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Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom #5)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  17,702 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
The fifth book in Garth Nix's New York Times bestselling series!

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still 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
Hardcover, First Edition, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2007)
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Oct 06, 2007 Crystal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nix peeps and thrilling unconventional fantasy adventure lovers
A satisfying read, as always. Garth Nix has been a favorite ever since I picked up Shade's Children; his ability to twist away from the expected plot cliche pitfalls (i.e. story climaxes with a swordfight, story climaxes with the clashing of ultimate magic powers, etc.) has been consistently refreshing.

Of course it helps that the villains, Trustees to the Houses of Monday through Sunday, in his The Keys to the Kingdom series are modeled after the seven deadly sins. The parallels so far have bee
May 27, 2012 Kaylee rated it liked it
We're at Lust, for those playing along at home. I was wondering how Nix was going to use this sin in a children's book -- very sly indeed.

Not the most compelling storyline of them all, and the ending was much more abrupt than previous ones. Arthur is finally much more mature than his twelve (earth) years, and his friends play even more integral roles.

One of my favorite things about these books (and Nix's writing in general) is the way he cleverly uses puns and double entendres (rather similar to
Feb 02, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the Young Wizards series
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Eons ago, the Architect of the worlds left, willing her power to whosoever was the Rightful Heir. She left behind seven of her most trusted children behind as Trustees of her Will. But the Trustees did not see any need to relinquish their power, and so they hid the Will away and kept the Keys to the Kingdom for themselves. The Trustees, also known as the Morrow Days because each controlled a single day of the week, were slowly twisted by the Keys, and their foibles and weaknesses became ...more
I really thought I'd like this book more than the others, but the plot wasn't as interesting as the blurb made it sound. For someone whose deadly sin was lust, Lady Friday was quite dull. I'm looking forward to reading Superior Saturday, since she sounds pretty bitching.

... I just wanted to use the word "bitching" in a review. :(
Aug 01, 2009 Lindsey rated it liked it
There’s certainly one thing to be said about everything Nix writes, and that is that it’s rife with original creativity and completely new fantasy stories. However, sometimes the books themselves, although phenomenally imaginative, are hit or miss depending on how much Nix is able to flesh out the story. The Seventh Tower series, for instance, is deftly imagined, a two worlds drawn together through light and shadow, and the ability to use colored gemstones to create light beams that can do all ...more
Michael Culbertson
Aug 03, 2016 Michael Culbertson rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's encouraging to see Arthur start to take responsibility for the role he was thrust into.

Nix handles vice of "lust" very tastefully for a children's book. The vice isn't named explicitly. As denizens, Lady Friday (and those in the Middle House) lack many of the rich experiences of mortal life--joy, happiness, regret, melancholy, and the like. Desiring to share in these experiences, Friday gathers old mortals (mainly humans from earth) and sucks their experiences from them, leaving them a livi
Nov 19, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how much time in this book was spent with Leaf. I think the focus on her is the first time the point of view has spent so much time with a character other than Arthur -- we don't see the adventures of Suzy Turquoise Blue in quite the same way, for example. The more inhuman Arthur becomes, the more time is spent with Leaf...

