Redwall "Book 23" (unpublished children's novel; existence unconfirmed; 2010-2011)


Redwall "Book 23"
Reisa Kartwell, by Sean Rubin. This image is currently the only piece of evidence to this work's existence.
Reisa Kartwell, by Sean Rubin. This image is currently the only piece of evidence to this work's existence.
Status Existence Unconfirmed

In early 2010, Penguin Publishing House organized a contest in which one participant would receive the chance to make a character that would appear in the next book of Brian Jacques' then-popular children's fantasy series Redwall. The winner of the contest, under the username Hyzenthlay of Redwall contacted the chief administrator of the Redwall Wiki, telling him that she herself had been contacted by Penguin and was told that she had years ago won the contest.

Her entry, a hare named Reisa Kartwell, was drawn by Redwall illustrator Sean Rubin and her illustration was mailed to her and uploaded to the Redwall Wiki. However, her character didn't make an appearance in the next novel of the series to be published, The Rogue Crew. Brian Jacques, the author of the series, was known for being very ahead of schedule and would work on many projects at the same time. This makes it possible that the character Reisa was intended to appear in an unpublished new novel.

Sadly, Jacques died on February 5, 2011, leaving his last written novel, The Rogue Crew to be completed by a ghost writer and published posthumously. To this day, the 23rd Redwall novel is either lost, unfinished, or both.

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Terry the Cat

2 months ago
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Unfortunately, it's not likely that any more books were worked on. Despite rumors that Book 23 would be called "Pondicherry", the rumor was perpetuated by a bad Wikipedia edit made shortly after Jacques' death. All sources seem to point to the non-existence of Book 23, which is unfortunate for the contest winner. There have been no updates on the search since 2015 and, as time goes on, more doubt is cast on the existence of unfinished documents.

Redwall Forum thread on "Pondicherry": http://www.r...topic=1951.0 Redwall Forum disproving "Pondicherry": http://redwa...714#msg42714

The source of the "Pondicherry" rumor: https://en.w...id=415992599
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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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I have the Long Patrol book, didn't know there was 22 books and a lost 23rd book
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TigerMan1995

1 months ago
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I have the Long Patrol book, didn't know there was 22 books and a lost 23rd book
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Terry the Cat

1 months ago
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Well, there may not be a 23rd book. The only source I have to confirm its existence is excited Redwall fans who were waiting for Book 23 after the author's death. But so far, no manuscripts, completed or otherwise, have surfaced.
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Hingle dingle Trotsky

6 days ago
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Wish I had more information to share. The Pondicherry may be next.
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