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On the fourth day there was war...

Following their adventures in the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf head for home. But only Leaf gets through the Front Door. Arthur is blocked because someone . . . or something . . . has assumed his identity and is taking over his life.

Before Arthur can take action, he is drafted by Sir Thursday and forced to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppleganger on earth, ...

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On the fourth day there was war...

Following their adventures in the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf head for home. But only Leaf gets through the Front Door. Arthur is blocked because someone . . . or something . . . has assumed his identity and is taking over his life.

Before Arthur can take action, he is drafted by Sir Thursday and forced to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppleganger on earth, Arthur must survive his basic training, avoid getting posted to the Front and work out how he can free Part Four of the Will....

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After their Border Sea adventures, Arthur and Leaf return home, but there is no rest for the weary. Apparently, Arthur can't even get through the Front Door. Somebody or something has stolen his identity and taken over his life. But before he can get his bearings, our young hero is whisked off to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. An elegant, action-packed adventure series.
Children's Literature
Garth Nix's futuristic fantasy series, "The Keys to the Kingdom," continues the adventures of its eleven-year-old hero, Arthur Penhaligon, in Book 4. Already the unwilling holder of three keys to the missing Will of the Architect of the House—and its purported heir—Arthur only wants to go home. Unfortunately, he can't. His family in the Secondary Realm (Earth) is being held hostage with biological warfare by his evil simulacrum. To make matters worse, Arthur is drafted into the Glorious Army of the Architect. What to do? Send his friend Leaf back to Earth to foil the villain and learn how to march. Maybe the army will put him in contact with his next target, Sir Thursday, its general. Having already dealt with a Dante-like hell in Book 2, and pirates in Book 3, Nix takes on army life with aplomb. It is a readable choice, particularly since the Army is in the midst of its worse threat from the Nothing in eons. Mixing medieval fortresses and tactics with sci-fi "Not-Horses" and "New Nithlings," Nix is obviously having fun. It takes a while to get to the good parts, though, and entirely too much front matter sags with the necessity of replaying earlier story lines. And can Dame Primus, the current incarnation of the Will, really be trusted? Only Book 5 will tell. 2006, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 14.
—Kathleen Karr
VOYA
This new installment in Nix's fertile and outrageous Keys to the Kingdom series takes place immediately after Drowned Wednesday (Scholastic, 2005/VOYA August 2005). Having withstood the latest attack by the renegade Trustees of the Architect's Will, won the third Key to the Kingdom, and further strengthened his claim as the true Heir to the House (the primary universe to which the current world is a mere secondary appendage), Arthur wants nothing more than to return home. Unfortunately a Spirit-eater, an evil duplicate of Arthur, has taken his place in the real world, trapping this hero in the House. Things go from bad to worse, however, when simultaneously Arthur is suddenly drafted into the Army by Sir Thursday, one of the renegade Trustees who still remains at large, and the House itself is invaded by a large force of Nithlings, monstrous creatures who come from the Nothing that surrounds the Architect's entire creation. While Arthur's friend Leaf returns to the real world to do battle with the Spirit-eater, Arthur is first trained as a soldier and then sent on a near-suicidal mission by Sir Thursday. Nix's series is one of the more original and complex fantasies currently being published. It is well written, action packed, imaginative, and full of quirky memorable characters, but readers attempting to enter the series through this volume are likely to be quickly lost. It is best to begin with the first book, Mister Monday (2003/VOYA February 2004). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Scholastic, 336p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Michael Levy
Karolinde Young
Arthur wants nothing more than to go home and lead a normal life. Unfortunately, nothing has been normal since he first encountered the mysterious Monday and found himself appointed heir to the architect. In book number four of The Keys of the Kingdom, Arthur's problems go from bad to worse. Not only is his leg still broken, but he finds himself unable to return home from the mysterious House, home of the immortal denizens. Just as things seem to be at their darkest, a messenger arrives with draft papers. While Arthur's friend Leaf battles an evil Arthur look-a-like on Earth, Arthur must try to keep his true identity hidden from Sir Thursday and his minions. Even more frightening, an evil army has managed to enter the House and is quickly taking over Sir Thursday's dominions. Just as in the previous three books in the series, Nix spins an intricate tale of deception and survival. The only caution: The series is best read in order to understand the complete story. Sir Thursday is sure to be popular with fantasy and action lovers in middle school and high school.
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Gr 6-8-The week just gets longer for Arthur Penhaligon in this fourth book in the series. After Drowned Wednesday's submission of the Will and her subsequent death, he is tricked into joining Sir Thursday's army as they fight a large group of Nithlings in a shifting maze. To complicate matters, Arthur must serve as one of the Piper's children, unable to use his powers as the Heir of the Will. Back on Earth, a Nithlin, disguised as Arthur, is infecting mortals with a plague that controls their minds. Old characters return, including Suzy and Leaf, to help Arthur in the fight against Thursday and his denizens of The House. Nix's new addition to the series is a good continuation of the story, covering two plots at once, with each chapter providing cliff-hangers. While the events move a little slower than in previous installments, there is satisfaction in the resolution, and, of course, a lead-in into the next addition, Lady Friday. Reluctant or "hard to fit" readers will find this series enjoyable, as Nix is able to create vivid pictures in the minds of his readers. Fans of the fantasy genre will appreciate these books for their strong continuity, believable characters, and edge-of-your-seat-action. This offering complements the series' well-established structure.-Richard J. Snyder, Inglewood Junior High School, Sammamish, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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VOYA
This new installment in Nix's fertile and outrageous Keys to the Kingdom series takes place immediately after Drowned Wednesday (Scholastic, 2005/VOYA August 2005). Having withstood the latest attack by the renegade Trustees of the Architect's Will, won the third Key to the Kingdom, and further strengthened his claim as the true Heir to the House (the primary universe to which the current world is a mere secondary appendage), Arthur wants nothing more than to return home. Unfortunately a Spirit-eater, an evil duplicate of Arthur, has taken his place in the real world, trapping this hero in the House. Things go from bad to worse, however, when simultaneously Arthur is suddenly drafted into the Army by Sir Thursday, one of the renegade Trustees who still remains at large, and the House itself is invaded by a large force of Nithlings, monstrous creatures who come from the Nothing that surrounds the Architect's entire creation. While Arthur's friend Leaf returns to the real world to do battle with the Spirit-eater, Arthur is first trained as a soldier and then sent on a near-suicidal mission by Sir Thursday. Nix's series is one of the more original and complex fantasies currently being published. It is well written, action packed, imaginative, and full of quirky memorable characters, but readers attempting to enter the series through this volume are likely to be quickly lost. It is best to begin with the first book, Mister Monday (2003/VOYA February 2004).-Michael Levy.

