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Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The mountain's defences are weak and it seems that nothing can stand in his way. Nothing, that is,Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The mountain's defences are weak and it seems that nothing can stand in his way. Nothing, that is, but the badger Lord Brocktree, who is drawn to Salamandastron by an undeniable sense of destiny. But if he is to rescue the mountain from Trunn and his verminous hordes, he must gather about him an army capable of defeating them in battle. Together with the irrepressible haremaid, Dotti, and a host of brave creatures, Brocktree journeys to Salamandastron to fulfil his destiny.A captivating blend of heroism and adventure set against a backdrop of the legendary mountain fortress of Salamandastron....

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Lord Brocktree Reviews

  • Jane Jago
    2018-10-05 17:50

    Sad to have finished this one. I do love a Redwall tale. There is something infinitely comfortable about them and yet they still entertain.

  • Kogiopsis
    2018-10-20 22:10

    There's always a risk involved in re-reading childhood favorites. What if they're not as good as I remember? What if they espouse views I now can't stand?That last one is a serious potential problem for the Redwall books, because Brian Jacques made no bones about writing morality with very few shades of grey. As he once wrote in the introduction to the Friend and Foe guide, "Goodies are good!" And yet, despite growing up on his work, I find myself less and less fond of black-and-white morality over time. At age seven, good vs. evil worked for me; at age nineteen it bothers me. I approached this book, therefore, with some trepidation.I needn't have feared. Is the morality still mostly black and white? Yes. Is that a problem?Well, no!What I feel Brian Jacques did very well was making his conflicts clearly moral, set up along standards of right and wrong with which few can argue. His 'goodies' are friendly, generous, willing to help each other - they are above all devoted to the betterment of their community at large and helping others, and they fight for the defense of their friends. By contrast, the 'baddies' are selfish and cruel, don't treat others like their equals (Ungatt Trunn, the primary villain of this book, refers to those outside of his horde as 'Lesser Orders'), and respect only physical strength and martial competence. The lesson here is clear: altruism, respect, and acceptance are good; cruelty and treating others as if they are beneath you are bad. As stark morality goes, that's a message that I'm more than comfortable with being imparted to children.The story is, of course, solid as well. As are pretty much all Redwall books, it's one part quest and one part large-scale conflict. There's a journey undertaken by small numbers of characters - actually, there are two such journeys in parallel. There are obstacles to overcome, minor foes to defeat, and puzzles to solve. An army is raised and, in the end, meets another such in pitched battle. Anyone familiar with the series already knows what to expect in terms of plot. What brings this book to life - as with any Redwall book - is the cast of characters.It is, as usual, fairly extensive, and I'm not interested in discussing all of them at the moment. Rest assured that they're as entertaining as ever, and that this book has a healthy population of the always-entertaining hares.I do want to talk about one character in particular: Dorothea Duckfontein Dillworthy, known as Dotti. She's a young haremaid, the first companion of the titular Lord Brocktree, and interestingly placed in the narrative. Despite being young, female, and largely unarmed, she is treated as just as much a warrior as any other character; her first scene is a battle with would-be robbers. She is simultaneously presented with the flaws of youth - overexcitedness, rash decision making, etc - and with a lot of things that, especially in the Redwall universe, are cardinal virtues. She's friendly and loyal, she's courageous, she's dedicated, she's empathetic, she stands strong under pressure.What stands out to me about this is that, for all he was writing for young readers, Jacques wrote fairly conventional heroic fantasy stories in structure and conflict. It is therefore notable that one of the main characters, and the one written most so that the reader identifies with her, is young and female - not exactly a common choice for a genre which is traditionally extremely masculine.Reflecting on Dotti got me thinking about one of the things I like best about Redwall in general: that in the years I've been reading the series, I've never felt like there was no place for me in the world it portrayed. As a nine year-old girl, these books told me I could be Dotti, Mariel, Triss, or even Log-a-Log Grenn. There... really aren't gender roles in Mossflower; male and female characters occupy a broad range of roles. There are male healers (Brome of Noonvale) and female war leaders (Cregga Roseyes), among many others.I'm not claiming that Mossflower is all-encompassing in its inclusivity. But for a young girl who was just starting to get into reading as a hobby, and fantasy as a genre, it was immensely important to find a world that didn't adhere to tired old gender roles. Redwall has always felt like a safe space to me, and I think that's a large part of it: there is no judgement built into it, no strictures other than not hurting others. As characters so often say in the last chapter of the books, the doors of the Abbey are always open to friends.On a different note - a specific point of the morality of the series where I feel Lord Brocktree is particularly strong. The rule of the mountain of Salamandastron is essentially one of divine right; there is always a Badger Lord or Lady in charge, always hares serving them faithfully. Often, rule passes down family lineages - Stonepaw to Brocktree; Brocktree presumably to his son when the time comes. And yet, their rule is not justified by birth or species, but by actions: as leaders, they must be wise, fair, kind, and brave, and those are the traits that make them fit to rule. Brocktree demonstrates this over and over: most notably in sending Dotti to confront King Bucko instead of doing so himself (simultaneously ensuring both that she grows stronger and more self-confident and that he doesn't win the contest by unfair species advantage), and in fighting Ungatt Trunn in single combat as honorably as possible, rather than claiming victory by trickery. He earns the right to be Lord of Salamandastron by the virtues of his actions.To end this rather disorganized review, here are a few of my favorite quotes:A venturesom ferret, who had aspirations to captaincy, charged forward, urging the rest on. "There's only three of 'em. Charge!"He collapsed under a frightening barrage of hefty blows from Bobweave, who shouted as he delivered the punches, "Sorry t'make a liar out of you, old lad, but listen. Eulaliiiiaaaaaa!"His war cry echoed back at him like rolling thunder."Eulaliiiiaaaaaa!""I say, d'you want me to load your sling, miss Dotti?""Tut tut, old chap, I'm the sling-loader 'round here, y'know!"The haremaid rescued her sling from the irrepressible twins. "Oh, give it a rest, you two, I'm perfectly capable of loadin' me own bloomin' sling."These books remain, after all the years that have passed, one of my favorite things from my childhood, and things I wholeheartedly recommend to any young readers who are up for the challenge a 350 page novel presents - and to anyone else, really. They're good fun, and their essential optimism about people of all kinds is invaluable in these all too pessimistic times.

