Friday, April 1, 2016

Redwall Fans Will Love The Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister

The Story: On a wondrous island kingdom where a variety of anthropomorphic animals live together in peace, dangers in many forms threaten the island, but the good animals there always work together to battle evildoers and protect the innocent. The series contains five books: Urchin of the Riding Stars, Urchin and the Heartstone, The Heir of Mistmantle, Urchin and the Raven War, and Urchin and the Rage Tide.

My Thoughts: After being intrigued by this series for a long time, I finally picked up the first book and started reading. I quickly discovered that The Mistmantle Chronicles is an excellent anthropomorphic animal series in the tradition of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. Although it is not as bold or colorful as the early books in the Redwall series, it has a lot to offer.

As with Redwall, the vivid characters are a big part of what makes it so readable. And unlike Redwall, the books follow the same characters as they grow and have many adventures together. Even though the Redwall series is much longer, the world The Mistmantle Chronicles is set in is more thoroughly developed.

One of my favorite things about The Mistmantle Chronicles is that it is filled with Christian symbolism and ideas. Characters pray, show the value of faith, and even learn fairly complex theological lessons, all in a series that was released by a secular publisher. I highly recommend this series to fans of anthropomorphic animal fantasy and fans of good fantasy novels in general.

Content Overview: Mild violence.

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