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Finally the long awaited tale of Martin the Warrior mouse of RedwallAs a child Martin was brought to the stronghold of Badrang the Tyrant forced into enslavement behind its massive walls But he was strong He was brave And mere escape was not his plan as long as his father’s sword rested in Badrang’s ruthless fist


10 thoughts on “Martin the Warrior

  1. says:

    One of the things I came across when I was young and completely obsessed with Redwall was a uote from Brian Jacues in the introduction to 'Redwall Friend and Foe' where he stated emphatically Goodies are good I can't help thinking about that when I think about this book because here's the thing while on its surface Redwall can look like a series with black and white morality where certain people are good and others are bad the stories themselves often overturn those expectations and none do it uite as powerfully as Martin the Warrior story of the Abbey's legendary champion before he arrived in Mossflower WoodMartin isn't a bad person but what he is isn't precisely 'good' either His story is fundamentally about being consumed by revenge to the point that he loses sight of the people around him and it causes horrible destruction and suffering What he fights for nominally is freedom; but it is clear as the book nears its climax that he is also motivated by pride and pain and both of those cloud his vision He does not make it out unscathedThe end of this book was pretty much the saddest thing I remember reading as a child the song that played over the TV show's final scenes still makes me tear up There is a brutality to it which is uncommon for the series though not uniue and it is that coupled with the long term effects on Martin which most readers probably already know that make this so painful And yet it's also a big part of what makes this book powerful because it is a book about pain and responding to it and Martin's choices at the beginning and at the end are completely opposed as are the choices he makes in much of the rest of his life


  2. says:

    I think I will just find a blankie and a corner to cry my heart out in


  3. says:

    I love The Redwall books and have all of them on my shelves I am once reading through them all out of respect for author Brian Jacues who sadly has passed away There will be no delightful books full od the adventures of the animals of Redwall Yes these books are written primarily for children but here is one child at heart who been gripped by every one of them They can teach youngsters and older people too lots about life There is a lovely innocence in the books coupled with the harder facts of life Readers learn of family loyalty sacrifice treachery cruelty love and fun and laughter too Can I just mention the food If you read a Redwall book you will soon know what I mean A younger and simpler version of the 'Duncton Wood' books but if you like animal stories and you too are a child at heart do read them


  4. says:

    Martin the Warrior is probably one of the best Redwall books While the writing is decidedly clunky at best you never notice once you get into the book Martin the Warrior has everything; it has the drama the sadness the love and hate of The Lord of the Rings It also has the revenge and hate of Felldoh and off course the sadness of the death's of some central characters I felt the difference between Martin and Felldoh strongly; Felldoh was imprisoned all his life and was forever changed by it He nourished a great hate which he could only satisfy with revenge Martin on the other hand fought for the freedom of those living within the area of Marshank I was first introduced to the animated series and impressed by the line they added which surprisingly was not in the book; We fight for freedom not revenge We fight in the name of FelldohA line they left out of the cartoon was Brome speaking of Felldoh In the cartoon he still says That was an oath of vengeance not a goodbye and Felldoh used to be my hero but I don't know him any but the left out the powerful part of the conversation that followed Felldoh is a warrior This Martin your always talking about is a Warrior like himAnd Brome responded by saying If Martin is a warrior like Felldoh then Seasons help my sister Rose if she is still with himThen later Brome is to say Give me a javelin I want to be a warrior like Felldoh and yet lets one of the enemy go free A powerful and emotional book


  5. says:

    I hadn’t thought of rereading these seriously until I realised that reading a childhood book was on the list for a reading challenge and then my sister returned all my copies to make room on her shelves for her own books Then I thought well why not? I remember that I found the books getting a bit repetitive as the series went on and on and on but Martin the Warrior was the first I read and it’s obvious why it hooked me as a kid It’s a little bit deterministic — rats are evil mice are good shrews are uarrelsome etc — but I know that’s tackled a little in later books with characters like Veil I’m not sure it’s ever really dealt with thoughOne of the awesome things is the way it talks about food; all kinds of food that animals would actually eat yet cooked in human ways It’s a weird combination or sounds it until you read the book and then it just sounds tasty I’m sure I’d like Grumm or Polleekin’s cookingMartin the Warrior ends on a sour sad note I think ultimately the sympathies lie with the peace of Noonvale even while there’s understanding of the need for revenge that drives Felldoh and to a lesser extent Martin It doesn’t bring any good to the characters even though they’ve removed a threat from the worldDefinitely a good nostalgia read despite the sadness and perhaps a bit nuanced than I rememberedOriginally posted here


  6. says:

    It's a long hard road ahead for you little warrior Enjoy a happy day while you can —Boldred Martin the Warrior P 267 Don't think about what you could have done concentrate on what you plan to do; it is useful —Boldred P 335 The ability of Brian Jacues to create an entirely new world that is bursting at the seams with deep suspensefully plotted adventures characters overflowing with originality and life and epic imaginative uests that could appeal to even the most hard nosed literary cynic has almost no eual For nearly four hundred pages in Martin the Warrior we the readers follow on an action packed tightly written adventure novel leading onward through surprising twists and turns that left me personally breathless and with a pounding heart The world of Redwall is as perfect as the creation of a literary world can get and when one thinks that the author could not possibly jam in any exciting adventure one will look at the page and see that he is less than halfway through reading the book The feeling and perspective of Martin the Warrior will resound loudly with the reader long after the final page has been completed It is a uniue literary experience that simply should not be missed and I heartily recommend it for anyone who would ask me A magnificent achievement Throughout his life the memory of that happy day stayed locked secretly in his heart — Martin the Warrior P 296


  7. says:

    This was the book that got me into fantasy and fill in love with reading My teacher in grade school loved the story and all my friends read the series So I gave it a try on audio and felt in love with audio and this series This is my favorite book of the Redwall series I just love the character of Martin the Warrior This origin story really shows how he came from nothing into the one of the greatest leaders and warrior in the land The ending of the book is the cause and origins of Redwall Without it Redwall would have never existed So this is the foundation book in the seriesPS I have read this book times than I can count


  8. says:

    This was one of my least favorite Redwall books if I recall correctly mostly because it's such a tragedy Coming back to it well it's still not my favorite But I did enjoy it much than I used to — now I appreciate the message and impact of the tragedy far than I used to All the Redwall books fairly well exemplify the I do not love the spear for its sharpness uote When they glorify the heroes and the warriors they do it because of how those heroes defend others And this book in particular shows an astonishingly mature look at how that defense how that life of a warrior how a desire to fight can break someone Those who are able not to fight and who can choose not to fight are envied not mocked — without losing respect for those who choose to fight in defense of others And that tragedy of war and battle is shown unflinchingly but sorrowfully in a way that's mature yet appropriate even for the middle grade audienceThis is not an amazing book in and of itself But like most of the Redwall books it's still well worth reading


  9. says:

    This was extremely well written and entertaining I enjoyed it vastly


  10. says:

    These books are Chicken Soup For The Anthropomorphic Animal Loving Soul and I could not get enough of them Still comfortable nostalgia reads This made better use of the Redwall formula than most partly because the semi sympathetic treatment of a couple of the vermin characters gave that side a bit nuance partly because there's a real melancholy running through Martin's story Knowing his legacy ups the poignancy factor of seeing him here at the beginning of his journeyview spoilerAll right technically this book about talking rodents still managed to turn up for the Women Mousemaidens In Refrigerators trope and now that I'm all growed up I know I should feel some kind of way about thatbut tbh I feel like my overriding concern here is Man I can't believe Brian Jacues made me ship two mice hide spoiler