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Nix, Garth. Sir Thursday. Mar. 2006. 336p. Scholastic, $16.99 (0-439-70087-6).
Gr. 5–8. In the fourth of a projected seven-book series, young Arthur Penhaligon (also known as Lord Arthur, Rightful Heir of the Architect) wants nothing more than to return to his own world. Instead, he is drafted into Sir Thursday's army and led into battle. On the homefront, his friend Leaf fights against a stealth invasion. The pace lags initially, but picks up considerably along the way. This isn't for readers unfamiliar with the Keys to the Kingdom series; those kids should begin at the beginning, with Mister Monday (2003). –Carolyn Phelan

SLJ
Gr 6-8–The week just gets longer for Arthur Penhaligon in this fourth book in the series. After Drowned Wednesday's submission of the Will and her subsequent death, he is tricked into joining Sir Thursday's army as they fight a large group of Nithlings in a shifting maze. To complicate matters, Arthur must serve as one of the Piper's children, unable to use his powers as the Heir of the Will. Back on Earth, a Nithlin, disguised as Arthur, is infecting mortals with a plague that controls their minds. Old characters return, including Suzy and Leaf, to help Arthur in the fight against Thursday and his denizens of The House. Nix's new addition to the series is a good continuation of the story, covering two plots at once, with each chapter providing cliff-hangers. While the events move a little slower than in previous installments, there is satisfaction in the resolution, and, of course, a lead-in into the next addition, Lady Friday. Reluctant or “hard to fit” readers will find this series enjoyable, as Nix is able to create vivid pictures in the minds of his readers. Fans of the fantasy genre will appreciate these books for their strong continuity, believable characters, and edge-of-your-seat-action. This offering complements the series' well-established structure.–Richard J. Snyder, Inglewood Junior High School, Sammamish, WA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307285683
  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #4
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Can't Wait 'til Friday

    The Keys of the Kingdom series hits a turning point in the fourth book, "Sir Thursday." People are killed, new creatures appear, and Arthur finds himself in a lethal power struggle with the Morrow Days. Garth Nix is in fine form in this book, one of the best of the series, and it only promises to get better.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    sir thursday

    in this thrilling sequel authur is brain washedand doesnt remeber a thing how will he come to reality and takeover he army of sir thirsday and sir thursday him self

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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

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Action, Humor, Thrill, Everything a Great Book Needs to be Great!

    "Sir Thursday", by Garth Nix has everything a good book should have! It is the fourth book in the "Keys to the Kingdom" series. Throughout every book, the good characters get more likable, the bad characters get more dislikable, and, ultimately, each book gets more and more enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    Action and an interesting plot

    Arthur Penhaligon's adventure continues as he is drafted into the Army. This book has a lot of action and a good plot. I like the way the action shifts from Arthur over to his friend, Leaf, on Earth who is trying to battle Arthur's evil double. This book is really suspenseful and leaves you hanging at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    Why you should read this book.

