In the Kitchens of Redwall Abbey, Mattimeo, son of Matthias the warrior and Cornflower, fights Vitch, a mean little rat. Mattimeo is punished by his father for discourtesy to a guest. But Mattimeo's instincts about Vitch are validated when it transpires that Vitch is a spy for Slagar the Fox, a slaver for the terrible underground kingdom of Malkariss. Slagar gains entry to Redwall disguised as a leader of a troupe of magicians. At a great feast he is able to drug the drinks and capture Mattimeo and his friends, Tess and Tim Churchmouse, Sam Squirrel, and Cynthia Vole.
They join a group of slaves among whom is Auma, little daughter of Orlando the Axe - who even now is hunting the fox. As the slaves are taken away Slagar is revealed to be Chickenhound the treacherous fox from Series One, "Redwall", seeking revenge against Matthias the Warrior.
Differences from Mattimeo
- The slavers tell the young captives that they're taking them to Malkariss and laugh mockingly; whereas in the book, the slavers have no idea where they are going, but when Slagar tells them, they are terrified.
- In the book, when Mattimeo is being punished, Matthias raises his voice at his son; in the tv series, Matthias is more calm.
- When Slagar assigns the roles for his slavers to play, Scringe is one of the few who stay behind; whereas in the book, he joins his fellow vermin to Redwall.
- At the Abbey gates, it was Skinpaw who sang to get the dwellers’ attention, not Threeclaws.
|The Redwall TV Series, Season 2|
01 Slagar the Slaver | 02 The Magician Revealed | 03 Where the Little Folk Go | 04 Found... And Lost | 05 To be a Warrior | 06 Ironbeak (Redwall Season 2) | 07 Peril in the Toplands | 08 Feathered Friends and Foes | 09 The Abyss (Redwall Season 2) | 10 Malkariss (Redwall Season 2) | 11 Battle | 12 Reunited | 13 Return to Redwall