This book starts off mild and slow but soon tells the tale of an evil cat threatening the calm life of the mice of Redwall. Faced with war, the mice take up arms and in particular, Matthias seeks the sword of Martin the Warrior in order to strike down Cluny and save his home. There is a quest that Matthias must embark on and a riddle that he must solve in order to accomplish this goal. This book is an exciting and great read. I've enjoyed reading it many times.