Mossflower (Redwall Series #2)

Mossflower (Redwall Series #2)


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The thrilling prequel to Redwall, a must-read for any fan of the fantastic series.

The clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is determined to govern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron paw. The brave mouse Martin and quick-talking mouse thief Gonff meet in the depths of Kotir Castle's dungeon. The two escape and resolve to end Tsarmina's tyrannical rule. Joined by Kinny the mole, Martin and Gonff set off on a dangerous quest for Salamandastron, where they are convinced that their only hope, Boar the Fighter, still lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142302385
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Series: Redwall Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 153,817
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.73(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Brian Jacques ( 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.

Date of Birth:

June 15, 1939

Date of Death:

February 5, 2011

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Place of Death:

Liverpool, England


St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Mossflower (Redwall Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read!It includes comedy, adventure you name it this book's got it! Mossflower is pure gieness!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up with the series. It was the first book that really got me into reading.
PhoebeReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this one more than Redwall in some ways--it's better written and the characters are a bit more multifaceted, the puzzles and trials they have to decipher a little more complex. However, after reading these first two books in the series, I'm already getting tired of the stereotyped depictions of animals--all predators are evil, all scavengers are sneaky, all little rodents are wonderful and bear swords. Honestly, other than giving us an easy system for categorizing characters morally, I'm not sure why, precisely, Jacques insists on making these books about animals at all. The quasi medieval setting would work just as well with human characters. These certainly aren't Watership Down, where we're treated to an unexpected, rich depiction of the life of another species. This is, instead, like going to a Renaissance Festival where every character is wearing a Micky Mouse suit.The best part of this series is, by far, the lush descriptions of food. I might buy the Redwall cookbook, but I don't think I feel like reading the rest of the novels in this series.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Redwall books are real must reads for people who love fantasy. Brain Jacques is a fantastic writer. The book is wonderfully enchanting in both story and characters.
StefanB25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this series in Jr.High and High School. These books were friends in the sense that a book can be a friend.
benfulton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A long and complicated, yet straightforward fantasy story. Apparently there's an audience for books where the writing is this difficult, but the story is so carefully targeted towards children.All the characters have their tasks and quests that they must fulfill, and those are well thought out and many of the individual scenes are excellently written. But the enemies are woefully incompetent, and this will probably be a real drawback for attracting adult readers. The enemy characters are fine - the Mad Queen of Kotir and the mercenary captain she recruits are particularly effective - but they act as nothing more than a dummy for the good guys to sharpen their swords on. A little more tactical skill and courage would have made their malevolence more compelling.
ALindelof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Martin has come upon some woodlanders. Their kingdom has been taken over by evil wild cats. It seems that Martin is their only hope. I reccomend this book to people who like war and mice.
Aaron.Korff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about a young mouse named Martin the Warrior. He is captured and is sent to prison in the dungeons of Kotir which is ruled by a wicked wildcat named Tsarmania. Gonff the mouse theif is also captured and together Martin and Gonff escape. Tsarmania is trying to takeover Mossflower country. Martin, Gonff, and Dinny the mole set of to find a badger lord to lead them to defeat Tsarmania. They find the badger at a volcano. The badger wont leave without defeating the rats, but he dies in the fight. Martin, Gonff, and Dinny have to go and defeat Tsarmania alone. I really like this book because it is so descriptive. He descripes everthing with perfect detail. I really like when they meet the bats because they talk funny. I also like when they are talking about what is happening in Mossflower. I also like Gingivire because he was tricked. The little baby moles are also funny because they think they are so strong. I really enjoyed this book because it tells you what happened before there was a Redwall Abbey. Everybody should read this book.
