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Welcome to the Center of the Universe.
What is “The Keys to the Kingdom” about?
Written by Australian fantasy author Garth Nix, who specialized in children’s and young adult fantasy novels, The Keys to the Kingdom chronicles the adventures of Arthur Penhaligon, an asthmatic 12-year-old boy who is chosen to become the Rightful Heir of the House, the center of the universe.
Arthur must now attempt to defeat the Morrow Days, the criminal Trustees of the House. The series takes place over a span of three weeks. Time moves at different speeds at different locations in the series.
How to read The Keys to the Kingdom Books in Order?
- Mister Monday (2003)
- Grim Tuesday (2004)
- Drowned Wednesday (2005)
- Sir Thursday (2006)
- Lady Friday (2007)
- Superior Saturday (2008)
- Lord Sunday (2010)
What is the plot of The Keys to the Kingdom stories?
For more information about the books in The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix, you’ll find below the official synopsis for all the books:
Mister Monday – Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world — where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.
Grim Tuesday – Arthur doesn’t think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday — the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges — in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur’s family and his world. Arthur must retrieve the Second Key from Grim Tuesday in order to save everything.
Drowned Wednesday – Everyone is after Arthur Penhaligon. Strange pirates. Shadowy creatures. And Drowned Wednesday, whose gluttony threatens both her world and Arthur’s.
Sir Thursday – 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.
Lady Friday – For Arthur, the week is getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. 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.
Superior Saturday – The secret of his own identity. The identity of The Architect. The complete Will of the House. The fulfillment of his fate. Arthur Penhaligon is getting closer and closer to these things, but not without risks, conflict, and adventure.
Lord Sunday – The House is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it. Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy must use every power at their disposal to defeat the enemies attacking them from all sides. For Arthur, the most formidable challenge comes from Lord Sunday, the most elusive of the Trustees of the Will, and his secrets have the potential to destroy not only Arthur, but also all the people he holds dear.
What should you read if you like The Keys to the Kingdom novels?
If you like reading Garth Nix’s The Keys to the Kingdom, you may be interested in The Old Kingdom and The Seventh Tower also by Garth Nix.
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