Lord Asheye of Salamandastron, now old and blind, has a prophecy: a new Badger Lord must take his place and reign over the legendary badger fortress. But who is this young warrior who 'shuns both armour and sword'? And how is he to be found? Mad Maudie, a feisty haremaid of the Long Patrol, is just the one to do the job. Meanwhile, the unsuspecting future Badger Lord has been captured by an unscrupulous group of Sea Raiders led by the infamous fox, Vizka Longtooth, intent on conquering Redwall Abbey. It is up to our young badger hero to defend Redwall so that he may fulfill his destiny as leader of Salamandastron.
Brian Jacques -- actor, playwright and BBC presenter -- was first brought to the attention of children with the publication of Redwall, the first volume in his epic series. Before he began writing for children, his life was as full of adventure as the stories he creates -- at the age of fifteen he went to sea and travelled the world, before returning to his home town of Liverpool in England, where he still lives. In 2005 Brian Jacques was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Liverpool.