  • Sara
    2018-09-21 23:53

    Lord Brocktree is awesome...he's kind of like this big, gruff warrior 'guy' with a poor ability to hide his true gentler side.(read about the way he acts around the molebabes and such). Dotti Duckfontien Dilworthy or whatever is a very amusing character, I really like the way Jaques portrays her spunk. The two twin hare brothers that you meet later in the story are also amusing, especially in the way they admire Dotti's singing.(Not everybody likes her voice, you know)

  • Cameron
    2018-10-20 18:13

    Lord Brocktree is a tough book to rate. One one hand, the book contains a fun and interesting story with likable characters. On the other hand, there are so many things in this book that are either completely unnecessary or just plain annoying (or both). It comes down to this: Are the abundant annoyances present in this book forgivable due to the presence of a well told story?The answer to the above question, in this case, is no. Yes, Brocktree and Stonepaw are interesting characters who have a fun supporting cast up against an intimidating villain. Yes, the story surrounding these characters and there connection to Salamandastron (is that an awesome name, or what?), while highly predictable, is enjoyable to read about. But with everything that works well in Lord Brocktree, there's a fault that offsets it.Chief among those faults is the large amount of unnecessary content, especially in the first half of the book. Large portions of many chapters are dedicated to the description of tables full of food, dancing, and the singing of songs. There's nothing wrong with developing a culture for the characters/species in a story, but it has to be interesting. I found myself thinking many times that I would rather be reading about Ungatt Trunn than hungry rabbits (excuse me, hares) and moles. Speaking of moles...Dialect is another issue in the novel. While I don't expect every species to talk exactly like the others, some characters (any mole, for example) speak in nigh unreadable dialects. I would audibly sigh whenever I was confronted with paragraph after paragraph of "mole speak". What was most frustrating about it though, was that I couldn't figure out if I was missing crucial plot points or just struggling to read an over elaborate description of rice. Perhaps, though, the fault is mine and I merely lack the faculties necessary to read the different dialects. If you can deal with the above complaints, you'll likely really enjoy Lord Brocktree. It's an epic story with a large cast of fun characters. However, Lord Brocktree will likely cause more frustration than pleasure for less than patient readers.

