The Legend of Luke (Redwall, #12) by Brian Jacques

The Legend of Luke (Redwall, #12)

-Luke, father of Martin. is joined by Trimp the Hedgehog, Dinny Foremole, and Gonff--the ever-mischievous Prince of Mousethieves. Martin hopes to discover the truth of a legend when he embarks on a perilous journey to the northland shore, where his father abandoned him as a child. There, within the carcass of a great red ship--broken in half and wedged high up between pillars of stone--he finally uncovers what he has been searching for: the true ...

Details The Legend of Luke (Redwall, #12)

TitleThe Legend of Luke (Redwall, #12)
Release DateJun 2nd, 2005
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Young Adult, Childrens

Reviews The Legend of Luke (Redwall, #12)

  • Josiah
    "It was a wondrous tale he had to tell...It was also very sad at times, but does not sadness mingle with joy, to make us grow fully into the creatures we are?" —Abbess Germaine, The Legend of Luke, P. 373 I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this book to read it. Would the plot be focused more on Luke the Warrior or his son Martin, who has become a legend to fans of the Redwall series all around the globe? Ultimately, I believe ...
  • Cole
    What I loved about this book is that the beginning is in the present then in the past. It really unearths some of the characters' personalities. It also helps understand how Martin feels.
  • Joseph Leskey
    Somehow, I managed not to review this when I read it, but it was highly fine and of excellent quality and all that.
  • Anne L.
    The Legend of Luke is one book in the series A Tale from Redwall, in which all the characters are animals, with their own quirks, dialects, and interests. Redwall Abbey centers in most of the stories. An immense (for critters) edifice that houses dozens or more, it’s a place where anybeast (part of the series’ lingo: nobeast, everybeast, etc., just substitute “beast” where you normally would say “one” or “man”) can come to live in...
  • Ross
    The Legend of Luke was written with the same high quality that we have come to expect from Brian Jacques and his Redwall series. Unlike his previous stories though, this novel lacked the same level of character connection that the others created between the characters and the reader.The story leading up to Martian finding his father's former comrades had some adventure, but nothing that we have not seen before from Martin and his loyal companion ...
  • Jeff
    I first red the book Redwall over 20 years ago. It brought back a love for reading which had been dormant for a few years. After that I would read each of Jacques' books, many just as soon as they came out. Later I moved on to other books and genres. I was given this book as a gift, and while grateful - because of the special place in my heart for Jacques and his tales, I was too busy reading "more important" pieces. Then I decided to take a litt...
  • Jennifer
    The wonderous thing about reading Brian Jacques' writing is that it is so enchanting, you always want to return to it, in particular Redwall Abbey. Yes I have the audiobooks and I love how they have been dramatised, but reading the words created by Jacques is something altogether special.This book gives the final piece of background to the one character who appears in nearly all of the Redwall books, Martin the Warrior. The story is in toxicating...
  • Leona Carstairs
    This is a great book and to own it, but I gave it to my sister along with 9 other books in exchange of her really nice hardcover box set of Lord of the Rings.
  • Jonathan
    "The Legand of Luke" by Brian Jacques is is a story about a mouse Named Martain, who is like a person in this series, looking for his father. The main character Martain was level heade,"wondrous indeed, Trimp, but you must always remember what a sword is really made for. It has only on purpose, to slay..."(Jacques 22). Martain was aware that Trimp admired the sword as if it were holy and could do no evil. He was aware of the perpous of the sword ...
  • Joshua
    Spoilers luke dies.
  • Sam
    Sam Bequette1st period11/06/17The Legend of Luke, a fantasy novel by Brian Jacques, is a classic tale of heroism. The book opens in a place called, Mossflower Country, where woodland creatures are in the process of creating a giant abbey for all to live. The main protagonist, Martin, is helping to construct the abbey when suddenly, for no apparent reason, he is hit with a wave of questions and longing for the home he had to leave when he was just...
  • Wing Kee
    I am biased so disregard this review. So much of my childhood has been spent here and therefore I can't really be objective here. World: The world is dense and fully lived in and magical. It's the most beautiful of forests and adventures are high stakes but not really. This time we travel to the north to learn the origins of Martin's father Luke. It's a tale of the high seas and it's beautifully described. Story: Follows the Redwall formula and d...
  • Theresa
    I love the Redwall books. Somehow, Brian Jacques takes warrior mice, goofy but gallant hares, rustic hedghogs and other creatures, combines them with adventures and terrific descriptions of food, and creates compelling stories. I'm not always a fan of anthropomorphized animals, but I find the Redwall series to be very enjoyable.
  • Tez Cain
    I loved this book. I've reread it a dozen times, it contains humour, sadness, excitement, battles and adventure. I was sad to finish this the first time as I was really enjoying the book and anxious to see how it ended, however I will keep rereading this book and keep an eye out for more of the Redwall books
  • Matthew McAndrew
