The Dark Portal
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: June 2005
Duration: 8 hours 26 minutes
This first episode in the Deptford Mice trilogy is a tale of horror and valor, good and evil, leavened with humor. In it, Audrey and other brave little mice search for Albert and encounter the sinister Jupiter, who rules the rats through terror. Jupiter's evil presence manifests itself only through the glare of his red eyes peering from the inky blackness of an arched portal. Jarvis gives the story a mystical twist through the mysterious, farseeing bats that live in the attic and give counsel in riddles and through the mousebrass medallion that each mouse receives when coming of age.
"A spooky and enthralling animal fantasy...Jarvis provides counterpoint to the heart-racing adventure with scenes of haunting beauty...[and] conveys a sense of place powerful enough to elevate the South London boroughs of Greenwich and Blackheath to requisite stops on any bookish child's literary tour of the British capital."-Publishers Weekly