It is with great sorrow that I report the passing of another brilliant children's author. Brian Jacques, the author of the Redwall series has died at the age of 71 years. The Tales of Redwall are a series of magical stories, set around an abbey populated by animated mice, rats, birds and a badger. Marvellous historical fantasy fiction, the basic premise of all 21 books surrounds a clumsy, young mouse, Matthias, who dreams of one day becoming a warrior.Eventually, Matthias realises his dream. Through hard work and remaining persistent and dedicated, he becomes a true hero, though never quite losing his endearingly clumsy nature. The books have been compared to Tolkien's work and 'Watership Down', and showed Jacques true gift as a storyteller.
Jacques passed away over the weekend after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, two grown sons, and millions of Redwall fans worldwide.