Mossflower (Redwall, Book 2)

Mossflower (Redwall, Book 2)

Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk

Language: English

Pages: 432

ISBN: 0142302384

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The thrilling prequel to "Redwall". The clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is determined to govern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron paw. The brave mouse Martin and quick-talking mouse thief Gonff meet in the depths of Kotir Castle's dungeon. The two escape and resolve to end Tsarmina's tyrannical rule. Joined by Kinny the mole, Martin and Gonff set off on a dangerous quest for Salamandastron, where they are convinced that their only hope, Boar the Fighter, still lives.

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pussycat may ’ave a Gloomer, but us otters got a Stormfin. You start thumpin’ that there log and I’ll raise the sluicegate. Stay clear of the water’s edge, though.’ Mystified, Martin began banging the log. The eerie sounds bounced off the cavern walls as Skipper raised the gate clear of the water. The otter nodded sagely. ‘That’ll warn anyone who’s in the water to get out, Stormfin’s comin’. Watch the canal, now, and don’t forget to stay clear.’ Far back in the darkness something was beginning

which stained the walls black with smoke and ashes. Only captains were allowed to wear long cloaks as a mark of rank, but several soldiers had draped themselves in old sacks and blankets purloined from the settlement. The stairs down to the lower levels were a jumble of worn spirals and flights of straight stone steps in no particular sequence. Half the wall torches had burned away and not been replaced, leaving large areas of stairs dark and dangerous. Moss and fungus grew on most of the

a Captain again.’ Hefting his spear Cludd advanced on the cloaked figure. ‘You just leave it to me, Majesty. Right, Patchcoat, let’s settle this once and for all,’ he challenged. Skipper stepped out of the tendrils of mist, shedding the cloak. ‘I’m ready for you, weasel. The one you called Patchcoat was my brother. You’re not fit to lick his paws. I will give you your cloak back to take with you to the gates of Dark Forest; they have a special place for cowards there.’ Stung by the insult,

oystercatcher, Martin called to Log-a-Log, ‘I thought you said they’d go away if we showed ’em we weren’t afraid of seabirds?’ Log-a-Log thwacked a common gull across its webbed claws. ‘You can never tell with these birds. Quick, let’s make run for it. There’s some rocks over yonder!’ Waving their staves furiously, they dashed along the beach to where a rocky outcrop thrust up from the sand. Finding a fissure between the rocks, they huddled in together. The gulls wheeled and circled awhile,

alone.’ The warrior mouse followed the silver badger up through many caves, flights of rock stairs and long passages. High up the pair went, into the topmost cave. It was still warm from the heat of the forge. Martin looked out of a long open window to see the beach below and the waters beyond, sparkling and glinting in early summer sunlight. ‘This is where you heard my voice when you were down on the shore last night,’ Boar whispered to him. ‘I must whisper now because if I were to raise

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