    This book takes you places and you can just imagine yourself in the character's place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    Awsome

    One of the best in the sieres yet.Really recomended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    Loved it

    This is, possibly, my favorite series by Garth Nix. This book had more action, I think, than the others. I like how the seven deadly sins are used and the days of the week. There are more interesting bits of the House as you get farther up too. I like the Great Maze and its moving tiles, the Will's sarcasm, and how the fourth Key (and the others as well) were right with the Trustee, causing Arthur to face them at the end. I always read these books in a day or two, so the year in between is almost torturous. As soon as I can I get the next book and pounce on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Great Series

    I have read all the books in this series and this author always delivers, each book better than the last. This book was a great read, one that has me eager for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    Excellent

    I think that this book was very interesting, but I wish that the book explained a few more things. Who sent the spirit-eater? I think that the book was entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    Can you believe what happens in this book!?!

    This book surprises you completly!Like when Arther gets washed between the ears.Everyone who has at lest read mister monday knows about the Pipers Childern who were brought to the House by the Piper.Well he has come back to claim the House and to be The Rightful Hier.The only bad thing about this book is that Arther is still in the House and Leaf is in trouble on earth, I not going to give away all the good stuff so all stop there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2006

    Sir Thursday Book Review

    Sir Thursday is the fourth book in a series called Keys to the Kingdom. Written by Garth Nix, it is part of the fantasy genre. Arthur Penhaligon, the rightful heir to theKingdom of Seven Days, has been drafted into Sir Thursday's army. Not only does hhe have to topple Sir Thursday, but he also now ha to fight for him! Something is going on in the military that just isn't quite right, and it is up to Arthur to find out what is wrong and save the entire army from being overwhelmed. This book is an easy read, but would be absolutely impossible to understand without reading the first three books of the series. It is a very entertaining book. When you are reading it, you find yourself getting very involved with the characters and plot. Nix wrote it so you can almost see and touch it. 'Sir Thursday drove the bayonet into the mapboard with his last words, ripping and tearinga the wood with unbelievable ferocity. When he had reduced it to pieces, he impaled the remains with the bayonet, leaving the weapon quivering in a broken board.' Sir Thursday touches on sin in a slightly controversial way. This book actually brings something up that is subtle, but if you are expecting it, it's obvious. Each book focuses on one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Sir Thursday especially focuses on anger. Mister Monday, another book in the Nix series, focuses on sloth Grim Tuesday focuses on greed and Drowned Wednesday on gluttony. I find it interesting that the author has done this, and generallky, I would be offended by Nix's attempt to dictate the Bible through fictional means, but the seven deadly sins are never really mentioned as a formal list in the Bible. What Nix does is creative. This book hasn't influenced any change in what I believe about sin, but what it has said has been fairly close to what I believe. I would definitely suggest this book if you enjoy reading long series, and deep thinking presented in an extemely uncommon way. This book, at least in my opinion, is quite entertaining, as well as thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    fLiP'n sWeEt

    read all books in this series so far, and i thought it was pretty sweet, with Arthur battling against all those guys, and making them all pitiful in the end. im really not a book person, but reading this was cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    This was Awesome!

    This book was awesome! If you have read the other Keys to the Kingdom books you'll think this is the best. This book really develops Arthur, in previous books arthur never really fought he just ran, but in this book he turns into a soldier. mentally and physically. you'll defiantely enjoy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2006

    A great series

    I have read and Purchased the three before this one. And am Anixous to read this one. Nix has a unique style of telling the story and has a unique mind. One can't help but love his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    We're not worthy

    Garth Nix is one of the greatest writers ever. He sucks you in, chews you up, then spits you out and leaves you thinking it's over already. If only he wrote faster,but the worlds not perfect so...oh well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    Best One Yet

    I loved the whole dark mood for this book. It had a wonderfully written script and was extremly well detailed. Read this book or this series now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    Greatest Novel ever!

    Sir Thursday, along with the rest of the Keys to the Kingdom series are better than any other novel series that i have ever read. The plot was extremely interesting and it filled in some gaps, i'm only sorry that i have to wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    The Keys to the Kingdom is the Best Series

    The Keys to The Kingdom Series is one of the best series I've read in a while. Garth Nix writes such a fantastic story I could almost believe I was in the story, I wish I was in the story it's just so amazing.I would really recommend this Series and book to everyone. I'm really looking forward for when this new book comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    Please, please, PLEASE be as good as the others!

    Well, Nix's Keys series is spellbinding and intriging, and complex yet simple. In short, this is a fresh and fluid series. We eagerly await this episode.

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