Drowned Wednesday, Paperback
4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


On the third day, there were PIRATES! Arthur Penhaligon finds himself on an adventure that will pit him against pirates, storms, explosions and a vast beast that eats everything it encounters.

Will our unwitting hero be able to find the third part of the Will and claim the Third Key?

No rest for poor Arthur Penhaligon. As Grim Tuesday ends, he discovers a square of stiff cardboard under his pillow, gilt-edged and inscribed with the following words: LADY WEDNESDAY Trustee of the Architect and Duchess of the Border Sea has great pleasure in inviting ARTHUR PENHALIGON to a Particular Luncheon of Seventeen Removes Transport has been arranged RSVP not required...It's an invitation he cannot refuse.

From hospital room to the high seas, Arthur finds himself on an adventure that will pit him against pirates, storms, explosions of Nothing-laced gunpowder, and a vast beast that eats everything it encounters.

Through it all, he is drawn deeper into the central mystery of the House.

Arthur must find the third part of the Will and claim the Third Key - not just for himself, but for the millions (if not trillions) who will suffer if he doesn't.

The first step?Surviving life aboard ship on the Border Sea...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780007175055



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Well I think this will prove to be the turning point in this series - where the overall plot begins to pull together, as opposed to being a stand-alone book like the first two felt.The setting itself is one much written about before - pirates and ships on the high seas. Possibly in this respect it makes it less original than the previous two stories. However, Garth Nix manages to tread fresh ground even here, by combining it with the concepts of his own invented universe. It is good to see the characters Suzy and especially Leaf return, and start to play a bigger role. I still feel that Arthur's character could have more depth, as these books are more focussed on plot than character development. Overall a fun read.

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A funny and exciting read. I especially loved the Raised Rats here.

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The same general likes and dislikes from Mister Monday and Grim Tuesday apply here. It's interesting to see that the formula of the plot has been disrupted, though -- Drowned Wednesday doesn't behave in the same way as Monday and Tuesday at all.<br/><br/>It's also great that Leaf gets to play a greater part in this book, giving Arthur not one but two strong female characters at his side, at least for now. I'm not counting the Will here, of course, since the parts on their own are presented as male, as least so far. I hope Leaf has more to do, since despite her being swept off to have adventures with Arthur, a lot of the book was spent away from him.<br/><br/>Edit -- I forgot to mention this at first, but I also loved the very brief reference to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Blink and you'd miss it, but given my interests, I wasn't likely to miss it...

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Dear Dame Primus, Lady Wednesday invited me to luncheon and sent a ship for me, but due to an accident I am now in another Secondary Realm with a different, wrecked ship, called the Moth. A House Sorcerer called Dr. Skamandross is sending this letter for me. I think I might try to find the Third Part of the Will, since I'm here. If you can send help or advice that would be good.Shipwrecks, pirates, the Mariner, the strange curse on Lady Wednesday and especially the wonderful Raised Rats made this the most enjoyable book in the series so far. I also liked how Arthur is changing as he grows into his role, realising that he will have to deal with the remaining Morrow Days himself rather than running back to his everyday life and leaving Dame Primus in charge.

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