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Redwall #22

The Rogue Crew

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Redwall Abbey has never seen a creature more evil or more hideous than Razzid Wearat. Captain of the Greenshroud, a ship with wheels that can sail through water as well as the forest, this beast is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything-and everyone- in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey.

From Salamandastron to the High North Coast, the brave hares of the Long Patrol team up with the fearless sea otters of the Rogue Crew to form a pack so tough, so rough, only they can defend the abbey and defeat Razzid Wearat once and for all.

387 pages, Hardcover

First published May 1, 2011

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Brian Jacques

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Brian Jacques (pronounced 'jakes') was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.

Brian grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks, where he attended St. John's School, an inner city school featuring a playground on its roof. At the age of ten, his very first day at St. John's foreshadowed his future career as an author; given an assignment to write a story about animals, he wrote a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile's teeth. Brian's teacher could not, and would not believe that a ten year old could write so well. When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then that he realized he had a talent for it.
He wrote Redwall for the children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool, where as a truck driver, he delivered milk. Because of the nature of his first audience, he made his style of writing as descriptive as possible, painting pictures with words so that the schoolchildren could see them in their imaginations. He remained a patron of the school until his death.

Brian lived in Liverpool, where his two grown sons, Marc, a carpenter and bricklayer, and David, a professor of Art and a muralist, still reside. David Jacques' work can be seen in Children's hospitals, soccer stadiums, and trade union offices as far away as Germany, Mexico, and Chile (not to mention Brian's photo featured in most of his books).

Brian also ran a weekly radio show on BBC Radio Merseyside, until October 2006, where he shared his comedy and wit, and played his favourites from the world of opera - he was a veritable expert on The Three Tenors.

When he was wasn't writing, Brian enjoyed walking his dog 'Teddy', a white West Highland Terrier, and completing crossword puzzles. When he found time he read the works of Mario Puzo, Damon Runyon, Richard Condon, Larry McMurty, and P.G. Wodehouse. He was also known to cook an impressive version of his favourite dish, spaghetti and meatballs.

Sadly, Brian passed away on the 5th February 2011.

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Profile Image for Trevor.
7 reviews
October 12, 2011
If you are reading this book, chances are you have read the myriad other titles by Brian Jacques. Due to the similarity in plot and characters, you'd assume that If you've read one, you've read them all, but SOMEHOW you are drawn back every time. Brian Jacques had a gift for storytelling that, like your favorite grandparent, allowed him to sit you on his knee (metaphorically speaking) and tell you the same story he has told a hundred times before, but make it seem new and fascinating again.

This particular book is no different. Similar plot, similar villains, similar heroes, all woven into the same fairytale atmosphere that keeps you reading book after book. I started reading Redwall in the third grade I think, and now that I am 21 and in college it's odd to think that there is no new book to wait for.

