The Rogue Crew
|The Rogue Crew|
|Publication date||May 3, 2011|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Preceded by||The Sable Quean|
The Rogue Crew is the 22nd book of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, released on May 3, 2011. It is the final novel of the Redwall series, due to Jacques' death on February 5, 2011. A contest was run for US fans to name a character to feature in the book. It is not known which character was chosen.
This summary was posted on Redwall.org, the official site of Brian Jacques and the Redwall series:
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, to victory or death!
On the way to invade Redwall, Razzid Wearat's night ambush on a few leverets from Salamandastron leave two survivors to tell the tale. The Long Patrol's tracker observes that Wearat's ship had wheels and is moving on land; he urges Lady Violet, the current Badgerlady, to summon her forces. They eventually see the ship firsthand but do not have a navy to combat it. At the request of the veteran from the North, Rake Nightfur, he makes an embassy with the Rogue Crew, a troop of sanguine and utterly fearless sea-otters.
Meanwhile at Redwall, Abbot Thibb chides Uggo Wiltud, a hedgehog, for his gluttony. But Uggo, while sick after gobbling a cake, has the prognostication that the ship will come to Redwall. Jem Gurdy, the otter cellarkeeper who recognizes the accuracy of Uggo's vision of the Wearat's ship, decides to consult his uncle and take Uggo along with him to find allies around the land.
As the Long Patrollers race to protect Redwall, an epic confrontation occurs between the Wearat's host and the Rogue Crew/Long Patrol/Redwallers. Happening only four times throughout the series up to the Rogue Crew, in Redwall, Mattimeo, Loamhedge, and Marlfox, the enemy manages to make their way into the Abbey.
- The Rogue Crew, Redwall Series, Brian Jacques (9780399254161) Hardcover - Barnes & Noble
- "Redwall author Brian Jacques dies aged 71". BBC News. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-2-7.
- Redwall.org, 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-2-7.
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