Outcast of Redwall

Outcast of Redwall When ferret Swartt Sixclaw and his arch enemy Sunflash the Mace swear a pledge of death upon each other a young creature is cruelly banished from the safety of Redwall As he grows he seeks revenge o

  • Title: Outcast of Redwall
  • Author: Brian Jacques Allan Curless
  • ISBN: 9780441004164
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When ferret Swartt Sixclaw and his arch enemy Sunflash the Mace swear a pledge of death upon each other, a young creature is cruelly banished from the safety of Redwall As he grows, he seeks revenge on the people of Redwall and finds himself embroiled in a hostile battle with far reaching consequences.

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    1. Outcast of RedwallOutcast of Redwall is another book in the Redwall series written for children by the late Brian Jacques, but also read by many adults too including me. Years ago, every time Brian brought out another book I would be there to buy it. I am proud to have them on my bookshelves and have read them all, most of them more than once. The ultimate triumph of good over evil is always the main theme running through all of the Redwall series. Brian never shied away with difficult concepts [...]

    2. For most of my childhood, I was utterly in love with the world of Redwall.Brian Jacques has a gift for storytelling, describing battles and feasts in equal meticulous detail, and it paints an enchanting picture for any reader.But the strength of the series aside- hell. This is one of the most unfair, even racist, books I've ever read! It makes a mockery of the nature vs. nurture debate, and the vermin namesake of the book is seen as an irredeemably evil character, even when he's just a baby. Ser [...]

    3. A young stoat is taken in by the saintly woodland creatures of Redwall, who raise him as best they can. But his "true nature" is always making itself known--he plays lots of cruel pranks and keeps lying and stealing. At last, he runs away to seek his fortune elsewhere. The story follows several Redwall creatures as they go off on their own adventure; eventually they encounter the earstwhile stoat once more, who has joined with a band of ruffians. Fighting ensues, and the stoat throws himself int [...]

    4. The end of this Redwall book was particularly sad to me. While previous books have had really happy atmospheres. Que reading slump.

    5. The past summer I decided to re-read some of this series. I remembered loving it in grade school, and The Outcast of Redwall was my favorite book of the series. I remember reading it several times as a kid, but upon rereading it in college, I couldn't figure out why. There were several unlikable characters (Bryony comes to mind), the philosophy of "all of carnivora is EEEEVVIILLLL, except badgers and otters for some reason, and that one cat from Mossflower" continued unchecked, despite the poten [...]

    6. Finally, fans of Redwall get to know more about the badgers of Salamandastron. A young badger is held captive by an evil ferret, Swartt Sixclaw. Coincidence and bad weather brings the hawk, Skarlath to the camp of Sixclaw. The badger and Skarlath help each other escape, but not before the badger seriously wounds the ferret warlord. Skarlath names the badger Sunflash, and together they journey through Mossflower, helping those in need and making friends along the way. But Swartt Sixclaw has vowed [...]

    7. Another stirring adventure for the creatures of the idyllic Mossflower wood. As previous reviewers have pointed out, the storylines do get a little repetitive; however I don't expect the youthful audience the books are aimed at, would be too troubled with that - just as long as there are heroes and heroines, warriors and pirates, goodies and baddies, and lots of scrumptious feasts to fill the long, sun-drenched, bucolic days!

    8. I was not really sad to give this to my sister as part of the payment for her Lord of the Rings box set, because this is definitely my least favorite redwall book!

    9. I've always loved this book. And rereading it brought many pleasant memories. Hoping my reading pace picks up again now that I've finished it. However rereading a book as an adult does change the way you view it and though my love for the series remains, I don't think I'll revisit other redwall books soon.

    10. This book, more than any of the seven that precede it in the Redwall series, differs significantly in feel from the type of story that Brian Jacques usually tells. Though Outcast of Redwall is the third book to contain the name of the famous Mossflower Woods abbey in its title, surprisingly little of the action takes place at Redwall. Even in the fifth Redwall book, Salamandastron, about half of the story happens within the confines of Redwall Abbey, but in this book, curiously, much more of the [...]

    11. I loved this.It gives you the backstory of Sunflash the Mace, who appeared at Salamandastron at the very end of the original Redwall book. Appears: Mossflower, Outcast of RedwallMentioned: Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, The Long Patrol, Eulalia!The first book (each Redwall book is split into three smaller books) deals with Sunflash's beginnings, and how he came to Salamandastron. The second book deals with Redwall Abbey, and the titular "Outcast of Redwall," Veil the ferret. The book starts [...]

