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By Brian Jacques

During this 12th e-book of the masterful Redwall epic, storyteller Brian Jacques is going again in time to the times sooner than Redwall, revealing with dramatic poignancy the legend of the 1st of the awesome Redwall warriors--Luke, father of Martin.

Joined through Trimp the Hedgehog, Dinny Foremole, and Gonff--the ever-mischievous Prince of Mousethieves--it is that legend Martin hopes to find while he embarks on a dangerous trip to the northland shore, the place his father deserted him as a toddler. There, in the carcass of a good pink ship--broken in part and wedged excessive up among pillars of stone--he ultimately uncovers what he has been looking for: the genuine tale of the evil pirate stoat, Vilu Daskar, and the valiant warrior who pursued him relentlessly over the excessive seas, trying to smash Vilu in any respect charges, whether it intended deserting his merely son.

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Tain’t my bizness. I’ll depart the command o’ the Greenhawk to youse clever-tongued beasts, an’ see ’ow you love it! ’ there has been an uneasy silence from the team. Darkness was once falling quickly and nobeast was once approximately to tackle the accountability of operating the vessel. Chopsnout smiled triumphantly. ‘So, what’ve ye acquired to assert t’that, me advantageous buckoes? ’ Bootbrain, who used to be by no means given to teasing or insulting his captain, couldn't support making an statement. ‘Cap’n, yore nostril is at the fallacious methods around. Ye’ve caught it on backwards. ’ the ultimate straw got here whilst a strangled titter rang out from less than. Reynard Chopsnout slammed his cabin door close and sat sulking in his cabin. someday after nighttime there has been a rap at the cabin door. Chopsnout tousled on the beast with out, ‘Go ’way an’ depart me on my own! ’ The rapping endured, followed via a voice. ‘But cap’n, lissen, ’tis yore ole mate Floggtail. I’ve noticed somethin’ at the shore. Come an’ glance! ’ Adopting a stern face, Chopsnout emerged from his cabin. The group have been amassed on deck, peering at a fireplace burning at the seashore a long way away. The Corsair fox couldn't aid smirking as he addressed Floggtail, the searat first mate. ‘Well good, a hearth, eh? seems no varied from the other I’ve noticeable. What d’ye plan on doin’ approximately it, mate? ’ Floggtail stared challenging on the firelight, scratching his fats abdominal distractedly. ‘Er, er, Scritchy an’ Wippback reckons we oughter tack a section an’ sail past that time stickin’ up south’ards, cap’n. ’ Chopsnout smiled encouragingly on the searats. ‘Hmm, shrewdpermanent thinkin’, you . Wot subsequent? ’ either searats rapidly defined their plan. ‘We drops anchor t’other aspect o’ the purpose, cap’n. ’ ‘Aye, then, er, we climbs over that time an’ drops in on ’em. ’ ‘That’s correct, then we slaughters ’em all an’ robs any vittles we discover! ’ Chopsnout shook his head in melancholy at their stupidity. ‘How d’ye comprehend that these creatures on shore ain’t already sighted us an’ armed theirselves up, eh? An’ inform me this, wot’s t’stop this send sinkin’ if’n you takes the time to tack round be’ind yonder element? good cummon, I’m waitin’ fer a solution off’n a few brilliant spark? ’ There a deal of paw shuffling and clean seems to be, then Floggtail appealed sheepishly to Chopsnout. ‘Er, cap’n, ’ow might yew pass approximately it, sir? ’ Chopsnout snorted airily. ‘Ho, yore in difficulty now, so youse desire yore ole cap’n agin, eh? good I ain’t makin’ a flow ’till will get a whole apology off’n this staff for the insults I’ve bore! ’ watching the deck as though the reply lay there, the vermin workforce mumbled disjointedly. ‘Sorry, cap’n, er, approximately yore no . . . ’ ‘About wot we stated to yer. ’ ‘Aye, we didn’t suggest it, cap’n. ’ ‘’Twas on’y a funny story, cap’n, we won’t say nothin’ not more. ’ ‘Yore the easiest cap’n ever t’sail the seas, sir! ’ Chopsnout tried a sniff, conserving directly to his nostril, which was once beginning to wobble a bit. ‘Well very well, so be it. yet subsequent time you begin any o’ that I’m performed with ye for strong. Now, ’ere’s the way in which I sees it. that fireplace onshore is simply a liddle ’un, an’ all i will be able to see is 2 beasts sittin’ by way of it, mouses mebbe.

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