Rest in peace Brian Jacques
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107 reviews
June 1, 2012
I'm not going to lie, I got a little teary when I was reading the last page. It's the unfortunate end to a series that I have followed for nearly 15 years. In a way, it was a decent book to end with because the Redwallers, Guosim, Long Patrol (and Badger Lady) all made an appearance. There were a couple of other groups added to the mix as well and it works. I'll miss waiting for the next book, which is something I've done for years. It's too bad that he didn't get to end the series how he wanted. Oh well. Brian Jacques will always be one of my favorite authors. I'll always look forward to rereading my favorites.
Profile Image for Wayne Walker.
861 reviews14 followers
March 14, 2012
The Rogue Crew is the 22nd book in the Redwall Abbey series of fantasy novels by Brian Jacques. The one main objection to these stories that I have heard, even from some homeschoolers, is that they are not specifically “Christian” fantasy, like the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. At the same time, I would reply that they are definitely NOT “anti-Christian” fantasy like books of Philip Pulliam, nor even occultic fantasy like Harry Potter, and the fact is that they are definitely representative of a general Biblical worldview, as is clear from a 2003 interview of Jacques by Susan Olasky in World Magazine. Jacques said, “In all of my books there is a struggle between the Dark and the Light. Of course, the Light always wins. I try to emphasize the importance of family, of community, of the goals that can be achieved when everyone works together, and at the base of it all is love. ‘Love thy neighbor’ is not just a dry sentiment to me, it's quite real. Such simple words, ‘Love thy neighbors,’ and yet so hard for a great many people to practice.”
He went on to say, “Children understand at a very young age that some things are bad and some things are good. It's a bad thing to hit your brother or sister over the head; it's a good thing to share, to help your mom and dad. It used to be we learned right from wrong at home and church. But that no longer seems to be the case as much as it was when I was growing up. So I try to paint very clear moral signposts at an age when children need to hear very unambiguous messages. ‘This is good. That is bad. Period. End of discussion.’" I especially appreciated the following observations. “I was writing to entertain blind children at The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool, where I live. And the reason I began to write Redwall was because I had volunteered to read to them. The books they gave me to read to the children were dreadful! They were about dysfunctional families, teen-age pregnancies, drug addiction, alcoholism, and deep psychological problems. I hated those books and so did the children. I kept thinking, ‘Why can't I read to them books that I enjoyed as a kid, full of action, adventure, and derring-do!’ And I went home and began to write Redwall for them.”
In The Rogue Crew the hideously evil Razzid Wearat, supposedly a cross between a weasel and a rat, has sailed his ship, the Greenshroud from his home on the southern Isle of Irgash to the Mossflower area in search of new lands to plunder, leaving a wake of death and destruction. His only defeat had been at the hands of the mighty Rogue Crew of sea otters on the High North Coast led by Skor Axehound. After returning to Irgash to recuperate and repair his ship, Razzid and his vermin come back in the Greenshroud, which now has wheels and can glide over land as well as through water, to take revenge on Axehound, attack the badger mountain of Salamandastron, and eventually conquer the peaceful creatures of Redwall Abbey. The Rogue Crew must join with the brave Long Patrol of hares who serve the badger mistress Lady Violet Wildstripe in an attempt to defeat the Wearat with the help of the ever-present Guerilla Union of Shrews in Mossflower (Guosim) under Log-a-Long Dandy Clogs, the Fortunate Freepaws, and even some cave bats. Who will win the battle? Concerning language, besides a few common euphemisms, the euphemistic “confounded” appears frequently and the term “Hellgates” is found rather often. But it is a very satisfying read. Unfortunately, it is also the last book of the Redwall series. Brian Jacques died on February 5, 2011. He had finished the book before his death, and it was published posthumously. Thus end the chronicles of Redwall.
Profile Image for Kailey (Luminous Libro).
3,058 reviews453 followers
August 16, 2023
In this last book of the Redwall series, a nasty crew of vermin pirates are heading for Redwall to plunder and kill. The hares of Salamandastron have seen the pirates traveling up the coast and are in pursuit, hoping to intercept them before they can reach Redwall. They call on the Rogue Crew of sea otters from the North Coast to help them in their mission.

I just adore all the Redwall books! What an absolute delight! This book has everything that I love about Redwall books. Ravenous hares, wise badgers, adorable moles, fierce shrews, and of course brave warriors ready to defend all good beasts.

As with all Redwall books, I made sure to have a stash of snacks on hand since the characters are constantly eating the most delicious food. They have massive feasts and parties, but even a simple breakfast will make your mouth water with all the descriptions of pastries and fruit pies and cordials.

I was laughing and giggling at Posy and Uggo and their banter with the hares and otters. It's just wonderful, and gives so much depth to each culture that we encounter.

The action and pacing in this book are really excellent. The plot is always moving forward, but there are also scenes that take the time to show our characters grieving or resting or laughing together. It builds up the emotional components of the story, so that when you get to the big battles, we really care about what happens to the characters.

There is a lot of violence in this book as some of the good guys are killed while fighting against the evil vermin. But it makes it even more meaningful that they sacrificed their lives to protect good beasts.
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3,220 reviews146 followers
October 16, 2018
"The Land of Dreams, that mystical realm,
where the oddest of visions appear,
come wander through scenes of joyful peace,
or stampede through nightmares of fear.
Dare we open those secret doors,
down dusty paths of mind,
in long-forgotten corners,
what memories we'll find.
Who rules o'er the Kingdom of Night,
where all is not what it seems?
'Tis I, the Weaver of Tales,
for I am the Dreamer of Dreams!"

