kbaccellia (kbaccellia) wrote,


When I first sent the manuscript of EARRINGS out, one publisher recommended I read SABRIEL, part one of a fantasy series by Garth Nix. I enjoyed the book but mostly the character of Sabriel. One of the Cybil nominated books is yet another Garth Nix book. One that I've been wanting to read for some time.

SIR THURSDAY is the fourth book of THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM series. I ended up checking out book one, MISTER MONDAY to help me with reviewing the nominated book.

Arthur Penhaligon isn't suppose to be a hero. In fact he was suppose to die on the first day of school from an asthma attack. But his life is saved by a key shaped like a minute hand of a clock.

But even though he's saved, his world is not. A plague is let loose on Earth. Arthur fears the same thing will happen to his adoptive family that happened with his biological parents--they will all die from this plague.

Others come at him to retrieve the key and they will stop at nothing to get it even if that means destroying Arthur and those around him. Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house--one only he can see. In the house he will learn the secret of the key and discover his true fate.

I loved this book! The world Garth Nix creates is so real and fascinating. I especially love how Arthur is not too keen on being a hero but will do what he needs to help the ones he loves. This book has great pacing, plot, and action. What more can you ask for?

SIR THURSDAY is the fourth book of the series. I felt the author did a good job filling in what happened in book two and three. Arthur now is drafted into the army of the other world--for a period of one hundred years! But in the meantime a something has taken over his identity on Earth and unleasing yet another threat. His friend Leaf tries to banish Arthur's double on Earth while Arthur must survive basic training, avoid getting posted to the Front, and work out how he can free part four of the will. All the time he just wants to be a normal teen and go back home to the ones he loves. But will getting another part of the key change him for the worse?

I found this book enjoyable but had a hard time with all the war passages. If you've read any of my other posts you know how I feel about war. Garth Nix does do a good job conveying the feeling a teen must feel when learning he is drafted with others who are less than human.

Another problem I had with this book was I felt the Leaf character wasn't developed enough. I wanted to see more of what was going on through her eyes.

In all I know I'll go back and read books two and three. This is a very good series with a hero you want to cheer for.

SIR THURSDAY is a Cybil nominated book.
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