  • Joseph Leskey
    2018-10-07 22:08

    Very excellent. This story, like the previous two books I've read in this series, boasted a nice [somewhat] fresh plot from the usual fare you get from Redwall. It was quite well done and enjoyable.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-01 21:07

    Beautiful Book, I absolutely adore Brian Jacques' writing, i have read many of his book multiples times starting at a young and continue to read them into my adult years. They never get boring dull or cumbersome. They may come across as whimsical to some, however this is what i love most about them. We all need more Whimsy in our lives.

  • Alexia
    2018-10-07 15:47

    Loved it. Brian Jacques is a force to be reckoned with.(I've read the entire series)

  • James Zanghi
    2018-09-28 21:09

    One of the problems with the Redwall series is that the books have gotten extremely based on a formula and while that formula is pretty easy to like, it's still pretty easy to predict character actions in the later Redwall Novels like Lord Brocktree.Basically, the formula is villain makes appearance, causes trouble, new (and most times inexperienced) hero appears, lot of eating and description about food, some kumbahya-sing-round-the-campfire songs that are rips from Lord of the Rings and that don't really keep the plot going and just act as some filler space; climatic and predictable battle where villain army get their tails kicked from here to Salamondastron; a lot more eating; and finally narrative ending that tells the reader they shall be welcome in Redwall Abbey.Plus, the fact that all of Brian Jacques' novels don't coherently fit together and build off of each other like Harry Potter or Wheel of Time is a factor. Lord Brocktree is no exception to his rule. You know how the story turns out after five minutes of reading and nothing really comes as a surprise.The other thing that drives me nutty lately about the Redwall series is that animals like Rats, Weasels, and Stoats automatically have cruelty and brutality hardwired into their brains. That's almost racist.Another thing that rubs me the wrong way with not just Lord Brocktree but the entire Redwall Series are the kids/dibbuns are virtually idiots and are basically implied to be seen and not heard. In short, this series of novels are full of conformity and cliche.So, in short, you're not missing much if you decide to not read the Redwall Series.

  • Martina Sanjaya
    2018-10-09 21:47

    I just love every single book of the Redwall stories. I love the simpleness of plot, yet charmingly told. I love the characters, I love the things they do best. I love how the author painstakingly written down every weird accent, and I love how he created all the lovely food. I love all the wise advice along with the story; classic, told in old ways, but never boring with the storie like this. A great children book!

  • Jenny Clark
    2018-09-29 21:04

    Not the best Redwall book, but still good. As many have said, Redwall has a plot pretty much set. Villain comes and does evil (Usualy a wildcat, rat, stoat, ferret, weasel, fox or bird of some sort) and a hero saves the day, usualy with killing only the main villian. Whike entertaining, this gets to be kinda unrealistic. Usualy, there is another to continue said villainy, not just a bunch of cowards. Regardless, a good series and book in general. I like that we get to see more of the Redwall world, like in Mossflower and Martin the Warior to name a few "roaming" books.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-25 16:48

    I found a signed hardcover copy of this on a BARGAIN TABLE once. Best purchase ever!

  • Owen
    2018-10-05 20:55

    Spoiler alert!Beautifully told. When Fleetscut and Jukka died together I literally cried, two enemies united in the end. Perfect.

  • NATE
    2018-09-29 21:02

    Honestly a really good read, very descriptive and engaging. I was surprised how violent it got for a children's story. It was turned out to be a really good fantasy adventure story, with really interesting and well developed characters.