—from The Rogue Crew

A twenty-second Redwall novel? Brian Jacques wasn't done telling stories before The Rogue Crew hit bookstores in 2011, three months after he passed away from a heart attack. The Redwall series had been active for twenty-five years and was nowhere near as spry as the halcyon days of Mattimeo, Martin the Warrior, and The Bellmaker, but Brian Jacques's grasp of picturesque language stayed with him to the end, and I'm glad I completed the Redwall journey with him. The Rogue Crew introduces us to Uggo Wiltud, a young hedgehog at Redwall Abbey whose propensity for stealing food and gorging on it puts him at odds with his elders. When a nightmare had by Uggo starts Redwall's leaders to worrying about a foreign enemy, it's decided that Uggo should accompany Jum Gurdy, a fierce, sturdy otter, to inquire about the potential enemy from Jum's uncle, who lives far away. The journey there will help civilize Uggo, and provide answers regarding the threat represented in his nightmare.

Razzid Wearat could terrify any creature of Mossflower Wood or beyond, but the evil sea captain overestimated himself a while ago, leading his vermin crew into the High North Coast to battle the stouthearted otters of Skor Axehound's Rogue Crew. Razzid's nearly fatal mistake was engaging the Rogue Crew on water, where they used their natural advantage to massacre the wearat's army. Razzid escaped, but required months of intensive care to recuperate. Now he lusts for vengeance against the otters who mangled his body and disfigured his face. Razzid orders the officers of his ship, the Greenshroud, to pursue the Rogue Crew. His seer, a fox named Shekra, knows a second encounter with Skor Axehound would mean death for her captain, but can she persuade him to forgo revenge in favor of greener pastures?

"Let me tell ye somethin' about warriors...We always eat well and never worry, because tomorrow we may be hungry, or dead. It doesn't do to dwell on the past or the future."

—Skor Axehound, The Rogue Crew, P. 343

A patrol of Salamandastron hares is also on the move, led by Captain Rake Nightfur, a seasoned warrior who fears no one. They head for the High North Coast, but are soon chasing Razzid Wearat after confirming he is alive. The hares follow a dangerous route to confront the enemy, but not as dangerous as Uggo's. He gets separated from Jum and captured by villains, where he meets young Posy, another hedgehog prisoner. It takes their combined bravery and smarts to escape to the protection of Rake Nightfur's posse, but Uggo can't just forget his original mission and go home to Redwall. Jum Gurdy is still missing, and Uggo must locate him even if it means searching every inch of Mossflower Wood.

It turns out Uggo isn't the only Wiltud in Mossflower country. His relatives are as shifty as he is, just as likely to swipe some unsuspecting creature's vittles or grog. But it's from these distant kin that Uggo learns of the peril facing Redwall: Razzid has heard about the abbey, and is on the move to conquer the place and murder its citizens. Uggo races along with Rake Nightfur and his intrepid hares to warn the abbey's inhabitants, but time is against them as half-mad Razzid and his crew close in on the ultimate prize. Redwall has survived many occasions when it seemed sure they would be overrun by villains; is one more miracle waiting within the abbey's redstone walls?

Each of the first eight Redwall books are packed with enough story ideas and thrilling action for a dozen quality novels. That fount of creativity no longer spurted as high by the time The Rogue Crew came along, but Brian Jacques had enough left for a modestly interesting story and a few strong closing chapters. The characters aren't as compelling as in the first several Redwall adventures and the narrative isn't as poignant, but I'll always cherish this series as foundational to my love of reading. If ever I feel lonely for its lore, I'll pick up one of the twenty-two novels to reenter this land of brave animal warriors and scurrilous vermin, and Brian Jacques and the world he created will live again. Hooray for that, and for the legacy of Redwall. Neither will be forgotten.

