomplished author It moves quickly and smoothly, manages to be funny, provoking, and emotional in turn, and is a truly engrossing and enjoyable read.Jacques is, however, almost too good at filling in all the backstory to Redwall almost every character and location in that book is explained in this one, often providing answers that are too pat It comes off as scripted, and the reader can get so caught up in looking for these connections that he becomes distracted from the story itself These pieces of backstory do provide acomplete world, and in the following books Jacques will tempter, contradict, and expand upon them, but for now they do feel forced Mossflower really is one of my favorite books in the Redwall series to come back to and reread My copy of it is proof to that it s a bit worse for the wear Martin is a truly inspiring, enjoyable protagonist not clich d, not too funny, but very strong, independent, and realistically human and social His journey to rebuild his father s sword is central to Redwall history, and it also is our first view of Salamandastron, which will become increasingly important in later books The battles are memorable although the final battle against Tsarmina does go a bit quickly , as are the characters Skipper, Lady Amber, Mask, and Gonff all stand out in my mind The is one of the books that I love to curl up and dive into, and it s prime material for getting lost in I definitely recommend it if you re at all interested in the Redwall series, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.January 2014 commentary Trying to find something distracting to consume hasn t been working overwell, so I reached for something comforting instead and am rereading Mossflower The book was published in 1988 my copy was published in 1990, but I probably stole it from a Montessori library sometime around 1995 It looks like this, now image error If memory serves, the cover came to me with a small crease it was in a school library , which developed into a second crease, which tore a couple of years ago I still use a liberated corner of the cover as a bookmark Again if memory serves, I think the book has gone with me to two nations, two states, two schools, and about seven different residences.And it isn t even that good.It s comparable to comfort food both because food is a recurrent aspect of the Redwall series and because it doesn t have to be objectively good to be comforting I actually don t much care for Redwall, the first book in the series the plot is central to the world s history, but it s distinctly a first attempt and while it contains many of the aspects which would become cornerstone to the series puzzles, food, dialects, multiple adventures running in parallel the setting and tone is only half there In Redwall we know there are humans somewhere, building barns and horsecarts, and suddenly an abbey full of talking mice is ridiculous Mossflower is the change into what the series would be It discards the human world, and without making anyjustifications or sense badgers weigh twenty pounds, a mouse stands three inches tall the setting becomes farconvincing talking mice and weasels, get passed it they re not even weasels, really species function as a stand in, problematically, for a group of people It takes those cornerstones and reiterates them, defining what the series would be from here but coming early enough in the series that it feels familiar rather than redundant both in publishing order and upon reread And it s less insular, showing Mossflower as a place entire rather than a central building, journeying as far as Salamandastron, in a way establishing so muchthan Redwall did Redwall was a practice run, but Mossflower determines the future it builds the Abbey and the series And I love that series, I read it while growing up and have almost the entire thing in handsome hardback, I celebrated every new release well into my college years, and Jacques s death in 2011 crushed me because that was the death of my childhood.All the descriptions of food, the shallow puzzles, the existentialist and or exaggerated characterization , are rather glaring to me on this reread, but I find I don t mind them It s almost nostalgic, to see as an adult what it was that made this book work for me as a child The hardest books for me to review are those with which I have history, because how to separate that history from the book itself Mossflower is perfectly competent, utterly decent, not awfully well written, okay but not honestly that good, and I love it to literal pieces the cover has come right off Except Martin Martin, man, whose one word characterization may be Warrior but whose character arcs are almost always about the conflict between warring and living fighting is necessary to protect what he loves, but it divides him from what he loves That conflict is reiterated in all his stories, but it s so bittersweet and surprisingly gentle quiet, powerful, lonesome Martin, so eager to accept the first hand extended to him in friendship even though he remembers exactly how that ended last time that I don t much mind.January 2014 addendum Mossflower s primary weakness is easier for me to accept because it s a strength in the later books it s repetitive It s the first book that can recycle what would become the series s core features the food, the accents, the species as groups of people, the questing and parallel adventures, andblatantly in Mossflower than elsewhere in the series the branching, interconnected world In Mossflower, we get an origin story for near every aspect of Redwall, from the barn cat to St Ninian s Church to the Abbey itself often, the tie ins are obnoxiously neat but Upon re re reread, it s surprisingly poignant to see Martin and Timballisto reunited in Mossflower, not just because I know how their story will unfold in this book but because I ve met him and heard of him elsewhere throughout the series his presence, alongside the woodlanders and hares and the rest of the motley crew and we know them, too, from their roles and progeny in other books , represents Martin s aggregate experience the warrior in training that he was on the North Shores, which Tim represents, the changes he s undergone since entering Mossflower Woods, the warrior that he s become since leaving Salamandastron, and finally the figure he will be in Redwall s future a story that overlays multiple books and an entire series.The series s stylistic repetition is as limiting as it is comforting, that reliable redundancy about the virtues of Deeper n Ever Pie But the world s sprawling mythos becomes its strength Despite the fact that species function as essentialist stand ins for groups of people, the interconnected sprawl of the books means that frequently an individual mentioned in one is given greater depth in another this doesn t do much to develop the villains and even the exceptions may be problematic, see The Outcast of Redwall but it nonetheless denies the simplicity of species as characterization it implies that almost anyone could be the protagonist of their own story, and that many are It also creates a sense of scope, of gravitas, of depth, of emotional connection which is why Sunflash s appearance in Mossflower s final pages means so much it has relevance to this story, where we met Bella and glimpsed Salamandastron, but on reread it s indicative of Salamandastron s long and storied history and the continuing impact it will have, has had, on the world of Redwall Mossflower s repetition is frequently heavy handed because it was the first book that could attempt it, so it s both an unpracticed attempt and a particularly glaring one a lot of that clumsiness, for better or worse, never goes away But rereading it with a love for the series entire, I appreciate so earnestly what it does because it s indicative of what it will continue to do every story will have a backstory, and Martin will never be forgotten


