Martin the Warrior (Redwall Series #6)

Martin the Warrior (Redwall Series #6)

by Brian Jacques

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Overview

The battle for freedom begins now, as the adventure continues in the stunning world of Redwall.

On the shore of the Eastern Sea, in a cold stone fortress, a stoat named Badrang holds dozens of innocent creatures as slaves, part of his scheme to build an empire where he will rule as unquestioned tyrant.  Among those slaves is a mouse named Martin who has a warrior's heart and a burning desire for freedom-freedom not only for himself, but for all of Badrang's victims.  There is no risk he will not take, no battle he will not fight, to end the stoat's evil reign and in the process regain the sword of his father, Luke the Warrior, the sword that Badrang stole from him when he was but a lad!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307246233
Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Series: Redwall Series , #6
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Brian Jacques (www.redwallabbey.com) was born in Liverpool in 1939. He left school at age fifteen and found work as a docker, a truck driver, a policeman and a stand-up comic, all before turning his attention to writing. He wrote his first novel, Redwall, for the children at a school for the blind in Liverpool. Since 1986, his descriptive style of writing has captivated readers from age 8 to 80. His books have won international awards and acclaim and have been made into a TV series. He died in 2011.

Date of Birth:

June 15, 1939

Date of Death:

February 5, 2011

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Place of Death:

Liverpool, England

Education:

St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Martin the Warrior (Redwall Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome, I read it over a christmas break and I couldn't put it down! It envelopes you in the tory and makes you love all the characters, I liked Grumm the most because of his strange dialect. I've yet to read a better book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book once I opened it I never put it down!
jjohlend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Martin the mouse was rescued from enslavement, and sets off on a journey to raise an army to rescue the other slaves held in the fort Marshank by Badrang the Tyrant. This tale is a legend in the other Redwall books, and is here revealed in its entirety by travelers stopping by the abbey. The world of these small human-like animals is given rich detail in setting. Songs and odd accents abound, making for reading that can be at turns interesting and frustrating. The fact that chapters consist of many small sections of about three to four paragraphs each may help those with shorter attention spans, but may also cause those looking for a deeper experience to drift away. Readers may also want a dictionary close at hand, as many words that are not everyday speech make appearances. Also, I don't think I've ever encountered a piece of fiction that mentions food so much; it seems like every few pages someone is eating something that is described in loving detail. The plot felt very thin and predictable right up to the conclusion, where suddenly things coalesced into an exciting, emotional climax. Seekers of action will feel very at home here.
Calwise on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely my favorite Redwall book. It held me from the first page and it explains Martin's backstory very well. I love the thirst for vengeance and liberty that the slaves show and Ballaw is just hilarious!
Aerliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A prequel to Redwall. A very dark children's book (as is only natural). There IS violence. There IS death. It follows the story of the legendary warrior, Martin, before he founded Redwall. He begins as a young slave, railing against his captors, vowing to free his friends. There are some heart wrenching moments as well as the requisite 1001 meals. Jacques is obsessed with food.
norabelle414 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The inspiration of Matthias in Jacques' "Redwall", Martin the Warrior is the hero that every small mouse needs to have. He fights for what's right, and those who can't defend themselves. Most of all, he knows when to hang up his sword and found an abbey.
kaionvin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was about at the in-be'tween'y stage, I devoured all eleven Redwall books available to me at the local library. If you¿ve read any the series, you don¿t need to be reminded of Jacques¿s world of sumptuous feasts and heroic quests and colorful protagonists and evil vermin and accents (!). Since, I've occasionally reread the original novel, but not any of the others, until now. Although I don¿t quite as much enjoy the slight wish-fulfillment qualities in this immersive world as much (Has anyone ever not daydreamed about the abbey¿s feast creations?), on this reread I found myself admiring Jacques¿s storytelling capabilities- particularly, the portrayal of the path of the warrior.*Spoilers ahound* Being born to Luke, another 'the Warrior', Martin is born into the role of the warrior and is always referred to as such. It's an important role in his world of primarily chaos. This world is chock full of creatures with natures that run that gamut from selfish and anarchic tendencies (the squirrels, lizards, shrews) to outright tyrannous ones (warlords and pirates), that are only reluctantly checked by guidance and law and heroism. Even as a slave, he cannot escape from his role- not even when the promise of freedom and peace is right before him, in the form of his love Rose and Noonvale, her idyllic home. He's mirrored in that regard by the squirrel Felldoh (his fellow warrior-slave), who shows the price of not being able to let go of hate and violence: death. They win- Martin wins, but it is at a heavy price. This price is somewhat glossed over in the end but carries thematically into notably Mossflower and The Legend of Luke. Martin will learn to become the peacemaker, a founder of the peaceful place to come- and learning of his father's fate definitely helps the healing process, I'm guessing. But Redwall is the true follow-up, in that Matthias has the life not afforded Martin. Matthias can pick up the mantle of warrior (pick up Martin's sword of legend as his spiritual successor), but he can also put it down. Matthias can settle down, have kids- because a haven has been created. (Which, if I'm remembering correctly, sort of thematically leads right into Mattimeo, a story of leaving the haven and seeing the world outside.) This installment is notably simpler than most of the other Redwall novels- containing relatively few (only two and a half by my count) and simple simultaneous plots. But it works in its favor, anchoring an origin story about the most recognizable character from the series- and allowing it to be one of the most emotionally affecting installments.
cat8864 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remembered seeing the cartoon as a kid, and thought that this might be interesting to read. Oddly enough is was engaging even if I couldn't understand what the characters where saying half the time. I haven't seen anyone manage to write such accents into their characters speech so successfully!Slavery, Rescue, Death, Pirates, Tyrants, Food, Seer, and Adventure. Not bad for a quick pick!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jacques 6th novel in the Redwall serries is a must read first for any one starting the Redwall serries. Martin the warrior is a key character who is essential in all of the books in the serries & his begginings as chronicled in this book helps set the stage for the others. this one by far is my favorite of all the books and i find it an excellent read overall. For a sort of Triligical beginning of the serries i recomend this book followed by Mossflower & the Ledgend of Luke.
Yoshicoto More than 1 year ago
Only a man like Brian Jacques to bring tears to my eyes because of a story about mice. Martin the Warrior was a book that I read back in fifth grade, then re-read last week in the tenth grade. The story never ceases to amaze me. In the world of Redwall, animals both good and bad come together and adventure. One of the best qualities of the Redwall series as a whole is that you can start anywhere you want. Martin the Warrior is the sixth in the series and I read it first. It'd be more beneficial to read it in order, but it really doesn't matter. Martin the Warrior follows the brave and bold warrior Martin, son of Luke, Redwall's previous glorified hero. Martin spends the entire book fighting off an evil tyrant named Badrang. The story proves that no matter how daunting or unnerving you're opposition may appear, you must endure. I loved how amazingly easy it was to enjoy this book and how you could relate to it still knowing that the whole time, you're reading about animals. The only thing I disliked was how it dragged on. It felt there was many parts he could've just scrapped without changing the ending in any way. It can also be a bit hard to understand the dialogue of the moles due to the way their accent is written, however, one shouldn't set this book aside merely for those couple of flaws. Many should read this book, especially if you're young like me for the simple fact that it will make you a better reader. I have the Redwall series to thank for much of my literary knowledge. For recommendations, I highly, highly recommend the entire Redwall series. My personal favorites are The Legend of Luke, Lord Brocktree, and Outcast of Redwall.
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