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How could I not write an account of the early adventures of the midshipmouse? In the original trilogy, he was always keeping some dark secret back until we finally learn that somehow he was responsible for the death of his best friend, Woodget. With that in mind I set about compiling his history and writing his memoirs.
Robin Jarvis


Thomas is the third book in The Deptford Histories trilogy by Robin Jarvis. It is the backstory of Thomas Triton, revealing the dark secret of his past.

Official descriptionEdit

It is four years since the fall of Jupiter, but upon the Cutty Sark all is far from well. Thomas Triton, midshipmouse, is tormented by horrific visions of the past; of stormlashed seas, ferocious battles, lost cities and terrifying heathen gods. But now the time has come to confront the most chilling memory of his youth and a dark, dreadful secret...

Plot Edit

Prologue: Old Wounds Edit

Chapter 1: A Bowl of Berrybrew Edit

Chapter 2: Mulligan Edit

Chapter 3: Aboard the Calliope Edit

Chapter 4: Steeped in Venom Edit

Chapter 5: Simoon Edit

Chapter 6: Siren Songs Edit

Chapter 7: Into the Raging Squall Edit

Chapter 8: At the Shrine of Virbius Edit

Chapter 9: The Passing of the Burden Edit

Chapter 10: The Legacy of Mulligan Edit

Chapter 11: The City of Hara Edit

Chapter 12: The Holy One Edit

Chapter 13: The Betrayal of Hara Edit

Chapter 14: The Adept of Sarpedon Edit

Chapter 15: The Lotus Parlour Edit

Chapter 16: The Black Temple Edit

Chapter 17: Journey's End Edit

Epilogue: Sadhu Edit

Character listing Edit

  • Thomas Stubbs: A brash young mouse with a weakness for berrybrew and who will one day become Thomas Triton.
  • Woodget Pipple: A fieldmouse from Betony Bank and Thomas' best friend. A great doom lies before him.
  • Mulligan: An Irish, one legged seafarer who bears a terrible burden which must not fall into the wrong claws.
  • Zenna: A daughter of the sea.
  • Mother Lotus/Ma Skillet: Ugly fat rat who owns a foul drinking den in Singapore called the Lotus Parlour.
  • Dimlon/Dimmy: A simple brained mouse befriended by Thomas and Woodget.
  • Captain Chattan Giri: Mongoose Captain from the fabled Indian city of Hara.
  • Neltemi: One of the twelve mouse maidens who tended the Shrine of Virbius.
  • Gorscarrigern/Sarpedon/Scarophion/The Dark Despoiler: The evil serpent God whose corporeal form was vanquished many years ago but whose dreadful spirit is ever waiting to return.
  • The Holy One: An ancient Lorus, one of the wisest of all creatures. He dwells in the city of Hara.

Editions Edit

Robin Jarvis' Deptford Mice books
The Deptford Mice:
The Dark Portal | The Crystal Prison | The Final Reckoning
The Deptford Histories:
The Alchymist's Cat | The Oaken Throne | Thomas
The Deptford Mouselets:
Fleabee's Fortune | Whortle's Hope | Ogmund's Gift (unreleased)
The Deptford Mice Almanack