  • Josiah
    2018-09-26 19:59

    "Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends. Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right." —The law of Badger Lords, Lord Brocktree, P. 370 Thirteen books into the beloved Redwall series, I think Brian Jacques demonstrates remarkably in Lord Brocktree that his enthralling tales of Mossflower Wood and its many and varied inhabitants still have a lot of freshness kept in reserve. I would say that this book is probably the best entry in the series since The Bellmaker, the seventh installment in the Redwall saga. Reaching back through the rich and awe-inspiring history alluded to in previous Redwall novels, Brian Jacques casts a mesmerizing spell of gorgeous language and strong, brave characters in the telling of the legend of Lord Brocktree, the first Badger Lord to organize Salamandastron into the powerful fortress that it would become in later years, home to the stouthearted Long Patrol of fighting hares and the ever-present Badger Lord, who always fought with everything he (or she) had in the interest of justice for all creatures, often sacrificing his or her own life to rid the world of unsavory vermin whose influence was good for nothing but to tear down and destroy the thoughtful work of peaceable creatures. Leaving his mountain home of Salamandastron at a young age, Brocktree wanders the Mossflower country in search of a destiny of his own. His father, Lord Stonepaw, is the acting Badger Lord, and it is always difficult for two male badgers to inhabit the same dwelling without a great deal of resulting friction due to their headstrong personalities. On his way Brocktree makes the acquaintance of a young hare named Dorothea, who had struck out on her own after her parents decided that it would be best for her to make a life for herself away from home. Together, Brocktree and Dorothea find their way in the world, trying to figure out what fate may have in store for each of them, while learning about themselves and what it takes to maintain a friendship. Back on Salamandastron, the aging Lord Stonepaw and his courageous hares, who are also quite old and well past their peak physical years, are met with an ominous challenge from a dark, evil marauder, a wildcat by the name of Ungatt Trunn. Supporting Trunn is a vast sea of assorted vermin, too numerous to count and impossible to defend the mountain against for very long. The siege follows predictable lines and Lord Stonepaw manages to escape to the interior of the mountain with a couple dozen of his most resourceful hares, to hopefully await rescue from someone who may have what it takes to challenge Trunn's stranglehold on Salamandastron.Eventually, Brocktree and Dorothea receive word about the goings-on at the mountain, and Brocktree realizes at last where his destiny is leading him. He is being called to lead the charge on Trunn's evil army at Salamandastron with not only the bravery and physical strength of a burgeoning Badger Lord, but more importantly with the kind of smarts that can lead a terrifyingly outnumbered group of willing soldiers to topple an infectious empire before its hold on the land grows too strong and it becomes nearly impossible to break that hold. Brocktree must rise to the occasion as no other Badger Lord before or since, and demonstrate a level of heroism that will rock the foundations of Mossflower lore forever.I thought the Redwall series had been starting to slow down prior to reading Lord Brocktree and its direct predecessor, but if Brian Jacques can keep up this standard of richly imaginative storytelling, then I have no doubt the final ten or so volumes to the series will be compelling reading I would not want to miss. Lord Brocktree stirred my spirit in a way I hadn't really felt for the last several books in the series, and left me eagerly wanting more of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read other Redwall books, or even as a possible introduction to the series. I don't think many readers will be disappointed with what they find in its pages. I would give three and a half stars to Lord Brocktree.

  • Richard
    2018-10-15 19:47

    My exposure to the Redwall series has been that of attempting to read Salamanastron when I was a kid and not getting passed the first few chapters due to the dialect. A few years ago i attempted to try to break into the series again as I read through Redwall and thoroughly enjoyed it. So, here I was, trying to decide where to go in regards to continuing the series. I decided to read Lord Brocktree and while I can honestly say that I enjoyed the book, it is no Redwall.While Redwall had a pretty direct approach to the plot and getting to that point, Lord Brocktree seems less focused and has a tendency to meander. The last third of the book really comes together and becomes a fun read when everything comes to a head but the first bit of the book was a little difficult to slog through due to character development and interaction.I found that while Lord Brocktree has great characters and the interactions between them can be fun, there were too many characters to keep track of and there seems to be a lot of conversation and silly-ness without moving the story along. It's sort of a "too much of a good thing" situation where, sure it's fun and all but, I found myself sitting there saying, "Yea I get it, the animals love all different types of food and they love singing, but what about the takeover of Salamandastron?" I felt as though the book could've been a bit snappier and could've done with editing it done a bit.Could be a spoiler? -- As a side note, there is also a very dark chapter towards the very end of the book that features the main enemy, Ungatt Trunn, suffering greatly and talks about what happens to him. I was a bit surprised to read this in the book as besides a few mentions of animals fighting and killing each other during certain battles, the rest of the book is animals singing and eating and all in all being pretty innocent.Lord Brocktree, it's a decent little book but to me it just felt like it needed to be more focused on the task at hand and a little less focused on meals and songs.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-05 17:00

