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Lord Sunday (The Keys to the Kingdom #7)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,968 Ratings  ·  492 Reviews
The fantastic conclusion to Garth Nix's NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series!

The House is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it. Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy must use every power at their disposal - magical or practical - to defeat the enemies attacking them from all sides.

For Arthur, the most formidable challe

Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 06, 2010 Nic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 20, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Arthur Penhalligan was just an ordinary kid (albeit one with extraordinarily bad asthma) when he was randomly chosen to recieve the first part of the Architect's Will. Although no one expected him to be able to hang on to it (in fact, the plan was for him to expire just moments after being handed it), he not only lived, he managed to free several other parts of the Will as well. As each part is freed from its prison, the Will grows stronger and the various "trustees" of the Will grow more desper ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Zazu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Ach. Zas koniec jednej série. Ale bolo to úžasné a koniec, s ktorým Nix prišiel, som sčasti očakávala a v niečom ma prekvapil. Každopádne môžem v tejto chvíli povedať, ze viem, čo je to cítiť absolútnu spokojnosť.
Mar 08, 2010 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet ending to a very good series. It is Lewis Carroll's Alice, but with more consequence. It is Rowling's Harry Potter, but with more protagonist activity. It is C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia, but not Christian.

Through its strengths and weaknesses, Lord Sunday and The Keys to the Kingdom series is an engrossing tale full of memorable characters, exaggerated realities, and a boy struggling to remain human.
Mar 30, 2010 Carllee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm going to start a book review series called "the problem with finales."* I have had the bitter-sweet pleasure this week of reading two final books from two of my favorite series. One of them was this book, "Lord Sunday" by Garth Nix. The 7th and final book in the Keys to the Kingdom series. Often, as in the case of this book, the last book in a series is delayed and as anticipation grows so does expectations. Is it possible for any concluding book in a series to live up to expectation ...more
The last installment of this series deserved 5 stars for the ending alone. But overall, this was a great book.

I loved loved loved how Nix was able to turn everything we thought we knew about EVERYTHING on its head. I NEVER saw that ending coming and I never even assumed that she was she and he was them and it was so sad about him and her.

Yes, I know that last sentence was a bit confusing, but once you read the book, you'll understand. Arthur went through so much in this last installment and it m
Sep 11, 2013 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur, in this last book, (view spoiler)

I don't like the ending. While it seems inevitable (especially given the direction of
Nov 22, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alas! Due to a gig, I was unable to read Lord Sunday entirely on Sunday. I did read most of it, though, and finished it on my train ride this morning. That was pretty unfortunate, when I got to the part where Elephant plays his part, because it made me cry, as Elephant always has, in this book. I knew Garth Nix wouldn't treat Elephant well. I am shaking my fist at you, sir. Oh, it was meaningful and lovely, and well done: bringing in a soft toy and bringing it to life could easily be over-sentim ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Nick0z rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults trying to decide whether fantasy is their "thing"
Recommended to Nick0z by: Friend
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Isabel Roman
Plodding...plodding...more stuff...secrets oh my! But I can't tell you what they are because then I won't have enough words for my books. Plodding...oh, the ending!

Which was crap. I don't want to give any spoilers here, but the end felt like...

You know how you have this idea in your head about what's going to happen? And even though you've watched all the science fiction shows and read a large portion of science fiction-y stuff in your life, you think you have this nailed? Or that you a
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I was concerned with how Nix would end the series. I was afraid he would take the easy way out and have everything just be a dream or a magic wand would return everything to normal. But instead he came up with an interesting and appropriate ending for this excellent series.
Jul 16, 2015 Wewewe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Quite unexpected... :)
Mar 16, 2014 Liam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say this book was for the most part, the poorest of the series. It lacked clear direction in the plot (which often meandered around aimlessly) and had one of the biggest cop-out endings ever (though part of the ending redeemed the book a bit). It also lacked the charm of the previous books; it just felt soulless.

I enjoyed the series itself greatly, and found most of the books up to this one to be quite good considering the targeted audience (I particularly enjoyed "Drowned Wednesday"). H
Apr 27, 2010 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this series when I was 11 and finally having the conclusion in my hands was an extreme treat. What I found about this book was how it sped up very fast towards the end, while being rather slow at the start. It did have alot to do though; as well as introducing Lord Sunday to us it needed to sort out the Piper, the Will, the wave of Nothing, the Mariner, the Old One, the Archetect, Superior Saturday and whether or not Arthur would remain human. And thank God it didn't go down the ASOUE ...more
Arthur has been gradually turning into a denizen after using the keys to perform various acts of sorcery to protect himself and his friends – there’s very little left that’s human about him. In some ways this is good, because he can heal almost instantaneously (and there are a lot of things that are out to get him), but it’s also bad, because his denizen nature is arrogant and cruel and prone to outbursts of rage. While Arthur pursues the last part of the Will and the Seventh Key (which he must ...more
TJ Anderson
I was actually really impressed with the ending to this series. I've liked the whole series. Definitely a good read for anyone who like the Harry Potter like genre.

