Sir Thursday (Keys to the Kingdom, #4)
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Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom #4)

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After their Border Sea adventures, Arthur and Leaf return home, but there is no rest for the weary. Apparently, Arthur can't even get through the Front Door. Somebody or something has stolen his identity and taken over his life. But before he can get his bearings, our young hero is whisked off to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. An elegant, action-packed adventure...more
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Published February 1st 2007 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published January 1st 2006)
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Qing
What I didn't realise in the previous Keys to the Kingdom books was that each Trustee (or Morrow Days - I think, I don't know, it's been so long since the last book and even back then, I may have no idea haha) also represents one of the seven deadly sins... until this book anyway. (Though Wikipedia says that they are "afflicted" - curious choice of word, obviously I've missed something important =P) It was a bit of an *enlightened* ooooh moment for me when I found out hehe

So... Mister Monday was...more
Barbara ★
I just cannot say enough good things about this series. I absolutely love the creativity of Garth Nix. Some of the stuff he comes up with is simply brilliant. In this one, I particularly like the tectonic plates strategy. How very clever and original.

Once again Arthur Penhaligan is wrapped up in the difficulties with the house and wresting the keys from the bad trustees. This time Sir Thursday gets his crack at Arthur and his allies. Sir Thursday is in charge of the Architect's army and once Art...more
Jaemi
This might be the best in the series yet. Action packed, quick-paced, shifting viewpoints and parallel stories--I hardly put it down!

We begin with Arthur desperately trying to get home, after Wednesday's adventures, only to find that he can't get through the Front Door. As it turns out, this happens to be the least of his problems. Reluctantly he sets off back into the house with his ever-growing staff to hold a meeting.

Not long into said meeting, his earthly friend Leaf is sent back home to try...more
S.
Garth Nix? He the man.

He's female friendly, clearly loves Coleridge, Greek and Nordic mytholy and most of all he's a rippingly brilliant storyteller.

This is the martial one. Arthur gets drafted into Sir Thursday's army through trickery and has to somehow survive whilst finding a way of finding the Fourth Key and Fourth part of the Architect's Will.
And did I mention the Architect is female? Only three times you say?
Ah well.

I'm also still carrying my torch for the Lieutenant Keeper. Fantastic cha...more
Sheila Ruth
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Fantasy Literature
By now the basic premise of Garth Nix's seven-part The Keys to the Kingdom series is well established. Arthur Penhaligon has been thrown into an extraordinary world: the epicenter of the universe, known as "the House". Ruled by the treacherous Morrow Days (named after the days of the week and each personifying one of the seven deadly sins: Mister Monday/sloth; Grim Tuesday/greed; Drowned Wednesday/gluttony and now Sir Thursday who appears to be pride), Arthur has been given the task of reassembl...more
Cassie
Talk about a page turner! I enjoyed this book very much, and a lot better than Wednesday's outing. After not having enough time to read Drowned Wednesday, I sped through Sir Thursday very quickly as I had a rare point where I wanted to do nothing but read! I think it helped that this book was more interesting, and the fact that the book mostly split itself into two points of view, and that they shifted between the House and Earth made it a lot speedier to get through as well. The other thing tha...more
Anne Hamilton
As I was writing up Drowned Wednesday, I realised with a jolt that each of the Trustees faced by Arthur represents one of the seven deadly sins. Ok, I know - a bit slow of me - and I was pleased to see this guess confirmed by lots of info around the web.

So, it was with some anticipation I wondered who Sir Thursday would symbolise. Would it be pride, envy or wrath? As it transpired it was the latter.

Sir Thursday's demense is in the Great Maze: a massive chessboard-like warzone in which the many...more
Kala
Overall: 3 stars. Mostly enjoyable characters, entertaining plot line, easy to resume.

Plot: Arthur gets drafted into Sir Thursday's army. His memory is wiped and has to regain it without alerting Sir Thursday to his presence. In the mean time, a double has taken over his place in the real world and Leaf has to find a way to stop it, in the middle of a quarantine.