AnjelicaM4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the book Mossflower very interesting. This book takes place in a country called Mossflower during the rule of Kotir long ago. Martin the warrior mouse, a new comer to Mossflower and Gonff the mousethieve are the main characters. Martin is a strong mouse who is very kind and likeable. Gonff is a foolish mouse who often gets himself into trouble. Supporting characters include the cruel Tsarmina, queen of Kotir and all the woodlanders of Mossflower. The story tells a tale of Mossflower and how woodlanders defeated Kotir to regain freedom. The woodlanders of Mossflower are forced to pay many taxes and feed the creatures of Mossflower so they end up rebelling against Kotir. While woodlanders figure out ways to defeat Kotir Gonff and Martin get thrown in the prison of Kotir. My favorite character is Gonff because of his humor and sense of pride. By reading this book I learned to fight in what I believe in. I would recommend this book to any middle school student seeking a book filled with adventure.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've hooked two nephews on this series it is so engrossing.Stunning landscapes, brilliant characterization, masterly plots, and a wicked sense of humor unite in this epic tale of derring-do and the triumph of good over evil, making it one of the most addictive and memorable books that anyone is ever likely to read.Even tho it is put forth as a young adult type novel I found it enjoyable as an adult
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Jason_Of_2971 More than 1 year ago
Mossflower Summary – In the second novel of the Redwall series titled “Mossflower” readers are taking back to a time before Redwall Abbey when Mossflower was ruled by wildcats and the epic tale of how Martin, the greatest mouse warrior, came to Mossflower and became a legend. At the beginning, Martin is thrown into prison at Castle Kotir, where the tyrannical wildcat, Verdauga Greeneyes, resides. To make matters worse, Martin’s sword, the sword that belong to his father, was broken in half by his captors. Within time, Verdauga’s power hungry daughter, Tsarmina, decides to take the throne by disposing of her aging father and imprisoning her brother, Gingivere, and becomes queen. With the help of a fellow mouse inmate named Gonff, self proclaimed and infamous Prince of Mousthieves, and with the aid of Gonff allies from the CORIM (Council of Resistance in Mossflower), Martin escape Kotir and is free mouse once again. At Brockhall, the CORIM”s headquarters, Martin meets several new allies like Abbess Germaine, an old female mouse from Loamhedge Abbey, and a badger named Bella of Brockhall, daughter to Boar The Fighter and granddaughter to Lord Brocktree. There a plan is hatch to attack Kotir, ending the tyranny and the villainous hold over the land of Mossflower, but also to start a quest. With belief of hope in their minds, Martin, Gonff, Bella, and Young Dinny, a mole, begin their journey to Salamandastron, home to the great Badger Lords, to find Bella’s father and enlist his aid in the battle against Tsarmina. After a dangerous and perilous journey through Bat Mountpit and the Toadlands and with the aid of Log-a-Log Big Club, a fierce shrew warrior, Martin and his companions come to Salamandastron, there they met Bella’s father, Boar the Fighter. It is also there they reforge Martin’s sword from the metal a fallen star. But will that be enough? Will Martin and friends make it back in time to help the rest of CORIM fighters to attack Castle Kotir and end Tsarmina reign? Will Bella’s father return with them? Will Kotir fall or stand at the end? Will the land of Mossflower ever be free from evil’s grip? A tale like no other awaits you as, in the end, a duel between Martin and Tsarmina will decide who the victor is…..over all of Mossflower. Reason To Read – What more could a reader ask for. A great hero, a great villain, a wide range of secondary and stock characters that are both creative and memorable, a perilous quest, puzzling riddles, and a climactic battle at the end. I read Mossflower back in 2003 and I was completely amazed by it. Brian Jacques writing style must be mention as it is essential to the success of his series. The story itself is quite a page turner as you are always waiting to know what happens next. I believe that there is no prior reading for this book, so first time readers of the series can jump right into the land of Mossflower. However, to get little more knowledge, readers might want to read the first book of the series Redwall or more likely Martin The Warrior as this book follows after the events of Martin The Warrior. I would recommend this book for ages 9 to 10 years of age. Hurry and buy this book now and witness the birth of a legend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bought for one of my grandsons who reads at a much higher reading level, but he enjoys reading this series very much.
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