January 19, 2018 by TinyNavajo
High Rhulain by Brian Jacques
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Any of the Redwall series are generally my favorite, but this is one of my exceptional favorites, mostly because it’s about otters and a female otter at that, who becomes what she has always felt she should be.
High Rhulain starts on Green Isle, home to wildcats and otterslaves. We see Rigu Felis, Warlord of Green Isle attempt to kill an osprey, but to no avail. The osprey damages the wildcat’s face and escapes, injured and windswept from him home by a huge storm. We are then taken to the idyllic Redwall Abbey, home to mice, hedgehogs, otters, moles, and just about every sort of gentle creature you can think of. The story focuses on Tiria Wildlough, a young otter warriormaid, who dreams of becoming the Skipper like her father before her. But due to woodland tradition, females cannot become Skipper.
When Tiria then recuses not only the osprey, Pandion Piketalon, but a barnacle goose by the name of Brantalus, from the trials they suffered on Green Isle, her destiny is unlocked, not only for her to fully become a warriormaid, but to become a High Queen of otters and to take back Green Isle, her ancestor’s home, back from Rigu Felis and the wildcats.
I have always loved reading the stories of Redwall. The adventures, the battles, the fight for what is right and good in this world, I love all of it. One book in particular actually helped me a lot during my years in high school. I will always love that books, and I will always love to return to Redwall Abbey.
What childhood book series do you absolutely love? Comment below and let me know!