Eulalia! is the nineteenth book in the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. It was published in 2007 by Philomel.
“Across the seas comes Vizka Longtooth, with a scurrilous crew of Sea Raiders bound for plunder and conquest. Aboard, a young badger lies captive. The aged badger Lord of Salamandastron sends forth a haremaid, questing for his successor. A young thief is exiled from Redwall. A Brownrat Chieftain, with his savage horde, ravages Mossflower Country. The fate of all these creatures, both good and evil, is caught up in this sage of war and destiny.”
What I Liked:
I had the unfortunate pleasure to read this book during a very hectic week of my life, when I was getting ready for school and moving to a different apartment. Because of that, a lot of Eulalia! was very forgettable to me, partly due to the story itself and partly due to the distractions I had while reading it.
The one character that stood out to me was Maudie, mainly because I thought it humorous whenever (the Hon.) showed up in her name. I think she was most likely modeled after Dottie or Hon Rosie (or both), since both characters are fairly popular.
Oh! And Gorath learning not to rely on his Bloodwrath was a nice circumvention of the norm.
What I Didn’t Like:
It’s not that anything in this book I instantly disliked, it’s just that everything was so entirely forgettable. It was just plain “meh” through and through. It wasn’t as funny as some of the Redwall books can get, nor was it as original as some of them. The characters weren’t memorable; neither was the plot nor the lore. In fact, it was so “meh” that I can’t even think of anything to elaborate on.
Recommended Age Range: 12+
Warnings: Violence/fighting, death.
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
There was not a single cloud on Maudie (the Hon.) Mugsberry Thropple’s horizon. The young haremaid did not even feel the weight of the haversack on her back as she skipped blithely along the dunetops. She, among all other hares at Salamandastron, had been chosen to go on this most important quest. Once more, she went over the instructions, which had been drummed into her by Lord Asheye and Major Mullein.
“Find a bloomin’ badger. One who knows not his own strength. A beast from the simple life, who shuns armour, an’ knows not the sword. Er, what else? Oh, yes, he’s got destiny marked on his blinkin’ brow, an’ er, what’s next?”
She paused on one paw, wrinkling her nose. “Er…er…gottit! He walks with a banished one, an’ a flame, that’s it. Find him an’ haul the blighter back to the jolly old mountain. Oh, well remembered, that, maid!”
Eulalia! was, regrettably, highly forgettable. I don’t know whether it was the book itself or just my state of mind while reading it, but since this is Redwall, and Redwall lacks originality within its own framework, I’m going to say that it was the book that was forgettable.
You can buy this here: Eulalia! (Redwall)
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