“ Author: Robin Jarvis / Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy „
The main idea about this book is when there are evil times. This squirrel maiden, Ysabelle, catches the silver acron during an attack by the bats. Her mother, Lady Ninna, makes her leave Hazel Realm right away. Along the way, her soliders found an ingured bat, Vesper. Ysabelle wan't poor Vesper killed, but she changes her mind and makes him useful. They got caught by Hobbers, and her old tutor, Godfrey, helped her escape, but died trying. Feeling desperate, Ysabelle saves Vesper to help her find her way to Greenreach. They fought about what they believed in and came across a mole and a shrew. They know their way to Greenreach, then Ysabelle wants their help. Vesper had no where else to go so he joined. Along the way, Ysabelle runs into her old friend, a jester named Wendel. Her believing in him was a bad idea. After they were captured by Fenny, a mouse captain, Vesper and Ysabelle find out they are desperatly in love. They still need to stop the war and let them know the Hobbers are the real enemy. Ysabelle and Vesper face this together. Later they find out their love can never be. It hurt them both very bad. After when Ysabelle makes up her mind to run away and be with him, it is too late.
That is the main idea in this book. The bats have launched an attack on the main squirrel realm, Greenreach, to destroy the leader of the black squirrels, the Starwife, and take back their power by stealing the magic silver acorn amulet. Ysabelle, a squirrel maiden in the Hazel Realm, unfortunately finds the silver acorn whilst the bats are trying to find it, and it is her job to take it back to Greenreach and regain power for the squirrels. Whilst on the journey to Greenreach, she meets an injured young bat, Vespertilio. At first she takes him prisoner, but when her protectors are brutally killed she relies on him to help her on her mission. At the end of their journey they realise that they have fallen in love, but ultimately the relationship between their two races prevents them from being together forever. This may sound like a Romeo and Juliet storyline, but it is much more than that. Along the way they meet many other characters, encounter the evil tribe called the Hobbers and delve into the magical powers of the silver acorn. This has to be one of the best books I have ever read; it combines lots of different genres (e.g. romance and fantasy) and has a great storyline. Robin Jarvis creates atmosphere amazingly, and his detailed descriptions always make you want to read on. I have read three of his books in total – ‘The Alchemist’s Cat’ and ‘Thomas’ are also in the same series as ‘The Oaken Throne’, and are prequels to the Deptford Mice series, which I’m still waiting to arrive in the library. :) The other books also have very detailed storylines and descriptions, and I would definately recommend all of them.
The dark wars between the bats and the squirrels have raged for many years. In different corners of the land, Vesper, the young bat, and Ysabelle, the squirrel maiden, are as yet unaware of the events which will sweep them into a nightmarish journey. The second prequel to "The Deptford Mice".