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[ Read Online The Dark Portal ↠´ amazon PDF ] by Robin Jarvis  The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis was the first installment of the Deptford Mice Trilogy was the story of a village of mice trying to live through the temptation and danger of the sewers where the deadly rats live That that was where the interest ended The book was dull, changed speaking characters all too often with no warning, and had confusing plot twists I will not be reading any of this series, unless I am in the mood to be bored to sleep with odd mice trials and tribulations.
An interesting, unique, and original book.
This was one of my all time favourite books as a kid and I ve had a blast re reading it to my daughter It tells the tale of a group of anthropomorphic mice living in an empty house in Deptford The fact that it s such a particular suburb not just a random house in London somewhere is one of the things I ve always liked about this book The mice live a relatively happy life, except for the fact that down in the cellar is the Grill an old piece of ironwork that leads into the sewers And in the sewers live the incredibly vicious rats and their dark god, Jupiter, who mostly appears as a pair of glowing red eyes burning out from The Dark Portal of the title At the beginning of the book, Albert Brown, the father of two mouse children, wanders into the sewers, for no reason that he can fathom Drawn on by the dark enchantments of the Grill He unfortunately doesn t make it alive past chapter one, but his death is then the trigger for all the action that takes place in the rest of the book.
From them on, it s an increasingly gripping read It s hard to remember that when this came out back in 1989, the young adult phenomenon had yet to take off and so books for kids were largely of the Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings variety larger than life, slightly fluffy and mostly ridiculous But Jarvis idea of storytelling was far different His villains are truly vile some of the most violent, evil characters to ever march across the pages of a children s book But, in making the opposition so dark, it increases the peril that is facing his small vulnerable heroes And what could be small and vulnerable than a mouse So the end result was probably a book that would have been rather darker than the average children s book at the time, but now in this day of multiple dystopian series for teens, is yet another series on the shelf that gets crowded out by Hunger Games and Maze Runners and so forth So, sadly, The Deptford Mice trilogy are mostly out of print in hard copy, which means that the world has lost Robin Jarvis amazing illustrations one per chapter which he did himself Clearly, his visual imagination was as energetic as his written imagination in fact, The Dark Portal started as a series of sketches , because for me, the illustrations looked exactly like the story described in them, and made the words come to life That said, if you can forgo the illustrations, the trilogy has been re released for a very reasonable price on Kindle, so hunt them down if you get a chance.
The end result is a story that I definitely wouldn t recommend for any children under the age of 8 or 9 and even then But for those brave enough to try it, I d wholly recommend it His characters are so well drawn that even after all these years, I still consider Arthur and Audrey Brown, Twit, Piccadilly, Thomas Triton and Oswald old friends and I m always happy to revisit them myself and introduce them to others And in this day and age, a bunch of diminutive heroes who stand up against evil not because they have any superpowers or because they re dashing and brave, but just simply because it s the right thing to do these are the kind of heroes I would like to see of.
I had to DNF this one It s boring, and the plot is trite, and the pacing is weird I didn t care about any of the characters, so after I stuck with it through 100 pages, I called it quits.
The writing is really condescending, and points out the obvious over and over In the beginning, the setting is described as a society of mice who are afraid of the sewers below their community because the evil rats live in the sewers and they eat any poor mice who go wandering down there Then a mouse named Albert is lured into the sewers, and the author thinks they need to tell me and explain again and again that Albert is afraid He s afraid of the sewers because there are ravenous rats in the sewers He s afraid of the rats because the rats capture and eat mice Albert is afraid.
OMG, don t tell me 50 times that Albert is afraid I can deduce that very well for myself That s probably why I couldn t connect with any of the characters, because I wasn t allowed to just feel the emotions of the characters through the story I was TOLD the character s emotions, and that gets annoying really fast.
The pacing felt jarring and strange One minute the characters are fleeing for their lives, and then we cut to a scene of a momma mouse with her little mouslings having cake a festival The story didn t flow very well from scene to scene.
I ve heard this compared to Redwall No, no, no Redwall actually has good writing and interesting characters.
Ever since there were mice in my uni house, I have been absolutely terrified of them and also rats by extension So I felt very uncomfortable reading this book.
This book tells the story of mice that live in an abandoned house but they keep being lured into the sewer where the evil rats are However, the rats are controlled by a magical dark force, which actually turns out to be a cat.
This book has an odd and surprising mix of humour and gruesomeness but it just wasn t really for me.
It ends on a cliffhanger so that it can set up another book but it is not one that I will be reading.

Don t let the fact that this story is about a community of mice trick you into thinking this is a sunny, lovely adventure It is dark, gritty and gruesome at least one character meets their grisly end being skinned This means it may not be suitable for a lot of children, however, it is not so bad that I wouldn t recommend it to some proficient, well read upper KS2 children The tension is palpable throughout with Jarvis doing an excellent job of keeping you on edge and fearing for the young mice A great read that keeps you genuinely fearing for the characters safety but grips you in a way that makes you unable to put the book down.
