Brian Jacques

Today one of my favorite authors, Brian Jacques died. Jacques wrote the amazing Redwall series which I devoured, starting in middle school and going into my college years.

Redwall and the resulting books revolve around Redwall Abbey and its inhabitants, peaceful woodland creatures. Over the years they have been attacked by several fierce hoards and warlord and savages and pirates. When this happens, the abbey’s first warrior, Martin chooses a champion to defend Redwall. The series expanded to develop the myths and lore surrounding other locations and characters in the universe.

Each species of animal (otters, squirrels, mice, moles, hares, hedgehogs and more) had their own culture, their own ways and their specific dialect. It was the kind of series that any age of reader could enjoy. Brian Jacques made a world where every triumph and tragedy felt real to the last detail–from the grand banquets the abbey put on to the characters who died in the battles fought. Brian Jacques was and is a large part of my reading history and I will miss him Rest in peace.

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