Yes it really makes me sad too when poor dumb harmless vermin die. i mean they may be out to get redwall but its not like some dumb horderat is really going to be able to do any damage at all.
What i would really like to happen in one would be for the main hero of the story die acheiving their goal, it might be sad but would add so much more depth to the story. i mean which books stirs you most? for me it would definitivly have to be Martin the Warrior because of the death of 2 main charactors. I don't like it when unrealistic things happen to make main characters live just for the fact that they are main characters. One admirable thing that Jaques did was have Brinty die in high rhulain, no matter how much i would have loved to see him live (Because i could easily see him becoming the next "Matthias") it was more realistic that he died from that blow instead of making a miraculous recovery.
Best villian is definitivly Cluny, he's got it all: Cruelty, Great desire to conquer Redwall, best schemes ever! But despite him being the best i still like Feragho the Assasin better, him and klitch make the book what it is.
I dont quite know if i have a favorite species, i mainly like the admirable heros such as Matthias and Martin and Samkim. I i didnt like the other heros so much because most of them are so so young and it sort of annoys me. Dannflor is about the same age as Samkim but i see a distinct lack of character and warrior like ability. Also i dislike heros that are sort of the "Perfect package". By this i mean someone like Tagg. He just has everything he needs: Strength, speed, agility, skill with weapons, ability to survive on his own. And that sort of thing seriously hinders making there are challange for good to win.
My favorite books are: Salamandastron, Lord Brocktree, and Mossflower. i like those 3 all about the same. I liked Lord Brocktree for the diversity of Characters. Dotti was great because she didnt come from Salamandastron and (though) she did have a bit of the attitude of most hares from there, she wasnt the same and that made it intereasting. Bucko Bigbones also, i'm just biased for him because of my love of the scottish accent but i must say i think the funnest chapters for me to read in any book are the challange of bucko and dotti.
Mossflower is good too because i like Pre Redwall books, Redwall annoys me as dumb as it sounds. thats why my favorite books either are before the building of redwall or there is very little action at redwall. What would be really awesome in my opionion would be if the hero did not leave redwall and he actually became champion of redwall not be leaving home and fighting someone elses war, but by staying home and defending redwall in the manner matthias did.
Gonff is the best! there is no disputing it