While the good creatures of Redwall Abbey relax during the hot summer, the mountain stronghold of Salamandastron is under siege. Ferhago the Assassin and his band of vicious weasels throw all their fury against Lord Urthstripe the Strong, Badger Lord of Fire Mountain and ruler of Salamandastron. When a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, young Samkin begins an adventure that leads him toward the battle...and toward the ultimate triumph of good.
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"The story is gripping....Salamandastron is thoroughly satisfying!" (School Library Journal)
"The epic struggle between good and evil rages on in this continuation of the acclaimed Redwall series." (Publishers Weekly)
I love this series and have read the books since I was young. One of the things that I loved about the audiobooks was the Brain Jaques read the stories himself. For some reason he isn't the narrator of this book. If you've listened to other books in this series you'll recognize most of the same actors. Still a wonderful story and well done. I just missed the voice of Brian Jaques
I originally purchased this book for our son to read because he had read one of the other Redwall books. Being an avid reader, I decided to listen too! Wow! I couldn't stop and before I knew it I had finished the book ahead of him! The full cast truly brings the book to "life" as if its a movie!
If you haven't listened to a Brian Jacques Redwall book, you're missing out. A full cast brings to life a wide variety of characters, and the classic good vs evil epic stories are enthralling. My three kids (12yo boy, 8yo girl, and 6yo boy) love the Redwall series as do my husband and I. With so many books in a series, with the same type of characters and the classic good vs evil theme, you'd think that the books would all start to sound the same, but they're all different, there are still surprises, and the characters still delight (and disgust). My one warning is that these are violent books, characters fight and die (good and evil), might not be a great choice for some younger ears.
This novel, while not narrated by the author himself, is another favorite of mine. Four tales intertwine to make one epic story and the villians, Ferrago and his son, make some of the nastiest vermin to ever set paw in Mossflower country. Get ready to feast and fight is this amazing installment of the series over and over again. After all, the door to Redwall Abbey is always open to all good creatures.
The acting ability of the troupe is beyond anything I expected for a grade school book. I read the Redwall series as a youngster and a few choice options again before recommending them to my niece. At 28yrs old some of the magic has gone out of the story for me but the Cast brings the characters to life in a way even my young imagination never dared. If I didn't know any better I would say the audio book medium was Mr. Jacques original intent. I will be buying more for sure.
As with all of the Redwall series, Salamandastron is an excellent book in the classic story telling tradition: great plot, great characters who are well developed, good sub-plots, descriptive and engaging details which make the events very visible in the mind's eye. If there is a negative, it is the too long description of the food the characters eat at the various feasts.
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