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Monday, 8 March 2010

Review: Lord Sunday

Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 4th March 2010
Target audience: 9+

Summary from Amazon.co.uk:
In this seventh and last book of THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM, the mysteries of the House, the Architect, the Trustees, the Keys and the Will are revealed, and the fate of Arthur, our Earth, and the entire Universe is finally decided. Arthur has wrested the Sixth Key from Superior Saturday, but has fallen from the Incomparable Gardens; fallen not to the Upper House but to somewhere completely unexpected. Alone in enemy territory, as his mind and body are further transformed by the power of the Keys, Arthur must struggle with himself as much as with his many enemies. Meanwhile, Arthur's friend Suzy Blue plots an escape from her prison in Saturday's tower, as battle rages above and below. Saturday's elite force is pressing on into the Incomparable Gardens, while her massed sorcerers fight a desperate rear-guard action against the Piper and his Newnith army. On earth, Leaf has to cope with the aftermath of a nuclear strike. Responsible for all the Sleepers in Friday's private hospital, she needs all the help she can get, particularly as Leaf herself has become a target for intruders from the House. And the tide of Nothing continues to rise, destroying everything in its path ...

The Keys to the Kingdom Series:
1. Mister Monday
2. Grim Tuesday
3. Drowned Wednesday
4. Sir Thursday
5. Lady Friday
6. Superior Saturday
7. Lord Sunday

Lord Sunday review and reflections on a series:
For those of you who haven't read any books from The Keys to The Kingdom series, I advise you to start at the beginning. This series (as the titles suggest) are meant to be read in order and I honestly think they wouldn't make much sense if you tried to read them any other way. Nix creates a highly complex world in the House which opens on to all the dimensions in existence. The secondary realms, of which Earth is one, are a part of the Architect's creation. It all began with the House. The fantasy lanscape of the House, the Incomparable Gardens, the Great Maze and many other bizarre parts of Nix's world are quirky, original and entirely imaginative. The House is occupied by hundreds of thousands of denizens - human-like beings who each have a role in the maitenance of the House. Arthur is the hero of our tale and he is chosen by the Will of the Architect to challenge Lord Monday and his siblings and to win the seven keys to the kingdom to restore order. Indeed, The Keys to the Kingdom is a complex tale of heroism, friendship and the lengthy battle of good versus evil.

Lord Sunday starts where Superior Saturday left us on the greatest of all life-threatening cliff-hangers. It is fair to say that at the end of Book 6, I felt a little cheated. The action stopped almost mid-battle and it left me desperate for the grand finale. For those of you who are fans of this series, I highly recommend that you give Superior Saturday another read immediately before Lord Sunday. I wished that I have done that because there was so much that I didn't remember and it really would have helped.

In this book Arthur is finally crossing the threshold into the phyical state of being a denizen and leaving his humanity behind. Lord Sunday sees him alone for most of the novel as he grows into the image of a true hero. His companions are spread widely across the rest of the House and its demenses. Leaf is trying to save the sleeping patients in Lady Friday's hospital. Suzi Turquoise Blue is leading the Piper's children. Each of the main characters gets their moment to shine in this book.

All our questions are answered Lord Sunday. It has taken a good few days for the penny to drop and  for me to finally understand the greater purpose in this series. I find myself surprised that I didn't realise this before. I feel that I'm not telling you enough but for those who are already at this point there is no turning back. For those who are wondering whether to embark on this journey, I will point out that Nix is aiming this series at a younger audience. It has the imaginative feel of childhood about it and the love of a great adventure. It also has the ends nicely tied up in a way that offers the security that younger readers may need but that older readers may find a little too convenient. There are some great and funny characters in this series which can take the young-at-heart on a grand adventure.

NB: For anyone aged 12+ interested in reading something by Garth Nix, I recommend Sabriel. It is definitely more YA and both the follow up books are fantastic!


Shweta said...

I haven't read any book in this series. But definitely will give this series a try. I have just read Sabriel by the author which I liked a lot. Thanks for the review Becky..

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review.

Lauren said...

I definitely need to read some Nix. This is a really interesting review - I don't think this series is necessarily for me but I'll look into Sabriel for sure. Thanks for the tip.

brizmus said...

This series so sounds like something that I would like to read! Taking your advice, though, I guess I'd try to read Sabriel first. :-)

Sarah said...

I'm going to have to read this since I've read the rest of the series LOL. I loved Sabriel & the others in that series - I read them years ago but I'd like to read them again :o)

I Want To Read That said...

I think I really need to try some Garth Nix - I have Sabriel so I think I'll start with that but this series does sound good. Thanks for the review:)

Lea said...

Great review! I'm not too sure if this book/series is really my style, but it does sound intriguing :)