Book Review: High Rhulain

High Rhulain by Brian Jacques

SUMMARY: The otters of Green Isle have long been enslaved to the Wildcat Riggu Felis and his catguards, who torture the otters at every opportunity. The otters trudge on, waiting for the day their savior will arrive—the prophesized High Rhulain, who will lead them in battle and a return to glory. Meanwhile, young Tiria Wildlough, an ottermaid at Redwall Abbey, pines for her chance to learn the ways of the warrior, much against the wishes of her father. But when an injured osprey arrives at the Abbey, seeking help for its wounds and carrying tales of an embattled clan of otters, young Tiria knows what she must do...

OPINION: You know how much I love Redwall, so I was really happy to read the new book! This is the eighteenth book in the series, but it stands alone as a story. That is, if you have never read a Redwall book, you could start with this one and not miss anything. Anyway, it is a fabulous adventure in which the characters journey to an island that has not appeared in any previous story. But the familiar GUOSIM, perilous hares of Salamandastron, and, of course, Martin the Warrior all do make appearances. As usual, the best parts of this story are the songs and riddles, as well as the food! (PS--a new Redwall cookbook just came out too!)

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