This is my second post in my exultation of Garth Nix as an author and his novels that I have enjoyed.
I have thoroughly enjoyed The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. As a fan of previously published Garth Nix novels, these were a good jump. I also enjoy novels that kind of take a spin on the whole King Arthur kind of tale … where there’s a boy named Arthur who is the rightful heir and has to save the world, basically. This is one of them. (Well, actually, he technically has to save two worlds … but you’ll learn more about that when you read the series.)
Arthur Penhaligon is the main character, and the whole thing starts when Mister Monday – whom the first book is named after – hands him a clock hand and orders his goons – who are very dog-like – to chase him.
Each of these books have a villain named after a day of the week: Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday. When I originally discovered this series, it was three books in, and I wondered to myself: How does Nix come up with these things? I always thought that I had a large, vivid imagination, but Nix blows me out of the water.
The series is impressive, like Nix’s imagination. It sucks you in (as does everything else I’ve read by Nix) and is a powerful young adult series that boys and girls will both like. I have yet to read the last two, Saturday and Sunday’s books, but they’re sitting on my shelf just waiting for a free weekend where I can devour them as I did the others.