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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441728651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441728654
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,619,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Jarvis is a great writer, in command of his intricate plotting.' (Scottish Sunday Herald)

'Jarvis is a real story teller ...' (Carousel)

'Robin Jarvis knows how to win readers over and hold them in a tight grip.' (Young Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Audrey and Arthur Brown, two innocent town mice, are drawn into the sewers beneath the streets of Deptford, in searchof Audrey's magical charm, the mousebrass. But the sewers are also the nightmare realm of Jupiter, the lord of the rats... The first story in the breathtakingly original and utterly captivating Deptford Mice trilogy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Oughton on 15 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
I read these books first time years and years ago. I was coaxed into it by my mother and really enjoyed them.

They are pretty dark, alot of witchcraft and more death than i had been used to in my jackeline wilsons.

My favourite thing about all Jarvis books is that he does an illustration each chapter. There are not enough illustrations in books now and it's a shame. These are all wonderfully drawn and help you picture things that can other wise be quite hard to conjour in you mind. eg Mouse brasses.

I also love that Jarvis writes in trilogies and this series just keeps getting better and better. In this trilogy each of the books has a really different setting so the story seems to last alot longer. The third book in this trilogy (The Final Reconing) was one of the first books that made me cry, the second i think actually. I found it very very moving!

These books aren't particularly hard reads, you possibly won't steam through them like you did the da vinci code but you won't find it a struggle in the slightest.

A word of warning, read this book and you'll be a Jarvis addict like me!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was the first Robin Jarvis novel I had the pleasure of reading - I picked it up from my school library when I was 14 and loved it to pieces. I'm 21 now and have read all of Robin's novels and have to say they are all brilliant. The Deptford Mice have always been my favourites though - the characters are great and you really feel like you know them by the end of the book. The story line to the Dark Portal is full of shocks and surprises and if you're anything like me you'll have difficulty in putting the novel down! If you enjoy excitment, fantasy and non-stop twists to your books, you'll love this!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Edain VINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2003
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Many people are drawn to the fact that all of the characters in this trilogy are mice, bats or squirrels, and many are put off. Don't be. Suspend your belief and within the first page it's as normal as anything.
The mice in question are a small community who live in a house in Deptford. Arthur and Audrey have just come of age and are preparing for the ceremony in which they will be given their Mousebrass - a glass pendant bearing a symbol that will lay out their life, deciding their profession. Their celebrations are tinged with sadness - their father has gone missing. It is feared he travelled through The Grating at the end of the hall, a place where no mouse goes, for it is the lair of the rats.
The children know, deep down, the giving off the brass is only tradition. The Green Mouse doesn't really appear - it's a local in a leafy costume. And the brasses are made my the guy down the hall. However, Audrey emerges with a brass bearing the symbol of the cat. No one understands. No one's even seen the brass before. What is Audrey's fate?
Audrey's life is going to take a turn.
The first book takes Arthur and Audrey, visitor Piccadilly, who was the last to see their father alive, Twit the fieldmouse and Oswald, the sickly albino, through the sewers of Deptford, trying to find out what happened to Arthur Brown and just what is behind the rat's rebellion and resurfacing.
The beauty of these books is the way in which all six - three books, and then three prequels - tie in with one another. You'll read the three books and then the prequels explain minor details in the past. The mysterious Jupiter is fully explained in 'The Alchemist's Cat' (extremely terrifying!), the realm of the Starwife is explored in 'The Oaken Throne' (the only book ever to make me cry. Twice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grr on 29 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the first in the Deptford mice trilogy, and in my opinion way better and more original than Harry potter!

Audrey and Arthur are brother and sister mice, living happily until.... they are drawn through the ominous "Grate" to search for their missing father deep in the sewer, realm of the evil Jupiter. He is Lord and living god of the most evil rats in fiction! But the mystery is, what exactly is Jupiter really?

They make some great friends on their journey and meet scary enemies who like nothing better than peeling mice and frying their ears!! Will they rescue their lost dad? Packed with terror, sorcery and bravery, this is ideal for boys and girls from 8 and up. Contains excellent illustrations by the author too. The writing is of an excellent standard, and you really feel for the characters. Some you will love and cheer on, and others you will want to meet the nastiest ends!! (and some do....yuk)

Read the whole trilogy and try Robin Jarvis' other series too: Whitby Witches, Deptford Histories and Deathscent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I started reading this book in order to forget about school work for a while, and found that I couldn't put it down before I had finished reading it! Full of emotion, with a gripping atmosphere that ranges from peaceful and mellow to dark and dangerous, this story is an adventure that had me both smiling and crying before I was finished with it. An excellent escape from reality, with skillfully built characters who the reader easily identifies with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent read and I recommend it for anyone 12+. Jarvis really gives you a feeling of tension as you read it and has you gripped from start to finish. I like Harry Potter but this is much better stuff. Buy it now! Also make sure that afterwards you read The Crystal Prison and The Final Reckoning and if you want, the Deptford histories trilogy.
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