Deptford Mice

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A series of books by Robin Jarvis.

The first three books, known as the Deptford Mice books, tells the tale of a mouse named Audrey as her seemingly idyllic life is shattered when the evil god Jupiter and his legion of rats attack the mice. Audrey must find a way to vanquish Jupiter in order to stop him from wreaking havoc against the world, but the odds are stacked against her. The books include The Dark Portal, The Crystal Prison, and The Final Reckoning.

The next three books are known as the Deptford Histories and serve as prequel stories. These books include The Alchemist's Cat which tells the tale of a young boy who is held against his will by a sorcerer and a cat that would eventually gain great powers from being the sorcerer's familiar, The Oaken Throne which tells the tale of a bat and squirrel who must find a way to stop an evil cult while a war between their species rages on, and Thomas which tells the tale of a seafaring mouse who is hounded by a Religion of Evil known as the Scale.

Tropes used in Deptford Mice include:
  • Cats Are Mean: The cats in these books are definitely not friendly at all. Leech from The Alchemist's Cat is a particular example, being spiteful towards others due to him being a runt. He would later on become known as 'Jupiter.'
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: A lot of it; the first major one that comes to mind is the rats peeling the skin off of their victims to honor their god(s).
  • God of Evil: The Raith Sidhe, which includes Hobb, Mabb and Bauchan. Scarophion from Thomas also applies.
  • I Have Many Names: The Dark Despoiler from Thomas has been called Scarophion, Sarpedon, and Gorscarrigen.
  • Owl Be Damned: The owl from The Crystal Prison is responsible for some of the deaths.
  • Religion of Evil: The worship of the Infernal Triad and Scarophion.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Scale worship the evil snake god Scarophion and includes reptiles like crocodiles and cobras in his army. Certain members can even tear off their mammalian skin and take the form of reptiles.
  • Scaled Up: Dimlon, or Dahrem as he is really known, does this during his fight against Chattan, revealing his ability as an adept of Scarophion to transform into a lizard.