    12. When I first gazed upon the cover of this book, I thought to myself,this could be it. It could finally be the Redwall book told from the POV of a vermin. And I was right, in a sense. The "Outcast" of the title is a ferret named Veil, who was abandoned as a baby and adopted by the Redwall mousemaid Bryony. Redwall's inhabitants believe that he will grow up "true to his nature", evil, but Bryony spends most of the novel believing that Veil has some hidden good in him. I was looking forward to watc [...]

    13. I will be honest when I say that this book actually pissed me off when I read it. Mr. Jacques had a great opportunity here, to take one of his traditionally "evil" creatures and let him be a good guy. To break the conventions of his other stories and to do something different. And Veil does try, through most of the story, to be good. I could almost feel him fighting the author through much of the early part of the book. But no, in the end his evil side wins out, and he turns out to be no better [...]

    14. Trademark Jacques. Wonderfully touching, with characters that you can't help but love and cheer for as they conquer their enemies and grow to maturity. Sunflash the Mace and his journey to find his legacy, along with all the friends he makes along the way, is certain to captivate. The only let down in "Outcast of Redwall" was the character of Bryony, who was surprisingly impossible to like, given that she's one of the main characters. Her stubborn defense of Veil, even when all the evidence was [...]

    15. I read this book back in middle school (10+ years ago) I have been searching for it for the last 5+ years as I have thought about it numerous times through out the years! That I may say makes for a GREAT book, if 10 years down the line not only do you remember the book, but feverishly search for it so you may read it again! I can't wait to re-read this amazing book, and now that I know it's apart of a series I will be looking into the other books for a great read! I don't think I would honestly [...]

    16. The Outcast of Redwall: In which the badger Sunflash the Mace and the ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw are sworn enemies.In which a baby ferret is raised at Redwall Abbey and we explore the ideas of Nature vs Nurture. In which Brian Jacques outdoes himself in descriptions of snacks, meals and feasts of all kinds.This is not my favorite Redwall tale, but the final scene involving the ferret Veil and his caretaker Bryony is one of the most memorable and complex in the entire series, and makes Outcast [...]

    17. Probably the Redwall novel which touched me the most (although I have not read the whole series). As regards the series as a whole, these books characterized by childhood. Brian Jacques has crafted a unique and vibrant world full of lovable characters and equally despicable villains. What's not to love about talking woodland creatures that live in a little red sandstone abbey, eat good food, laugh and sing?

    18. I have loved this series since childhood, but I have not read all of them. I currently own 15 of them and now I will go back and read the ones I have in sequence! I love the descriptions particularly of the food and the characters are always well developed.

    19. It's easy to see why this is the most divisive book in the Redwall series. It's a book of two very different halves. On the one hand you've got the Sunflash/Skarlath/Swartt plot which is excellent. Sunflash is oh so adorable, Swartt is a loathsome baddy and Skarlath is so wonderful and so very doomed that it makes re-reads quite painful. Salamandastron is my favourite Redwall'verse location (all the good stuff in this book begins with the letter 'S' for some reason) and all the hares are enchant [...]

    20. After reading eight books, I'm starting to find them repetitive and predictable. I understand that they are written for children and maybe my taste in books has just matured over the years since i started this series, but still. How can you write 22 books in a series and have nearly the exact same characters over and over again ? And this book in particular made me realize how black and white these stories are. I was hoping this book would finally show off a good natured 'vermin' type in the so [...]

    21. DNF. I used to love the Redwall books as a kid, and I still like most of them now despite the somewhat interchangeable cast of characters. You can always trust a Redwall book to have adventures, rich descriptions of food and landscapes, and occasional plot twists. This one, however, was very much not my cup of tea. I'm not so much disappointed as infuriated by the author's treatment and presentation of Veil. Didn't Jacques have a sea rat that reformed in one of the books? In my opinion, the main [...]

    22. Sam Bequette1st periodIn ‘’The Outcast”, I like a lot how the author really includes you in the story and make you feel a part of the action, like how he’’ll say ‘’Sunflash rolled down the hill into a thornbush, much like you have probably done at one time or another.’’(137) Also, contrary to what I just said, he doesn’t need a narrator to tell you what the characters are doing, because of the author’s amazing story telling. The author only really uses the narrator when inc [...]

    23. This book broke my heart, I loved Marlfox and to be honest this is the only other one I read, but I loved the Redwall books. I can understand why it is rated so low, yes their is reference and inference to racism, but you don't have to look at it that way. I certainly did not, which is why this book for me was totally heart breaking!! Despite breaking my heart for many reasons it was also a beautiful tale with the same wonderful creatures we all have come to expect from Briam Jacques. If you can [...]

