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By Brian Jacques
During this 12th booklet of the masterful Redwall epic, storyteller Brian Jacques is going again in time to the times prior to Redwall, revealing with dramatic poignancy the legend of the 1st of the terrific Redwall warriors--Luke, father of Martin.
Joined through Trimp the Hedgehog, Dinny Foremole, and Gonff--the ever-mischievous Prince of Mousethieves--it is that legend Martin hopes to find while he embarks on a deadly trip to the northland shore, the place his father deserted him as a baby. There, in the carcass of an excellent purple ship--broken in part and wedged excessive up among pillars of stone--he eventually uncovers what he has been trying to find: the genuine tale of the evil pirate stoat, Vilu Daskar, and the valiant warrior who pursued him relentlessly over the excessive seas, trying to wreck Vilu in any respect expenditures, no matter if it intended deserting his in simple terms son.
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Drums started pounding aloud and an eerie wailing rose from the timber, by way of one other salvo of missiles. Luke grabbed a protracted boathook. ‘Get your spear, Vurg. Pole her off into deeper water. ’ Scurrying ahead, they driven the vessel into the ebb tide, grunting with exertion as they pressed difficult opposed to their poles. An arrow thwacked into Vurg’s shoulder, and Luke overlooked a deep javelin graze throughout his cheek. ‘Push, Vurg, let’s provide all of it we’ve received, mate! ’ The Sayna’s keel scraped freed from the sand. Luke dashed recklessly astern and slashed the rope which held the tiller inflexible. Wheeling sideways, the Sayna stuck the tide. Luke flattened himself as one other rain of demise peppered the send, then she was once bow out, crusing unfastened. Arrows, sticking up from the deck timbers as though from a pincushion, snapped opposed to Luke’s footpaws as he dashed again to Vurg’s part. Wincing, the courageous mouse tugged the shaft from his shoulder. ‘Lucky that arrow’s flight was once close to spent an’ my tunic’s an excellent thick ’un. I’m now not undesirable damage, Luke, what approximately you? ’ Luke pawed blood from the lower on his cheek. ‘Only a scratch, mate, I’ll stay. Whoever they're ’tis simple they can’t shoot instantly. nice seasons, glance! ’ Vurg stared in amazement on the diminishing coastline. Silent and abandoned the seashore lay, as though nobeast had ever been there. All that remained used to be a pile of squashed fruit. Vurg became in bewilderment to his buddy. ‘Where’ve they long gone? Denno, Cordle, Beau, the full staff are long gone. What can we do now? ’ Grim-faced, Luke gazed on the coastline, his warrior blood pounding furiously as he strove to regulate himself. ‘Let’s make sail, it’ll glance as though we’re runnin’ away. We’ll wait ’til darkish, Vurg, then we’ll return an’ get ’em! ’ Drums pounded all over. firstly, Cardo notion they have been within his cranium, inflicting the large headache which woke him. in spite of the fact that, he observed that they have been all too actual whilst he opened his eyes. It used to be a scene that grew to become his blood to ice water, even though surprisingly, every thing used to be fallacious part up. just like the remainder of his crewmates, he have been sure tight and slung lengthways on a stout pole, in order that his head hung down. The poles were hoisted up on ropes, with reference to the ceiling of a large cave, with a fireplace burning at its centre. Rock ledges have been carved round the cave partitions in levels, and those have been crowded with enormous quantities of small fierce ratlike rodents, not like any Cardo had ever visible. They have been coated with problematic styles of crimson, orange and white dyes, with clattering seashells affixed to ears, paws and tails. on the rear of the cave have been titanic drums, atop of which 40 or fifty of the rodents played a stamping dance. The sound boomed and banged relentlessly, elevated fourfold because it echoed round the cave’s inside. Crouching by means of the hearth used to be a determine some distance better than the remaining, evidently a feminine weasel, draped from ears to tail with lengthy necklaces and bracelets made of painted crab claws. Her face was once daubed thick with white clay, black charcoal strains accentuating the beneficial properties.