By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk
The exciting prequel to "Redwall". The smart and grasping wildcat Tsarmina turns into ruler of all Mossflower Woods and is decided to control the peaceable woodlanders with an iron paw. The courageous mouse Martin and quick-talking mouse thief Gonff meet within the depths of Kotir Castle's dungeon. the 2 break out and unravel to finish Tsarmina's tyrannical rule. Joined by way of Kinny the mole, Martin and Gonff trigger on a perilous quest for Salamandastron, the place they're confident that their purely desire, Boar the Fighter, nonetheless lives.
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The fugitives sped around the parade floor because the hue and cry used to be raised in the back of them. ‘Escape! get away! cease them speedy. Kill them when you've got to! ’ the higher galleries have been crowded with the tribe of Lord Cayvear. Martin stood prepared with a heap of rocks and his sling. Log-a-Log used to be beside him, his shrew dagger drawn. It used to be a stressful second as Dinny went up silently, paw by means of paw, till he was once without delay lower than the crack of sunshine. ‘What is your good friend doing now? ’ Lord Cayvear whispered to Martin. ‘There is soil and moss up there, yet many rocks, many rocks. ’ Martin watched the tender earth and small rocks starting to slide down the incline. ‘He’s digging inwards then downwards. That manner, no matter what is above will cave in and expectantly fall outwards. ’ extra moss, rock and earth got here down in a relocating scree. Dinny got here with it, sliding on his again and keeping track of the sunshine shaft. The younger mole dusted his coat off. ‘Hurr, hurr, shrewdpermanent oi. Marthen, see if ’ee c’n get summat to lever your ’ole with. ’ Martin grew to become to Lord Cayvear. ‘Have you were given an extended stout trees lets use as a lever? ’ The bat chieftain conversed quietly with a band of his fans. They saluted and winged off from the excessive galleries. ‘Be lot faster an extra suproisful wi’ a gurt lever,’ Dinny defined to Lord Cayvear. there has been now not lengthy to attend prior to the bats back bearing a stout piece of wooden. Log-a-Log fondled it, with tears in his eyes. ‘It’s the keel of Waterwing, my gorgeous boat! ’ definite adequate, the stout curving bushes used to be the unique birchwood keel of Waterwing; the bats had salvaged it from the falls. On Dinny’s directions, it used to be borne upward via a military of bats. They waited until eventually he had clambered up and situated himself on the gap, then slowly they fed the robust bushes in, lower than the mole’s suggestions. whilst the bushes was once mounted to Dinny’s delight, he wedged it on each side and beneath with 3 rocks. Then the mole slid backpedal to his acquaintances. Martin seemed up; what Dinny had finished used to be a deep gap underneath the sunshine shaft, with the boat keel protruding of the excavation at a touch upward attitude. Log-a-Log scratched his chin. ‘What occurs now, Dinny? ’ ‘Hurr, now ’ee baths fly oop thurr soilent loik and perch on yon lever’s finish. ’ Lord Cayvear all started signalling his legions. via the bats flew silently as cloud shadows, then perched at the finish of the lever. whilst 8 of them have been perched securely, the keel grated, relocating fractionally downward. They shifted and tightened clawholds. extra bats landed at the keel. It stayed nonetheless. another landed. This time it moved visibly. Dinny became to the meeting. ‘Hoo arr, arf duzzen more’ll do ’ee. top coom out o’ method whurr or not it's more secure. ’ one other bats had landed, then one other . there has been extra shale and rock sliding down because the ultimate bats landed at the finish of the overcrowded keel, proving Dinny’s calculation completely exact. abruptly the opening gave method and collapsed, driven outward through the keel bearing down. the total rock face shifted below the leverage.