By Brian Jacques, Allan Curless
The murderous Rapscallion military is at the movement. Dealt a humiliating defeat through girl Cregga Rose Eyes, the Badger woman of Salamandastron, who nonetheless pursues them, the Rapscallions are heading inland to take an excellent larger prize: the peaceable Abbey of Redwall. The elite struggling with unit of hares, the lengthy Patrol, is named out to attract them off. on the leading edge is the younger hare Tammo, the lead sword in a single of the main ferocious battles Redwall has ever faced?ready to struggle to the dying!
?[Jacques is] a masterful storyteller. . . . As within the different Redwall books, the mix of an soaking up plot, powerful characterization, and unique description make the unconventional a page-turner.?
?The Horn Book
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It was once getting in the direction of night after they reached the Rapscallion camp at the hillside above the circulation. A shudder gone through Tammo as he Skaup’s social gathering. there have been numerous vermin crouched round fires; cooking, resting, squabbling and arguing with their neighbours. Drums throbbed endlessly and hideously painted faces glared apparently on the disguised hares. Everybeast used to be armed with an unpleasant array of weaponry, from cutlasses and spears all the way down to what gave the impression of sharpened hooks set on lengthy poles. Smoke from the fires swirled round them as they reached the streambank. Skaup halted his get together in entrance of a tent with 4 rats guarding the doorway, and laid the provides they'd foraged for at the flooring. Tammo and Midge have been driven ahead. unexpectedly the tent flap used to be thrown again they usually came across themselves head to head with Damug Warfang, Firstblade of all Rapscallions. even though the fur on his again stood inflexible with fright, Tammo couldn't aid being inspired by means of Damug’s barbarically appropriate visual appeal. The Greatrat was once donning the helmet with a cranium on its spike, and his slitted feral eyes glared at them out of a scarlet and blue painted face. He wore a close-meshed tunic of silver mail, belted approximately with a extensive snakeskin band. Sandals and gauntlets of eco-friendly lizard pores and skin coated his paws. Damug Warfang leaned ahead, his strong body like a coiled metal spring as he pointed on the hares along with his image of place of work, the sword with edges, one directly, the opposite just like the waves of the ocean. ‘What do you need right here? you're not Rapscallions! ’ Midge nodded his head knowingly as he spoke out boldly, ‘I was once a Rapscallion lengthy afore you was once born. I served lower than yore father, Gormad Tunn. Wait now, don’t inform me, you’ll be Damug the youngest son, or used to be it the eldest, I disregard. Didn’t you ’ave a brother? Haharr, I take into accout now, ’twas Byral. Where’s ’e bought to those days? ’ Damug’s eyes glinted dangerously. ‘You ask loads of questions for a ragged outdated creature. Silence is the easiest coverage for one like you whilst i'm maintaining a sword! ’ Midge sat down at the flooring. Pulling an collection of colored pebbles and a few carved twigs from underneath his sacking costume, he tossed them within the air. absolutely ignoring the Warlord he studied the jumble of wooden and stone at the grass in entrance of him. Then in a sing-song voice he stated: ‘I obtained little need to invite questions, my symptoms inform me all. The moon an’ stars, the wind within the timber an’ water that runs in the course of the land, a majority of these issues whisper their secrets and techniques to me. ’ Midge might inform via the glance in Damug’s eyes that he had captured the Warlord’s curiosity. The Greatrat sheathed his sword. ‘You are a Seer, one that can investigate the long run? ’ ‘Somebeasts have referred to as me Seer, perhaps they’re correct, who can inform? ’ ‘Who is that beast with you, is he a Seer additionally? ’ ‘Not Burfal. he's referred to as the Silent One an’ has to be allowed to roam unfastened an’ unhindered. Burfal, cross! ’ Tammo sensed that Midge was once giving him an excuse to discover Rockjaw and report back to him.