The "Oaken Throne" tells of the dark wars between the bats and the squirrels, which 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.
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Robin Jarvis studied graphic design in Newcastle and then worked in television and advertising making model monsters and puppets. He has been a full-time writer and illustrator for some time, and has a large following among children and adults. Robin's books are consistent best-sellers and he has won several awards for his work. The Dark Portal was runner-up for the Smarties Prize in 1989.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6 Up–Vesper, a bat, dreams of following in his fathers glorified path as a Knight of the Moon. Unfortunately, he is too young to participate in the battle against their mortal enemies, the squirrels. When an army of bats massacres the Starwife, a young squirrel maiden, Ysabelle, must travel to the distant land to restore power and become the successor to the Oaken Throne. She and her traveling army of squirrels capture Vesper and decide to take him with them. Their journey throws them into a terrifying world of pure evil, and the bat and the squirrel must overcome their differences and work together to defeat the forces that threaten to destroy their worlds. Readers will have a hard time putting down this dark, gripping tale of love, treachery, and the clashing forces of good versus evil. This second book in the series stands completely on its own. The well-rounded characters enhance the excellent plot, which is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats up to the very last page. Fans of the previous book and of the Deptford Mice trilogy (Chronicle) will not be disappointed. This book will also appeal to fans of Brian Jacques Redwall series (Penguin).–Christine McGinty, Newark Public Library, NY
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