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Lady Friday by Garth Nix

Lady Friday

by Garth Nix

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Series: Keys to the Kingdom (5)

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Good overall, but boring compared to the others in the Keys series. Not my favorite, but still a good read. ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Eons ago, the Architect of the worlds left, willing her power to whosoever was the Rightful Heir. She left behind seven of her most trusted children behind as Trustees of her Will. But the Trustees did not see any need to relinquish their power, and so they hid the Will away and kept the Keys to the Kingdom for themselves. The Trustees, also known as the Morrow Days because each controlled a single day of the week, were slowly twisted by the Keys, and their foibles and weaknesses became magnified. The House that the Architect built was slowly destroyed by their greed, sloth, and single-mindedness.

Eventually, the first part of the Will tore itself free from its binding place and forced itself upon young Arthur Penhaligan, a mortal boy from a slightly futuristic Earth. With its power and guidance, Arthur has been able to gain the keys from four of the seven Trustees. But in using the Keys, Arthur has become closer and closer to becoming a Denizen.

Having just vanquished [b:Sir Thursday|47618|Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #4)|Garth Nix|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1304528609s/47618.jpg|805793], Arthur recieves a letter from Lady Friday: she's abdicating, and her Key goes to whoever can find it first. It's a traaaaaap! Her plan was to have the Piper, Saturday and Arthur fight it out, and then whoever wins will get sucked into an abyss of Nothing. It almost worked, too, except that Arthur figures it out and warns the Piper. Meanwhile, she retreats to a far off planet to devote herself to her favorite hobby: sucking out the life experiences of mortals. While Leaf tries to stop her, Arthur tries to find Friday's portion of the Will. Friday's realm is a lot of fun: it's where all the paperwork happens in the House, with rivers made of parchment and a printing press so massive that Denizens take their tea time on it.

Arthur is a fantastic main character. He starts out as a very ordinary little boy, constantly asking questions and wishing he could just go home. With every book, he loses more of his naivete and innocence. After years of chronically, nearly fatally, poor health, Arthur has incredible strength of will and determination. And his parents' influence and his own empathy make him polite and fair-minded, always treating his defeated enemies well. His determination to save everyone puts him in a great deal of danger and trouble, but it makes him a joy to read. I really like the morality system underpinning this series. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
“Have you read all of this second letter?” Arthur asked Pirkin cautiously. His hand fell to the Fourth Key at his side. He hadn't put his belt back on, but he'd made sure it was never out of reach.
“I read 'em both,” said Pirkin. “But like Oddkin said, it's just a load of old jetsam. Kill Piper's children? Kill Raised Rats? That's not something the association would stand for, I tell you. That Saturday ain't got no rights here. She can do whatever she wants in the Upper House, I suppose, but no one here is going to do stupid stuff just because she says so."

The Piper is making his own bid for power, so Arthur has a rival in his quest to wrest control of the keys from the Morrow Days. This seems more like a section of a longer work than a book with a beginning, a middle, and an end of its own. ( )
  isabelx | Jun 20, 2015 |
This book is the fifth book in the series that follows lord Arthur who had survived encounters with 4 of the trustees of the house. This one starts with Leaf in a hospital bed where she saw lady Friday lead sleep walkers into a pool that she followed them into. There she is found and put in the care of a care taker that prepares the sleepers to have their experiences taken away by lady Friday. While this is happening Arthur is tricked into going to the middle house where he is ambushed by fetchers. Then he rode a river to get to the library where he found the will and a fake fifth key and had to use the keys to stop the flow of nothing. Then he went and took the real key from lady Friday and apprehend her dawn and dusk. Then back on earth he finds that the army is about to nuke a nearby hospital.
I thought that this book like the books before it was amazing. The adventure and element of fear and excitement that is always there adds to the atmosphere of action. I thought that the tension story line and other elements make this book amazing. The superior literature also helps to further the mood to where you literal can not put the book down. Garth Nix seems to be an author of renown and I can not wait to find the next book so I can read it. Though there are large breaks in my reading because they are so hard to find. ( )
  williamf.b4 | Jan 9, 2014 |
Listening to the audio as I re-read the series. ( )
  SheilaRuth | Aug 23, 2013 |
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Corduner, AllanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Anna, Thomas, Edward, and all my family and friends;
and with particular thanks to all the staff at Scholastic in
the USA, Allen & Unwin in Australia, and HarperCollins UK.
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Leaf woke with a start and sat up in bed. (Prologue)
The Nithling soldier thrust its crackling, electrically charged spear towards Arthur's chest. (Chapter 1)
Knowing everything means you don't need to think, and that is very dangerous.
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Arthur Penhaligon, Rightful Heir to the House and Secondary Realms beyond, has been systematically freeing the seven parts of the Will of the Architect and wresting the seven Keys to the Kingdom from the sinful Trustees. Now he must find the fifth part of the Will and claim the fifth Key. Lady Friday, mistress of the Middle House, has publicly abdicated, and is now hiding in her retreat in the Secondary Realms, fulfilling her endless longing for mortal experience. She seems willing to give up the Key to whoever reaches her Scriptorium first - but is it all just a trap? As Arthur races to assume control of the Middle House, his friend Leaf is trapped in the retreat itself, desperately trying to save her Aunt Mango from the lust of Lady Friday.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439436583, Mass Market Paperback)

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door.

Amidst all this trouble, Arthur must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize--before he's beaten to it!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:17 -0400)

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Young Arthur Penhaligon must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity that he must seize.

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