Why did I love this book?
When I first picked up Redwall I had my doubts. Mice? Really? Now Redwall is firmly atop my recommendation list for fantasy. Brimming with quests and riddles, warring factions, lost weapons, strange new allies, and villainous foes – it is positively Tolkien in scope. Anchored by Hero’s Quest themes and propelled by great pacing, colorful locales, and richly drawn characters developing new friendships, this adventure-driven fantasy is a breezy joy to read. The series has grown to over 20 books, and in regard to imagination, flow and pacing, I consider it an inspiration for what I try to do in my own work.