Thomas (The Deptford Histories Series #3)

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The final installment of the gripping Deptford Histories introduces Thomas, a grizzled seamouse haunted by the dark and deadly events of his past.
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The final installment of the gripping Deptford Histories introduces Thomas, a grizzled seamouse haunted by the dark and deadly events of his past.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review of the series' launch title, PW called the Deptford Trilogy by Robin Jarvis "a spooky and enthralling animal fantasy just right for Redwall fans." Thomas, the third and final book of the Deptford Histories (prequels to the Deptford Trilogy), introduces the title seamouse, who is driven by a dark past to leave home for the high seas and a brighter future. Instead he is swept up in unforeseen storms and battles. The first of the Deptford Histories, The Alchemist's Cat, which chronicles how Jupiter (a "villain par excellence" according to PW) came to power, is now in paperback. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Thomas, an aged seamouse, is finally ready to confront the memories of his youth. He and his best friend Wodget leave their little village and a girl they both love. Tricked onto the ship Calliope by an old mouse named Mulligan, Thomas and Wodget find themselves ensnared in a race to keep a talisman from falling into the wrong hands. Little do they know that one of their crewmates, the simple-minded Dimmy, is an agent of the dark forces they seek to foil. Through storms, shipwrecks, encounters with sirens, and sights beyond their wildest dreams, Thomas and Wodget's adventures finally culminate in a heart-breaking confrontation. This richly written, well-crafted fantasy will keep the reader immersed in Thomas and Wodget's world. The ending is absolutely heartbreaking, and is made even more so by Jarvis' amazing characters.
VOYA - Rebecca C. Moore
In this third of the Deptford Histories, best friends Thomas and Woodget get tricked into a dangerous sea voyage by old Mulligan, a mouse with a terrifying secret: He carries a fragment of a jade egg that would, were all its pieces rejoined, allow the dreaded snake-god Scarophian to return. Mulligan needs the friends' help to prevent the rejoining, but it is a perilous task, and when a mortally wounded Mulligan passes the fragment to Woodget, the mice are plunged into even deeper danger. Traveling to distant lands, they seek safety with other fragment guardians, but soon learn that the guardians will betray even their own people to prevent the snake-god's return. Their wisdom, it seems, has been "sundered from compassion." In the end, everything must be lost in order to win, and everyone must pay the price. Whether intentionally or not, this novel reads like a prose fantasy written in the stylized language of a Homeric epic, with mixed results. Although the lavish descriptions offer lyrical beauty, the floridly "archaic" language too often sounds stilted and melodramatic, particularly in dialogue. In addition, while it is a richly imagined world, new readers might be put off by the over-anthropomorphization of the animals (i.e. human-type hair and tattoos), and by the failure to explain the role or even existence of humans in this world. It is still a good story-full of action, blood, magic, evil, and indomitable small heroes-but readership may be limited to previous fans of the series.
Kirkus Reviews
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Thomas, then surnamed Stubbs, and his best friend, the sensitive fieldmouse Woodget Pipple, are led through a romantic misunderstanding and a dockside scuffle into a wild seafaring adventure with the peg-legged Mulligan and the lackwitted Dimlon (neither quite what they seem). They are then drawn inexorably into the ancient battle between the noble Green Council and the vile Scale, plotting to restore the grisly domination of the serpent-demon Scaraphion. Deptford fans know just what to expect: overstuffed plots, dense with tragedy and treachery and true friendship, rife with occult allusions and an undercurrent of brooding menace. The heroes are stalwart and true; the villains sadistic and grotesque; and the nonstop action builds through gruesome gusts of shuddering violence to an apocalyptic climax and a bittersweet epilogue. Backwards are the sentences shaped, and deep the clauses piled; lush and vermilion are the adjectives thereof. The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641971280
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/13/2008
  • Series: Deptford Histories Series, #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Jarvis studied graphic design in college and worked in television and advertising before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. Mr. Jarvis resides in England.
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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Recommended for adults who like the Redwall series

    I read the Deptford Mice Trilogy and was about to pass it along to some young friends of mine when I learned of the Deptford Histories and began acquiring the three volumes. Now that I've read the Histories, I've revised my plans for passing along the six volumes. The author's prose is increasingly full of British vocabulary and his sentence structure has grown increasingly complicated. I have an M. A. in English, but I am not a Brit. I had to consult my Oxford English Dictionary a number of times as the words were not listed in my American college dictionary. I believe many young adult/independent readers would be put off by the prose, and have therefore decided to pass my copies to an adult friend who likes the Redwall series.

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