Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #5)

Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #5)

by Garth Nix
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Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #5) by Garth Nix

Four of the seven trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur Penhaligon, the week is still getting worse. His friends have been captured by the Piper, and the New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Meanwhile, Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door to prevent escape.

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 Superior Saturday or the Piper beats him to it. The race to find the secret of the Middle House is on--and Arthur is in the thick of it.

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ISBN-13: 9780439700887
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #5
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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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Lady Friday 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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.
TAaisl35 More than 1 year ago
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.
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