Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #5)

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The fifth book in Garth Nix's New York Times-bestselling series!

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front ...

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Overview


The fifth book in Garth Nix's New York Times-bestselling series!

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door.
Amidst all this trouble, Arthur must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize--before he's beaten to it!

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Could it be worse? Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and stripped of their keys; Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, whose New Nithling brigades control most of the Great Maze. Meanwhile, Superior Saturday is raising havoc wherever she can, turning off elevators and blocking the front door. In the midst of this depressing chaos, Arthur must weigh a suspicious offer from Lady Friday. No doubt about it: The race to find the secret of the Middle House is on!
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
After having defeated Sir Thursday, Arthur Penhaligon, reluctant Rightful Heir to all the Houses of the Architect, is barely given time to sleep—and none to return to his family on Earth—when he is literally cast into the fray against his next opponent. Lady Friday is a bit quirkier than former enemies: it seems she has developed a taste for the memory-laden souls of Earthlings. While Arthur's old friend Leaf single-handedly faces these horrors, our hero must first search for the next bit of the Will. This endeavor has Nix's imagination working at full speed. His Denizen Paper Pushers and their canal fueled by words is an amusing conceit. And it is a relief to learn that the new Will extract is both civilized and rational. As for the Pied Piper and his children . . . . Well, readers already hooked on the series will have to plow into Book Five to find out more. And they most certainly will, because Arthur is an attractive hero. He is honest and faithful, and as he grows into his otherworldly role, one can only cheer him on in hopes that he will somehow manage to retain his sympathetic mortal nature.
VOYA - Michael Levy
Young Arthur Penhaligon has bested four of the renegade trustees of the Will left by the great Architect, the missing creator of both the House and the secondary universes that are dependent on the House. Now, though, in this fifth installment of the wonderful and extremely complex Keys to the Kingdom series, he must defeat both the wicked Lady Friday and the mysterious Piper if he is to have any hope of gaining his due as Rightful Heir. Lady Friday, the fifth trustee, claims that she is prepared to abdicate and insists that she has left her segment of the Will up for grabs. As Arthur, aided by his friends Suzy and Fred, journeys through the dangerous Middle House in an attempt to beat the Piper and also Superior Saturday to the fifth part of the Will, he must deal with both Lady Friday's treachery and a variety of dangerous Denizens of the House. Meanwhile his friend Leaf, having been captured by Lady Friday, must defeat her plan to "experience" the memories of thousands of human beings, stolen from the current world, leaving them as little more than empty husks. Although Nix's latest volume might not stand well on its own, it continues the enormous inventiveness that has been the hallmark of the series. Eccentric characters, wonderfully literalized metaphors, and difficult moral decisions abound here, and the book should further delight Nix's many fans.
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Gr 6-9
Arthur Penhaligon is having a bad week. Of course he is now "Lord Arthur, Rightful Heir to the Architect, Commander of the Army of the Architect, and a whole lot of other stuff" since defeating Sir Thursday, but his job certainly isn't any easier. Lady Friday has supposedly abandoned her claim to the Middle House, and she has challenged Arthur, the Piper, and Superior Saturday to find the Fifth Key and gain control of the Middle. Meanwhile, Arthur's friend Leaf has been captured by Lady Friday and is being used to lure Arthur into her trap. She has become obsessed with "Experiencing" mortal memories and is bent on taking as many humans as she can. As with other books in the series, this story is replete with characters that are good, bad, and ambiguous. The plot is complex, and readers need to read the four previous books to have any sense of what is going on in this one. As always, Nix's writing is witty and the plays on words are entertaining. The author gives just enough new information to keep the series' fans coming back for more, but he doesn't answer many questions.
—Cheri DobbsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439436588
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 219,626
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Garth Nix is the New York Times best-selling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels SABRIEL, LIRAEL, and ABHORSEN. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.
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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    A Wonderful Book for Both Young and Old

