|Martin the Warrior (1993) [Novel]|
by Brian Jacques
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A young, strongly built mouse is being held captive as a slave of the ruthless stoat, Badrang. This nameless slave is being used to help build part of a stronghold called Marshank for the horde leader. The youth is often whipped or flogged for misbehaving during his long, cruel working hours.Even so, on witnessing similar mistreatment of an elderly squirrel is more than enough for him to bear. The unwilling slave ferociously attacks the captain of the guard, who goes by the name Hisk, and attempts to strangle him to death with his own whip. Unfortunately, Gurrad, a soldier of Badrang, is close, and quickly blows an alarm on his bone whistle. The nearest six guards come to Hisk's rescue, beating the young mouse with their spear handles. As soon as word of this outrage on one of his guards comes to Badrang, he has the rebellious mouse brought before him.
After interrogating the slave, Badrang commands that he is to be tied up between two poles on the highest point of Marshank, to be eaten by the birds during the night, and to serve as a warning during the day. And so the slave was bound to two poles upon the rooftop, expected to be long dead by the dawn.
The mouse becomes feverish, and cries aloud how Badrang captured him when he was hardly more than a child. He screams at the top of his lungs how Badrang killed his grandmother, and he tells of how he had taken the sword which his father had given him. The young mouse's name was Martin.
Far below, a youthful female mouse named Rose, and a slightly older mole called Grumm heard Martin's outburst. They called up to him, and asked of the other slaves there. Rose asked if there was another mouse by the name of Brome in Marshank. Brome was her younger brother, who had been wandering aimlessly, and was captured by Badrang. Little did they know young Brome was held in a prison pit far below Marshank.....
From this point, Martin's heroic epic tale begins.
Original title: Martin the Warrior
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Fantasy→ Talking Animals
- Jacket art © 1994 by Troy Howell
- Illustrated by Gary Chalk
- Dedicated to a true friend, Patricia Lee Gauch