The Rogue Crew is Coming

Art by Troy Howell

While the forthcoming release of a Redwall book is normally a cause for celebration and eager anticipation, Brian Jacques’ passing makes the next release a more solemn affair, as it is likely our last. Slated for release on May 3rd, 2011 comes the final entry into The Redwall Series, The Rogue Crew. While certainly not intended to be the “last” Redwall novel, that is the position it appears to find itself in, and that is a heavy responsibility.

Our knowledge of the book is centered around three plot summaries. The first comes from
From Salamandastron’s Western Shores, to the High North Coast, here they come. Captain Rake Nightfur, and his Long Patrol Hares, with Skor Axehound and the Rogue Crew Sea Otters. Marching boldly into a thrilling saga, singing, feasting, swashbuckling, and battling. Questing for the infamous ship Greenshroud, crewed by Searats and Corsairs, Captained by the murderous Razzid Wearat, terror of both sea and land. His aim, the conquest of an Abbey! Was there ever such a blood and thunder chase? The fate of Abbot Thibb and his Redwallers hangs in the balance. Who will be first to the gates, who can save the legendary Abbey from the clutches of a Wearat? On, on, to victory or death! Pray read on gentle reader…
A more parsimonious description is offered by the Library of Congress:
The murderous and evil Razzid Wearat and his crew of vermin are on a mission to seize Redwall Abbey for themselves, and Abbot Thibb and his Redwallers must defend their home with the help of the hares of the Long Patrol and the Rogue Crew of sea otters.
Finally, the publisher Penguin’s Summer 2011 Young Readers Catalogue provides the following description:
Nobeast is safe from the terror of a Wearat!

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.
It will certainly be interesting to see Brian revisit the concept of the Wearat once more.  It is also fitting, in a way, for “rogues” to feature so prominently in this book, as Brian was quite the rogue himself.  With cover art by series staple Troy Howell and illustrations by the always-excellent Sean Rubin, The Rogue Crew is slated for release on May 3rd, 2011.

About Martin the Warrior

Martin has been active in Redwall fandom for many years, founding The Long Patrol in 1996, The Redwall Newsline in 1997, and RWTV: Redwall on TV in 2001. He will be covering Redwall news as long as there is Redwall news to cover.