*If you are planning on reading the series and don't want a spoiler. Don't read past this point*
I really enjoyed the book, and as I was nearing the end I thought I was going to be sorely dissapointed. In some of the other novels it seemed as if everything fell into place just in the niche of time, and it was seeming as if this was go
Jul 21, 2010 Parcoast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this was a great series. Everything I have read from Garth Nix has been great, and he writes to his audience very well. As with any fantastical fantasy finale, there are fine scientific points I could pick at when it comes to his ultimate resolution. But really, that is half the fun of reading a fantasy series. It is not unlike the pasttime of some history buffs I know who wonder what it would have been like if something slightly different had happened at some point in the past. It is fun to ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-protagonist
All in all, this book struck me as the type of novel that I would've enjoyed more when I was younger. This is by no means a bad thing, since the entire series has an element of childlike fantasy to it: even when the characters are in danger, nobody is ever actually in danger, if that makes sense. (Well, with the exception of one character *cough*, but I won't spoil that.) Everybody needs a little bit of escapism sometimes, and the Keys the Kingdom series is good for that, I think.

As a conclusion
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
I first picked up this series because it was by Garth Nix, and I loved the Old Kingdom trilogy (a/k/a the Abhorsen trilogy). This series was written younger, and not as detailed, but still quite enjoyable.

The last few books have been a bit so-so. They felt a bit rushed, I suppose. Perhaps it's because the first half of the series is learning and discovering new things, and setting stuff up, and the second half is about the journey to the final battle.

In some ways, I still felt that things were r
Aug 31, 2010 Loren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 16, 2010 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
July Book #24: I seriously started this series so long ago that I can't even remember when that was. This significantly impacted my ability to remember everything from start to finish. I think this may have been a good series otherwise, and I say that because I love Garth Nix, especially The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set (RECOMMEND!!) Word to the wise, if you are interested in the Keys to the Kingdom series, read them back to back so as not to suffer my same fate. I am now finding it difficult to for ...more
Sep 03, 2011 Hollowspine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones or other fantasy novels
I'm a little sad that my adventures with Arthur are now over, but they did end rather spectacularly, so at least that's something. And Arthur gets to have his cake and eat it too, so that was nice.

This is definitely the type of book that would have really appealed to me in middle school, I would have loved to find myself in the House on an adventure of some type.

I really enjoyed the world that Nix created in these books, especially the House, my favorite still being Mr. Monday's lower house.

Mar 05, 2014 Mnemofysh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After the disappointment called Superior Saturday, I was really reluctant to read this book, but I wanted to.

Question to you, dear reader: Is it humanely possible for a book to be more boring than this piece of trash?

I doubt so.

Like - seriously - what is up with this book? It's like Garth Nix has totally run out of good ideas.

After a few unsuccessful tries and about a month of having borrowed this book, I read through two pages, I think. It was a bore, a total fart of a book.

So, I read the e
Mar 29, 2010 H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 19, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent and fun series. Almost perdictable ending, but enough of a divergence to be good. I espcially enjoyed the fact that i finished the sixth book two years ago and got right back in the flow. Favorite character? Suzy! Hands down. Though Arthur is the center, Suzy gives the series fun. Could go on about the Mariner and hopes for the Ancient One, which hold out to the end. But I hope someone else who reads this pickes up the series. Maybe for their kids as I originally did and go ...more
Luke!GO LSU!
Mar 31, 2010 Luke!GO LSU! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far I am at the part of the book where Arthur is chained to a replica of the old ones prison! At the same time Suzy and the 6th part of the willl are trying to get to the great maze without gettting melted by nothing! Even with part of the will they might no make to the great maze without running into a part of the house that is being dissvoled by nothing! I think book is going to have a wonderfull ending(it ends The keys to the kingdom books)! Even though is wished that the writer didn't end ...more
Mar 20, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, sf-fantasy
I was kind of worried before reading Lord Sunday about how the series would end. I'm sure everyone has read a series that was so good but the ending was blah and decreased the quality of the whole series. I should not have been worried. Garth Nix in any book I've read by him does not go for the easy ending. He always comes up with something unexpected and perfect.
I also love the way he does not tie up all the loose ends. This is a complete story but it feels like the characters live on and have
May 16, 2010 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010

Hmmm. A modestly unsatisfying ending to a great series. I couldn't get "into" the book this time, perhaps because of the way it jumped between three characters. Also, nothing really got the attention it truly deserved. One major supporting character SPOILER ALERT dies, and it barely gets two paragraphs, and no emotional investment by the other characters. No real buildup either.

But the ending was unexpected in a good Garth Nix way. Disorienting, but powerful.

I'll have to go back and read the wh
Dec 20, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the Fifth and Sixth Keys in his possession, Arthur is ready---he thinks---to tackle the mysterious Lord Sunday, finish reclaiming the Will, and somehow procure the all-powerful Seventh Key from someone who isn't inclined to give it up. It wouldn't be the first time he's been set to an impossible task, but this time he's trying to do it alone. And the House and all the Secondary Realms are depending on him to get it right. . .

Beginning right where Superior Saturday left off, Lord Sunday sta
Jul 20, 2014 Samira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well. I finished the Keys to the Kingdom. To be honest, I really liked these books. Garth Nix writes really well. There was just one thing that bothered me. THE NEW ARCHITECT (Dun dun duuuuun!) I mean, was he growing INSIDE of Arthur the whole time?! When Arthur started becoming a Denizen, was that the New Architect, um... Being born? I don't know, but it's been HAUNTING me! The fact that basically everyone else dies? LOVE IT! (Okay, I'm not some type
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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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“Since being a prisoner was a definite improvement over being dead, which was what she thought was going to happen when the Loundergs had attacked, Suzy was quite cheerful.” 17 likes
“Ow do you knock out a Denizen?" asked Suzy. "I tried it myself once or twice, but just hitting them never works."
"It is not the force of the blow, but the authority with which it is delivered," quoth the raven.”
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