Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom #2)

Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom #2)

by Garth Nix


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Arthur doesn't think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday — the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges — in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur's family and his world. Arthur must retrieve the Second Key from Grim Tuesday in order to save everything — an adventure that will include stealing a Sunship, surviving a very weird work camp, befriending a bearlike spirit, fighting the voidlike Nithlings, and traveling to the scary Far Reaches for the ultimate showdown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338240306
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 112,826
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Garth Nix is the New York Times bestselling author of the Old Kingdom series, a modern classic of fantasy literature that includes the novels Sabriel, Lireal, Abhorsen, and Clariel. He is also the author of The Keys to the Kingdom series, Shade's Children, A Confusion of Princes, Newt's Emerald, and (with Sean Williams) the Troubletwisters series, among other novels. You can find out a whole lot more about him at

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Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
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,
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Grim Tuesday", the sequel to "Mister Monday, in Garth Nix's spellbinding "Keys to the Kingdom" series, is a wonderfully written book! It is extremely action-packed, completely entertaining, and definitely better than the first one!!!
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Still really enjoying the series, but the physicality in this one was a little tough for me. Walking for miles and miles on the dark, and crawling for hours and hours across the ceiling with stupid wings banging constantly, then breaking a leg in a horrific fall - I don't know how one kid survived that long. And then to have an unsuspected talent burst forth in a competition, well, it was all a little much.Still, this is the most magnificent world building I've encountered in a while, I love Susie, and (squeee!) the Ancient Mariner! And he's the Pied Piper's brother! Fantasy does not get more lovely than that.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a ***spoiler warning*** for the first book in the series, Mister Monday.Arthur has just returned home from defeating Mister Monday and taking control of the Key to the Lower House. He chose to return home as a mortal, appointing the Will as trustee, and saved everyone from the sleepy plague. Now, it's Tuesday morning, which means that the next denizen - Grim Tuesday - has some power in the Secondary Realms, which includes Arthur's home. The Will informs him of trouble in the House, and Grim Tuesday's servants are troubling Arthur's family in an attempt to take the first Key from him. Will Arthur be able to survive the Far Reaches and gain control of the second Key?Listening to the audiobook confirmed for me that I prefer listening to this series. Allan Corduner's narration and interpretation of the characters makes the story that much more interesting, the pace that much more exciting. I'd forgotten a lot of the details of the story, and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Arthur just wants to be a regular boy, but he has a sense of right and wrong and what he must do for himself, his family, his friends, and his home. Suzy Turquoise Blue is funny and loyal and has an interesting back story in her own right. I'm looking forward to rereading - er, listening - to Drowned Wednesday, the next book in the series.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthor Penhalingon, our hero from the first book in this series, and the keeper of the key for the Lower House is drawn into a battle with Grim Tuesday to protect hs home and his family. Arthur needs to leave the Secondary Realm of Earth and travel to the Far reaches and defeat Grim Tuesday in a battle against greed and avarice. Again good (Arthur) must overcome evil (Grim) while helping the less fortunate.Again a fun read for the youth, with introduction of several new characters - along with Suzy Turquoise Blue from the first book, Japeth the walking Thesaurus, Captain Shelvocke the sea-faring brother of the Pied Piper. Arthur sets sail with Captain Shelvocke to find the second fragment of the Will. Expecting the same type of character as the original will in Mister Monday, the reader is pleasantly surprised by this portion. I'm looking forward to the next book.
ctmsbrba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penhaligeon is an asthmatic, both of his birth parents are dead, and is trying to deal with the mysterious events that have just occurred with him. He had finally returned from the weird realms filled with mysterious creatures made of nothing and almost immortal people. He had to fight for rule of the badly controlled part of the realm.He had made an agreement with one of the other high officials of the realm to leave him alone for at least six months, so Arthur could live a slightly normal childhood. It isn¿t even six hours when he is called back. Going back shows a new challenge of taking over a new part of the realm which is also badly ruled.The old ruler of the realm that Arthur had just taken over (Mister Monday) had debts with the ruler of the next part of the realm (Grim Tuesday). Of course, since the last ruler is dead, they are now Arthur¿s debts. He knows that he must return to the realms and fix the newly arisen problems.Nothing can ever be easy, as the last time Arthur entered the realms through a mish-mash of a house that mysteriously appeared, and only he could see it. When he left the realms for the first time, he left through the house, but it immediately disappeared as fast as it had appeared.Then he meets these strange men-like things that he was sure were from the realms, and they told him how to get into the house. He found the place, but inside, there was another one of these men with a strange machine. Arthur walked past him and entered the door that would take him to the realms.The book, called Grim Tuesday, the second book of the series (The Keys to the Kingdom series) by Garth Nix is a good follow-up to the first book. It was interesting, but I don¿t believe it was as good as the first book.Just like in the first one, the plot was interesting and mysterious. It is mostly a mix of action and adventure, but they were a little unbalanced. A lot of the time, the characters were just wandering around in the realms. There are still quite a few twists in the book that make you think, but it¿s still a little boring.The description was good, but sometimes things were a little dragged out. The description was almost too good in some places. An event that would take a page to describe took a whole chapter. If you don¿t count that, the description was good.As I said before, there was a little action. There was barely enough to make it interesting. It was a little unbalanced with the adventure in the book. The action that was in there wasn¿t a climactic fight scene or battles, there was just basic bits of it.Overall, this is a good fiction book for a young adult reader. In general, there is enough of all of the components to make it worth reading. Even though it is lacking in some areas, the rest of it is good enough. I¿d rate this book three stars.
fmadar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, The Keys to the Kingdom: Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix encompasses the main theme of rightousness and resposibility. In the beginning, Arthor Penhalingon, struggles with obtaining the will being witheld by Grim Tuesday. Throughout the middle he perseveres through the Far Reaches with Japeth, a former Thesaurus. By the end he has learned that he must overtake all the rulers of the Days to obtain the full will. (390/390)
Anduril85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the keys to the kingdom series is a very enjoyable read, While book one is still my favorite this delivers everything you loved about the first while continuing the story of Arthur and his quest to obtain the keys, I highly recommend this book and this series.
themasterkey3000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blech. These books make absolutely no sense.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Looking back, this was probably my favorite in the series. The villain is truly villainous, the action is fairly non-stop, we meet more of the significant secondary characters, and we're starting to get some hints about the underlying story.
seph on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this second book a little more compelling than the first. There's just still a little too much that gets resolved by chance or by someone showing up in the nick of time, which leaves the story still feeling shallow. The imagery in The House is fantastic though, which is enough to amuse my imagination when the plot starts to feel a little thin.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's now Tuesday, so Tuesday gets his shot at the new kid who has Monday. There was a lot that reminded me of Monday in this book, it could get boring real fast if it keeps up...
heidialice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur has to race time to save our world from the second Trustee of the Will, which names Arthur as rightful heir to a strange kingdom. He must overcome the limitations of his asthma, Sisyphean tasks and the powerful magic of the Grim.This was a satisfying continuation of the series, though pretty straightforward, with no astounding plot twists or deep character development. This series is like a less-clever Phantom Tollbooth, with lots of word play and some literary references. Probably of more interest to middle grade readers.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this QUITE as much as the first book in the series, but it was still great fun, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
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TenorLady77 More than 1 year ago
Both my daughter & son liked the whole series. I think this book made a very good progression from the start point in the story line from the first book.
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This is a really good book and right after i read monday, i bought this 1!
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