At the legendary fortress of Salamandastron, aging Lord Asheye has a prophecy: a new, young badger lord must take his place. But Lord Asheye does not know who the young warrior is. Meanwhile, unaware of his destiny, the future lord is captured by infamous fox Vizka Longtooth, who intends to lay siege to Redwall Abbey.
Don't miss any of Brian Jacques' Redwall series.
©2007 Brian Jacques; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Readers won't want to miss this installment in the Redwall Chronicles, which, as usual, is filled with colorful characters and high adventure." (Booklist)
Probably not. The story hardly had anything to do with Redwall at all. Of all the main characters, only one of them was a Redwaller. I felt like Redwall only came into play when the main characters needed something. Shelter? Redwall. Help with the final battle (who cares that Redwallers are peaceful beings who, according to the story, have nothing but a poor medley of items barely counting as weapons)? Redwall. Not only that, but the characters were all over the place. It was like one of those stories where the characters are looking for each other but keep missing each other by looking the wrong way or walking in a different direction by accident.
The idea of the story was good. A badger imprisoned by sea rats hellbent on seeking revenge for his enslavement and the brutal slauter of his family, a hare maid of the long patrol THIS CLOSE to being kicked off the mountain, and a little misguided hedgehog booted out of the abbey for a season to learn some good 'ol life lessons all sound like a mix for a great story. But, as amazing as Brian Jacques is, much of the story felt forced and certain things just glossed over.
I've read many of his books and I've listened to many of his audiobooks. Performance-wise, this is just as fantastic as the others. It's so great getting to hear his songs actually sung and different voices for each character.
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