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The Legend of Luke is the twelfth published book in the Redwall saga by Brian Jacques. It takes place after Mossflower in terms of storyline, and serves as a direct sequel.

Book Divisions (English)[]

  • Book 1: Martin
  • Book 2: Luke (A.K.A. In the Wake of The Red Ship)
  • Book 3: A Warrior's Legacy


While woodlanders construct Redwall Abbey, Trimp, a roving hedgehog, encounters Ferdy and Coggs Stickle. She visits the Abbey work site and sings a song to inspire the laborers lifting a beam. Martin the Warrior recognizes the name of his father, Luke the Warrior, mentioned in the lyrics and asks Trimp what she knows about him. He decides to quest north to learn more about his origins. Martin, Gonff the Mousethief, Young Dinny, and Trimp befriend an orphan woodlander named Chugger, Krar Woodwatcher, as well as two otter brothers, Folgrim and Tungro. When they reach the North Shores after a short journey, Martin meets his father's old friends Vurg (who at first mistakes him for Luke) and Beau, who live in half of a large ship called Arfship lodged between enormous rocks. They show him a book titled In the Wake of the Red Ship, an account of Luke's life.

The narrative flashes back to Martin's birth to Luke and his wife Sayna. Luke was the leader of a tribe of mice who relocated north from Mossflower Woods in the hopes of evading enemies. The tribe lived an idyllic life at their new home for many seasons until Vilu Daskar, captain of the Goreleech, attacked the settlement and killed Sayna, as well as many others with his Sea Rogues. Luke vowed revenge upon Daskar and soon had an opportunity when Reynard Chopsnout, master of the Greenhawk, sailed in, hoping to fix his broken vessel. Luke killed him and captured the ship. Together with Vurg, Beau, and others, they sailed in pursuit of Daskar. Young Martin wished to accompany his father, but Luke declined, giving him his sword, and the chance to name the ship, which was deemed Sayna.

After sailing for a very long time, the ship became low on food. Luckily, the crew found an island filled with abundant resources, but a stranded hare attacked them for stealing. The hare introduced himself as Beau, and soon accompanied them.

After a long period of tracking the Goreleech, the crew landed on an abandoned island. They found a pile of fruit lying mysteriously in front of them, and believing it was some type of peace offering from natives, ate it. The fruit was actually drugged, a trap laid by the resident vermin. Awaiting sacrifice to a snake named Slariss inside a cave, Luke managed to kill the beast, then threatened the leader of the savages in exchange for safe passage off the island.

The Sayna followed the Goreleech to the Twin Islands, two isles very close together with a narrow waterway between them. The Goreleech ambushed the Sayna by ramming it with a sharp spike on its bow. The ship was sunk, and everyone on board was killed except Luke, Vurg, and two other mice from the crew. Beau was believed to be dead, but he survived. Luke, however, was captured by Daskar when the Sayna was destroyed. He befriended a black squirrel, Ranguvar Foeseeker, who also wanted her revenge. Luke was able to convince Daskar of a hidden treasure that only he could only steer to. Vurg and Beau sneaked aboard to free the slaves as Ranguvar and Luke killed his foes. Luke maneuvered to where he had trapped Daskar to one end of the ship, then steered it between two rocks, breaking it. Luke, Ranguvar, Daskar, and the entire vermin crew were drowned as a result. The other half of the ship was permanently lodged between the rocks.

Back in the present, Beau and Vurg presented Martin with a tapestry of his ancestor, which would later be expanded into one of the mouse himself. They all return to Redwall.

Meanwhile, back at the Abbey, the woodlanders have been continuing its construction. Martin allegedly chose to put down his sword and live a life of peace upon returning, and the story ends with a narration by Abbess Germaine.

Characters in The Legend of Luke


The Legend of Luke has been released in audiobook format.

Release details[]

Books in the Redwall Chronicles, by Brian Jacques

Redwall · Mossflower · Mattimeo · Mariel of Redwall · Salamandastron · Martin the Warrior · The Bellmaker · Outcast of Redwall · Pearls of Lutra · The Long Patrol · Marlfox · The Legend of Luke · Lord Brocktree · Taggerung · Triss · Loamhedge · Rakkety Tam · High Rhulain · Eulalia! · Doomwyte · The Sable Quean · The Rogue Crew