    Oh man, this one was good. I loved delving into the lore of Martin the Warrior's family, seeing his ancestors' past. There were a lot of unique ideas in this one, and I remember enjoying it so much I couldn't put it down.
  • SophiaB
    This book was okay.
  • Shira Bea
    The ultimate sacrifice done by Martin the Warrior's father, Luke. At least there is some closure as to what happened to Luke, as Martin has been thinking about his father for a long time.
  • Thomas Ray
    SO GOOD!!!!!
  • Emmaline
    This is my favorite of all the Redwall books. Anyone who says that this series is just for kids needs to read this story.
  • Lauren
    The Legend of Luke is defiantly one of those one time favorites. You never ever want to read it again, but you absolutely enjoyed the legend of Redwall's famous Martin the Warrior's dad, Luke. In previous Redwall adventures there wasn't much information given on Luke, except that he was the long lost father of Martin. In this tale Martin decides to leave Redwall, accompanied by Trimp the Hedgehog, Dinny Foremole, and his best friend Gonff (who mi...
  • Alex S.
    The book begins during the construction of Redwall Abbey, when a roving hedgehog named Trimp visits the abbey and sings a song to help the workers lifting a beam. Martin the Warrior recognizes his father, Luke the Warrior, mentioned in the lyrics and asks Trimp more about him. He decides to go on a quest to learn more about his father. Martin, Gonff the Mousethief, Dinny, and Trimp befriend an orphaned woodlander squirrel named Chugger, the bird ...
  • Jeremy Gallen
    This Redwall prequel opens with Trimp the hedgemaid wandering the woodlands of Mossflower Country, when she meets two older hedgehogs from Redwall Abbey, Ferdy and Coggs. She goes to the Abbey where Martin, son of Luke, lives, depressed and yearning to return to the place he was born. Thus, Martin embarks with Trimp, Gonff the Prince of Mousethieves, and Dinny Foremole, first visiting a camp belonging to vermin known as the Flitchaye. Here, they ...
  • Elizabeth
    The Legend of Luke contains a unique format for Redwall: the story-within-a-story. The first and third parts are about Martin first traveling towards and then returning from the northern caves. The second part is Luke’s story, and what it shows above all is that Jacques was certainly capable of compacting a story when he wanted to. “In the Wake of the Red Ship,” as the characters call the tale, is essentially a novella, and it is probably t...
  • Jason
    In this book The Legend of Luke is about a mouse named Luke, who with his family moved into an area where they live in caves. His wife was killed and his son Martin survived the killing by Vilu Daskar. Vilu Daskar is on a ship with a band of sea rouges with vermins. Luke goes on a ship with a group of mouse to avenge the death of his wife and his tribe.I can connect to the world about Martin, where he wants to be able to find out his inhertance. ...
  • Megan Cutler
    In a word: disappointing.I was actually looking forward to the Legend of Luke because it involved Martin and his fabled father. And indeed, the opening of the book was a breath of fresh air. I liked the linear nature as opposed to the back and forth the books usually feature.Alas, as soon as the book reached the main story, the one about Luke, it became the same predictable formula of all the other books, though compressed to fit in the midsectio...
  • Amanda Butler
    I love this book!This answers many questions about Martin the Warrior's origins, seamlessly melding the "past" with Martin's "present". The characters are well-developed and original, and easily become memorable "friends" for those of us that enjoy the world of literature.If you have not read "Martin the Warrior" and "Moss Flower", the two books that come (chronologically) before this one, you may be a little confused by some of the references ab...
  • Lindsay
    3.5/3.75 stars...I would say 4...but the Dibbons (the child animals) were especially annoying in this tale. And yet, I understand why. This book is seriously dark and sad in some places--so far the darkest Jacques book I've read (reading chronologically, so don't quote me on that yet) so naturally the author wanted to balance out lost-innocence/darkness of some characters with the innocence and naivete of others. Yes, perhaps the dibbons characte...
  • Cassie
    The first half of this book is about Martin going back to his homeland, and the second half is the story of his father, Luke. This book seemed different from the other Redwall books I've read. There aren't many battles, and the descriptions of food seemed a little lackluster compared with the standards set in the other books. There seemed to be a lot more singing than before.I liked the flow of the book. This book was relaxing to read. The two ha...
  • Will Waller
    The beat goes on with reading the Redwall series. I'm nearing the middle of the series, which pleases me because I can finally move on to other books that people have given me that they tell me I must read. Still, this one is the best one of the bunch thus far. The villain was believable and intelligent. The ending was cataclysmic. The mention of food was minimal. The hero was likeable. And there was a strong female character. However, it cannot ...
  • Rachel
    If you've never read any of the Redwall series they are basically fantasy style novels for kids where all of the characters are mice or other woodland creatures. They have founded Redwall Abbey as a place where animals can live together in peace and safety. They band together against larger 'evil' animals. This particular book tells the story of Luke who is the father of Martin, the first warrior of Redwall.I enjoy reading them because they are w...