Triss
Triss by Brian Jacques is a Fantasy novel showcased in the Outpost10F Library.
Rating:Triss by Brian Jacques has been rated 3/5 by this reviewer.
Author: Brian Jacques
Published: 2002
Series: Redwall
Review by: CL3 Ur˙va

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Take a malicious albino ferret, add plenty of sharp and shiny weapons, and sprinkle liberally with stubborn squirrelmaid and young badger. These are the main ingredients for the book Triss by Brian Jacques. Triss is the personal slave of Princess Kurda, a bloodthirsty member of the royal family Riftgard. When Triss, along with some fellow slaves, manages to escape her impending execution by stealing the royal ship, the Princess and her overweight brother hire a corsair ship and chase after them. It is only when Princess Kurda realizes that her family crown, thought lost, is located in Mossflower that she leaves the trail of Triss and her friends. Once again, the abbey of Redwall is required to defend itself against vermin of the worst kind....

This story line fits somewhere in between Marlfox and The Long Patrol, two other books by Brian Jacques. The famous author has once again managed to surprise readers with his imaginative plot and characters. A new vermin type has been introduced - the royal "Pure" albino ferrets of Riftgard. Not that the royal family lives for long once the creatures of Redwall and Triss the warrior squirrel get ahold of them. Like several other books by the same author, this book contains an evil adder - with a twist, literally. Three huge snakes have been bound together by a mace, leaving their tails paralyzed and rotting and their brains with a hunger for the blood of any creature. These same snakes unfortunately have gained in their possession the one thing Princess Kurda most desires in the world; her family crown. She is willing to do anything to get it, including murder and torture the innocent Redwall creatures. Meanwhile, a young badger from Salamandastron is wandering around with a ravenous hare and a sea-faring otter. They manage to get themselves in several desperate fixes before finally making their way to Redwall Abbey to help defend the famous building against the Pure ferret army.

Brian Jacques is a great writer. The only reason I rate this book 3 out of 5 is that I personally found the two plots confusing. The the two groups of characters were forever just barely missing each other, which made it hard to remember where each party was. Otherwise I found the book completely up to Brian Jacques usual high standards. This book is not part of a sequence, but I would suggest reading it only after you have read Redwall and Mossflower, to help you understand the references to Martin the Warrior better.

Title: Triss
Series: Redwall
Author: Brian Jacques
Reviewed: CL3 Ur˙va

20/06/2005