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Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom #3)

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Everyone is after Arthur Penhaligon. Strange pirates. Shadowy creatures. And Drowned Wednesday, whose gluttony threatens both her world and Arthur's.

With his unlimited imagination and thrilling storytelling, Garth Nix has created a character and a world that become even more compelling with each book. As Arthur gets closer to the heart of his quest, the suspense and myster
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ebook, 390 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published September 1st 2004)
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Liz
This book presents a bit of a change of pace from the first two. Instead of having to fight the holder of the Key for its possession, Lady Wednesday, or Drowned Wednesday as she's now known, would be happy to give both the Key and her portion of the Will to Arthur. The only problem is, the other Days tricked and trapped her thousands of years ago and she has no idea where the Will is hidden now.

And that's the challenge for Arthur, this time. He has to track down the Will and free it. In the proc
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Anne Hamilton
A medley of literary and Scriptural allusions drift in and out of this book.

A touch of the story of Jonah and the whale, with a hint of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea thrown in. A whiff of Celtic legend in the reference to the Red Hand, and also of Norse legend mediated via Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy plus a more hefty dollop of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, both in the Raised Rats and the sea that spills over into a bedroom. There's also a glancing nod to The Silver Chair in the thought th
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Jaemi
Never a dull moment in this series, and Drowned Wednesday is no exception. As per usual, we pick up with Arthur about where we left off: home, injured, hospitalized. But this time it's not disaster or trouble that brings him back to the House, it's an invitation to dine with Drowned Wednesday, the next of the Morrow Days. Unsure how the "arranged" transportation is going to reach him, Arthur waits and counts the minutes as they pass by. Unfortunately his friend Leaf stops by to visit and is stil ...more
Anila
Oct 22, 2011 Anila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anila by: Cillian Beyond Birthday
Definitely my favorite of the series so far. Also the one I have the least to say about, because it's really just a strong continuance of an already strong story. It's worth noting that Garth Nix, in my experience at least, doesn't have problems with writing excellent middle books - it's where most series fail, but here it's clear that Nix is just hitting his stride with these books. The titular character's role is different than those of her predecessors, which I loved; the maritime world of he ...more
Wealhtheow
Feb 01, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a more egalitarian, imaginative, less anglophiley Dawn Treader
Arthur Penhaligan was only chosen as Heir to the Architect's Will because he was about to die of a brutal asthma attack. But to the surprise of the magical beings known as the Morrow Days, he not only survived, he also managed to wrest control from Mister Monday and Grim Tuesday. Each of his triumphs only serve to whip his foes into a greater froth of rage, and they are drowning him in paperwork, pursuing legal action--and threatening his mortal family. Arthur has barely returned from his advent ...more
Barbara ★
I unapologetically love this series! Garth Nix is just too clever and his scenarios are so far out there but semi-believable anyway. Some of the stuff he comes up with is just way too cool. Case in point, Drowned Wednesday used to be a person. However she was cursed by the Morrow days and her appetite grew to such immense proportions that she literally turned into a whale, and a ginormous one at that. Now she is "drowned" since it is necessary for her to stay submerged in the Border Sea to survi ...more
Kai Ronin
As another great installment in the seven-book series by Garth Nix,the Keys to the Kingdom, as I trust you, reader, have already come to know (excuse my redundancy), Drowned Wednesday is a spectacular novel, branching further from established typicalities in fictional literature even further now than the series has previously. In this issue, Arthur must again embark on an quest for a one of the many keys to the kingdom, and one of the many parts of the will, along with the titular Drowned Wednes ...more
Karin
In Drowned Wednesday, Arthur, a teenage boy with asthma and a broken leg, heir to the Keys to the Kingdom, has to not only survive an ocean adventure but must save that part of The House (think of it as the records house for the entire universe and several other universes) from a maniacal pirate and a whale the size of an island.