Characters: Basically all the same characters. The Will is still very obnoxious (personal opinion). Very bossy and anxious. You get to...more
Ragan
On his way back to the secondary relm Arthur calls home (namely earth) Arthur is drafted into the military doomed to serve the required 100 years, unless he can recover the 4th part of the will and the keys from Sir Thursday. Another fun book with lots of wit and adventure.
Becky
After struggling a bit with book 3 I wasn't sure what I was going to get from this one, I didn't remember ever having read this one so I was coming to it fresh. But I was pleased to find that some of the magic was back, I found myself racing through it. I kept saying I would put it down and get on with other things then another hour would pass and I still hadn't moved.
I ended up having to put it down so I could get some sleep, but I picked it up again as soon as i could today to finish it.
Arthur...more
Jaemi
This might be the best in the series yet. Action packed, quick-paced, shifting viewpoints and parallel stories--I hardly put it down!

We begin with Arthur desperately trying to get home, after Wednesday's adventures, only to find that he can't get through the Front Door. As it turns out, this happens to be the least of his problems. Reluctantly he sets off back into the house with his ever-growing staff to hold a meeting.

Not long into said meeting, his earthly friend Leaf is sent back home to try...more
Sarah Maddaford
I was having trouble picking this book up in print format, so I decided to try the audio. I must say I enjoy the audio version. The narrator is interesting to listen to and does a very good job of differentiating between voices. The only problem is that he doesn't sound like a twelve year old boy, but then again Arthur rarely acts like a twelve year old boy (except maybe in the first book). That is my biggest problem with the series as a whole so far. Why would you have a twelve year old protago...more
Arminzerella
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Max
We begin with Arthur desperately trying to get home, after Wednesday's adventures, only to find that he can't get through the Front Door. As it turns out, this happens to be the least of his problems. Reluctantly he sets off back into the house with his ever-growing staff to hold a meeting. Arthur gets drafted into Sir Thursday's army through trickery and has to somehow survive whilst finding a way of finding the Fourth Key and Fourth part of the Architect's Will. Arthur's inner evolution is ext...more
Cball
Nov 20, 2010 Cball rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweens
Audio version which continues to be read extremely well by Allan Corduner. The series turns a bit darker with this one as Arthur continues in his quest for the Keys to the Kingdom. He faces his own mortality as he begins to turn more denizen as he is thrust into yet another outer realm. This time it is a battlefield. Arthur is surrounded by all things army/marine (or a denizen version of such) as he attempts to find and take the key from Sir Thursday. Nix's ability to describe this other world c...more
Hannah
Every time I've finished one of the novels in this series, I've thought, "This was better than the last!" And since I'm 4/7 of the way through Keys to the Kingdom, I figured I'd review the series up to this point, especially since "Sir Thursday" feels like a major turning point in the direction of the story.

Keys to the Kingdom is a series about a 12-year-old boy, Arthur Penhaligon, who is somewhat accidentally chosen as the heir to what basically amounts to as the entire universe (obviously ther...more
Lydia
In the continuing series of The Keys to the Kingdom by Nix, Arthur has a completely different experience, where his family is not only again in mortal danger, but also the girl he met in the first book, Leaf. Commanded into the army for 100 years, Arthur is forced to serve under a different name. Meanwhile Leaf is attempting to thwart a danger from an initially unknown force, back on earth, that has not only Arthur's family but also her own family in a grip that reeks of sorcery. Don't forget th...more
Mel
Book Four.

We continue with Arthur Penhaligon who is now stuck with two dilemmas. He needs to collect all the Keys but if he keeps using their power he will become a House denizen and couldn't return to his mortal life on Earth. But if he doesn't collect the Keys the world as he knows it will be destroyed. Darned if you do, darned if you don't. In the middle of this mental battle Arthur is suddenly drafted to the House Army. With no way out Arthur becomes a solider and battles creatures of Nothin...more
Jenben8426
As the Keys to the Kingdom series continues, Arthur has just gained the 3rd key from Drowned Wednesday and is trying to make it out the front door of the House with his friend Leaf. Unfortunately he is stopped, when he discovers there is something on earth pretending to be him. Before he knows it, Arthur is not only stuck in the House, but is drafted into Sir Thursday's army for the next 100 years. As he enters the army he embarks on a whole new adventure to find the 4th key and the 4th piece of...more
06codym
Keys to the Kingdom: Sir Thursday

