Book Review: Doomwyte

Doomwyte by Brian Jacques

Doomwyte (Redwall, #20)
by Brian Jacques

3 out of 5 stars

The good creatures of Redwall discover a riddle that could lead to the lost treasure of Gonff, the Prince of Mousethieves. Hundreds of generations ago, Gonff stole four beautiful jewels from the Doomwyte caves, and hid them somewhere in Redwall Abbey. Now a new generation of young creatures are following the clues to find the priceless jewels.

I didn’t care for this book as much as other books in this series. First of all, I can’t stand snakes, and there are a lot of snakes in this story. Also, I just didn’t connect to the characters as much as I usually do. The characters are fun, and the plot is interesting, but I guess I wasn’t in the right mood or something.

The plot was going in a bunch of different directions, with dozens of characters doing different things. I prefer a more linear story that focuses on one group of main characters. I skipped most of the scenes that follow the villains. I just didn’t want to hear about their nasty squabbling and killing.

There are a lot of grisly deaths in this book, which is true of most Redwall books, but it just seemed like a bit too much in this one.

There are a few characters that I really liked though. I liked Bisky, the young mouse who starts the whole adventure by relating the tale of Gonff the Mousethief to the Abbey babes at bedtime. I liked the voracious hare, Laird Bosie, who eats everything sight and never backs down from a fight. And I liked Samolus, the old mouse who first discovered the legend of Gonff and the hidden jewels. And I loved Abbot Glisam, who leads the Abbey with wisdom and kindness.

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