"Redwall is always open, its tables laden, to you and any of good heart."

The Rogue Crew, P. 387
Profile Image for Andrew Blok.
385 reviews3 followers
January 3, 2017
Read on for a nostalgia-driven appreciation of the Redwall series. No real review here.

A few weeks ago, I was looking for a series of books to read. Something about how and what I was reading made me want to start something new. My wife and I are rereading through Harry Potter, which might have something to do with it. In my search for a series, I learned that I had read every Redwall book, except the last one. I was 21-for-22 and I couldn't leave something unfinished that was so close to being completed. What's more, these books were what I read through middle school and high school -- I unironically read them later than I'm willing to admit. Of the 22, I read a good number of them three times and almost all of them at least twice. I remember the classmate who introduced me to them in sixth grade and when he recommended his current favorite (The Legend of Luke). I read them on the bus, my head bobbing with each braking and acceleration. I started copy cat novels that I hid under stacks of clothes in my closet. I loved these books. And I still love them, even if I don't get as much pleasure from reading them.

Since taking of the uncritical and rosy reading glasses I wore in middle and high school, I can view these books with a bit of distance. They're not as good as I thought in middle school. In The Rogue Crew, for example, the plot felt constructed with no real foresight or pacing, the accents are inconsistent, every character has pretty much one dimension, the character names are so bad it seems intentional (Jum Gurdy; Badtooth, the cook with a, yup, bad tooth; Uggo (Uggo!) Wiltud; and Ding Toller, the bell ringer). Added to that are the pretty concerning racial undertones that could pretty easily be read into the book. (In all 22 books, I can think of three "vermin" (weasels, rats, foxes, and stoats (which is an animal I have only encountered in this series), and reptiles) who haven't been despicable, cowardly killing machines. I can think of only a few secondary character "woodland creatures" (mice, voles, squirrels, hedgehogs, badgers, shrews, or otters) who have turned out bad.) There were times when I cringed or laughed at something I would have eaten up ten or fifteen years ago. The series has lost much of the magic it once held.

But, when I think of Redwall, I can't help but be appreciative. I'm thankful to the classmate who introduced me to them and the teachers and school that incentivized and made time and room for reading. I'm thankful to my parents, who let their kids read to their hearts' content. I'm thankful to my friends in high school who didn't ridicule me that much for reading so many books about talking animals fighting wars against each other. And, I'm thankful to the books and their author for providing me with a world to immerse myself in and hours of enjoyment. I'm not going to say that I needed these books when I found them, because if they hadn't been there, I would have found something else, I'm sure. But, I did find them and I did enjoy them and they became important to me. I'm sure they are and will be to someone else, too. So, for goodness sake, let your children/students/friends/people read and find the books that will be important to them so they can write nostalgic non-reviews in their mid-twenties.
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339 reviews47 followers
May 15, 2017
Pretty good, eh? Yes, I do believe it is. Actually, this Redwall book was extremely enjoyable. Why? Well it had a very decent plot, quite fair characters, and not a small amount of good ole dialect. So, pretty much the usual Redwall fare, but yet it was a little different than some, another reason why it was so fine.
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704 reviews6 followers
October 30, 2019
It is with a bit of sadness that I finish the last book in the Redwall series. I truly enjoyed reading them over the years. I really can't remember when I started, but it certainly a long while ago. This was truly a great tale filled with many heroes great and small. I truly enjoyed it. It was a great ending to a great series!
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1,934 reviews159 followers
November 6, 2021
Nice book to end the series with an appearance of all of our favorite groups of animals.
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70 reviews5 followers
March 10, 2020
As a child I had very found memories of The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques. The stories have stuck with me for a long period that I have always wanted to revisit. I started with Outcast of Redwall last year and I honestly felt like that was a trial to get through. This year I decided to work my way back with The Rogue Crew, Jacques last novel before he passed. I don't know if it's a case of nostalgia not holding up under adult eyes, but this to wasn't that great of a read.

I loved the story and the villain Razzid the Wearat was fun. The problem the book to me just seems messy. The dialogue can be fun, but after awhile it starts to strain the eyes. It's probably because i'm American but I found this book to be a difficult read.

