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What is the most correct order in which to read Brian Jacques's series of Redwall books?

I read most or all of them when I was younger, but would like to know how to order them in case I ever return for a reread.

  • There's an even more detailed answer to this question over here on a sister SE site. – Rand al'Thor Mar 16 '18 at 22:52
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There are two most obvious orders in which to read them.


Chronological order

The Badger stories, part 1

  • Lord Brocktree

    This is the only book which entirely predates both Redwall Abbey and Martin the Warrior.

The Martin stories

The next three books are set during the time of the legendary Martin the Warrior, who makes ghostly appearances in almost all later books.

  • The Legend of Luke

    Although the surrounding story featuring the adult Martin comes after Martin the Warrior and Mossflower, the central tale of Luke predates both.

  • Martin the Warrior

    Covers Martin's origins pre-Redwall.

  • Mossflower

    Covers the backstory of the establishment of Redwall itself.

The Badger stories, part 2

  • Outcast of Redwall

    This is pretty stand-alone, the story of Sunflash the Mace.

The Mariel stories

The next two books are set during the time of Joseph the Bellmaker and his daughter Mariel, somewhere in between Martin's time and Matthias's.

  • Mariel of Redwall
  • The Bellmaker

The Badger stories, part 3

  • Salamandastron

    Another entirely stand-alone story, not even particularly focused on Redwall.

The main series

  • Redwall

    The first Redwall book to be published.

  • Mattimeo

    A sequel, Mattimeo being the son of Matthias, the hero of Redwall.

  • The Pearls of Lutra

    Featuring Mattimeo's son Martin and the hedgehog Tansy (the first Redwall book I read).

  • The Long Patrol

    A sequel to The Pearls of Lutra, featuring Tansy as the abbess and also Cregga Rose Eyes.

  • Marlfox

    Linked to the previous book by the character of Cregga.

  • The Taggerung

    Again linked by Cregga - this is the final book featuring her.

  • Triss

    Set long after the previous book; Skipper mentions the Taggerung as his distant ancestor.

  • Loamhedge

  • Rakkety Tam
  • High Rhulain
  • Eulalia!
  • Doomwyte
  • The Sable Quean

    (Yes, that title is spelled correctly.)

  • The Rogue Crew

    Published posthumously.


Release order

  • Redwall (1986)
  • Mossflower (1988)
  • Mattimeo (1989)
  • Mariel of Redwall (1991)
  • Salamandastron (1992)
  • Martin the Warrior (1993)
  • The Bellmaker (1994)
  • Outcast of Redwall (1995)
  • Pearls of Lutra (1996)
  • The Long Patrol (1997)
  • Marlfox (1998)
  • The Legend of Luke (1999)
  • Lord Brocktree (2000)
  • Taggerung (2001)
  • Triss (2002)
  • Loamhedge (2003)
  • Rakkety Tam (2004)
  • High Rhulain (2005)
  • Eulalia! (2007)
  • Doomwyte (2008)
  • The Sable Quean (2010)
  • The Rogue Crew (2011)


Resources used: one, two.

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    Does chrono-order ruin the "surprise" of mystery you get from reading them in release order? For instance, they changed Narnia to have The Magician's Nephew first, and I always felt explaining the Warddrobe's creation first cheapened the mystery. – user31178 Jul 13 '16 at 1:18
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    Great formatting the of the list, and I am pleased to see you put "Lord Brocktree" at the top, was about to comment on the other answer in regard to that. – Theyna Jul 13 '16 at 1:26
  • @CreationEdge I don't think it does, however some people like not knowing the back story of events and characters till quite late in whatever story so I can't speak for everyone. – Theyna Jul 13 '16 at 1:58
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    @CreationEdge I read The Magician's Nephew first, so can't comment re Narnia :-) As for Redwall, I read them in the closest approximation I could manage to release order, but the only ones I can think of that might benefit from being read out of order are Matthias (when he was still setting up the world and hadn't got all the details straight yet) and, as ibid mentioned, The Legend of Luke (part of which is set after Mossflower, with the main story being a sort of extended flashback taking up half the book). – Rand al'Thor Jul 13 '16 at 8:09
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    are you missing redwall in your chronological order list? – Himarm Jan 19 '17 at 1:03
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TLDR, I would read Redwall first, the story has many "errors" that don't follow future stories. It's meant as the intro, from there you can choose either chronological or published order.

Q&A from Brian Jacques's website source

Webmaster's note: Although we recommend reading the books in the order in which they were written , the chronological order of the books is: Martin the Warrior

Mossflower

The Legend of Luke

Outcast of Redwall

Mariel of Redwall

The Bellmaker

Salamandastron

Redwall

Mattimeo

The Pearls of Lutra

The Long Patrol

Marlfox

Lord Brocktree

Taggerung

Triss

Loamhedge

Rakkety Tam

High Rhulain

Eulalia!

Doomwyte

Here is the publication order

Redwall

Mossflower

Mattimeo

Mariel of Redwall

Salamandastron

Martin the Warrior

Bellmaker

Outcast of Redwall

Pearls of Lutra

Long Patrol

Marlfox

Legend of Luke

Lord Brocktree

Taggerung

Triss

Loamhedge

Rakkety Tam

High Rhulain

Eulalia!

Doomwyte

Sable Quean

Rogue Crew

  • Good answer, personally would recommend the chronological order. – Theyna Jul 13 '16 at 0:48
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    @Theyna Indeed, it's nice to get a quote from Brian Jacques's website (even though there's no link). I've provided a more detailed answer below though. Also, are you the Thaggerung? ;-) – Rand al'Thor Jul 13 '16 at 0:56
  • @Randal'Thor haha, that wasn't the intention when I picked this name... no dragons for you in Redwall though :p – Theyna Jul 13 '16 at 1:28

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