Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Keys to the Kingdom: Lady Friday-Garth Nix

Title: Keys to the Kingdom: Lady Friday
Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format & Pages: Paperback, 304
Publication: Scholastic, 2007
Source: Own
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“Four of the seven trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur Penhaligon, the week is still getting worse. His friends have been captured by the Piper, and the New Nightling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Meanwhile, Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door to prevent escape.

Amidt 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 before Superior Saturday or the Piper beats him to it. The race to find the secret of the Middle house is on-and Arthur is in the thick of it.”

Disclaimer: Lady Friday is the fifth novel in Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series. While I always try to keep spoilers to a minimum, I strongly suggest you read the preceding four novels in the series before reading this review. You can find my reviews for those novels here.

Leaf and Arthur are in the middle of chaos again as Lady Friday abdicates and leaves the House, taking hundreds of mortals, including Leaf, with her. Meanwhile, Arthur is whisked away to the Middle House on a transfer plate that came with the letter of Lady Friday’s abdication. The race is on to find the Key and the Will before the Piper and Superior Saturday do. To aid Arthur, and escaped Suzy and Fred along with one of the New Niths ordered to protect them.

I have really enjoyed where the series has headed so far, and Lady Friday only solidified that. The action is non-stop now that there are more enemies for Arthur to battle. There are no breaks between the days that result in downtime. We have two plot lines revolving around Arthur in the House and Leaf wherever she happens to be. The plot thickens as the opposing forces duke it out. It is all rather exciting.

Not only do the enemies grow, but so does Arthur. With his continued use of the Keys, his contamination has now led him to become a Denizen. With this, Arthur now embraces the tools that he has at his disposal to deal with the situations in front of him. We can really see the transformation that Arthur is undergoing, which started in Sir Thursday, really blossom. It is almost a forced transformation though, since Arthur does not want the responsibility that has been thrusted upon him.

I would have to say that Lady Friday was lust. It was a close call to Envy but the ending really clinched for me that she represented lust. I believe lust is also mentioned somewhere in the book in regards to her description or something she states. So that probably sealed the deal for me, too.

Prediction: Saturday is Envy. From the additional information that was gleaned from this novel, I am more leading to Saturday being Envy instead of Pride. Which leaves Pride for Lord Sunday.

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