It's not just the dialogue I struggled with. Some scenes jump back and fourth without even a break in paragraphs so it made it hard to follow who was who, and what was going on. It's all over the place. I am going to give the series one more try by going back to one of the early books.
Profile Image for Nikki Jeske.
61 reviews4 followers
April 27, 2021
The last of the Redwall books. It still makes me emotional thinking about it. But it's a strong one & Brian Jacques ended his run with a good tale. He was and always will be a master storyteller.
Profile Image for Lauren.
712 reviews9 followers
March 6, 2023
I can't believe its over! It didn't really end on a high note. Lack of character growth couldn't really get a sense of Uggo. Poor wrap-up, battle royale was tired. I loved the villain and his scheme, he was certainly worthy of the finale of this beloved series!

As always, I loved the adventures - everybody just felt more distant. This felt slightly rushed and lackluster, unfortunately. I wish this had ended on a stronger note, but 22 books is a lot to carry, and each one was truly a pleasure.

I recommend this series, and this book, to adventure and fantasy fans. It's truly charming and a great story.
40 reviews
June 2, 2019
Looking back, I see how much Redwall has grown, just as I have. Three years of reading these epic tales has brought me here. I have no regrets.
Profile Image for Anna.
208 reviews68 followers
July 28, 2015
I admit reading this book was sad, since it’s the last book of my favourite series. And it being the last book, I wanted to enjoy it thoroughly. The answer to whether I did or not is both yes and no. ‘The Rogue Crew’ wasn’t as awesome as a final book should be – but I still enjoyed it greatly.

‘The Rogue Crew’ is a pretty dark book that can be compared with Rakkety Tam in that aspect. Razzid Wearat is a ruthless villain who slays his way to Mossflower, and the heroes pay him in the same coin, taking no prisoners and giving no mercy. But except for his cruelty, Razzid Wearat wasn’t an engaging villain. In fact, he reminds me strongly of slightly more intelligent and much more sadistic Gulo. The titular Rogue Crew, in their turn, are more of battle-hungry fighters than honor-bound warriors, and about 3/4 of the book is spent on the heroes getting to Redwall Abbey, with the final battle being too short and forgettable.

However, this being the last book, I preferred concentrating on the good stuff. The idea behind Greenshroud, Razzid Wearat’s ship, is surely one of the best things about the book. A ship with wheels and two giant crossbows that can sail sea and land and is basically a giant battering ram on her own! Sometimes I wish Braggio Ironhook, the one who designed her, was the main villain instead of Razzid. While I don’t actually like Razzid, I loved the little subplot involving Razzid sending one of his crew to die and the following rebellion plotted by Shekra, Jiboree and Mowlag. That actually made Razzid look more like a hardened villain to be reckoned with instead of an average corsair that he was, showed that there is more to Shekra than just a phony seer and developed the characters of Jiboree and Mowlag.

Speaking of the book’s characters, I can say that while they weren’t as strong as in The Sable Quean, the previous book, there is still a solid cast. I enjoyed reading about older characters more than the younger protagonists: Captain Rake Nightfur and his Long Patrol hares, Sergeant Miggory and Lieutenant Scutram and the rest, and Jum Gurdy, an awesome old otter and Uggo’s adopted uncle in a way. Wiltud’s clan was a great addition to the world – I love Pinny and Posy, even if she isn’t a Wiltud, and while Uggo and Drogbuk aren’t among my favourites, I definitely appreciate them.

Swiffo was the one who completely stole my heart. He was born into the Rogue Crew, but he is different from them in so many ways, choosing to be a scout for peaceful Fortunate Freepaws, carry no arms and bring no violence, what makes him a black sheep to his warlike tribe. And yet despite their differences his father and brother love him so much, care about him and welcome him with open arms once they are reunited. Moreover, peaceful Swiffo may be, but that doesn’t mean he is weak or cowardly – when the time is right and his friends need help, Swiffo fight just as well as any of his tribe – just without their ferocity.
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1,201 reviews143 followers
May 28, 2011
After about 20 years of reading the Redwall books as they've been published, it was pretty bittersweet to pick up this knowing it was the final book Brian Jacques wrote, and also knowing that the magic from this series really was gone years ago.

