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SIR THURSDAY

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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scholars_blog
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Of course that's the disadvantage of not reading all the books in order - if you had, you'd have seen that GN has actually developed Leaf's character progressively in each book of the series... Admittedly, she's not as well developed as SuzieBlue in this series, or either Sabriel or Lirael in the Old Kingdom series - but then she's a rather more minor character than any of them. From what I've seen of info. from Garth on his own site, I've high hopes of her becoming a more major character in book 5, Lady Friday which is out next March...
kbaccellia
Dec. 18th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
I know it would have been better to read all the books in order but, ah, so much to do in so little time!!!

I'm looking forward to reading book five. At the end of SIR THURSDAY, Garth Nix left a real hooky ending that involves Lady Friday and the Leaf character. I'm curious where he'll take us, the reader, with that.
scholars_blog
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, all but the first of the Keys to the Kingdom series ends on something of a cliff-hanger - no doubt to keep you buying and reading !

I hope you didn't think I was criticising you for not having the time to read the other two books between "Mister Monday" and "Sir Thursday", because that wasn't my intention - I was just explaining that if you'd had the chance to read the four books in order, you'd have seen Leaf's character developing and becoming more 3-D...
kbaccellia
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
No, not at all! If anything I want to go out and read the other books! In January that is!
scholars_blog
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Heh ! Yes, I have a post-Cybils reading list of about 60 books at present - and it keeps growing !!
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