My first encounter with the Redwall series was Mariel of Redwall. I was about twelve or thirteen and I found the book amongst the many on my father's crowded bookshelf. After reading the book, I quickly sought after the previous books, as well as any new books that have come out. I check for new books every few months or so, pretty much whenever I have a gift card to spend at a bookstore.
My latest read was quite delightful. The story took place mostly on a different island, far from Redwall. The parts that involved Redwall swirled mainly around an ottermaid and her realization that she was destined to help free her enslaved kin on the island. This book brought back the wildcats, who are not shown as often as the other creatures depicted as vermin. Of course, Redwall had to deal with unpleasant vermin, in this case a small band of water rats, and at one point, a large bird who took refuge in Redwall's attic after it was somehow injured.
The only real complaints I have with this story were the development of a few of the minor characters and the mysterious attic of Redwall. I had hoped they would go back into the attic and explore it more thoroughly, especially since it was admitted that nobeast had been up there in countless ages. I also wanted to see a few of the ottermaid's friends a bit more.
It was still an enjoyable read, though. I will continue collecting and reading them as they come out. In fact, my next book is Doomwyte.