Martin the Warrior
UK first edition cover
|Cover artist||Chris Baker|
|Publisher||Hutchinson (UK) & Philomel (US)|
|Media type||Print (hardback, paperback)|
|Pages||375 (UK Hardback) & 376 (US Hardback)|
|ISBN||0-09-176150-6 (UK Hardback) & ISBN 0-399-22670-2 (US Hardback)|
|Followed by||The Bellmaker|
The English versions of the novel were subdivided into three "books": "The Prisoner and the Tyrant", "Actors and Searchers", and "The Battle of Marshank".
The Redwall series captured the hearts of readers and critics alike with its exhilarating tales of the wondrous creatures of Redwall. Martin the Warrior continues the saga with the long-awaited history of Martin, Redwall's most glorious hero, who rises from slavery to become the greatest warrior the land would ever know.
Martin the Warrior tells the story of a young mouse named Martin, a slave in Marshank under the cruel stoat Badrang the Tyrant. When Badrang leaves Martin to be tortured by the weather and the birds, a young mousemaid named Laterose, or Rose (whom Martin falls in love with) and a mole named Grumm hear his cry of defiance. They become instrumental in helping Martin, along with a squirrel named Felldoh, and Rose's brother Brome, escape Marshank. When that is accomplished, they decided to travel to Noonvale to rouse an army to attack Marshank. However, in the ocean, Felldoh and Brome are separated from Rose, Martin, and Grumm. Felldoh and Brome meet up with the Rambling Rosehip Players, a traveling band of creatures, and join forces with them, eventually freeing the slaves as Brome bluffs his way into and out of Marshank, disguised as a rat from Badrang's horde. Meanwhile, Martin, Rose and Grumm meet a hedgehog named Pallum after being imprisoned by pigmy shrews. They are eventually freed by saving the life of the Pygmy Queen's son, Dinjer, along with Pallum, who in turn joins up with them.
After a long series of adventures, the four adventurers reach Noonvale, Rose and Grumm's home. They gather an army there, but it is not large enough. But all is not lost. Boldred, a scholarly owl who they met on the way to Noonvale, helps gather a huge army, including the pigmy shrews and the Gawtrybe (a group of savage squirrels). The entire army then sails to Marshank and reach it in good timing, since the Rambling Rosehip Players are in a predicament. Badrang and all of the vermin under his command, with the exception of mad Cap'n Tramun Clogg, are slain.
Rose is killed in the final battle by the very tyrant she had gone with Martin to defeat. After the battle, Martin, along with Ballaw, Rowanoak, Brome, and Keyla all stay in Polleekin's treehouse for the short rest of the season. Martin is devastated, his one love gone and with nowhere to go. He denies going back to Noonvale with the rest, the memory of Laterose lingering too strong, not to mention he'll have to tell Urran Voh what had happened to his daughter. He makes a vow not to tell anyone about his friends or Noonvale, in order to protect them from enemies. He decides simply to relate a tale of living by the sword in the caves until the time came to move on southward.
The story of Martin and Rose is later brought to Redwall during the time of Abbot Saxtus by Aubretia, a descendant of Brome, and Bultip, a descendant of Pallum, who accompanies it with a sprig of climbing-rose culled from that which grew on Rose of Noonvale's grave. This becomes the Laterose of Redwall. In the passing of Spring to Summer, it blooms year round a bit later than the rest, and that is why it is called, the Laterose.
- Martin the Warrior
- Badrang the Tyrant
- Tramun Clogg
- Laterose of Noonvale (Rose)
- Grumm Trencher
- The Rambling Rosehip Players
- Urran Voh (Rose's father)
- Aryah (Rose's mother)
- Luke the Warrior, father of Martin
- Boldred the owl
- Hortwingle (Horty) (Boldred's husband)
- Emalet (the owl's daughter)
- Queen Amballa
- (Danish) Martin krigermus
- (Dutch) De Roodburcht
- (Finnish) Urhea Martin
- (French) Rougemuraille: Le Fils de Luc
- Tome 1 : Tarkan le tyran
- Tome 2 : Les Baladins de l'Églantine
- Tome 3 : La Longue route
- Tome 4 : La Bataille de Marpoigne
- (German) Redwall: Martin der Krieger
- Der Gefangene und der Tyrann
- Der Ruf nach Freiheit
- (Hungarian) Martin a harcos
- (Italian) Martino il Guerriero
- (Norwegian) Helten av Redwall
- (Swedish) Martin Krigaren
- (Russian) Мартин Воитель
- "Brian Jacques: The Official Website". redwallabbey.com. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
- Plot summary at Redwall.org