Redwall by Brian Jacques

After reminiscing over favourite childhood books, my friend said that the Chronicles of Redwall series was amongst his most loved and evocative stories filled with adventure and excitement. He described the series as a cross between The Lord of the Rings and the Wind Image-1in the Willows, so I thought I better give it a go. I’m going through a fantasy fiction phase at the moment, so this was right up my street. This book was my first purchase on my Kindl and as I started reading it one night with trepidation, I realised that I could finally say that I had entered the book world of the 21st century…
My friend was right, this book definitely has a Hobbiton kind of vibe, with the mice of Redwall being loyal and proud folk similar to hobbits. The main character, Matthias, ends up following in the footsteps of Martin the Warrior as defender of Redwall and general all time hero, learning about himself and gaining the respect of the other animals as the story unravels.
The picturesque Redwall is threatened by an evil villain thought to be just a legend, Cluny the Scourge! Armed with a lethal barbed tail, this one eyed rat is feared by all. Even his FullSizeRendermost loyal members of his clan are disposable to Cluny – he will do anything to reach his goal of taking over Redwall.
This story follows many groups of animals who live in Redwall and the surrounding areas. My favourites include: a mad and posh hare who seems to have ADHD called Basil Stag Hare; Mossflower a pretty and timid dormouse who becomes and unlikely heroine, and of course the dastardly Cluny who is a character I love to hate!
You should read this book of you like fantasy fiction. If you have enjoyed films like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, give this a go. There is a very old animated series of this book which you could watch a bit of to see if you’d like it, or if you need some help keeping track of characters or visualising them. The quality of the animation is quite outdated, but I reckon it would be quite nostalgic for adults who watched it as children. Check out the YouTube video below:
So what did I think about the Kindl experience? I never thought I’d say it, but I actually really enjoyed it. The effortlessness of reading it in bed, flicking the pages over was great! I also really like the way that I can change the colour of the page background and the text. I much prefer the buff coloured background with the brown text – it just seems a bit easier on the eyes. A great feature, particularly for people who are dyslexic. I wonder if my view on the Ebook vs hard copies will change… I’ll have to have a rethink maybe when I next read a hard copy.
Next book to review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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