Drowned Wednesday, the third book in the Keys to the Kingdom series, is the first in the series that I can say was better than "good". The vast part of the improvement w
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Erik
Toto bola zatial najlepsia cast!!! Ano, prvych 50 stran bolo vcelku nudnych... chalan sa len plavil na tej svojej posteli v Border Sea, ale to co prislo potom... nemam slov. Akcia za akciou. Mozno je to aj tym, ze ako kazdy chalan aj ja som chcel byt piratom, a nejako prirodzene nas to fascinuje, velmi sa mi to pacilo!

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Sasha Paris
Oct 16, 2014 Sasha Paris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sea-story lovers, fantasy lovers
Mister Monday mildly intrigued me. Grim Tuesday grabbed my interest. Drowned Wednesday chewed my heart and swallowed my mind.

I love stories about oceans, imaginary creatures, and...everything else featured in this book. It reminded me of the Greek myth of Erysichthon, Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, a certain scene in Spirited Away, and the more intentional literary references. Unlike the earlier books, no urgent threat to Arthur's home or any part of the house is described in det
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Julie
The quest by Arthur Penhaligon continues! Arthur has defeated Mister Monday and Grim Tuesday. In this book he seeks out Lady Wednesday, a trustee of the seas who through massive overeating has turned into an enormous whale. Since each of the Days represents one of the Seven Deadly Sins, my guess is that this is Gluttony! As with the other books in this series, Garth Nix creates a magical out-of-this-world setting with a strong plot. Great humor and a great listen. "Long Swim the Carp!"
JL
On this book, I wzs so shocked that Lady Wednesday died. She deserves a second chance. And there's that thing that hinted me on something. I think the morrow days were actually not what they were before as to what they are now (in the story). It's like they were possessed or cursed or something after they broke the Will then assumed power to the keys. I think it's after that they change because ofthat certain curse or something. so yeah, that's thatfor now...
Regan Wann
Huh. I'm a little surprised it took me until book 3 to figure out that not only are each of the Trustees days, they are also deadly sins. Well, at least I know now.

I enjoyed this book. I like that Nix takes the time to get stuff right, like the boat stuff. It would be easy (and acceptable in a created world like this one) to half-ass the details but he actually appears to enjoy toying with what he gets right and how he plays with the created aspect to warp those "right" things a bit.

Apparently I
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Aelvana
This has restored my faith in the series. Perhaps the most amusing part was that Leaf, who claimed she wanted to be in the adventure, has a completely different opinion after she's been kidnapped, shipwrecked, enslaved, and rescued. Arthur finally grew a brain and refused to hand over the Third Key, although from what the Will was implying, this is probably a very bad decision. Oh, well. I'd rather Arthur have it, even if it is a mistake. Without a Key, there's only so much flashy magic he can d ...more
Nitin Kumar
Drowned Wednesday is an enchanting work of science fiction by Garth Nix. It’s Wednesday in the House, and Arthur is in the hospital. The next thing you know, he’s bedwrecked (yes, bedwrecked) in the Border Sea. Although Lady Wednesday is a faithful trustee, even she cannot find the Will and relinquish the Third Key. Arthur is on a high adventure on the high seas and encounters monstrous whales and overgrown rats who have their own ship, not to mention problematic pirates and teleportation bottle ...more
Becky
After finishing the first 2 books so quickly I was looking forward to continuing with this one, but I had a manic week at work and only managed to read about 100 pages of this throughout the week, so I sat down today determined to finish it. That may be why I didn't enjoy it as much though, for some reason this book just didn't grab me like the first 2.

I usually love anything to do with pirates and the high seas but this just didn't work for me. I liked the Moth and it's crew and the set up of t
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Colin Hopkins
The book I read was The Keys to the Kingdom: Drowned Wednesday by the author Garth Nix, who has also, wrote some other action, fiction, books. This story was about a Kid in an ordinary town who has lots of problems in his life till one day after almost dying from an asthma attack everything changed and he was met by two men in a park who said they were from a different realm. They said that they could save his life and heal him. We find out he is the prophecy that everyone in the house has been ...more
Elizabeth
Drowned Wednesday, like Mister Monday, had literary references that I recognized. I suppose the lack of recognition in Grim Tuesday represents a gap in my literary education (I’ve heard of the Mariner but I’m not familiar it). Drowned Wednesday has several references to the Chronicles of Narnia, an obvious parallel to Jonah and the Whale, and I suspect Treasure Island and 20,000 leagues under the sea. Although I’ve never read Treasure Island or 20,000 Leagues, so that is speculation at this poin ...more
Lydia
In this 3rd book of the series, Arthur has a marine experience, unlike any other. He and his friend Leaf are taken from the hospital on Earth into an area that is part House and part Second Realm. Only this time, the Trustee of the third key has a very different proposal for him.