  6. Abbie Abbie says:

    Much loved by yours truly, as usual.


  7. Catherine Hawthorn Catherine Hawthorn says:

    So I saw this book in one of my favorite thrift shops, and it looked rather interesting Finding out that it was a Redwall book and remembering one of my blogging buddies saying lots of good things about that series I believe it was Lila Red , I decided to pick it up And I m so glad I did The complexity of the story was right up my alley It was a fantasy quest story that was so squeaky clean that it made my heart sing All the names too were really cool except for Gingivere s His seemed m So I saw this book in one of my favorite thrift shops, and it looked rather interesting Finding out that it was a Redwall book and remembering one of my blogging buddies saying lots of good things about that series I believe it was Lila Red , I decided to pick it up And I m so glad I did The complexity of the story was right up my alley It was a fantasy quest story that was so squeaky clean that it made my heart sing All the names too were really cool except for Gingivere s His seemed muchfeminine at first, but maybe that was the point Yes, there was a fair amount of fairy tale and allegorical cliches, but I m okay with that The only real complaint I have is that Tsarmina s character development Her descent into madness and some of her phobias were kind of haphazardly thrown together to me Every other character was stellar in my opinion both as a writer and as a reader I will most assuredly look forRedwall books in the future RW Ratings Language 5 starsAbuse 4 1 2 There is a fair amount of hatred on Tsarmina s part to her brother and she treats him quite horribly you know, the usual torture, imprisonment, mental and emotional stuff, that sort of thing Lust 5 stars Small little clean romance hints, like admitting to prettiness, etc


  8. Jing Jing says:

    This next Redwall book and one of the most famous is starting with Martin the Warrior again After he had defeated Badrang the stoat, he is now is mossflower area which is under the rule of Tsarmina the daughter of Verduaga who also had a older brother Ungatt Trunn in another Redwall book series These are one of the relationship this book has with others Continuing on, martin was then captured and brought inot Kotir the stronghold of Tsarmina the cruel evil wildcat Later on he met Gonoff wher This next Redwall book and one of the most famous is starting with Martin the Warrior again After he had defeated Badrang the stoat, he is now is mossflower area which is under the rule of Tsarmina the daughter of Verduaga who also had a older brother Ungatt Trunn in another Redwall book series These are one of the relationship this book has with others Continuing on, martin was then captured and brought inot Kotir the stronghold of Tsarmina the cruel evil wildcat Later on he met Gonoff where they unite along with other woodlanders to rebel against Tsarmina a rebellion which was the start of Redwall In order to do so, Matthais and some of his friends went to find salamandastron to find Boar the figter for assistance They came back without him but the a new sword for Martin There began the final plans to defeat TsarminaThe one thing i learn form this thing is courage I guess in those days the value it It reminds me sometimes wehn presenting something to other people, it takes courage becaue i am not that kind of person who like to talk openly with others Courage is what keeps people going and eventually becomes a good relfection to their deeds Even looking at the most uncommon people, there is some kind of courage within them


  9. Greg Markwardt Greg Markwardt says:

    2nd Read Nostalgic fun read.


