February 14, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Outcast of Redwall by Brian Jacques
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Another adventure in Mossflower Woods, Brian Jacques now tells us the story of a young badger, a ferret warlord, an Abbey mouse and the ferret babe she raises. While these all seem to be disjointed and disconnected, reading Outcast of Redwall brings all of these stories together.
Sunflash the Mace is a young badger when we first meet him, held captive by Swartt Sixclaw, a ferret with ideas of grandeur. As their story progresses, we see the stories of Veil, son of Swartt, and Bryony, the mousemaid who raises him, come together. Veil is raised at Redwall Abbey, abandoned by his father as his horde of vermin is dissuaded from making their way to Redwall. But when Veil commits an unforgivable crime that leaves his paw stained red, he is banished from Redwall. As he makes his way through Mossflower Woods, trying to decide what he should do now, Bryony follows him, hoping to convince him to come back and live with her outside the walls and to show all those in Redwall that he can change and be a good ferret.
As most Redwall stories go, there are your bad guys, there are your good guys, there is the Abbey, the journey through Mossflower Woods, and the battles scattered throughout. In this one though, there is a more grey area in between the good guys and the bad guys. There is a multi-generational story, and we see that there may be an answer to whether it’s nature or nurture, how we turn out.
I love reading about Redwall Abbey, visiting Mossflower Woods, and seeing the fighting hares of Salamandastron. I love the writing of Brian Jacques, and the world he has created. He’s been one of my favorite authors since junior high, and I love returning to this world.
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