    Lord Brocktree is probably the cleverest Badger Lord of the Redwall series and throughout the book relies more on his brain than his brawn. It’s a nice departure from the usual, especially since many of Jacques’ characters all start sounding the same after a while. Another nice departure was the antagonism between Fleetscut and Jukka and the maidenry of Dotti. Her emphasis on proper manners just to rile her opponents made for some of the funniest scenes in the book, and let’s not forget all the times she called herself a “kingess.”All of the Redwall books have fighting in them, and most have some sort of war, but I think that this book has the best depiction in terms of siege, battle plans, etc. Like I said above, Brocktree is smart, and we get to see him both come up with and carry out his plans. That being said, while Brocktree is the hero of the story, he’s much more like an Aragorn hero and not like the typical Redwall hero. The only other way I can think to describe him is that he’s kingly. Compare him to Sunflash, the badger hero of Outcast of Redwall, and you’ll see what I mean.For some reason, I thought the ending of the book was really well done. The army breaking up and going their separate ways on their ships was just really touching. Also, Rulango is the best heron ever.But...there was absolutely no reason to include Skittles. None. I am 100% certain that he was only included to continue the Redwall formula of “adorable, precocious (more like annoying) baby.”At this point in the series, I’m starting to notice even more the same-ness of everything in Redwall. This one had some unique features (acquiring the army from Bucko, the defense, siege, counter-attack, etc. of Salamandastron), but thirteen books in, this series is starting to drag a bit.

  • Ian Brunner
    2018-09-20 23:12

    Lord Brocktree is the 13th book published in the Redwall universe but the first to take place chronologically. I've been a massive fan of Brian Jacques ever since I was a child(or a dibbun as they would say in the Redwall world) and re-reading the series changes very few things for me.The plot is simple: Peace has gone on for too long near the mountain fortress of Salamandastron; the ancestral home of the badger lords. Ungatt Trunn the wild cat arrives with his massive horde and lays siege to the mountain. Meanwhile, an army is amassed to come to the aid of the mountain.The thing about Redwall novels that makes them great it the camaraderie. All of these novels have darkness in them. There is hardship and suffering, and cruelty. Some of the characters backstories can be brutal, especially for the age group these stories are marketed towards, but the characters never give up. A major criticism I see from other readers of these books is how formulaic they are, and while that is true it also allows us to really enjoy the lore of the world. We know there is going to be a villain, a land quest or sea quest, some magic, and food, and singing. What that really brings out is the new elements Jacques brings to each story. Redwall is an ever-deepening world. Each novel ends with an invitation to come back to the world of Redwall and that is why I think so many of us choose to keep coming back. “Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends. Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right.“—The law of Badger Lords”3.5/5

  • Alex H
    2018-10-15 16:12

    In this book there are many characters. Some of the characters are Lord Brocktree, Dotti, Lord Stonepaw, Ungatt Trun, King Bucko Bigbones, and a bunch of hares. Lord Stonepaw is the new Badger Lord who is on an adventure to take his throne at Salamandstron, which is the home of the Badger Lords. Dotti is a hare who is on an adventure with Lord Brocktree to visit her aunt at Salamandstron. Lord Stonepaw is Lord Brocktree's father. He is the current Badger Lord and is waiting for his son to arrive and the mountain to take his throne. Ungratt Trun is a wildcat who has decided to take his army of blue vermin to conquer Salamandstron. King Bucko Bigbones is a self appointed king of the northern mountain hares. All the hares in the story go with Lord Brocktee and help defeat Ungatt Trun.The theme of the book is that no matter what good will prevail. What this means is that if you keep going ahead and fight the evil good will always come and help you. For example when the mountain was under control of Ungatt Trun all the hares and Lord Stonepaw kept fighting them until Lord Brocktree came and helped defeat them. The main idea of the story is that the mountain of Salamandstron is being held under the rule of a Badger Lord and then a wildcat comes and takes over the mountain then he is defeated by another Badger Lord. In the story there were other themes and main ideas but these were the two main ones.

