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Rakkety Tam

Written by Brian Jacques
Illustrated by David Elliot

The following synopsis was posted on
A dark force is rampaging through the forests of Mossflower. Gulo the Savage, wolverine, flesh-eater and brutal killer, has come across the seas in search of his brother, Askor. Askor stole the famous walking stone that will make one of them king of the lands of ice and snow - and Gulo wants it back. Anybeast who gets in Gulo's way is dead meat. Literally. Rakkety Tam McBurl is a brave border warrior, travelled south in search of adventure. But when his army is attacked by Gulo's flesh-eating band, adventure finds him. Gulo is heading for the ancient Redwall Abbey - and Rakkety Tam is determined not to let the savage Gulo destroy the peaceful ways of Redwall.

The following summary was posted in Penguin Putnam's catalogue:
A gripping new Redwall adventure.

A threatening presence has arrived on the shores of the peaceful Mossflower Valley, heading for Redwall Abbey. Gulo the Savage has a vendetta to fulfil and with his crew of vermin he is going to reclaim the magical Walking Stone. Two warrior squirrels - Wild Doogy Plumm and Rakkety Tam MacBurl - head up the brave animals defending their Abbey. An epic tale in the Redwall saga full of courage and comradeship.

The following summary was posted on Barnes & Noble's website:
The most captivating Redwall novel yet!

There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, the roguish Highlander squirrel who sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. And there's never been a villain quite like Gulo the Savage: a vicious beast-eating wolverine who descends upon the Abbey in search of a relic called the Walking Stone. Readers will cheer at the return of the Long Patrol, the antics of a renegade vole thief, and the emergence of a new champion to wield the sword of Martin.

As fans of Brian Jacques and the bestselling Redwall series know, the adventures just keep getting bigger and better. posted the following summary, which revised previous name spellings and revealed a few more interesting tidbits about the plot of Rakkety Tam.
From beyond the cold northern seas and the lands of ice, a terrifying beast arrives on the shores of Mossflower Country: Gulo the Savage! With his crew of white-furred vermin, this creature out of nightmare comes to murder his brother and seize the fabled Walking Stone. Nobeast is safe from the mighty Gulo, who feasts on the flesh of his enemies. But something stands between Gulo and what he seeks: the ancient Abbey of Redwall. Who will come to the aid of Abbot Humble and his peaceful woodlanders? The mercenary warrior from the borders, Rakkety Tam MacBurl, that's who! With his mate Wild Doogy Plumm, the brave squirrel sets forth on a quest to rescue two kidnapped Redwall maidens, and joins forces with one hundred perilous hares from the Long Patrol. Together they face a battle that ranges far over the plains, streams and woodlands of Mossflower in this epic tale of war, courage and comradeship. Hark to the battlecries: Redwaaaaaaall! Eulaliiiiaaaa! Haway the Braaaaaaw!

The following blurb was posted on the Library of Congress' website as a "summary" for Rakkety Tam, which reveals the name and species of the book's villain, as well as a location which has previously been unused in a Redwall book.
Two warrior squirrels lead the battle against Gulo, a bloodthirsty wolverine who will stop at nothing to recover the Walking Stone that will give him the authority to rule the lands of ice beyond the Great Sea.

As a point of interest, "Gulo gulo" is the scientific classification for wolverines.

Recently, some rumors have been circulating about Brian's post-Loamhedge book, #17 of The Redwall Series, and the possibility that it will be entitled "Racatetan".

I've been following this story closely and have had to keep a few bits of information to myself, but, here's what I'm now able to confirm for you about those rumors:

The actual title of the book is Rakkety Tam, who is also the main character of the story, a warrior squirrel.

While discussing Rakkety Tam with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Brian said of the title character, "Sounds like a real brawler, doesn't he? He came from the north with Wild Dougie Plum, a little Highland squirrel with a thick brogue."

Rakkety Tam and his friend, Doogy Plumm, are fighting squirrels from the North who sell their swords (i.e. become mercenaries) to a Squirrel King. However, Rakkety and Doogy soon learn that the Squirrel King is a foolish beast who is unworthy of their loyalty... and here, I'd assume, is where the story begins.

Rakkety Tam has been released.

Cover Art
US Cover Art
Rakkety Tam
Art by Troy Howell

UK Cover Art
Rakkety Tam
Art by David Wyatt

Radio Play Cover Art
Rakkety Tam
Art by Sean Rubin

  - Brian Jacques
  - David Elliot
Release Date
Page Count
  - 372
  - UK: 0670910694
  - US: 0399237259
  - After Loamhedge

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