The Sable Quean is the 21st novel in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques , and the last to be published before his death on February 5, a twenty-second novel, The Rogue Crew , was released in May It was to be originally released in autumn , but the release date was moved to January , and then later delayed a second time to February 23, The mass market paperback edition was released on April 26, Buckler is bored with mountain life, so Brang suggests that he visits Redwall Abbey to deliver some new bellropes to the Abbess Brang had accidentally broken the ropes last time he was there ; while Buckler visits the Abbey, he can also visit his brother on his farm, which is nearby.
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He appears out of thin air and vanishes just as quickly. He is Zwilt the Shade, and he is evil. Yet he is no match for his ruler, Vilaya the Sable Quean. Along with their hordes of vermin, these two have devised a plan to conquer Redwall Abbey. And when the Dibbuns go missing, captured one by one, their plan is revealed. Will the Redwallers risk the fate of their Abbey and He appears out of thin air and vanishes just as quickly. Will the Redwallers risk the fate of their Abbey and all of Mossflower Wood to save their precious young ones from imprisonment?
Perhaps Buckler, Blademaster of the Long Patrol, can save the day. He has a score of his own to settle. And fear not, these Dibbuns are not as innocent as they appear.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Sable Quean Redwall, Jun 14, Josiah rated it it was ok. Twenty-one books in to the Redwall saga, Brian Jacques still manages a surprise or two for seasoned devotees of the series. A brave young warrior departing the mountain fortress of Salamandastron in search of his destiny is nothing new, but some of the enemies and allies he makes on his voyage are.
There's a swarm of Dibbun-napping vermin commanded by two deadly sables, a gang large and mean enough to rip Redwall Abbey from its hallowed foundations; a kindly water vole living on her own but with Twenty-one books in to the Redwall saga, Brian Jacques still manages a surprise or two for seasoned devotees of the series. There's a swarm of Dibbun-napping vermin commanded by two deadly sables, a gang large and mean enough to rip Redwall Abbey from its hallowed foundations; a kindly water vole living on her own but with a welcoming heart to lost and frightened Dibbuns, an asset to the community that hasn't found her niche; an insane hermit of an animal species that usually numbers among the good guys, but not every hedgehog is a wholesome woodland creature; and a perilous warrior mole armed with a Thor-like hammer, driven mad by Bloodwrath in the chaos of combat to devastate superior numbers of vermin foe.
These players and many more await Blademaster Buckler Kordyne as he hits the trail in search of purpose, unaware that his excursion coincides with the arrival of a wave of evil surpassing anything in recent Mossflower history. The stage is set for an epic clash. Zwilt the Shade and Quean Vilaya roam Mossflower Wood like phantoms, effortlessly adding to their horde of Ravagers by hijacking every pack of vermin they meet.
The Ravagers have been abducting stray Dibbuns for a while, but the plan takes sharper focus when Vilaya sees Redwall Abbey for the first time.
Conquering the place isn't as easy as most marauders assume, history warns, but Vilaya wants to try a different tack. Steal the Redwallers' heart and the body will fail, and the Ravagers can do that by snatching a few of their Dibbuns and holding them hostage. Confusion reigns after a handful of young ones vanish; there's been no perfidy at Redwall for so long that the Abbey-dwellers have forgotten to be vigilant against attack.
By the time they catch on that their Dibbuns have been stolen, the Ravagers have the young ones stashed away and are prepared to leverage them to take Redwall. Buckler and his portly friend Diggs, another Salamandastron hare, soon find themselves entangled in the Ravagers crisis. Zwilt and Vilaya have grabbed more than just Abbey-babes: little Guosim shrews are part of their collection, as well as a pair of young hares that happen to be the offspring of Buckler's brother.