    24. Having read many of the Redwall books, they can sometimes feel a bit formulaic, even for someone who loves them. While this book still had many of the same notes as others I've read, it felt different enough to me to still be interesting. My one gripe with it would be that it seems to lean even harder than others in the series on the quite problematic binary of irredeemably evil vermin species v. unfailingly good gentlebeasts. This is an element of this series that has always bothered me somewha [...]

    25. This one was an intriguing exploration of whether or not some are born evil and some good. The ending was epic, and the overall story was good, but personally, I remember not connecting with the protagonist, hence the four stars instead of the usual five I give Redwall books.

    26. I normally love the redwall novels and upon seeing this i thought: "yes, finally there will be good 'vermin'! I'm so exited!" and was crushed by the realization that brian jacques intendet his world to be so black & white

    27. Fun and enjoyable like the other Redwall books. A mixture of emotion and excitement, with a bit of comedy, too. If you liked the other books, you'll probably like this.

    28. I used to adore Redwall, and still have a soft spot in my heart for the earlier books, but this one was just awful. Jacques never provides any ambiguity in his characters: all the drama comes from physical conflict or from youngsters bucking the rules, never from relationships between characters.Nowhere is this more evident that in Outcast of Redwall, where Jacques finally gave himself a chance to right a real wrong in his world: all mustelids are evil! In Jacques's world, if you're born a fox, [...]

    29. My memory was that this was the worst Redwall book and on rereading it as an adult I have to say it is a hot mess. The book is mainly about the lifelong vengeance between Sunflash the Berserker Badger Lord, his hawk friend, and Swartt Sixclaw the Ferret Warlord. But about 10 percent of it is about the abandoned son of Swartt, Veil Sixclaw, the outcast of Redwall. For some reason the book is named after him. It seems like the editors said "this book is not set in Redwall AT ALL and you have to cr [...]

    30. If it wasn’t for the unfortunate Veil part of this book, Outcast of Redwall would be a pretty decent Redwall book. It’s probably the book with the most set-up and the one that is spread out over the most amount of time, because it chronicles pretty much Sunflash’s (and Swartt’s) entire lifetime. I liked the build-up because it’s so different to the usual This Happens Over One Season plots of the series. It was interesting to essentially “grow up” with both the hero and the villain. [...]

    31. First off, I read these books just to get my feast fix. Holy crap the food descriptions!Woodland trifles topped with honeycream jostled for position among carrot flans, watershrimp-and-mushroom pasties, spring vegetable soup, and the favorite of moles, deeper’n’ever turnip’n’tater’beetroot pie. Latticed fruit tarts sat alongside fruit pies and applecream puddings. To refresh the palates there was old cider, October ale, cellar-cooled mint tea, fizzy strawberry-and-dandelion-and-burdock [...]

    32. on the series: MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JAM.Oh yeah, I LOVED this series. You loved Redwall, BadabingbadaBOOM you were my BEST friend on Outcast of Redwall:I'm not sure why I loved Veil so much as a child. I loved him so much. I think the cover ferret's cute mug might have gotten to me because I loved Veil. I think I might have forgotten or not read the ending because I don't remember how the story ended or Bryony's "betrayal," as the other reviews say. I do know, however, that ever since I picked [...]

    33. I have never came across a Redwall book I didn't like. I'm reading all this criticism about this one all because of Veil. Let's get this straight, your reviews are totally biased about Veil. I'm in 7th grade and even I can tell that about you "adults." I completely agree that Sunflash's story was incredible, and greatly loved, but I disagree that the addition of Veil was a mistake. The story of Veil Sixclaw added suspense, debate, and it left you questioning yourself about this mysterious creatu [...]

    34. This Redwall book has one of my favourite characters/character developments in it. Veil.I commented in earlier reviews that a lot of characters are either good or evil, and it is very very rare for you to see an 'evil' animal act in a good manner. It doesn't happen with Veil, he still acts as a rogue, but you can see the effect his upbringing had on him (or at least the effect Bryony has on him). Thinking on it, you could use it to discuss nature v nurture if that topic isn't a bit too far advan [...]

    35. As with most Redwall prequel novels, the story opens with characters in the “present” beginning to weave the tale told, in this case by the otter Rillbrook the Wanderer at Salamandastron, who tells about a solitary badger named Sunflash the Mace, his kestrel companion Skarlath, and their main enemies led by the ferret Swartt Sixclaw, so-named because he has six fingers on one of his hands. In the meantime, a young member of the antagonistic “vermin” species of the books’ universe misbe [...]