This suffers from a lot of the problems the second half of the series does--recycled character types and plots, but with different faces and names. While there were some interesting new ideas in here--a ship with wheels that could go over the land, as well as sail--it didn't really feel fresh at all.

But, I can admire his ability to write such vivid scenes and details--the songs and descriptions of feasts were always one of my favorite parts in these books, and in that this didn't disappoint. I skimmed over a lot of the rest, since as I was reading I just wasn't feeling it and wanted to just see how everything panned out.

The art in here is amazing, and I'm definitely sad to see this series go. Redwall will always hold a special place in my heart, specifically the originals.
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555 reviews32 followers
October 18, 2014
Sadly, I finish this book. It is Brian Jacques last book. It was a good book to end on. All the old groups are back (Long Patrol, Shrews, Redwallers) along with meeting the Rogue Crew, which are sea otters. All going after the vermin who travel by ship. The ship also has wheels, so it can sail over land. Of course, Martin the Warrior is still helping the Redwallers come out victorious. Now, I have to say a word about Brian Jacques. THE BEST STORYTELLER THAT EVER LIVED! I can picture him in Heaven, telling the tales of the Redwall Abbey and all the creatures, great and small. I can see my Great Grandma Maggie sitting with Brian, listening to these tales and hanging on to every word. Then she will tell some Cherokee stories to him. Thank you Brian for giving so many people such wonderful stories!
Profile Image for Nolly  Frances Sepulveda.
383 reviews20 followers
October 5, 2016
My Niece asked me last week for Authors of children's books for her daughter being as I had turned her onto reading she wanted the same love of reading for her daughter. Well of course I had an Authors list for since I enjoy going back in time my-self, so I listed Erin Hunter, Kathryn Lasky, M.I. McAllister, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez as well as Richard Adams, S.D. Smith and Brian Jacques. Then I got to thinking, Hey I have a Redwall novel on my shelf I haven't read yet, so I grabbed the book and started my journey to Redwall Abbey where all the little critters gather. This journey turned out to be just as exciting as the previous books in the series where new friends are made and new Heroes are born. So if you have young people in your lives and they haven't been introduced to the Abbot of Redwall and his friends, now is a good time.
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744 reviews
August 31, 2011
I don't know if it was just me, but I felt like this novel was a little... off. It didn't quite have the same spirit that drew me into the series, but it was still pretty decent. As usual, Jacques' ability to create battle scenes and describe feasts amazed me. The plot was pretty much the same as the other novels in the series, good triumphing over evil, but with different characters. The Rogue Crew was definitely a tad more bloody than some of the other books, especially with a villain like Razzid Wearat. That being said, I'm still going to miss this series a lot; I've been reading it since I was eight.
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448 reviews2 followers
January 17, 2016

No more Brian Jacques in my life.

Thank goodness!

This final book was one of the best of the series, as it doesn't bounce around or have frivolous poems throughout. The Wearat was a delightfully cruel villain, a fine end to the series and the Long Patrol/Rogue Crew made me laugh with their antics.

Were the series 10 books shorter and more books like this, it might have been a more pleasurable experience...