    Lady Friday is the 5th installment in the Keys to the Kingdom Series. It is a fantasy book in which the reader is hurled head first into the trials and tribulations of Arthur Penhaligon. This book is ideal for people of all ages as it is a typical childhood story but is also mixed with the trials and realistic feel of an adult novel. This book is a definite read for any lover of the fantasy genre.
    Arthur Penhaligon is the rightful, but reluctant heir to all the Houses of the Architect. After defeating Sir Thursday, Arthur is instantly flung into the fray against his next adversary, Lady Friday. The Piper and his army still occupy most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing a nuisance, turning off elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. Then Arthur receives an offer from Lady Friday, which is either a Machiavellian trap or an opportunity he can't afford to miss.
    I am critiquing this book based on the inventiveness of the author, how the book engrosses you into the story line, the correct use of suspense in the book, the author's writing form, and of course the subject matter within the book. Garth Nix is the author of many well-known series such as: The Abhorsen Trilogy, and The Seventh Tower Series. He is also the author of many books such as: Shade's Children, The Abhorsen Chronicles, and The Ragwitch. I think this book is wonderful for any enthusiast of fantasy.
    If you like an action-fantasy book this is the one for you, this book will excite you and leave you yearning for more, and more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Not great, but not bad.

    There's certainly one thing to be said about everything Nix writes, and that is that it's rife with original creativity and completely new fantasy stories. However, sometimes the books themselves, although phenomenally imaginative, are hit or miss depending on how much Nix is able to flesh out the story. The Seventh Tower series, for instance, is deftly imagined, a two worlds drawn together through light and shadow, and the ability to use colored gemstones to create light beams that can do all sorts of interesting things. Unfortunately for whatever reason, Nix doesn't explore the world and the story enough. It's much more like eating watery soup than it is like consuming a good meal.

    The Abhorsen Trilogy, on the other hand, is a great work, and although it's not a classic literature sort of story, the world itself is fleshed out well, so that the reader can really imagine the world and lose themselves in it. I feel like the Keys to the Kingdom series is a mixture of both, and I'd love to see the world more fully explored. The first book, especially, seems to move toward that path, but as the books progress, they seem to become more and more formulaic and lacking in substance. Ultimately, Nix's imagination seems to know no bounds, but if he would slow down and put more life into these books, I think they would be much better. Not to say that the books aren't fun to read, but I believe they could be fun to read and rich. Hopefully his next fantasy series will be more like The Abhorsen Trilogy.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Garth Nix is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I first discovered him through his Abhorsen trilogy-a richly written set of fantasy books for a young adult audience. Those books are on the long side and are what I would consider YA if not adult literature. Nix's more recent writing endeavor, a series of seven books entitled The Keys to the Kingdom, began in 2003 with the publication Mister Monday. As you might have guessed, each book is titled for a different day of the week.

    Lady Friday is the fifth book in the series (first published in 2007) with the next installment due out in August 2008. Before saying anything else, I have to say that this is not a stand alone book. If anything is going to make sense, you have to read the series starting at the beginning. If you can also read them close together, even better. For my part, I had to wait over a year before I procured a copy of this book. As a result, some of the details were a bit fuzzy until I remembered what was happening in the story.

    This series takes place in the course of one week (one day for each title). And, for Arthur Penhaligon our twelve-year-old hero, it has been a very long week. Arthur is the Rightful Heir of the Architect (the creator of Earth and everything else). Over the course of the first four books, Arthur has worked to free parts of the will of the Architect in order to gain help while battling the treacherous Trustees who decided to imprison the Will and steal the Architect's power for themselves. Four trustees have been defeated, their keys taken, but that doesn't mean Arthur has time to rest on his laurels.

    Arthur's friends, Suzy and Fred, are still imprisoned by the Piper whose New Nithling army has taken over the Great Maze in the House. Superior Saturday, in an attempt to cripple Arthur's efforts to consolidate power, is cutting off phone and elevator service to and from the House. To make matters worse, Arthur still isn't sure when he'll be able to go home or if he will be able to at all. Meanwhile, Lady Friday sends Arthur an offer that he might not be able to refuse. Even if it might also be a trap.

    This novel moves the action from the Lower House to the new territory of the Middle House. The descriptions here are really fun. Lady Friday is in charge of all the House's record keeping and book making, so there are a lot of book references in terms of places and characters. Nix also incorporates a lot of information about Arthur's military training during Sir Thursday to good effect.

