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The ferret chief of the Juska tribe, Sawney Rath, is hatching a plan. His seer has prophesised that a Taggerung has been born, a legendary creature with extraordinary fighting skills – superior to all others in strength, fleetness of foot and stealth. Sawney is determined to hunt the babe down, raise him as his own and bring glory to the Juska clan. But there is more. The seer has seen a hawk strike a dove in the air, their cries giving out a bell-like sound. Sawney demands to know what this omen means. The seer smiles triumphantly. "It means that the Taggerung will be a creature from Redwall Abbey!"

One peaceful summer morning, a big male otter carries his newborn cub through Mossflower Woods to a river. The babe delights his father by taking to the water and swimming straight away. But this is no ordinary babe. In the palm of his right paw is a four-petal mark, like a tiny blossom, which, unknown to his family and friends, marks him as a creature apart. From the bushes a ferret is drawing his bow...

Reader's Reviews


Really excellent. This time, the plot has a twist in the fact that the main character, a good creature, an otter, has grown up since he was a babe as a member of a bad tribe.


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Parental Guidance

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

Violence, but not graphic.

The "seer" prophesies things.

If you like this you might like

  • Other books in the Redwall series.
  • Other books by Brian Jacques.
  • While the Taggerung was an otter raised by the "bad guys", in Outcast of Redwall, it is a bad guy raised by Redwallers.

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