For what it's worth, the spelling of the word Quean may seem peculiar to some readers. I checked an unabridged dictionary, and this very old word means "female cat." It is also an antique spelling for "Queen," meaning ruler. Both meanings play off of the sable who's the title character. Interesting, at least to me.
Some have expressed concern that Brian Jacques may have "written himself out." And yet, there are still fresh, new elements found even in these late books. One is the strange, berserker mole with the war hammer. There's not a character quite like him in the previous novels. Another charming character is Ambry, the young female badger. She is quite a different sort of badger from her predecessors. For one thing, she refuses to carry bladed weapons.
All of Brian Jacques' Redwall novels are highly episodic. He does somewhat link the threads together, but we alternate back and forth between several different narratives. This is a novelistic technique that goes back to Eighteenth Century novelists such as Richardson, Fielding, or Smollett. One gets a sense that the Redwall novels are loosely plotted, almost as if Jacques were to get up in the morning and say, "now what shall the characters do today?" One last observation I might make -- I do not believe Jacques takes the Redwall novels too seriously, and I do not think he expects us to do so. Charming, sweet characters die in the pages of the books, cruelty and abuse of the young and innocent occur and reoccur, but essentially the novels are comedies -- they resolve themselves at the end into scenes of restoration, harmony, mending, and peace. The disorder in the world -- Ravishers, or Sea Rats, or whatever -- has been vanquished. Halcyon goodness returns. The comedic endings in these novels remind us a little of Shakespeare's comedies, which often end with a marriage, or a coronation, or the reunion of dear old friends.
I enjoyed the book. With these light novels, I believe that's all one should expect. Hope you like it also . . . .