Fantasy series are the ones that most generously include maps which enable readers immediately enter and gain an understanding of the world the characters inhabit. The Redwall series is not exception.
by Brian Jacques (author)
Troy Howell (cover artist)
maps drawn by different artists
series began in 1986 and ended in 2011
Redwall is a peaceful kingdom inhabited by innocent woodland animals. Redwall, the first book in the series, begins when the Abby of Redwall is attacked by a band of devious rats. A young mouse apprentice named Matthias,must face his destiny as he answer riddles and goes on a quest for the long lost magical sword which is their only hope for saving their homeland.
The series is made up of twenty-two novels, each telling a different aspect of the kingdom of Redwall. All are filled with anthropomorphic talking animals who have daring adventures where good always triumphs over evil. This is certainly a literary readers can get lost in.
And – there are maps!
Redwall fans can purchase a fold-out map that includes riddles from the novels:
For more information here is a link to a fascinating Mental Floss article: 12 Facts about Brian Jaques and the Redwall series.
One of the best things about the A to Z April Blog Challenge is the discovery of wonderful blogs. Bookstores are my favorite places to explore and I found the blog of author Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin who is writing a wonderful series about independent bookstores from A to Z. I have added these to my travel itineraries and hope to visit a number of them his year.
For the letter J, she shared one of her favorite authors – Brian Jacques! Visit this link to see a clip from the annimated Redwall series.