I read all the books because I was given the first three books in early High School. Having finished them, I can say that I am happy I stuck with it, and pleased at my perseverance.
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Author 8 books101 followers
June 19, 2020
And so ends my Great Redwall Reread. The Rogue Crew is, again, not the best of the series, but it's pretty good. It's a good place to end, bringing together the main groups of the series for one last adventure. We have the Redwallers, we have the hares of Salamandastron, we have warrior otter clans, and we have the Guosim. It's a little lighter on the food than other books, and the style is subtly different from the other books (probably because it was, I'd guess, finished by someone else from Jacques's draft), but it's still good.
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85 reviews9 followers
November 10, 2014
This book is just as formulaic as the other Redwall books, but having not read one in so long, I enjoyed it. I had missed the different dialects of the various species. It was an easy read and I'm glad I visited Redwall and Salamandastron once again. I don't think this was my favorite Redwall book. I think I enjoyed Legend of Luke more. As this was the last of the series, RIP Brian Jaques. Thank you for the wonderful woodland world.
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211 reviews
May 6, 2011
I really enjoyed this book, though it took m a little longer to read because it's the last Redwall book EVER and I really wanted to enjoy it. And I did! Wonderfully done, Rogue Crew was much better than Sable Quean and Doomwyte, it wasn't my favorite in the series, but it was really good anyway. I enjoyed every moment of reading it. We shall miss you, Brian Jacques!
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595 reviews39 followers
September 23, 2019
I was very excited to find prompt #50 on the Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge...A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage or convent. This was one of the first books I planned to read. The last book of the Redwall series. A book I had never read. A book series that surrounds an Abbey.

In each Redwall book there is a villain, an enemy to defeat. In this book it is Razzid Wearat a sea pirate.

"Thibb spread his kerchief over Twoggs Wiltud's face. 'I wish she'd lived to tell me more.'
Sister Fisk looked mystified. 'Why? What did she say?'
The Father Abbot of Redwall closed his eyes, remembering the message which had brought the old hedgehog to his Abbey. 'This is it, word for word, it's something we can't ignore.
'Redwall has once been cautioned,
heed now what I must say,
that sail bearing eyes and a trident,
Will surely come your way.
Then if ye will not trust the word,
of a Wiltud and her kin,
believe the mouse with the shining sword,
for I was warned by him!'

I love the characters in these books... unless they are on the villain's side, lol. They are loving and generous, honorable and honest, valiant and courageous, and faithful to the end. Who will come to the aid of Redwall Abbey?

I am sad that Brian Jacques is dead and there will be no other Redwall books. This was a good last one to write and there are a lot of beloved characters to read about and an interesting plot, too.

They eat wonderful sounding food (we have their cookbook and have made a few things, I love their stew). I highly recommend this series but you need to read them in order starting with book 1.

Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt(s) –
#50 A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage or convent.
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248 reviews5 followers
March 25, 2020
It's sad to get to the end of this series and the last book isn't even really about Redwall.
Razzid is a Wearrat and the captain of the ship Greenshroud. He wants revenge on a group of sea otters because they burned his ship and scarred him. We're told this at the beginning. Why it isn't part of the actual story seemed odd to me. Especially when this story takes several side trips which seemed to be more of fillers than plot devices.
The crew of the Greenshroud kill some younger members of the Long Patrol. It's never explained why. Instead of gaining confidence, the crew convince Razzid that what the really should do is conquer Redwall but they don't know the way. In fact, no one seems to know the way to Redwall, even creatures who should. Everything is about the race to Redwall and much of it doesn't make sense. Why do our heroes go into a cave to escape vermin (there are an awful lot of vermin popping in and out of this story) if they have no idea how to get out? The timeline also seems to be off so that everyone coming together for the final battle doesn't seem to click.
If you have read any Redwall book you know there is going to be a final battle where the good guys win. With the number of battles over Redwall through the series, this one was the most anti-climatic.
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878 reviews33 followers
July 8, 2020
Brian Jacques tragically passed away in 2011 and I purchased this book shortly after. The Redwall series has been one of my absolute favorite childhood authors and the thought of living in a world with no new Redwall books was too much for me so for many years I avoided reading the last couple of books in the series simply because I knew that it was the last time I would be able to read his book without knowing how it would end.

And then 2020 hit me like a freight train. In a world with so much uncertainty and chaos the thought of reading a book where the good guys always win, the bad guys are always easy to spot, and the descriptions of an abbey full of happy, well-meaning creatures was VERY appealing. As usual, I am perhaps a bit blinded by nostalgia and it's really hard for me to hate any Redwall book simply because I really love Jacques' storytelling.