Garth Nix

Arthur finally realizes that the only way he will go back to having a normal life is if he obtains all of the keys from all of the seven trustees and hands the power over to Dame Primus. So he is just barely back after taking care of drowned wednesday and is in a meeting with all the main dudes of his rule. Then when he tries to go home he can't because there is a replacement of him in his world. So they all come to an agreement and Leaf is going to go b...more
Krystal Grandt
I enjoyed this one slightly less than Drowned Wednesday. Normally, I don't mind back and forth shifting POV, but because I've been enjoying this series as audio books on my work commute, every time it switched, I felt like I'd accidentally skipped playing a track. This was unfortunately distracting. I also didn't find the ending chapter as riveting as Mr. Nix has normally been ending the books on because I'm not particularly invested in Leaf as a character, even after spending a third or so of a...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
Karissa
This is the fourth book in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. I think this is easily the best book in the series so far.

Arthur is anxious to return back to his own world when he finds out about the presence of the Skinless Boy. He finds he is unable to return to his world and has been drafted into Sir Thursday's Army. Arthur is also very concerned about the magical contamination he has received from using the keys. If he gets too much magical contamination he will turn into a Denizen a...more
Wealhtheow
Arthur Penhaligan is just a mortal boy, but a Trustee's plot backfired and he was declared the Rightful Heir to the Architect's Will. Although he himself has no magical power or physical abilities (particularly compared to the angelic Denizens), Arthur has managed to secure three out of the seven parts of the Will through good sense, hard work and a little help from the Will. But the remaining Trustees (also known as Morrow Days, each particularly powerful on their day of the week) are each stro...more
Chiv
Another wonderful book in the Keys of The Kingdom series. Garth Nix never fails to amaze me with his dream-like creativity.

Just as the previous book go; Arthur is targeted by the Morrow Day. I think this book, so far, he had faced tremendous difficulties and have overcome them, not as easily as the previous books.
Suzy is still her mischievous as always. Her character does have much play in the beginning of the book but still plays an important role.
Leaf was just amazing in this book. She is an...more
Caleb
Elements and Style: Garth Nix greatly stressed how many nothlings came at one time which made the attacks of nothlings more exciteing. he also stressed the washing inbetwean the ears that arthur wouldn't remember anything. Garth Nix used good timeing of when Arthur remembered who he was. All of this contributed well to the story.
CHARICTERIZATION:The 4th part of the will belives in punishment and war it thinks that the piper should die so the bites the piper on a flag of peace.The Piper was one...more
Sara Diane
Mar 12, 2011 Sara Diane rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 dif...more
Nikki
A lot of things from previous books came into play in this book -- the Piper, and the Piper's children, and especially the stolen pocket from book one, which was planted in Nothing during book two, producing the Skinless Boy we saw at the end of book three... I love how these threads keep on coming back: few are irrelevant (one that bothers me because of its seeming lack of necessity was the appearance of Grim Tuesday's Nithling-eyebrow).

Arthur continues to grow, too, beginning to take more comm...more
Hollowspine
Another wonderful adventure in the House. Arthur as usual meets many interesting Denizens, battles fearsome foes, both inside the House and with his friend Leaf, in the Secondary Realms. I was a bit surprised that the role of the Skinless Boy was resolved already, but I'm wondering if he really was destroyed, since this book didn't have a conclusive ending, as seems to be more and more the case with the books as they go on.

I also really cannot say enough how much Alan Corduner's reading has enha...more
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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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“You are an adventurer!" exclaimed Sylvie. She tore herself away from the window and handed the glasses back to her. "But I suppose that could work. Only, what will happen afterwards?"
'I was planning to worry about afterwards when there is an afterwards," replied Leaf. "And I'm not an adventurer. At least not by choice. I've done that once and learned my lesson. No more adventures without knowing what I'm getting into."
"They wouldn't be adventures, then," said Sylvie.”
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