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Brian Jacques

Redwall is a 22-book saga composed of fantasy fiction novels, accessories, and audio books which involve personified animals set in a medieval-esque time period; the first publishing occurred in 1986. The central building in the novels is Redwall Abbey, a commune for peaceful creatures who are often found defending themselves from villains who wish to destroy their ways of kindness. From 1999 until 2002, it was aired as an animated television series.

If you are new to Redwall, it is highly recommended to read the books in Publication Order.

Types of Characters

For further details and information, please see the Species page.

Good Creatures

The following consists of creatures generally considered as protagonists or "good guys":

Neutral/Variable Creatures

The following consists of creatures that either don't take the side of good or evil or may vary between both:

Bad Creatures

The following consists of creatures generally considered as antagonists or "bad guys":

One Hit Wonders

These creatures have only appeared or been mentioned in one Redwall novel:

Themes

In the Redwall books there is often a set of recurring themes.

The main theme is the battle of Good vs. Evil. Every book contains an epic battle between a hero and a monstrous villain, with the side of good winning each time. In rare cases, there have been grey characters, crossing this good/evil divide, however Jacques maintains that good characters are good and bad characters are bad.

In two of the novels (Taggerung and Outcast of Redwall), an important character is a "crossover", specifically, a traditionally good beast brought up among bad creatures (Deyna), or the opposite (Veil Sixclaw), and this complexity creates a new theme, or a twist on the old theme of good vs. evil.

Another major theme is that of an underdog rising up to a great challenge that will develop his or her character into maturation.

Inconsistencies & Coincidences

Throughout the books, there are a few inconsistencies, as well as name coincidences

  • In some editions of Redwall, Killconey is constantly changing from a male to a female.
  • In Redwall, Martin the Warrior's sword is named "Ratdeath", by Abbot Mortimer. This name is not referred to in any other book.

Other Information

  • Check out the Book Cover Gallery for the largest online gallery of Redwall book covers, from all over the world!
  • See the Events category to read about some epic events and battles in the saga!
  • Navigate to the Family Trees page to see completed Redwall family histories!

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