This is a great series for kids, imaginative, interesting, with room to grow. I'm an adult who likes YA and I am enjoying this series a lot. Arthur is a real kid, smart, caring and determined.
This is the second 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 one was a good one. It was a lot easier to read for me because it didn't have to introduce the characters or explain every little detail about the House.
I like the characters that were introduced in this one and hope that they will be mentioned again.
The book didn't feel like it dragged, and had some very suspenseful parts to it that kept my attention the whole time. The second part of the will kind of got irritating, but not enough to distract me from the book, or make me not want to read it. The plot was executed well, but felt a little rushed to me.
Good read over all.
This series is really cute and especially designed for boys under the teen level. It just has so many creative elements and events that would appeal to the younger set. That being said, I loved it as it's rather different from what I usually read and great for listening in the car.
Arthur Penhaligan, a normal person in the 7th grade, was somehow selected to become the rightful heir to the Keys to the Kingdom (a universe adjacent to Earth that can be accessed through a monstrous house that only Arthur can see). And this is book two of his adventures outsmarting the Morrow days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc), each one has control on the day of his name. For example on Monday, Arthur had to deal with and defeat Mister Monday. On Tuesday it is Grim Tuesday and on Wednesday it will be Lady Wednesday. This is a cleverly written tongue in cheek kind of story that actually teaches morality to some degree. Arthur is set by The Will to correct the wrongs done by the Morrow days. The Morrow days aren't really evil but they have been corrupted by greed and the powers they have acquired. Grim Tuesday is a treasure hoarder and has become a slaver in the hopes of gaining more treasures. Arthur is appalled and vows to set the slaves free once he becomes keeper of the second key. Arthur and his ally Suzy Turquoise Blue spend their time in the house trying to get to the treasure tower and find the snippet of The Will that will bestow ownership of the Key to Arthur. You must keep in mind that Arthur doesn't want to be keeper of the keys to the kingdom, he just wants to return to his normal life but the House and it's denizens just won't allow that since he is already Lord Monday and the responsibility of the Lower House falls squarely on his shoulders. The other Morrow days sense disaster in the making and want to wrest control from Arthur's rather human hands. I find this really entertaining and it's fun to read about Arthur (and Suzy's) adventures and the defeat of the arrogant Morrow days.