  10. Geoffery Crescent Geoffery Crescent says:

    Picture the scene, if you will Here s your erstwhile reviewer, aged twenty four and about to have her first tooth removed Gifted with three hours to kill before the dental happening, she sets off in search of vittles and something new to read, having been stuck in the waiting room so long she s already made it through the two books she brought with her Lo, she went a wandering in W H Smith s and her gaze chanced upon Mossflower, the first and greatest of her Redwall loves, her favourite child Picture the scene, if you will Here s your erstwhile reviewer, aged twenty four and about to have her first tooth removed Gifted with three hours to kill before the dental happening, she sets off in search of vittles and something new to read, having been stuck in the waiting room so long she s already made it through the two books she brought with her Lo, she went a wandering in W H Smith s and her gaze chanced upon Mossflower, the first and greatest of her Redwall loves, her favourite childhood book, her original copy having long since departed for the Dark Forest, thanks to a combination of some overenthusiastic borrowers and one too many accidental dunks in the bath tub Seeking a source of comfort in those orally painful hours, she makes the purchase But what did she discover Was it to be nought but a pleasant trip down memory lane, or a painful discovery that it really wasn t as good as she remembered Turns out it was neither.There s a reason Mossflower was my favourite book as a kid There s a reason it got me hooked on the Redwall books and a reason it s not just the best book about Martin, but the best book of the series Because it s bloody fantastic.Mercifully free from the Early Instalment Weirdness that plagues Redwall on re reads but without any of the tropes that bogged down later books in the series,those that were almost suffocated by Dibbuns, songs and prophecies, Mossflower is a smart, exciting page turner stuffed to the gills with likeable characters These are the pre Abbey seasons, not only are the woodlanders living wild and under constant threat, there s no cosy stronghold for them to retreat to when things get tough Sure, it s a kid s book and you re fairly certain that things will turn out for the best but when the book opens, in the dead of Winter with the eerie Kotir and its wildcats rulers holding sway over the lands it genuinely looks like things are never going to right themselves Tsarmina is far and away the best foe ever conceived by Jacques, she s nasty, insane and oh, let s not forget she s about five times as big as Martin the Warrior, which makes her eventual defeat at his paws all theimpressive Her soldiers are an excellent mix of the truly evil and the punch clock archetype, but there s room in Mossflower forthan the Vermin Chaotic Evil that became so prevalent later in the series And let s not forget Martin himself, fresh from his heart break in the Northlands, the original and the greatest of all the Redwall warriors Sure, he gets a Disney death, but let s cut him some slack because this book is dark Dark as balls Just read Bella s first conversation with Abbess Germaine for proof It s a little along the lines of everyone we ever knew is dead or dying a horrible, horrible death And some of these deaths come straight out of left field even on this re read I found myself getting all misty eyed when the Mask cops it Boar s death is also spectacularly unexpected because he s the blimmin hero There are tons of well written female characters whose motivations don t revolve solely around becoming Abbess, a couple that actually seem like they re in love rather than being paired off together in the epilogue for some reason and Gonff Gonff is supreme Prince of Characters.Sure, it s all a bit twee when you remind yourself that most of the cast are soft fluffy animals and like all Redwall books it goes on about food in a way that would give George R R Martin a run for his money If you re not a fan of anthropomorphic battle mice than nothing I said here is really going to convince you but hey, it s wonderful not to have a memory tarnished, but enhanced, by a re read of one of your favourite books Brain Jacques at his best Oh, and I was going to do my standard Evil Fat Character count but I can t because Jacques LITERALLY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE OR DEMEAN OVERWEIGHT CHARACTERS IN ANYWAY How s about that then, matey