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Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1) (The Keys to the Kingdom) by Garth Nix

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 450 Pages.

Published: 01 November 2005 by HarperCollins Children's Books

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 9780007175017

EAN: 9780007175017

Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world – where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.

Arthur is safe – but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with bloodstained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back – even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.

Desperate, Arthur escapes to the mysterious house that has appeared in town – a house that only he can see. Maybe there he can unravel the secrets of the key – and discover his true fate.


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Great fun for older children (and adults !)

This is a book for young teenagers or older children although it can be read and enjoyed by adults - it is some years since I fell into the the teenage category ! It is also the first in a series of seven, each of which will relate to a day in the week so although this book ties up most loose ends satisfactorily you are aware that it is part of a larger story arc.

The story concerns Arthur. He is a child with asthma who finds himself saved from death by a strange man who leaves him with a key, a book and a lot of problems. Arthur has become involved in the affairs of the House which is in another world tied to this one. Seven characters named after each day of the week are fighting for control and to find a missing will - the book and the key are part of that. As Arthur becomes involved with the House a plague overtakes his world and he has to fight various creatures from the House in order to defeat those who would destroy his world.

This is great fun. It is a children's book so the characterisation isn't very well developed and the creatures are all a bit cartoony but there is genuine threat and tension and the plot is definitely unusual. It is good to have a child with a very common disability as a hero. It is a quick read for an adult but i am interested to see where the author takes the story next.

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