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Eulalia!: A Tale of Redwall

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Eulalia!: A Tale of Redwall

“Who will defend Redwall Abbey,
in its days of peril and strife?
The beast who shuns both armour and sword,
Torn from the simple life.
He with destiny marked on his brow,
Who walks with the banished one.
Send forth a maid to seek out the Flame,
To rule when the old Lord is gone!”

Mad Maudie
Assistant cook Mad Maudie (the Hon.) Mugsberry Thropple has been asked to go on a mission. Not only is this an important mission because the great Badger Lord Asheye of Salamandastron has asked her, but it is her last chance to redeem herself and stay in good membership with the famous Long Patrol. Despite the warnings of terrible danger, the young haremaid is more than happy to seek out a giant badger named Gorath. After all, how hard can it be? Little does she know the perils that await her and the great adventures she will encounter as she plunges into battle with the Salamandastron war cry “Eulalia-a-a-a-a-a-!”.

Gorath
Afflicted with the “Bloodwrath,” Gorath, a giant badger, is scarred across his forehead (Gorath the Flame) from a vicious beating by the evil pirate captain Vizka Longtooth. Gorath is bent on avenging his grandparents’ deaths and saving Redwall Abbey, but he does not understand that he has been chosen by Lord Asheye to succeed him at Salamandastron. It is not until he meets the fair Salixa that he is able to see a different future for himself and the friends he has met on his journey to Redwall.

Vizka Longtooth
A handsome golden fox and Captain of the ship Bludgullet, the sly, quick-talking Vizka Longtooth creates fear and death wherever he goes. He captures the giant badger and practically kills him. When he discovers the Badger’s “Bloodwrath,” he decides to use it for his own purposes in his quest to conquer Redwall Abbey.

Gruntan Kurdly
The warlord Gruntan Kurdly, a brownrat of great height and girth with a “mind that was teetering on the brink of madness,” loves his hard-boiled eggs and being pampered. In fact, his physical comfort is so important that he wears down his crew as they carry him from place to place and try to meet his demands. Though Kurdly proves no match in leadership to Longtooth, he and his wildly painted crew manage to create plenty of trouble for the defenders of Redwall.

Rangval the Rogue
This overactive squirrel travels with Maudie as he offers his services while she looks for Gorath. He is full of mischief but is also a great soldier. Fighting beside Maudie, he uses his wit and quickness to achieve many impossible tasks. He provides humor and a great appetite for the delicious foods offered at the Abbey and from Maudie’s limited menus on the road. Maudie’s little troop soon comes to appreciate this wild and wacky little guy.

Orkwil Prink
Orkwil Prink is just a young hedgehog, but because of his propensity toward stealing things, he has been forced to leave the Abbey. Though good-hearted, Orkwil simply cannot help himself when it comes to “borrowing” things from his friends. In an attempt to teach the feisty hedgehog a lesson, he has been told to stay away from the Abbey for a whole season. Though he leaves in disgrace, Orkwil will become a great hero in the battles that threaten the Abbey and his friends. Orkwil, Maudie, Rangval and Gorath will find their paths crossing in most spectacular ways.

Author Brian Jacques again creates the fresh, unforgettable characters who abound in the world of Redwall. Badgers, otters, weasels, squirrels, shrews, mice, rabbits and rats are given even better definition with the fine drawings of David Elliot. An excellent map of the woods and plains surrounding the Abbey helps follow the travelers as they move toward the great climactic battle outside of Redwall. EULALIA! is yet another delightful tale to be enjoyed by the many fans of this series. For those who haven’t read these books, what a treat they have in store!

Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on January 12, 2010

Eulalia!: A Tale of Redwall
(Redwall #20)
by Brian Jacques

  • Publication Date: January 12, 2010
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird
  • ISBN-10: 0142414956
  • ISBN-13: 9780142414958