...that being said, I am a bit sad that I didn't love his final book more. In fact, I'm kinda sad that this is what bookends his series. I think my biggest issue with this book is how little of it takes place at the actual abbey. This means that parts that I tend to love most about this series, the riddles, the feasts, the mythos surrounding Martin the warrior was largely absent. I actually have a difficult time placing what this book spends most of its time focusing on. It seems like there are too many characters and too many bland characters at that and the book hops from one to the other too often to give the book a direction.

This book is not without its merits. I liked the concept of the ship that is capable of going on land and I really liked Posy as a character, but overall I can't help but feel a bit disappointed by this one.
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165 reviews
September 30, 2021
It's a shame that the last Redwall book might be the worst. Knowing that this was released after Brian Jacques death might have something to do with that, I can definitely imagine a world where this book is better. The characters (particularly the villain) could be more distinct and the plot (particularly the middle) could be several shades sharper. That said, this is still a fine book. There aren't any truly bad Redwall books. One thing I do particularly love about it is the use of the non-warrior side characters. The whole book is set on the idea of these super cool warriors, including some of the coolest names in Redwall: Rake Nightfur and Skorr Axehound. Yet the part I love about this book the most is a scene with the non-warriors at the end. It pulls double duty as not only the proper ending for the book, but unexpectedly, for the series, and it sends just the right message for it all. I don't know how the series could have ended, since Jacques died unexpectedly, but in a strange, poetic way, this seems just about right.
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79 reviews11 followers
March 12, 2021
This is simply a matter of opinion but, for me, The Rogue Crew isn't one of Jacques best. There are a couple things I wish were done differently and the story didn't grip me as much as I hoped it would.
That said, it's still a good book and I recommend if you're a fan and haven't read it before. It's just probably not one I would reread, despite enjoying myself for the most part.
Speaking of which, the best sections were definitely the ones featuring the Long Patrol! I always love the Salmandastron hares and the militaristic aspect they bring to a story. Sergeant Miggory and Captain Rake Nightfur were my favorite characters. I wish they were in more books.
also, I imagined Rake's voice (he has a Scots accent) sounding like Bill Nighy as Davy Jones. Suffice to say, it made reading his dialogue a lot of fun. xD
Author 6 books5 followers
June 4, 2021
A rousing final chapter to the Redwall Chronicles!
I read through Loamhedge back in the day, but had always been curious about where the series went. After rereading Redwall last year, I decided to take on the Rogue Crew this spring and was glad to have done so. It may not have been how Brian Jacques would have planned to have finished the saga, but there are some neat touches that bring it full circle and place it in a sort of timeless thread in the world's tapestry. It's certainly a different experience reading a Redwall story now (I found myself waking up and wondering why Redwall didn't have a better defense system in place by this time, and questioning the morality of the bloodthirsty, and kind of annoying at times, Long Patrol), but there's an undeniable charm and warmth to the enterprise that makes for a good fantasy yarn. "Jolly pretty, ain't it, wot!"
27 reviews1 follower
July 23, 2018
I have a hard time being objective here, as this is Mr. Jacques final book. There was much I enjoyed - Rake Nightfur the blackfurred, northern Long Patrol Captain, the presence of Otter heroes alongside the Long Patrol, among other things. However, this is not Jacques best work. At times it seemed incomplete, as though notes from his writing board had been forced into a published work. I also found some characters to be too flat, which is something that stands in contrast with other pieces of Redwall literature.

I truly appreciated the lack of an obvious Redwaller turned champion.

I also liked the contrast of the bloodthirsty Rogue Crew vs the decorated and regimented Long Patrol.

Ultimately, I enjoyed the fact that this is a Redwall novel - but it is not the best of the chronicles.
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22 reviews
August 9, 2018
Rogue Crew is the first Redwall or Brian Jacques book I've read. The pacing was wonderful for a break from fast-paced, edge-of-your seat thrillers, but it wasn't overly slow, either. It maintained a quick step without too much happening at once. It was difficult to pick out the climax, though I guess I'd say that when all the characters that have been growing on you die, that's when it starts ending. That's something I noticed, is that supporting characters will slowly get closer and closer to your heart, during the course of the novel. Then... They die. I shed a tear or two during this book, happy and sad, and I'm sure you will too.
Miggory is amazing.
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