Mariel of Redwall

by Brian Jacques

Other authorsGary Chalk (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1992



Local notes

Fic Jac





Philomel (1992), 387 pages


The mousemaid Mariel achieves victory at sea for the animals of Redwall Abbey, fighting the savage pirate rat Gabool the Wild, warlord of rodent corsairs.



Original language


Original publication date

1991 (original)

Physical description

387 p.; 6.34 inches

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LibraryThing member Mendoza
Book 4 in the Redwall series

Mousemaid Mariel is shipwrecked unto the shores of mossflower. She works her way up to Redwall and its inhabitants. Jacques storytelling brings to life Redwall and its charachters once again.

This is a really fun book with plenty of action and adventure. I especially
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enjoy the hares.
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LibraryThing member judychadwick
A tough resourceful mousemaid survives enslavement and being tossed out on a stormy see, but loses her memory. She finds her way to Redwall where she meets Martin the Warrior in her dreams and regains her memories. She sets out to find her father and solves riddles, makes friends and eats lots of
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really yummy sounding food.
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LibraryThing member Nikkles
Another great book in the series!
LibraryThing member pussreboots
I decided to stop reading the series after this one.
LibraryThing member shadrachanki
This was the fourth Redwall novel published, and I feel it marks a turning point in Brian Jacques' storytelling style. Certain stylistic elements have been tightened up, some things have been dropped, and you can tell he has a firmer grasp on the shape of his world as a whole. It's a lot of fun to
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watch the building of the Abbey and see how different things weave together across the books to create a full tapestry of story.
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LibraryThing member feeroberts64
Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques is the fourth book in the Redwall series.

All I can say is this series is so much fun to read. I highly recommend it.
LibraryThing member Cecrow
Fourth in publication order, this one lands someplace in time between the legend of Martin and well before Matthias, describing the story of how Redwall Abbey acquired its bell. At this point I'm starting to feel the repetitiveness, and I'm of two minds about it. Again there's long debates over
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food preparation, young scamps teasing their elders, the nasty braggart villain and his traitorous seconds-in-command, domineering badgers, the lippy hares, etc. It's a little wearing from that perspective, but the winning formula will not be denied. There's plenty of amusing speech in this one, my favourites being the pirate-like searats, the hares of Salamandastron and Durry Quill, making it a fun read-aloud. Every volume has featured infighting among the villains but Greypatch deserves a special honor for being smarter than the average usurper, and he puts up a good struggle against the odds. Martin appears to the Redwallers as a kind of ghostly dream advisor, which made me wonder why he wasn't more of a presence like this for Mattheus down the line.

Once again we're treated to a line-by-line prophecy in poetry that provides both direction to our heroes and a series of riddles, which makes me wonder if we'll ever meet in a future volume one of the characters who composes all this nonsense. Some of the internal consistency of the series is eternally satisfying: Salamandastron and the Abbey continue to earn their prestige as bulwarks against villainy, the hares maintain their solid reliability, etc. While in some ways it feels a lot like the same cast of characters every time under different names, the pleasing familiarity can be relied upon and there's still something fresh in each iteration. Four books in and this is my favourite so far, I think.
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