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The Keys to the Kingdom #7: Lord Sunday Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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So it's not exactly surprising that the final novel of Garth Nix's multiverse-spanning Keys to the Kingdom series is one long cliffhanger. "Lord Sunday" is a little rushed and scattered at times, but Nix ties off the various plot threads in a satisfying manner -- and he demonstrates his brilliant skill by handling the seemingly impossible.
Now transformed into a Denizen, Arthur struggles his way back to the Incomparable Gardens -- only to be captured by the cruel, selfish Lord Sunday and his minions. Meanwhile, Leaf is captured by Sunday's Reaper and dragged back into the House, and Suzy is struggling to keep Arthur's army from being destroyed by the Nothing, Newniths and the Piper's Children.
Unsurprisingly, Lord Sunday wants the Atlas and the Keys. Arthur will have to use all his wits and sorcerous strength -- as well as an old, beloved friend -- to free himself from Sunday's clocklike torture chamber. As the final clash between Sunday, Saturday and the Piper begins, Arthur's true destiny is revealed -- and it may mean the destruction of all the worlds of the House.
"Lord Sunday" has almost everything you could want in a grand, apocalyptic finale -- magic, battles, tragic losses, and finally the revelation of the Architect's true Will. It took six books of complex build-ups to get to this point, and most of the book Nix focuses on the main characters zipping around trying to save the House from destruction.
And Nix packs the novel with plenty of gritty action (including Arthur getting part of his head blown off), world-hopping, and some beautifully poignant moments (Arthur telling his elephant that it's all he has to remind him "who I really am").Read more ›
Since quite a bit of time had passed since I had read book six, SUPERIOR SATURDAY, I was a bit confused jumping into the storyline again. And Nix really does start blasting right into things. Arthur Penhaligon is still struggling against the forces massing against him and threatening to completely destroy everything he knows and loves. Waves of Nothing ravage the very foundations of the House, a universe related directly to Earth, which is also crumbling under the throes of an epidemic that might just eat away at every person alive. And as the final battles culminate, it falls to Arthur to save them all from dissolving into the black Nothingness.
The pacing here is quick and Nix almost leaves the reader breathless as they fly through one near death escape after another. Everything almost started to blend together as I kept waiting for the final mysteries of the series to be resolved. And Nix drags things out to the very bitter end before revealing the secrets behind all seven books in the last few pages. I don't want to go too deeply into the plot here, as it would really spoil things, but after I closed the book I almost had the feeling that Nix needed a quick way to wrap things up.Read more ›
We pick up right where book 6, Superior Saturday, leaves off...with Arthur falling after having claimed the sixth key. In general everything is falling apart. Superior Saturday's forces are attacking the Improbable Gardens (Lord Sunday's domains), Dame Primus is leading an assault on Superior Saturday, the lower house is being claimed by Nothing, and the human world is being plagued by strange sicknesses as things deteriorate in the House. In general things are not happy. How will it all be resolved? Arthur has given up his humanity but is there a way for him to save the House, and hence the universe, while retaining some contact with his family?
This book was very well done. The story is jam packed and fast-moving. Nix does an excellent job of making every word in this book count; there was no fat in this story every page goes towards resolving all the issues and bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion. All the characters you know and love are in this story. The action is non-stop and very well done. Lord Sunday is a fabulous character, and not at all what I expected.
Nix did an excellent job portraying Arthur's fight to retain some humanity.Read more ›
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I was really excited when I finally found this book in the libary, and I finished it in a day. The plot was really jumpy, one second we are in the hospital with Leaf, next Suzy is... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Emma P
One of the best series I've ever read!
Great characters, great settings, and a great ending.
Definently in my top five favorites!
My daughter loved this series, we listened to 1-5 on CDs from the library. Then I found 6 on Overdrive through my library but there was no audio version available for 7. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julie Taylor
Love this story line, I hope it gets made into a movie some day.Published 10 months ago by David Ballenger
I have enjoyed the keys to the kingdom series, no matter how many times I retread it. It's still the bestPublished 11 months ago by E. Henderson
This book series is amazing and imaginative. It will take you to a world that questions itself yet explains itself. I am sad to see it ended but it is beyond words amazing.Published 14 months ago by Seth F.