    As Arthur races to find the Will and Lady Friday's key, the story also follows Leaf's own difficulties with Lady Friday. This part of the story is interesting and does eventually tie in with Arthur's story, but at the same time it made for a slow start. (The books prologue begins with Leaf.) In the early chapters, Nix alternates between Leaf and Arthur which I guess integrates the stories but it also made for some really frustrating cliffhangers at chapter ends.

    Lady Friday had a bit of a slow start compared to earlier novels in the series, but the dramatic ending makes up for it. A fine addition to a fine series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    It was great I really liked it

    I thought it was really good, I think anyone who read the ones before it would agree. I didn't want to put it down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Great Book

    I think this is a great book. It is a short read but a good one. It has action adventure and fanacy. As arther has to find the will to find the keys to ultimitly save the the house.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    I really wouldn't say this is so much a kids book so much.

    At first it really was, but his writing is better than that of normal adult fiction riders, and he uses so many words and time periods that really do reflect upon a lot of interesting subjects. I think this should just be moved to the teen sections.... But whatever.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Absolutely Magnificent Book!

    The book "Lady Friday", by Garth Nix, is a great book that readers will not want to put down! It is the fifth book in the "Keys to the Kingdom" series and will definitely not let fans down! "Lady Friday" is an absolutely magnificent book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    Good plot and action

    Our hero, Arthur, continues his quest to find the 7 Keys to the Kingdom. This book, like all the others, showcases the author's tremendous imagination and has lots of action. The plot is pretty good and I especially like Arthur's internal struggle to try and remain human even though he is slowly being transformed into something else. Arthur is such a likeable hero and the series makes you want to find out what will happen to Arthur in the end. I will definitely keep reading all the books in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Entertaining Read

    Compared to some of the other books in this series, this book was probably second to last (Grim Tuesday bringing up the rear). It just didn't have the nonstop action the other books had, and lacked an incredibly climatic ending. However, compared to other books in general, this book was fantastic. The only reason why I gave it a 4 was because of the reasons I stated earlier. Great book, but not the best in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    Great Series

    I thought that these books were very well written (what else to expect from garth Nix). These book are great at getting you interested right from the start and makes you want to continue to read until the end leaving you wanting more! read them NOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Lady Friday, Garth Nix, Action/ Sci-Fi Fantasy

    After gaining the Fourth Key, poor Arthur receives a trick message from Lady Friday. It is rigged, and Arthur gets Transferred to the Middle House. The message stated that Friday relinquishes her Key, and sends the letter to Superior Saturday and the Piper as well. Arthur must retrieve the Key, free the Will, and try to get back to Earth. If this is confusing, try reading the earlier Days 'books' first. You will love this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Great Book And a Great Series!

    This is the best book so far! It is good how it goes back and forth between Leif's adventure and Arthure's search for the will of the Architect. It's really cool to see what a person or Denizen can do with the power of the keys to the kingdom. This is one hard book to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    Best in the series by far!!!

    This was the best book of all the books in the keys to the kingdom series. I liked how it went back and forth between the house and back secondary realms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    More Details

    This was and still is a very good series but it could be much better if mare details were put into it. For example when Leaf and the two denizens are being attacked by the monster thing more details could be put into it on what it looked like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    Nix's magic is woven once again

    Great Book. Primarily I think it's a setup novel so I am really looking forward to the next installment. I found this book much more passive than his others, but it is still very well written. I just really hope he writes another book soon. I really enjoyed his Abhorsen series better, primarily because it is aimed to an older audience. Anyway enough with the negative. Overall-amazing. Go Garth. Happy reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    Lady Tuesday

    I have read all of the books in the series except ofr this one. Every book has not let me down in this series so i will not be surprised when this one is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    OH. MY. GOD. garthnixissocool! He is amazing and I absolutely love his series like Sabriel and seventh tower and this one he's so crazy awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    Best One Yet

    Out of the whole series... Wow. This one makes its place in an already fantastic sequence with ease--Keeps the reader hooked until the very last word, then has you needing more. A must-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Man I love this series

    I absolutely love this series.I have read mister monday ,grim tuesday, drowned wednesday, and just finished sir thursday, this series really has me hooked.Can't wait to read this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    cool

    all his books are really cool cant wait for this one!

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