The Dibbun-napping operation is personal for Buckler now, whose sword-fighting prowess makes him equal or superior to any other warrior in the land, but the Ravagers are loaded with outstanding fighters of their own, none greater than stealthy, mysterious Zwilt the Shade. He and Vilaya are cunning strategists, and it will take more than one virtuous warrior to defeat them. Buckler is joined by Axtel Sturnclaw, the first mole in Redwall lore to be possessed by Bloodwrath, Log a Log Jango Bigboat of the Guosim shrews, a fierce and loyal tribe leader, Ambrevina Rockflash, a badgermaid on the hunt for her own destiny, and a host of other hearty warriors who won't give up as long as the Ravagers are a threat to good creatures everywhere.
Are they enough to defeat their vile opponent? And if so, which warriors who number among the good will be slain in the effort? The Sable Quean has one of the largest casts of characters in this series. No wonder it's four hundred eight pages, one of the longest Redwall novels.
There are so many plots and sub-plots that I'm surprised the book didn't need to be longer. But the warrior's desire is still center of it all, that obsession of the noblest and strongest woodlanders to combat injustice to their dying breath, standing up to murderous bullies such as Zwilt and Vilaya who prey on the young and helpless, giving those nefarious characters a taste of their own medicine when they run up against a warrior greater than they.
The Sable Quean is as full of extraordinary warriors as any book in the series, ones whose names will someday be written alongside those of Martin the Warrior, Lord Brocktree, Luke the Warrior, and Sunflash the Mace. Redwall Abbey and Mossflower Wood will always be secure as long as there are warriors who resist evil to the last ounce of blood that spills from their veins. They are Redwall's legacy, making the world safe for peace-loving creatures, and their sacrifices won't be forgotten.
Our spirits never wearied then, in those high old times gone by. What friends we made, what perils we faced, together you and I. Now eyes grow dim and paws feel stiff, even vittles don't taste the same. You wake one day, with your whiskers grey, what price then, medals an' fame? Alas, all we have are memories, to take out, dust off, and share. But, oh, my friend, the pride we feel, just to know that we were there! We travelled an' fought an' feasted, we triumphed, we marched and songs were sung, We faced death, saw life and adventure!
One day when our hearts were young. The story is more believable, its emotions more poignant, and I appreciate the soft-edged, detailed artwork by Sean Rubin, especially the map of Mossflower country.
The Sable Quean doesn't measure up to early books in the series, but this is probably as good a novel as we could expect after so many.
I love Redwall and will always be inspired by Brian Jacques, one of the finest fantasy authors it's been my privilege to read. Farewell Buckler, Diggs, Axtel, Ambrevina, and the rest. Your story shall be repeated forever in the annals of Redwall. May 16, Joseph Leskey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anybody. Shelves: z-fiction , z-adventure , 1st-degree-reevaluation , z-reviewed , z-humor.
Not bad, I'm fairly certain. The plot had some interesting points and the amount of enjoyment was great, as is typical of books about Redwall. View 2 comments. Apr 07, Nic rated it really liked it Shelves: map-in-the-front. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I picked this up thinking it was the very last Redwall book I'd ever get to read for the first time, then felt rather silly to see that the title list in the front included one I'd apparently missed, the penultimate one published, Doomwyte. So that'll go on my to-read list.
I quite enjoyed this. To some extent, I think it was just the right time for a highly escapist read, and the Redwall books definitely are that. It's been a couple of years since I read one, and quite a few years since I reread I picked this up thinking it was the very last Redwall book I'd ever get to read for the first time, then felt rather silly to see that the title list in the front included one I'd apparently missed, the penultimate one published, Doomwyte.
It's been a couple of years since I read one, and quite a few years since I reread one - now I kind of want to revisit some of the older titles I loved as a young teen. In part, I'm curious as to whether some of the stuff I noticed in this book appears in the older ones. I've heard other fans say that the series is, upon a more mature rereading, a bit overwritten. I couldn't help but notice in The Sable Quean that there was some pretty blatant telling-not-showing, mostly to do with characters' emotions.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Positive start: wartime strategy, intrigue, and dramatic action are serious strengths of Jacques' writing.
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