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Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  20,894 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews
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
ebook, 390 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published September 1st 2004)
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Jan 08, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

Pre mňa zatiaľ najlepšia časť! Zbožňujem celú túto sériu - tie svety, čo Nix v Dome vytvoril sú magické, nádherné, šialené... no proste neskutočné! A v tejto sú aj piráti!!! A je mi úplne jedno, že som na takéto knihy pristará (podľa istých 13-ročných jedincov zjavne patrím už do starobinca...), neviem sa už dočkať ostatných kníh!
Oct 22, 2011 Kogiopsis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kogiopsis 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
Feb 01, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  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
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
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
Aug 05, 2016 Kai Ronin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2013 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook, keys
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
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!

Teraz pre tych co to citali: (view spoiler)
Sasha Paris
Oct 16, 2014 Sasha Paris rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 30, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!"
Sep 18, 2016 Meira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I don't actually like MG so it's pretty surprising that I'm reading two MG series at the same time. And also surprising that I'm relatively enjoying them.

-Action!: I don't know. I just love action. And maybe that's why I hated LoTR so much (though there is a whole other essay I could write complaining about LoTr's faults). But I do love the Avengers.
-Leaf!: She's finally fleshed out, yay! But what about Ed? :(
-The characters: I actually really love the characters in this series. Besides th
JL Lucaban
Mar 27, 2015 JL Lucaban rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-love
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...
Anushka Aritri
Feb 01, 2016 Anushka Aritri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-read
One Piece-ish setting, Pinocchio situation, and a Doctor Who/Narnia reference. That's what I got from what happened in the book this time. I guess, growing up, the things I've seen really have changed how I'm perceiving this book upon the second read. Moving on to the next one!
Feb 16, 2016 Heathery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades, magic
While Mister Monday was fairly solid, I found Grim Tuesday to be a bit lacking. Because of that, I had put off reading Drowned Wednesday for a long time. However, this was easily the best book yet, and I'm very eager to read Sir Thursday.

I feel like Arthur really had a lot of character growth in this book and is really coming into his own in regards to being the Rightful Heir. I really liked Lady Wednesday, and I was sad that (view spoiler)
Isabel (kittiwake)
Dear Dame Primus,
Lady Wednesday invited me to luncheon and sent a ship for me, but due to an accident I am now in another Secondary Realm with a different, wrecked ship, called the Moth. A House Sorcerer called Dr. Skamandross is sending this letter for me. I think I might try to find the Third Part of the Will, since I'm here. If you can send help or advice that would be good.

Shipwrecks, pirates, the Mariner, the strange curse on Lady Wednesday and especially the wonderful Raised Rats made thi
Saoirse Sterling
[Short review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:

No memory of this one at all, which upsets me quite a great deal, though I don't know why.]
Nov 30, 2014 Regan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2016 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the fact that Arthur isn't special. He wasn't a hero foretold, doesn't have superpowers, and isn't "The Chosen One." But he still steps up and gets it done. That's admirable.

I also really liked the fact that the Trustee (Wednesday) was cast more sympathetically than her predecessors. I'm sorry she came to a sad end.

Finally, I really noticed this time around the references and nods to various legends, myths, and folk tales that pop up in these books. Very clever.

In sum, a good r
Feb 08, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really want to give Drowned Wednesday 3.5 stars. I think this is my favorite so far of the Keys to the Kingdom series. This story takes place on the sea, so lots of pirates and ships and such, which is fun. But this story also seemed to introduce more complications as far as the long-term implications of Arthur's quest. This one also ends on a true cliffhanger, with a scene that made me glad the next book was on my shelf and waiting to be read. Also still happy to note that this is a s ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
M.C. Crocker
Having finished the second book in the series and having a good steam rolling I decided to take the time to read the next book in the Keys to the Kingdom series, Drowned Wednesday. I approached this book with trepidation because this is the book I had petered out on back when I was first reading the series, I’ve always wanted to read the subsequent books because the titles and covers looked quite enticing but I only go half way and found myself bored and giving up. As I started to read the book ...more
May 03, 2015 Angelina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love and recommend this series to you if you haven't tried it yet.

This series is amazing. While reading this I thought that it would be so cool if the House were a real thing and I want to meet all the characters, all the Times, the Morrow Days and all of the Denizens. That would have been the best day of my life, but oh well. Anyways, I'm sidetracking. The book is taking place directly after the second book ended. Arthur has a broken leg and is waiting for Lady Wednesday to pick him up
Nitin Kumar
Nov 11, 2014 Nitin Kumar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2013 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2010 Colin Hopkins rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 31, 2011 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-read
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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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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