Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)

By Brian Jacques

Perfect for enthusiasts of C. Alexander London's The Wild Ones, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

The query in this first quantity is resoundingly transparent: What can the peace-loving mice of Redwall Abbey do to shield themselves opposed to Cluny the Scourge and his battle-seasoned military of rats? If in simple terms that they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they could have an opportunity. however the mythical weapon has lengthy been forgotten-except, that's, through the bumbling younger apprentice Matthias, who turns into the unlikeliest of heroes. Teeming with riddles, humor, unforgettable characters, and high-bounding experience, the unique Redwall, the launching element for a sequence that has captured the world's consciousness, good points seven full-color illustrations by means of well known illustrator Troy Howell. This new paperback version is a must have for either longtime enthusiasts and first-time readers.

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Matthias may see rats one of the hay, yet those have been no usual rats. They have been large ragged rodents, greater than any he had ever obvious. Their heavy tattooed hands waved numerous weapons—pikes, knives, spears and lengthy rusty cutlasses. status boldly at the backboard of the hay cart was once the most important, fiercest, so much evil-looking rat that ever slunk out of a nightmare! in a single claw he grasped a protracted pole with a ferret’s head spiked to it, whereas within the different was once his thick, huge, immense tail, which he cracked like a whip. giggling madly and yelling unusual curses, he swayed back and forth skillfully as horse and wagon clattered off down the line into the evening. As all at once as they'd come, they have been long gone! Matthias walked out into the line, employees in hand. Stray wisps of hay drifted down at the back of him. His legs trembled uncontrollably. Constance hauled the Abbey cart again directly to the line. Cornflower used to be assisting her mom and Mrs. Churchmouse to calm the children’ tears of fright. jointly they stood within the cart tracks amid the settling dirt. “Did you spot that? ” “I observed it, yet I don’t think it! ” “What in heaven was once it? ” “What in hell, extra like. ” “All these rats! Such immense ones, too. ” “Aye, and that one at the again! He appeared like the satan himself. ” Seeing Matthias nonetheless surprised through what had occurred, Constance took over the management. She wheeled the cart round. “I imagine we’d top head again for the Abbey,” she acknowledged firmly. “Father Abbot’ll need to know approximately this straightaway. ” figuring out that the badger used to be way more skilled than himself, Matthias assumed the position of second-in-command. “Right, Cornflower, get within the cart and take cost of the moms and babies,” he acknowledged. “Mr. Fieldmouse, Mr. Churchmouse, up entrance with Constance, please. ” Silently the mice did as ordered. The cart moved off with Matthias situated at the again supplying a rearguard. The younger mouse gripped his employees tightly, his again to his fees, dealing with down the line within the course the hay cart had taken. bankruptcy 6 the pony had gotten away competently. It was once the hay cart that suffered so much harm. Bolting recklessly backward and forward down the line, the blinkered animal did not see the dual stone gateposts on its right—skidding crazily, the cart smashed into the uprights. there has been a noisy splintering of shafts because the horse careered onwards, trailing in its wake reins, tracers and shattered bushes. His lightning reflexes serving him good, Cluny leaped expensive. He landed catlike on all fours because the hay cart upended within the roadside ditch, its buckled wheels spinning awkwardly. Feeling braced after his mad experience and the following slender break out, Cluny strode to the ditch’s aspect. The distressed cries of these trapped underneath the cart reached his ears. He spat contemptuously, narrowing his one sturdy eye. “Come on, wake up out of there, you cringing load of catsmeat,” he bellowed. “Redtooth! Darkclaw! report back to me or I’ll have your skulls for skittles. ” Cluny’s henchrats pulled themselves from the trench, shaking their heads dazedly.

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