This is the third book in Garth Nix's Keys To The Kingdom series. If you enjoy fantasy fiction like Harry Potter, or Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books, then this series is for you. I have read most of Garth Nix's other work and these books are my favorite of his to date (2009). The tone of these stories is far less dark and creepy than most of his other ones (which I liked too), but the world and the storyline he has created here just feels more fleshed out and complete.
He draws on elements of Christian religious tradition to frame his story, but in ways that are quirky, almost absurd, and not really corresponding to any kind of religious orthodoxy. It is chock full of interesting ideas though, and great fun for adults who might "catch" more of that as they read than a kid would. It has been pointed out that the characters the books are named after (unfaithful "Trustees" who are supposed to uphold the Will of the Architect/Creator who has vanished and left the Universe and all creation in their hands) correspond to the seven deadly sins in the manner in which they each are corrupted and fail in their duty. These being sloth, pride, gluttony, et al.
The hero of the piece, Arthur Penhaligon, is a young, teen-aged boy who by chance and against his will finds himself charged with defeating each faithless Trustee and setting the "universe" to rights. He feels impelled to do this because it is the only way to protect his own world, his family and everything he cares about, but the process makes him less and less human and possibly unable to ever return to his normal life and existence.
Garth Nix is one of my favorite authors and this series is some of his best work ever. I highly recommend it.
The complete series is:
Mister Monday (book 1)
Grim Tuesday (book 2)
Drowned Wednesday (book 3)
Sir Thursday (book 4)
Lady Friday (book 5)
Superior Saturday (book 6)
Lord Sunday (book 7, not yet released as of this writing - May 2009)
This book was really enjoyable but it wasn't as good as Mister Monday or Grim Tuesday. Hopefully Sir Thursday will be better.
The third book in Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series, and they just keep getting better. Arthur is back once again as the reluctant hero, with new friends and new enemies.
I thought this was the best one of all so far...
It kept my attention, although the book that I received was not in the best condition which made me a little mad to read it. Aside from that, the plot was well thought out, and introduced new characters that I hope are going to be in the next ones to come.
I like the third part of the will in this, and thought that it was very clever how he was formed.
The idea of pirates and sorcerers was very intricately thought out, and well executed.
Weird, but ultimately intriguing. Not at all like Sabriel. Reveals author has some truly strange thoughts up his sleeve.
I unapologetically love this series! Garth Nix is just too clever and his scenarios are so far out there but semi-believable anyway. Some of the stuff he comes up with is just way too cool. Case in point, Drowned Wednesday used to be a person. However she was cursed by the Morrow days and her appetite grew to such immense proportions that she literally turned into a whale, and a ginormous one at that. Now she is "drowned" since it is necessary for her to stay submerged in the Border Sea to survive. Of course, she doesn't want to be a fish but even with the third key, she just cannot control her appetite or her human shape and hence eats entire ships, schools of fish, denizens (people), etc without intent. Lady Wednesday invited Arthur Penhaligan to lunch (yeah that's what I thought was going to happen too) and pleads with him to help her. Since getting the keys (and The Will) is Arthur's ultimate goal anyway, he agrees and thus starts his latest adventure into the House.
this is number 3 in this series.looks like a very interesting read to me.i have not read it.