Age Range: 9 & up
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 Here they come again, those fiercely determined animals of Mossflower wood and its environs: intrepid or villainous, buckling their swashes, smiling sly grins, declaiming their resolution, and, above all, eating (``scoffin' '') their way through hazelnuts, raspberries, cream, ale, and other bounty. It's easy to tell the good guys from the bad: mice, squirrels, otters, hedgehogs, moles, and especially badgers are heroes, while rats, stoats, foxes, and reptiles are scum. Salamandastron- -a volcanic shell honeycombed with caves, lair of the mysterious badger lords and the hares of the Long Patrol--is now under siege by Feragho, the singularly nasty leader of the weasels and stoats. Does Redwall Abbey come into the tale? Are there hare- raising adventures and dread perils, including plague and poison? After mighty struggles, betrayal, heroism, and pluck, does right triumph over evil? Of course. Fans will rejoice--the familiar scenes and faces are all here. Speech patterns, feasts, offended dignity, voices from afar, and mysterious swords are recycled from book to book; but then, that's half the charm. (Fiction. 9+)

Pub Date: March 24th, 1993
ISBN: 0-399-21992-7
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1993


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