  • Dave
    2018-10-21 17:56

    I heard a lot about the Redwall series, so I found Lord Brocktree at a garage sale, I picked it up. I envisioned this to be in the same vein as Watership Down, but then anthropomorphic animals in a medieval fantasy setting. That it was, although there was little magic, and the big difference with Watership Down is that the Redwall novels are aimed at a younger audience. It started out nicely, with the badger Lord Brocktree traveling to his ancestoral home, Salamandastron, not knowing that it is besiegde by a horde of vermin. He is joined by the young haremaid Dotty, on what soon becomes a quest where animal after animal joins Brocktree. The cast of characters is huge, and although each character has its own distinct voice, its in fact a funny accent that started to annoy very fast and made for ponderous reading. Unfortunately, the plot didn't help much either. It was plodding, with few twists and surprises. There were some nice scenes, and some characters I attached to early on, but few of them showed much development, and I lost most of my interest about halfway through the book. The various songs did little to add to the story. I can see what might attract some young readers to these books, but I think there is much better stuff out there.

  • Michael Sigler
    2018-09-28 00:02

    As the first book, chronologically-speaking, in the Redwall series, I was expecting to get the same satisfaction out of this book as I did out of others in this series I had as a kid.I may have been hoping for too much.Don't get me wrong, this book is very well written and the world is as fleshed out as ever, but the magic of the series while being read by an adult just isn't the same as it was when read by a child. The writing is very clearly tailored to the mind of a child, and the funny woodland accents that I so loved years ago now just seem to take away from the overall readability of the book. The Tolkien-like songs became so over the top and needless, that I skipped probably 95% of the them.After a month away from reading, I felt recharged enough to take it on again, and, sure enough, was able to finish the book when I stopped reading it as a book about ACTUAL animals and more a story of warring clans of Vikings that take on sigils of the animals Jacques has set forth for the characters.Overall, this book is still a solid read as long as one realises that this childrens' series is exactly that: written for children.

  • Megan Cutler
    2018-10-20 20:11

    It is a Redwall book. It followed the formula. There was an upstart baby animal, impossible to understand creatures and feasts. Even though the theme of this book seemed to be that everyone should be able to function without food for long periods of time (while alternately wasting it with foolish eating contests).My mistake was hoping this book would provide insight into the history and establishment of Salamandastron; it doesn't. In fact, it doesn't do anything to distinguish it from the other books in the series, not even containing the iconic Lord Brocktree.While these books usually have one character that carries me through, all the characters in this book are kind of jerks, even the good guys. In fact, if it weren't for the the fact that certain types of animals are always good and certain others evil, you'd have a hard time distinguishing the good and bad guys in this book. And for the first time, the typical teenage lead is allowed to go into battle, but suddenly babied the moment she steps close to blood.It might be interesting to fans of the series, but I only found it disappointing.

  • Emily Norwood
    2018-10-01 00:04

    I was OBSESSED with this series when I was in middle school - I read about one of these books per week. I reread this one over a decade after the fact out of curiosity, to see if it measured up to my childhood esteem for it. I was pleasantly surprised. Although there are definitely parts where you can tell beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was written for twelve year olds (deaths are glossed over, the consequences largely ignored, etc.), it was still solid writing. It's much better than most teen fiction out there. Not that that's difficult, but hey, just throwing it out there. Definitely worth the read, especially if you're a middle schooler, and even if you're an adult (as long as you recognize this wasn't written to be adult level fiction). My respect for Brian Jacques stands! :D

  • Bill Johnson
    2018-09-24 21:57

    My experience reading Brian Jaques, began with Martin the Warrior, then Redwall, and Mossflower. This is the thirteenth book in the series, and it still showcases Mr. Jaques storytelling abilities. The message is simple: treat those you meet with compassion and friendship. Even your enemies. In the end, Good will triumph over Evil. I know I'm stating this too simply, but that does seem to be the message. Those who act with cruelty, will meet their end getting what they deserve. Strength and power should be used for good, protecting the innocent or defenseless. Not for self-serving actions.The series was I believe, originally aimed at a middle-school level, but their are lessons here for all ages. I don't recommend it for little ones, however. Although there are cute bunnies and hedgehogs, there is also violence and death.

  • Rhea
    2018-10-18 00:16

    How flat and formulaic can these books get? I read this long ago, when I was still a very inexperienced reader, and even then I couldn't stand the annoying characters, predictable point-A-to-point-B plot, and draggy story. All the villains are EEEEVIL, or mean, or stupid; all the heroes good and brave (and unintentionally annoying). I think I was about 40 pages from the end when I gave up! And that was the time when DNFing books felt like the Cardinal Sin of Reading to me. Bleh. Skip it.