Each new book seems less and less resolved than the others, partly because the first two books make you begin to expect Arthur to go home at the end, and partly becaus
Oct 21, 2007 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
The series is interesting enough that even one of the weaker installments is still pretty decent, but I would definitely rate this as one of the weaker ones. Quite a bit of the momentum that was built in the first three books stalls a bit in Sir Thursday and Lady Friday with the main characters stumping through less scenic parts of the House to confront less dynamic Trustees. Also, due to Arthur's growing maturity and strength as the Rightful Heir, his trusty sidekicks (Leaf, Suzy, and now Fred) ...more
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Jack. S
Mar 18, 2013 Jack. S rated it it was amazing
Recently I have read Garth Nix's Lady Friday. sadly it was not one of his best, so I'll focus on the good parts. Such as the scene setting being tremendous, I could almost feel myself watching them in my imagination, it also raises some interesting views like Denizens, being immortal and feeling less making one denizen (Lady Friday ) do some nasty things. such as kidnap Arthur's mom, or is she really just framed? Find out more in this thrilling series! Arthur is even experiencing changes, such ...more
Piaty diel bol o kúsoček slabší ako dve predchádzajúce - bolo tu menej akcie. Ale zasa nás čakajú dve finálne knihy a ja sa už teraz trasiem, že čo si Nix prichystal... počul som, že Lord Sunday má byť EPIC!!!
Piatok bol dobrý, zaujímavý, rozdelená línia ma zaujala, a mal som dôvod neustále pokračovať v čítaní, a trochu ma to upokojilo, aby som sa pripravil na superské finále v dvojdieli: Sobota a Nedeľa:)
Ale kedze som to precital za 24 hodin, musela to byt velmo dobra kniha:)
Sep 09, 2007 Sam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like magic, fantasy, and science fiction books
Shelves: kids
Great fifth installment to the series. Nix has thought out the whole series, and it's delightful to watch old elements rise up, and to see the evolution of some of the characters progressing through each book. Only two more 'Days' to go, and though i have some ideas about how the books might end, it's still very up in the air, and there are many questions yet to be answered. I have no doubt but that Nix will deliver.
Saoirse Sterling
[Quick review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:

Mmm yes I enjoyed this series a lot more than his others. A fair few scenes jump out at me, though whether they're from this exact book or not. Definite re-read sooner rather than later.]
Mar 26, 2009 Carllee rated it it was amazing
I don't know how Garth Nix does it. Again and again he turns about series with stunningly original plots and flawless characters. Lady Friday was original and left me NEEDING to know what happens in the next book.
Feb 19, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it
Nice continuation of the story but it also was pretty heavily "more of the same" as far as the series goes. There isn't anything in particular that made this one stand out for me.
Nov 02, 2016 Meira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, fantasy
I believe this is my favorite book in the series so far.

Stuff I liked:
-The End: Ooh, what's going to happen? What is going on? Also, (view spoiler)
-Fred! You get to meet him even more and like him even more. Actually, better.
-The Servants of the Night: They were cool. Their sign language sounds really cool, especially the
M. Spencer
Nov 22, 2016 M. Spencer rated it liked it
A departure, of sorts, from the formulaic nature of the previous books in the series. Enjoyable in some respects but ultimately unsatisfying.
Jan 11, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing
For me, this was an eagerly awaited read, as Keys to the Kingdom is one of my favorite series, and each installment always leaves me wanting more. Which is no different in the case of Lady Friday. The wait was a little worse on this one, since Lady Friday is actually introduced in the final pages of Sir Thursday. The wait is also worth it.

Leaf, who found herself confronted with the lovely Dr. Friday at the end of the previous tale, wakes to find herself in an unknown but medical seeming place. O
Jun 07, 2008 Emma rated it really liked it
Garth Nix is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I first discovered him through his Abhorsen trilogy--a richly written set of fantasy books for a young adult audience. Those books are on the long side and are what I would consider YA if not adult literature. Nix's more recent writing endeavor, a series of seven books entitled The Keys to the Kingdom, began in 2003 with the publication Mister Monday. As you might have guessed, each book is titled for a different day of the week.

Lady Friday is the
Meine Güte was musste ich tun, um an diesen Band zu kommen. Also das Taschenbuch, das ich hier gelesen habe, war nicht so schwierig zu bekommen und ich habe es schlussendlich als Geschenk von meinen Eltern gekriegt, weil das Hardcover einfach nur noch für horrende Preise erhältlich war/ist. Das ganze ist aber schon eine ganze Weile her und mittlerweile hatte ich mal sehr großes Glück und konnte auch die Hardcover-Ausgabe bei Rebuy für einen erschwinglichen Preis ergattern. Somit habe ich die ...more
Anushka Aritri
Feb 01, 2016 Anushka Aritri rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-read
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Jun 11, 2013 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember when this book first came out, I was so excited, I started to read it before I realised I had no idea what was going on. It had been so long since I had read the others, and it's been sitting on my shelves ever since just waiting for me to jump in. After finishing Sir Thursday with higher hopes and renewed interest I was looking forward to reading more and finally getting stuck into this one after all those years.

