Mossflower (Redwall, Book 2)
Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk
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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.
right, old girl, we should have left to live in the woods with the rest long ago. What d’you say, Urthclaw?’ The mole stood with his eye pressed against the crack in the door. ‘Yurr, cumm ’ere, lookit thiz!’ While Ben shared the crack with his friend, Goody carried on swathing her young ones with blankets. ‘What is it, Ben? They’re not comin’ back, are they?’ ‘No, wife. Hohoho, lookit that, by hokey! See the punch he landed on that weasel’s nose? Go on, give it to ’em, laddo!’ Ferdy, the
Silently they gathered round and watched as Scratch blundered noisily through the undergrowth, followed by Splitnose and Blacktooth. ‘Haha, look out. The bogey Cludd’s behind you.’ ‘Fat chance! He’ll probably be stuffing his face back at Kotir.’ ‘Aye, and getting ready to sleep in a dry bed, too.’ ‘No sign of the mice and the mole yet, Scratch?’ ‘It’s getting so dark I can’t see my own paws, let alone mice and a mole. Come on, let’s get clear of this forest while we can. If we reach the
‘Hmm, a fighter. My name is Tsarmina, Queen of the Thousand Eyes. That is my headquarters; it is called Kotir.’ ‘Thousand Eyes,’ Bane said thoughtfully. ‘There was only ever one with that name, old Verdauga Greeneyes. He was a wildcat, too.’ ‘Yes, he was my father.’ ‘Was?’ ‘Verdauga is dead now. I alone rule here. If you want, you may come into my service. Kotir is in need of fighters. Are there any with you?’ ‘Sixty in all. Trained warriors – foxes, rats and weasels.’ ‘I don’t trust foxes.
daughter put down the poorly organized rebellion. Those who were not massacred were thrown into this very prison and left to rot. I’m told my own parents were among them, but I don’t know the truth of it. When the rebellion was broken, Verdauga proved what a clever general he was. He actually made a kind of peace with the woodlanders. They were allowed to live within Kotir’s shadow and farm the land. He said he would protect us from further attacks by bands wandering down from the north. We were
another way out of here?’ ‘There’s the scullery and larder entrance on the north side, but it’s only a small door.’ ‘It’ll have to do. Let’s give it a try.’ At the scullery and larder entrance the door was shut tight with rusted bolts which took some considerable time to move. When it was finally opened, the troops hung about reluctantly. Nobody seemed very keen on dashing out to do battle. Bane prodded a Kotir soldier with his sword. ‘Come on. You lot have got shields. Get out there!’ The