    36. I read this one a long time ago and came back to it again, having forgotten most of the storyline. I enjoy Brian Jacques, and this one is a great representation of his style. I find the full cast audio recordings of his books very enjoyable, by the way, so check those out if you have a chance. The only other observation I'd add about this particular book is that it's misnamed. Veil, the 'Outcast of Redwall' seems to be somewhat a secondary character without a lot of strong presence or importance [...]

    37. I totally agree with Danielle's review of this and really, you should just read hers, but here's mine:Sunflash is a pretty epic badger, as badgers are. I have no idea why the book title isn't about him, considering most of the book itself is. Veil, the actual Outcast of Redwall, is almost an afterthought, a way to bring Redwall into the story that's otherwise pretty much about Salamandastron and environs. His introduction seemed half-baked, at the least, and his entire story was just frustrating [...]

    38. Disclaimer: Yeah, this book is pretty racist.algia wins the culture wars again!I read this one over and over. More than any of the other Redwall books, which makes sense I suppose since this one was my first. I distinctly remember being bored one day in 5th grade and at a loss of what to read next. I had read most, if not all, of the Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Boxcar Children, Little House, etc. series along with a great deal of Nancy Drew and Three Investigators and numerous other one-offs [...]

    39. I've read nearly every Redwall book, so I'm familiar with Jacques' personal tropes and quirks as a writer. This book held to most of them, but added just enough to merit 3.5 stars - a step beyond so many of his others.Cons(probably familiar to most Redwall fans): There are a few silly over-characterizations, a couple not-so-believable escapes, and a certain element of 2-D predictability. It's rarely weak writing, but much of it lacks any lasting strength.Pros: Fairly keen prose, a variety of cha [...]

    40. This one pissed me off. I liked it more when I was younger, but after rereading it, I can't ignore some of its serious flaws. An orphaned ferret baby Veil is raised by "kind" Redwallers who emotionally abuse him and constantly discriminate against him, then kick him out. His adopted mother, the only mouse who didn't hate him, follows him as he sets out to find his father, the evil warlord Swartt Sixclaw, who abandoned him. He finds his father, the mouse finds them, the Swartt throws a spear at t [...]

    41. I've read other reviews of this book, and it seems as though most of the time readers fall into one of two camps: they either hate it (they disliked the Bryony/Veil storyline), or they love it. Myself, I really liked it. It was interesting reading about the mousemaid, Bryony (who is later rewarded with the distinguished title of Mother Abbess), as she leaves Redwall to find the six-clawed ferret that she raised as an infant. Veil was kicked out of Redwall after almost murdering an Abbeybeast, an [...]

    42. This is the only book I've read in this series. A Robin Hood type adventure with animal characters. It has likenesses of The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau as well. Anyway, this book didn't excite me that much. A very average story for me. And I expected this outcast (can't remember his name now) to be bit more heroic and challenging to the badger but he was physically so weak and not that cunning as well. The book didn't live up to my expectations

    43. I would have rated it higher--I actually liked the character of Sunflash, I loved the Hares, and even the whole revenge notion and age old enemies. But a few things ruined it(view spoiler)[ -The introduction of Vale (Who you would THINK is more a part of the story (considering the book is titled because of him) than he actually is)-The fact that Vale is a vermin who is pure EEEEVVVVIIIILLLLLL and completely incapable of acknowledging the kindness or others or doing good. -When he DOES seemingly [...]

    44. I read this book as a teen and I remember being absolutely engrossed in the story. It's often times easy to forget you're reading about animals, but their world is so beautifully portrayed in his writing you can't quite imagine they're human either. I will say that as a fat kid, I was always obsessed with his description of the food. Jacques is an excellent writer of fantasy and I am excited to pick up more of his works.

    45. This series as a whole has some excellent traits, and I overall enjoyed Redwall books growing up.However, even as a child, the theme that I now see to be essentially racism was unacceptable. I think this book was the one that finally made me stop reading the series entirely. Bryony (a mouse and therefore moral and good) adopts Veil (a ferret and therefore inherently bad). Viel inexplicably grows up to do evil like his ferret father he's never met, apparently because he is of the wrong species. I [...]

    46. This is the first Redwall book I've read since I was a kid. And it seems much more a children's book than it did then. The writing and characters are too simplistic for me to thoroughly enjoy anymore. The outcast (the namesake of the book) seemed to have some chance of developing as an interesting character, but never actually went anywhere. The descriptions of food were as tantalizing as ever though!

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