This is a fun read that pulled me through all the way to the end It didn t score higher principally because the lore of the book is very underdeveloped In particular, there are several magical moments that seem convenient than grounded in the logic of the book Indeed, I never truly felt like the world made sense which is a shame because I love the overall concept and feel this could have been a great children s book if the ideas here were handled in a cohesive and consistent way.
Disclaimer No humans are present in the telling of this story Jupiter lives in the sewers and is lord over the rats When a mouse from the Skirtings loses her mouse brass while looking for her missing father in the sewer she consults Madame Akkikuyu, a fortune teller, and Audrey ends up on an adventure in the sewers, herself Now join the forces of a city mouse, country mouse, a seafaring mouse and the bats to try to find her And what of Jupiter May be too intense for real young children but teens should enjoy this book.
I m on a bit of a Robin Jarvis kick at the moment, and it was when I reread The Dark Portal the first in the Deptford Mice series that I came to realise something.
I think that Jarvis taught me the concept of story, in a way I think he taught me the concept of telling a single story within a greater whole I am a fan of him, avowedly so, and love his work from the Whitby series to the Deptford books from Aufwader to Green Mouse and everything in between His books are big books They are unashamedly children s books too scary, challenging and yet accessible literature, told in a rolling style that does not dress itself up behind dense stylistic shapes These are stories which want to be told, to be read, and when they are read, they have the curious impact of pushing themselves under your skin and settling in that odd unsure space between reality and fiction I grew up near Whitby and could almost see Aunt Alice, cycling over the bridge and tramping the beach, Ben and Jennet at her side.
But the Deptford books, oh the bigness of these books astounds me so and my thanks to my equally beloved Michelle Magorian for teaching me the proper way to pronounce Deptford These books are stories which stand hugely in their own right but also layer and cut against each other, their sediment shifting and revealing of the individual story the you read the other This is great and clever work and patient, too, that quiet belief in the story to happen when and how it needs to happen, that shift in perspective that comes when you read one and come back to reread another I admire this, I admire it greatly And so The Dark Portal sits, as a beginning to the Deptford Mice, but as a sequel to the Deptford Histories and as a companion to the Deptford Almanac one of my most treasured books ever It is, nominally, the story of a group of mice and a group of rats and an evil, terrifying figure in the shadowy sewers called Jupiter The rats serve Jupiter and the mice keep their wary distance, living above the Grille and rarely making trips down into the sewers But there is magic in the Grille, dark magic, and one day it makes a mouse called Arthur Brown enter the sewers and so begin a series of dark and terrifying events which could change the world forever.
It is a story which sits comfortably and superbly so within itself The world of the rats and mice and squirrels, and bats is huge and layered in mythology, story and truth There s not one inch of this world I don t believe, and there s a part of me that wouldn t be surprised, even now, to see Twit shimmy up one of the plants outside His competency in this world, the thick, dense taste of it, is beguiling And it is powerful, hugely so, These are books that show relatively young readers just what can be achieved in books, in story Do note, that if you re reading this with your own mouselets, there are some scary and bloody moments in it so do, as ever, read the book yourself and trust your instincts The Dark Portal is also a story that swells and grows, the you read of Jarvis work You learn character backstories, motives, rationale and so much There are things in these stories which would feed the internet for weeks, and the puzzling out of meaning, the dull suspicion of something than coincidence, and then the bright clarity of connection , is something that will always make me relish Jarvis work.
Children s literature is good, guys It s been good for a long while, and I think it s in a bit of a brilliant and golden position right now with the quality of work being produced But with every trend there are individuals who are ahead of the curve, who are producing world changing, genre defining books ahead of their time Jarvis was, is, one of those authors and The Dark Portal is a wonderful introduction to his work.
In The British Tradition Of Redwall Comes This First Novel Of A Trilogy That Is Sure To Capture Fans Both Young And Old In The Sewers Of Deptford, There Lurks A Dark Presence That Fills The Tunnels With Fear The Rats Worship It In The Blackness And Name It Jupiter, Lord Of All Into This Twilight Realm Wanders A Small And Frightened Mouse The Unwitting Trigger Of A Chain Of Events That Hurtles The Deptford Mice Into A World Of Heroic Adventure And Terror

Robin Jarvis born May 8, 1963 is a British children s novelist, who writes fantasy novels, often about anthropomorphic rodents and small mammals especially mice and Tudor times A lot of his works are based in London, in and around Deptford and Greenwich where he used to live, or in Whitby.His first novel The Dark Portal, featuring the popular Deptford Mice was the runner up for the