Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom)
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Second title in Garth Nix's gripping new fantasy adventure series. Arthur Penhaligon didn't think he would ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday -- the house that contains a fantastical and sinister realm inside. But the next day brings new challenges -- in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the safety 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 force him to steal a Sunship, survive a very weird work camp, befriend a bearlike spirit and fight the void Nithlings. Even after all that, he will still have to venture into the scary Far Reaches for an ultimate showdown.
-Back to me if no-one else wants to join.
Sorry its taken so long! I had limited funds. But I have my money back now. So it is off!
No worries about taking a little while to send this, vampirequeen - I always have plenty of books to read ... ! ;-) At the moment I have two ring/ray books that I am reading and two more (short ones) waiting to be read - whew! - so this may take a little time, but I will definitely read it as soon as I can. I'll journal again when I've read the book.
Like the first one this was an entertaining read. Well written. The action in this book is even more breakneck than in the first - it never stops! :-D I really felt for Arthur who had to go through all that. But like his creator he never gives up. ;-) I think the setting in this series is so well worked out and so thoroughly 'designed', I'm really impressed with Nix on that score. It's some of his best work that I've read. The storyline (so far, of course - I hope it stays the course) is very cohesive and credible. Overall an improvement over the first one even though that too was definitely a good book. Again I am not in the target audience but still found this a very enjoyable read.
Thanks for sharing, vampirequeen! :-)
I'll PM KiwiinEngland to confirm the address and then send it on as soon as. :-)
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
The book's on its way to Ireland! Have fun, KiwiinEngland, I'm looking forward to hearing what you think! :-)
Thanks for the postcard :)
The ending definately set up the next book, and we were introduced to a day further on in the week as well.
I wonder if Arthur's injuries will be sorted out by Wednesday!??!
Awaiting confirmation of address to send on.
I don't think I enjoyed this one quite as much as Mister Monday - it was lacking some of the drama of the first, I think. However, I did enjoy the way Nix built on Arthur's knowledge from the first book, and developed Arthur's understanding of the House. I was also glad he didn't succumb to what must have been the temptation to make the key all-powerful.
I think one of the reasons I haven't wild-released this yet is because I want to be sure it will be picked up, and of course, there's never a guarantee of that! But I might leave it in a coffee shop near where I live. There are a lot of tourists around at the moment, so if one of them picks it up, who knows where it will end up?
I just had a look at the JEs for Drowned Wednesday and I'm definitely looking forward to it - sounds like the drama picks up again.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Left in the chocolate section.