Sir Thursday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4)-Garth Nix

  • Title: Sir Thursday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 4)
  • Author: Garth Nix
  • Released: 2006-03-01
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  • Pages: 352
  • ISBN: 0439700876
  • ISBN13: 978-0439700870
  • ASIN: 0439700876

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From School Library Journal Grade 6-8–The week just gets longer for Arthur Penhaligon in this fourth book in the series. After Drowned Wednesdays submission of the Will and her subsequent death, he is tricked into joining Sir Thursdays army as they fight a large group of Nithlings in a shifting maze. To complicate matters, Arthur must serve as one of the Pipers 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. Nixs 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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From 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 home front, 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
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