June 19, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques
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*Published June 2, 2005*
This is a book that helped me a lot through high school. It was a book that reminded me that there is strength in all forms and it was also a book that would bring me happiness when I wasn’t feeling my best. High school was a bitch, thank you to books for helping me through it!
The young haremaid Dotti and the badger-warrior Lord Brocktree—unlikely comrades—set out for Salamandastron together, only to discover the legendary mountain has been captured by the wildcat Ungatt Trunn and his Blue Hordes. To face them, the two must rally an army—hares and otters, shrews and moles, mice and squirrels—and execute a plan that makes up in cleverness what it lacks in force.
I honestly love this book. It has been several years since I have read it, and I completely need to read it come the first week of June. Things were not going well at work with a friend and I needed to escape the real world for a bit. This is an excellent book for that; adventure, journeying, battles, fighting, and standing up for what you believe it. It’s a book that helps me believe that there is good in the world.
Dotti and Brocktree are on an journey to liberate Salamandastron from a wildcat. But with just the two of them, there’s not much they can do against an army. But when they hear of a possibility of an army up north, they head that way to see if they can convince the army to come with them to battle and free Salamandastron.
The best character in this book is Dotti, our perilous beauty who can scoff her weight in food and still give a good fight to those who see her as only a wee haremaid who belongs at home with the babies. She fights for what she believes is right and speaks her mind. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. While she may be a perilous beauty who knows how to hold her own, she is also allowed to feel emotions and to cry. She’s not a stone cold beauty, but one who owns who she is and let’s no one say otherwise.
These characters, and just about every character in Brian Jacques books, are some of the best characters in literature. At least, they were for me when I was growing up, and when I needed to escape the world for a small amount of time a couple of weeks ago. They showed me that there is strength in being yourself and standing up for yourself when I was younger, and they showed me that there are good people in the world now.
In my opinion, there is great benefit to going back and rereading books that helped shaped you when you were younger. Books never change, but you do, and what you find in those books changes and it may be the help you need in your current position in life.
What do you think of rereading books? Especially old favourites that helped you or shaped you into who you are now? Comment below and let me know!