Sir Thursday (the Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4) Paperback
by Garth Nix
Part of the The Keys to the Kingdom series
Get ready for more brilliant page-turning fantasy from master, Garth Nix.
On the fourth day there was war! Pick up with Arthur Penhaligon as his Keys to the Kingdom adventures continue in the mysterious House.
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.
The Army has its headquarters in the Great Maze, a defensive area of the House.
Half of the Maze has already been dissolved by Nothing, and hordes of Nithlings emerge regularly to attack the rest.
If the Nithling invasion can overcome the Army and the Great Maze, the House will be lost and the whole universe with it.
While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppelganger 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 and gain the Fourth Key from Sir Thursday.
If the latest, strongest and most dangerous Nithling offensive doesn't break through first...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 27/02/2006
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007175079
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.
Review by kw50197
Starts of rather slow but gets more interesting towards the end with the return of the Piper and his New Nithling army.
Review by salimbol
Really enjoyable young adult fantasy, with clever use of language, intriguing world-building and enjoyable characters (the lead himself is a little thin, perhaps). I intend to go straight back to the beginning of the series and start from there :-).
Review by shanaqui
A lot of things from previous books came into play in this book -- the Piper, and the Piper's children, and especially the stolen pocket from book one, which was planted in Nothing during book two, producing the Skinless Boy we saw at the end of book three... I love how these threads keep on coming back: few are irrelevant (one that bothers me because of its seeming lack of necessity was the appearance of Grim Tuesday's Nithling-eyebrow).<br/><br/>Arthur continues to grow, too, beginning to take more command, and learning to fight as a soldier. He starts to think about how he's treating people and how well that accords with the person he's been taught to be, and he has to fight to keep his mortality. Leaf also plays a greater part, and her part is actually more interesting than Arthur's, at least to me.<br/><br/>The 'formula' that began in the first two books, of Arthur getting caught up in something at the beginning of the book and returning to his mortal life at the end, has definitely dissolved by this point: this book begins and ends with Arthur already in the House.<br/><br/>I trust the Will less and less with each book.