  • Frenchie
    2018-09-20 19:52

    Well it wasn't my cup of tea. The different dialects of the creatures was confusing. It may be because I don't have a great imagination but it was hard to understand what they were saying. I also didn't like the fighting theme throughtout

  • Justin Jedlicka
    2018-10-09 16:09

    This is my personal favorite

  • Gril
    2018-09-24 19:17

    I can't remember if this is the first Redwall book I read or not. I think Redwall is the first Redwall book I read, because if this was the first, I'd probably wouldn't have read the others. Yes, as you can see by that statement, this is not going to be a positive review. I did not like book thirteen, Lord Brocktree. So, as I said, I was at the library and I saw a book with a badger welding a sword, witch looked awesome. Then I opened it up to this quote about this being a story of honor and good defeating evil and personal struggles and symbolism. After reading that, I was so exited. But this book was a huge disappointment to me. I was actually heartbroken on how disappointed I was. This was in the young adult section, and along with the quote, I thought this was going to be a morally complex story with many layers, the animals symbolizing humanity and our actions or something like that. So yes, I had the bar set high. I was disappointed by the black and wite world, mostly because I was expecting something very complex. The other reason being, the black and wite morality is blurred. I'll get to that last part later, but for now, lets move on. Lets start with the thing that disappointed me the most: the characters. As I said, I thought this was going to be morally complex. I was hopeing to see some inner struggles with our character, watch them grow and develope. But nope. Didn't happen. The big problem with the characters are the lack of depth. We have alot of characters. The ones I saw the most of are Lord Brocktree, Dotty, Ruff, Doomeye, Ripfang, and Gurth. There are many, many more characters, but those are the ones I will look at because I saw them the most. These characters are cardboard-cutouts and they had no development. To summarise them: Lord Brocktree is the brave warrior, Dotty is the smart girl, Ruff is the hearty sailer, Gurth is the kind mole, and Ripfang and Doomeye are the nasty vermin (I'll talk about them later). Jacqus copied these characters from the other Redwall books he's written. And they don't grow or change over time, but most Redwall books are like this. Books are pretty boring if you don't have good characters. I will say, I did like Dotty, but there was too many characters for me to get attached to her. Let me speak of Ripfang and Doomeye now. Why are they in the story? To give us insite on the evil side? Well, if your going to do that, then make your bad guys unlikeable. These rats are nether bad or good, their more chaotic neural, and they are likeable. The way these rat brothers argue and fight as siblings is entertaining and charming. They also care for eachother, as seen when Doomeye died and Ripfang was upset. I was upset as well. If your going to have a black and white story, your bad guys cannot be likeable. Instead, they where my favorite characters and I found myself rooting for them. I guess this is because I could realy relate to the rats on how me and my sister act. Jacques messed up big time with this. Your suppose to make your protagonist likeable and relatable. I also had a problem with the amount of characters. There where so many viewpoints. A lot of things happened to these characters in those viewpoints, but I found it hard to care because I didn't know these characters that well. Like the story of Fleetscut and Jukka. I didn't get to spend enough time with them to know them real well, so when they died, I just shrugged it off. Same with the other characters viewpoints, except for the rat brothers. Only because I can relate to the rats. Another problem I had was all the food. Okay, I get it, its a Redwall book, but really? Jacques is describing food every other page. It's annoying. I don't want to read a list of food, I want to read a story. On that note, lets move on to the story itself, the plot to be exact. Well, it was strait forward and boring. It had little element to it, no plot twist, no things that got me thinking of what mite happen next. Let me summerize it: - Salamandastron is taken by Ungatt Trunn - Lord Brocktree travels around Mossflower gathering an army - Brocktree uses that army to take back Salamandastron That's pretty much it. The last thing I will say is that I liked the accents at first, then as more characters came with different accents, it got very hard to read. It got to the point where I couldn't understand what anyone was saying. This book was a huge disappointment to me. Its not what I expected at all. I was board while reading this, and upset. I will never get over my disappointment realy. I was expecting such a grate story, but that's not what I got.

