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The Rogue Crew: A Tale of Redwall


The Rogue Crew: A Tale of Redwall

It was commonly believed that the despised Razzid Wearat had died in the last battle with the mighty sea otters. His injuries would have killed a lesser beast, but over time and with deadly determination, Razzid’s scared body begins to heal. His injuries make him a ghastly sight, and his mind makes him an even scarier enemy:

He had lost both ears, and his head was a mass of shining scar tissue, minus its fur. One of his eyes was slitted, half shut and leaking. But there was no mistaking the brutal face and the barbarous stance. It really was Razzid Wearat.

Razzid now commands a completely refurbished ship called Greenshroud. With its giant sails and added wheels, it can easily transverse both sea and land. It doesn’t matter what or who they might find along the way; if it serves Razzid to kill them, he does. If he wants something they have, he takes it. If he thinks they might be more clever than he --- which means any crew members --- they are good as dead. Razzid is a Wearat bent on destruction and power.

So when Razzid and his crew leave four young hares mangled and dead along with an old otter they had tortured to death, the Long Patrol hares are sent out to find Skor Axehound and his Rogue Crew Sea Otters. The Rogue Crew are the only ones who have been able to beat Razzid, and they are more than ready to help avenge the deaths of the poor beasts.  They well know what a formidable enemy the murderous Wearat is.

For the time being, Razzid has his eyes on the capture of Redwall Abbey. From one of the little hedgehogs (Uggo) he catches, he learns that the Abbey is a place of plenty. He knows this will be a perfect place for him to take the inhabitants captive and enjoy the fruits of their famous cellars. Now bent on this new mission, and with encouraging words from the sly vixen Shekra --- who is considered a seer --- Razzid sets his sails and wheels to charge through the Mossflower Woods and find the Abbey.

The battles are bloody, the cost of lives dear, and Razzid has far underestimated the fearsome determination of Guosim Shrews, Rogue Crew, Long Patrol and the Abbey’s inhabitants. The culminating battle is full of unexpected heroism --- especially from a little hedgehog named Posy and an old otter Cellar keeper known as Jum Gurdy. The swift, powerful sword of Martin the Warrior proves that the spirit of Redwall Abbey lives on through its gentle inhabitants.

Throughout the story, we are treated to wonderful menus and delightful drinks such as Addersting grog, Pennycloud Cordial, Blistery Barnacle ale, and Comfrey Dandelion Tea. As weary, tired or sad as the little Redwall beasts might be, they manage to share their love of drink and food along with their wild adventures. 

Brian Jacques’s last Redwall book has every kind of character and every spine-chilling adventure that readers could want. Plus, Sean Rubin’s marvelous illustrations once again help give life to the fantastic characters and settings. Full of poetry, song, brave deeds and dastardly villains (especially Razzid Wearat), THE ROGUE CREW is a non-stop adventure from start to finish. Millions of fans from around the world are mourning the death of Jacques, but the legacy of these books will bring continued joy.

Redwall is always open, its tables laden, to you and any of good heart.

Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts on May 3, 2011

The Rogue Crew: A Tale of Redwall
(Redwall #23)
by Brian Jacques

  • Publication Date: July 11, 2013
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird
  • ISBN-10: 0142426180
  • ISBN-13: 9780142426180