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Loamhedge

Written by Brian Jacques
Illustrated by David Elliot

To read The Long Patrol's review of Loamhedge, go here.


Books-A-Million recently posted a detailed summary for Loamhedge.
The sixteenth full-length Redwall novel sheds light on the Abbey's ancient origins in a thrilling adventure. Loamhedge, the deserted Abbey, has been forgotten for countless seasons. What secrets do its ruins hold? When it becomes clear that wheelchair-bound Martha might be cured by a formula buried there, two old warriors are inspired by the spirit of Martin the Warrior himself to go on a quest for the ancient Abbey--and three young rebels are determined to go with them. Meanwhile, the giant badger Lonna Bowstripe thirsts for vengeance as he relentlessly pursues Raga Bol and his murdering crew of Searats ... who are on their way to attack Redwall itself! The valiant Abbeybeasts must defend their home, but how can they, when their boldest warriors are away on their quest? Will Redwall fall to vermin invaders at last? A rare glimpse into Redwall's history makes this volume a memorable addition to Jacques' epic. Fans will not be disappointed, and new readers will be eager to jump on board.



In a November, 2002 interview with Terrouge, Brian revealed the following about Loamhedge:
  • Loamhedge is complete and in the hands of the publisher.
  • Loamhedge will be set after Triss chronologically.
  • Loamhedge will not feature any returning characters.
  • We will not meet Sarobando and Bragoon prior to Loamhedge. They were, however, dibbuns in the book who left the Abbey and now tell stories of their mischievous exploits.

In a recent "Ask Brian" feature on Redwall.org, Brian revealed the following information concerning Loamhedge.
- "Martha, a young hare." was his answer to "Who is the main character of Loamhedge?" I assume Martha will be the haremaid in the wheelchair.
- "After Taggerung." was his response to "Where do Triss and Loamhedge take place chronologically?" And, while he didn't say they took place in that order, I believe it's implied.



Brian recently sent Dave at Redwall.org a handwritten note about Loamhedge. In the note he revealed much. Here's a transcription of it:
Multiply the number of seasons it takes for a stone to grow old, by a thousand, and the name of Loamhedge is still spoke of at Redwall Abbey.The first mice, led by Abbess Germaine, fled the great sickness of Loamhedge to wander through Mossflower. There it was that they met Martin the Warrior and his Corim friends. Together they helped build Redwall Abbey. Most of Loamhedge was destroyed at the climax of "Mattimeo". But still it's mysteries lay hidden. What secrets of ancient wisdom were buried there?

Loamhedge is the story of how Redwallers went on a quest to find these answers. A young haremaid has spent her life in a home made wheelchair, unable to walk... Ancient riddles were solved by wise creatures. The answer is to be found only at Loamhedge. Meet two ex Dibbuns, now growing old.

SAROBANDO the otter and his companions, BRAGOON the squirrel. Heading a small party they set out on a journey-- facing fur raising perils and rousing adventures. Meanwhile back at the Abbey, a bumbling vermin crew have come, seeking what they have been told is a magic sword.

My pen carries on writing, but my lips are sealed. I can tell you no more-- my faithful Webmaster David will tell you more when I let him know the rest. So trust him.

Brian Jacques,
Recorder of Redwall Abbey
The "ex Dibbuns" part kind of jumped out at me. Naturally, all characters were Dibbuns at one point. The only reason I can think of to single out two is if we'd met them before when they were Dibbuns. Given the chronological placement (after Taggerung and, presumably, after Triss) could these Dibbuns be featured in Triss?


During the 3/20/01 webcast, Brian hinted that the book following Triss would be about Loamhedge.


His exact words from the webcast:
[INTERVIEWER - Kristin Miller of Arcada [asks] "Are you planning on writing any stories that have to do with 'Loamhenge'?"]

Loamhedge.

[INTERVIEWER - Loamhedge, sorry, that's exactly what she wrote. My mistake. She says "I'd love to know if you're planning on using this place as a setting for any of your future stories".... and I can tell by that smile... ]

Well, she can read my mind. That's all I'm saying, young lady. You have read my mind.

[INTERVIEWER - So there is a book coming about Loamhedge?]

There could well be, Timothy.

Loamhedge has already been released in the US and will be released in the UK on February 5th, 2004.

Cover Art
US Cover Art
Loamhedge
Art by Troy Howell


US Spine Art
Loamhedge
Art by Troy Howell


UK Cover Art
Loamhedge (UK)
Art by David Wyatt


Author
  - Brian Jacques
Illustrator
  - David Elliot
Release Date
  - US: Released
  - UK: 2/05/04*
Page Count
  - 424
ISBN
  - US: 0399237240
  - UK: N/A
Placement
  - After Triss







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