As I have been reading this series, several analogies have popped up for me. With the concept of the 7 days is the concept from Christianity of the seven days of creation. Moreover, there is the notion of the Architect a
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Ryn
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Mel
The third book is better than the second.
Here Arthur must confront Lady Wednesday who is afflicted with insatiable hunger. Once a female denizen she has grown into a massive whale 126 miles long due to her eating. She needs to be that big in order for the book to go Pinocchio and sail a ship into her stomach. Sorry it's a submersible *wink* but it is sailed by the Piper's Rats who have become sentient. I actually found the Piper's rats interesting as they had their own armada and the sub captai
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Jaimie
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Keerthana Batchu
This was quite good in terms of concept. I thought Grim Tuesday was repetitive and it was a lot like Mister Monday, but the seafaring, gallivanting adventure of Arthur in the Border Sea was a refreshing and new. I love Nix's idea of Feverfew's worldlet being inside the Leviathan's stomach, and the new change of Lady Wednesday being a lot more accommodating than Mister Monday of Grim Tuesday.

The Raised Rats was a nice touch. Until then I almost forgot that in the original Pied Piper's story, the
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Arthur is in his hospital room when all of a sudden a huge tidal wave comes in and sucks him out to sea with his freind Leaf! The boat that was supposed to pick up arthur picks up leaf instead and arthur is stranded on his bed. He is drifting around for a very long time when all of a sudden he spots a buoy and jumps off of his sinking hospital bed and swims to the buoy. The second he touchis it four birds jump out of it and fly off. When arthur climbs onto the buoy he notices that he got some
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Ria Majumdar
I read Mister Monday and thought of The Matrix (movie). It was awesome and got me hooked to the series. But when I started on Grim Tuesday I was disappointed. Sorely. And then came Drowned Wednesday...

Book 3 of The Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix is set in the Border Seas where Arthur Penhaligon, the rightful heir to the Universe must get the third key from the Duchess of the Border Seas - the Lady Wednesday who is afflicted by Gluttony.

The book started with a bang and then dwindled miserably f
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Hollowspine
This time Arthur is invited rather than forced to go to Lady Wednesday's domain in the house, the Border Sea, however, the transport she arranges leaves a little to be desired, having Arthur washed out to sea and then picking up the wrong passenger and leaving Arthur stranded on his hospital bed. Much nautical mischief later and Arthur finds himself facing Drowned Wednesday. Although it seems she is willing to honor the dictates of the Will, Arthur will have to face down the infamous and ruthles ...more
Lindsey
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 s ...more
Isabell
This is the third volume in Garth Nix’ series about Arthur and his adventures. Arthur has already defeated Monday and Tuesday, which brought him two of the seven keys. Now he has to face Wednesday. Wednesday governs the large sea of the House that can even be expanded to reach into the human worlds. Arthur learns this the hard way when his hospital room is suddenly flooded. He and his friend Leaf are drawn into the world of the House, in the middle of the ocean, where they have only Arthur’s hos ...more
Robert Day
I enjoyed Drowned Wednesday more than Mister Monday or Grim Tuesday. The writing seems to be pitched at a slightly older audience - which suits me because I'm so very very slightly (mentally) older than twelve. Cconsequently the story seems (to me) to be not quite as silly as that in the other two. But essentially, it's a continuation of Arthur's adventures in another dimension (or subset thereof).

Logical inconsistencies bother me; like, I get why Arthur took on Grim Tuesday; his family were thr
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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)
  • Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #4)
  • Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #5)
  • Superior Saturday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #6)
  • Lord Sunday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #7)
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