A little bit Shakespeare, a little bit Canterbury tales, a little bit Tolkien One of Mr Jarvis unusual outings, it tells the back story of the animosity between the bats and the squirrels that is hinted at in the original Deptford Mice trilogy.
Might not be everyone s cup of tea but some of the chapters are surprisingly powerful.
Tells Of The Wars Between The Bats And The Squirrels, Which Have Raged For Many Years In Different Corners Of The Land, Vesper, The Young Bat, And Ysabelle, The Squirrel Maiden, Are As Yet Unaware Of The Events Which Will Sweep Them Into A Nightmarish Journey Dark, but engrossing Lots of action, and ends with a tragic twist Don t expect daises and sunshine from The Oaken Throne Do expect murder, cannibalistic rituals, conniving squirrels, freaky hares, interspecies love, ghosts and other ghastly things, pure evil shooting up from the ground, and one hell of a ride.
I just found my new favorite book.
BLOODY HELL I might never recover from that ending.
I ve always preferred Robin s humanity based books to his woodland creature features, but I have to say this one was uncommonly good almost a miniature Lord of The Rings of The Forest Twists and turns aplenty, as you d expect from the master, and every one of them signposted to high heaven when you go back to check if you ve been duped or not But Robin, Robin, Robin and I need to write this carefully to avoid spoilers what you did to him at the end, oh, that s so cruel So, so cruel It s why I love your books, but it s also why, in my heart of hearts, you make me despair.
I think that there should be an entire series dedicated to this book alone I personally want to continue reading what happens to the characters When people read books they can become one with the characters and I need another story until then I am frozen in time and just going through the motions.
This is the second Robin Jarvis novel I ve read, and I continue to be amazed at how dark and depressing a story about squirrels, bats and mice can be I enjoyed the characters and the world Jarvis created, but the evil forces presented in the book are truly frightening.
His writing brings the scenes to life to the point I can see them now as I write about the book The story is about families of bats and squirrels at war with each other, at a fight for who will rule on The Oaken Throne If you liked Redwall or the Deptford Mice series, this is one for you.