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Martin the Warrior

by Brian Jacques
Series: Redwall #6
375 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Bethany

A very uplifting book with something for everyone.

Plot

Badrang the Tyrant is building an empire, Marshank, using innocent beasts as his slaves to aid his rule. However, one of these peace-loving creatures, Martin the Warrior mouse, sets out on an epic escapade with his three friends, Rose of Noonvole, Pallum the Hedgehog and Grumm the mole, to bring down Badrang and his corsair's evil plans for domination and tyranny. A picaresque journey of battles, trials, feasts and quests along the way lead them to have enough allies to try and defeat the evil stoat Badrang.

Morality

The wicked characters are fought and defeated, and mercy is extended where it is due. Good, honest creatures prevail and friendship is valued.

Spiritual Content

The Rosehip Players are a group of travelling actors, and they perform many magic tricks, but these are all sleight of hand.

Violence

There are numerous battles which span chapters - injuries are frequent and relatively graphic, such as an arrow through a character's paw.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wines, grogs, cordials and ales are drunk.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None, only funny insults which are not obscene.

Conclusion

This is a classic Redwall tale, loved by many and suitable for its young readers. The good characters are properly decent, and the bad are suitably punished. Love, friendship, courage and peace are upheld.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 11-12

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