  • Yoru
    2018-10-09 18:00

    It's been a fair long while since I returned to the world of Redwall. My plan is to gradually buy and read through all the books, as I've never owned them and would like to, and I'm going in chronological order of the timeline this time around, rather than reading random ones I found at the library when I was a lot younger.Lord Brocktree was completely new to me; I've never read it before. It was an interesting first jump back into Redwall, and as I don't think I've ever read one of the titles that focused on a Badger Lord before, that was an interesting introduction as well to this side of Brian Jacques's world.I do have to confess some level of disappointment in that regard however. Despite the title, the plot of Lord Brocktree focuses only partially on the Badger Lord it's named for. We are introduced to an early foe in the history of Redwall and his hordes of vermin, and the story focuses almost moreso on Ungatt Trunn's invasion of Salamandastron; the escape of elderly hares from the mountain and their journey to find allies; and a young haremaid called "Dotti" as she meets up with Brocktree and the two journey towards Salamandastron, acquiring a number of friends and allies in the process. As such, despite how wonderfully Jacques worked on making each character's voice sound unique, Brocktree himself as an individual seems less like a character to connect with and more like a paragon archetype of what Badger Lords tend to be in Jacques's universe.Another small annoyance comes in the form of songs. I know, it's somewhat a staple in Redwall books for there to be multiple passages of song thrown into a narrative, and perhaps I've just been away from the world for too long, but there seem to be an excessive amount of songs in this book in particular. And as usual, Jacques wasted no effort on over-describing the meals his characters eat, which is less of a technical complaint and more a slight irritation because it tends to work up my appetite.That being said, please don't misunderstand. I did have issues with these aspects of the story, but that hardly means I didn't like it. To the contrary, it was fun to return to the world of Redwall. There's something comforting and familiar about Jacques's writing, and the adventures in his books with his characters tend to remain pretty memorable, at least in my opinion. I am quite happy I finally got around to reading this book, and I do look forward to the rest of the series again. It's interesting to read them as an adult and see how my opinion on a lot of the aspects of his writing differs since I've changed. (Could do with a lesser number of songs in the narrative, though!)

  • B.J. Richardson
    2018-10-08 16:02

    Great first book in a series that I think of as a bit of a cross between Watership Down and the Chronicles of Narnia. I really like the fact that there is no question between the good guys and the bad. In too the detriment of so much modern fantasy, this distinction is lost. Thank you BJ for not falling into this trap.Honestly, I skipped over most of the songs and don't feel like I lost anything in the reading. It isn't like Tolkien's songs that enrich the story so beautifully. Another thing that I feel took away from the story was the sad attempt to phonetically spell out the various animal's dialects. It drastically slowed down the dialogue as I tried to figure out what the heck everybody is saying. For a kid's story series, why not try and teach them how to use proper grammar and spelling instead? Just a thought. To round out my complaints, there seems to be way too much talk about food. It seems every chapter will devote 5-6 pages to the discussion of some meal, its ingredients, and how it was prepared. Is this a recipe book or a kids fantasy series?Complaints aside, I would very highly strongly recommend this series for young readers. The plot is great but not too complex for middle to upper elementary readers. The pacing will keep them interested. There are subtle (and sometimes overt) lessons on good habits, manners, and work ethic. And like I said, the demarcation between good and evil is a breath of fresh air.

  • Jeremy Gallen
    2018-09-22 19:00

    When this Redwall prequel begins, the badger Lord Russano of the mountain Salamandastron, is scribing the history of his home, and tells the tale of how it came into its own thanks to Lord Brocktree of Brockhall. In the first of the main chapters, the Lord of Salamandastron then, Stonepaw, feels that peace has endured for too long, and sure enough, in the northeast reaches of the Mossflower Wood, the stoat Drigg Slopmouth and his brood are harassing a hare, Dorothea Duckfontein Dillworthy, Dotti for short, who is luckily versed in self-defense, with her heroism observed by Brocktree, son of Stonepaw, with the two becoming companions.Furthermore, the blue-furred ferret, the Grand Fragorl, leader of a group of vermin called the Chosen Ones, and servant of the wildcat Ungatt Trunn, the self-proclaimed Ruler of the Earth, plot against Salamandastron and its lapine servants. Early chapters expose backstory for Dotti, exiled from her own home due to her clumsiness and told to relocate to Salamandastron. The story is generally good, although as with other chronologically-future books in the franchise, Jacques depicts specific animals in black and white terms, for instance, badgers, otters, and hares being good, and rats, stoats, and cats being evil, but otherwise, it’s a good yarn for younger audiences.