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Chronologically the first book in the Redwall series, it was published after many of the other books in the series.

"Peace has gone on too long. Something inside me says that trouble such as these shores have never known is headed our way."

Salamandastron, ancestral home of the Badger Lords, is under threat from an enemy whose power would seem to be absolute and whose evil knows no bounds. Ungatt Trunn can make the stars fall from the sky, the very earth shake underfoot, and with a horde of vermin as numerous as the leaves in autumn, the wildcat appears unstoppable. The mountain's defences are weak. Who can save it now?

Salamandastron's only hope is the badger Lord Brocktree who is drawn to the fortress by an undeniable sense of destiny. If he is to rescue the mountain from the dark days of vermin rule, Brocktree must raise an army capable of combating Trunn's formidable Blue Hordes...

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As ever, Brian Jacques makes a fantastic story. Excellent.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 9+

Fighting, violence etc. Not graphic. Brocktree is visited with prophetic dreams, as is the villain Ungat Trunn.

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