By this stage in his career, I feel like Jarvis knew his audience and what he could get away with Which is to say that this book feels darker and violent than any of his previous outings and the ending is the most morally ambiguous of any of his books to date.
Still, if you like his other stuff, this is another great yarn.
The last of the Deptford Histories trilogy, and probably the least good one But it was still a barrel of fun, and the trilogy as a whole is brilliant dark, often brutal YA fantasy about mice, rats, cats and other animals in a Game of Thrones esque world that features evil cults, magic, struggles for power, betrayal, ancient prophecy, ruined cities and friendship The series does veer into bloodsoaked grand guignol at times, but it s always engaging and tremendous fun.
If you can t get enough of those Deptford Mice, here s the story of Thomas.
The last of the Deptford Histories features of the sort of dark entertainment you d expect from Jarvis, this time focussing on a young Thomas Triton and his adventures at sea.
Beautiful atmosphere, I just loved the descriptions and vocabulary used.
This is book 3 of the prequels to the Deptford Mice trilogy, but it stands alone And will probably make you want to read all the other books, too.
Super dark and really well written The mice have their own mouse english country bumpkin dialect and mythology We ve got a classic tale of good v evil in the form of the Green good some kind of prophet god Vaguely Buddha esque vs super evil snake demon and his hideous servants The Dark Despoiler, reminiscent of Voldemort in HP 1, is trying to get his body back after a long ago defeat at the hands of the servants of the Green Thomas and his buddy, the unfortunate Woodget, get mixed up in the magical power struggle I never thought a story about mice could be so gripping.
I haven t read the other books in this series but this was fairly entertaining, for a book about mice who act like people.