By Brian Jacques
At the shore of the japanese Sea, in a chilly stone castle, a stoat named Badrang holds dozens of blameless creatures as slaves, a part of his scheme to construct an empire the place he'll rule as unquestioned tyrant. between these slaves is a mouse named Martin who has a warrior's middle and a burning hope for freedom-freedom not just for himself, yet for all of Badrang's victims. there isn't any chance he'll now not take, no conflict he'll no longer struggle, to finish the stoat's evil reign and within the technique regain the sword of his father, Luke the Warrior-the sword that Badrang stole from him whilst he used to be yet a lad!
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Dinjer bounced up and down within the centre of the internet. stored! The gannet gave a shrill squawk and attacked Martin. jumping to 1 facet, he whirled the web and threw it directly over the bird’s head. The kelp fishing internet enveloped the gannet’s head and one wing, and draped at the floor, trapping one among its webbed ft. Martin fell to at least one part, dragging on the web. The bird’s head got here awkwardly askew and it attempted to drag its leg loose. Martin kicked out at its different leg, sending the gannet crashing on its facet, loosely trapped within the web. The younger mouse leapt up, his chest heaving. the web wouldn't carry the massive sea poultry for lengthy and he didn't desire to kill it. the 2 chicks have been squawking raucously within the nest. Turning to the fallen mom fowl, Martin loosed off the internet. Then he ran for the sting shouting aloud, ‘One for the web coming dooooooooown! ’ He leaped into the blue summer time morning, up and out. Momentarily he used to be robbed of breath because the wind whistled previous his ears. Spread-eagled, with all limbs flailing, he dropped like a stone, plummeting down into the web. Whumff! A potent cheer rose up from everybeast at the shore. Rose, Pallum and Grumm moved quickly to assist Martin from the web. The mousemaid tore a strip from her smock. ‘You’re harm. permit me see. Oh, thank goodness, it’s now not critical! ’ Martin permit her bandage his part. Amballa came visiting, smiling via her tears. Martin provided her sword again yet she refused. ‘Martinmouse warriormouse, greatbrave, savemy Dinjerbabe. Ballamum saythis. Warrawant? whatever foryou! ’ Pallum nudged Martin as he whispered, ‘She’s simply provided you whatever you will want for saving Dinjer. I’ve by no means heard the Queen do a specific thing like that prior to. ’ A silence fell over the assembled Highbeasts. Martin lifted the sword and with speedy strokes freed Rose of her hobbling log. Striding purposefully over to Pallum and Grumm, he slashed during the kelps that sure them to the logs. Pallum couldn't consider being with no the good log impeding his footpaws. He held the damaged kelp ends and wept silently. Martin confronted the Queen of the pigmy shrews eye to eye. ‘We wish unfastened! ’ The silence at the shore intensified as Amballa drew herself up regally, her fierce little eyes burning into Martin’s. ‘Ballamum saythis. Yougo allfree! ’ The ranks of the Highbeast tribe parted to enable the 4 buddies go through. They walked in silence, keeping the slashed kelp ends lest they tripped. unexpectedly Dinjer ran out in entrance of Martin, swinging a stick. He struck the younger mouse, demanding as he may. Martin winced as he took the blow complete around the face. Dinjer used to be in a nasty mood, remarkable and screaming as his tantrum grew. ‘Biggamouse kickamee. Killslay biggamouse. He kickamee Dinjer! ’ immediately Amballa was once among the 2. She grabbed Dinjer, snapped the stick and threw it away, then seizing her son through his tail she begun spanking him not easy along with her unfastened paw. ‘Martinmouse rightsay you silly . . . little . . . beast! ’ The loud cheers of the pigmy shrews, coupled with Dinjer’s anguished wails, reduce during the sunlit morning because the 4 buddies strolled unfastened alongside the seashore, clear of pigmy shrews and captivity.
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