This book is a little bit slower on the pace side of things, most of the
Anne Hamilton
I would have given it five stars but it killed off my favourite character. Rrrrr...

Arthur is changing and he knows it. He's losing his humanity in more ways than one and his struggle to retain it is one of the more interesting aspects of this book. Ever since defeating Sir Thursday and taking the fourth Key, he finds himself subject to moments of arrogance fused with incandescent rage. Trying to control it is bad enough but he's now got a ring that lets him know how close he is to becoming (irre
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it
The fifth book in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix did not disappoint me.

Leaf wakes up in a strange room in the hospital with a bunch of other sleeping people. The people are transported by Dr. Friday to somewhere in the secondary realms. Meanwhile Arthur gets a message that Lady Friday has abdicated her position as the Keeper of the Fifth Key. When he goes to touch the message he finds out it is a trap. He is immediately transported to somewhere, that he can only assume, is in the mi
Oct 31, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it
Arthur has survived the first four days of the week and gotten the first four parts of the Will and the Keys, but he still manages to fall headlong into Lady Friday's realm without a single backup. Which is not to say he's got to hunt down Part Five and the Fifth Key entirely himself. With a little help from old friends, Arthur is charging ahead. Leaf, meanwhile, has woken up in Lady Friday's realm, trapped with a Trustee that is definitely not interested in helping her out.

The week continues, a
Charlie Dyson
For me this was not quite as good as the previous one, due to it being quite slow-paced until the end. As I plan on doing a much longer review of the entire series on Lord Sunday, I'll only include prominent parts about this one in particular in this review.

The plot itself was quite slow-paced for the first half of it, similar to Grim Tuesday for me personally. After the explosion of action in Sir Thursday, it was a little anti-climactic and the whole horror side of it that could have been there
Nov 10, 2010 Max added it
Shelves: 11th-quarter-1
In the previous book, Lord Arthur had successfully defeated Sir Thursday, and therefore controls The Glorious Army of the Architect. But no rest in sight for poor Arthur - Superior Saturday has closed the front door of the House and shut down the elevators. While Arthur is trying to decide what to do, he receives a message, but discovers after he touches it that it's really a transfer plate and *zoom* he's landed in a pile of snow! This novel moves the action from the Lower House to the new ...more
Sara Diane
Oct 10, 2014 Sara Diane rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
This is a charming series about a young boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is selected by agents of another dimension, so to speak, as the heir to the Keys of the Kingdom. The Kingdom was made by the Architect, and it includes the House, the Secondary Realms (worlds like ours), and the entire universe. But her Trustees haven't been very faithful, and her Will has been split into parts and unable to be fulfilled. Arthur is pulled into a world of magic and mayhem where each Trustee has control over a ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Caleb rated it really liked it
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Oct 21, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-15
First of all, if you haven't read the rest of the series, I don't suggest jumping in here. Start with Mister Monday.

Arthur, the Piper, and Superior Saturday have each received a letter from Lady Friday. She is abdicating, and leaving her key in her Scriptorium for one of them to claim. They have to race. Unknown to them, it's a trap.
Lady Friday, being an immortal Trustee/Denizen, doesn't have the same range of emotions as a mortal human. She has found a way, using her Key to experience emotions
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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Other Books in the Series

The Keys to the Kingdom (7 books)
  • Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)
  • Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #2)
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“Knowledge, like all things, is best in moderation," intoned the Will. "Knowing everything means you don't need to think, and that is very dangerous.” 89 likes
“*So, you're the small troublemaker who foiled Saturday's Cocigrue," said Lady Friday. Leaf, a friend of the so-called Rightful Heir , this Arthur Penhaligon. How kind of you to visit.” 0 likes
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