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On the sixth day, there was sorcery. Arthur Penhaligan has wrested five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees – she is also the oldest Denizen and the most powerful and knowledgeable sorcerer within the House. She On the sixth day, there was sorcery. Arthur Penhaligan has wrested five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees – she is also the oldest Denizen and the most powerful and knowledgeable sorcerer within the House. She has tens of thousands of sorcerers at her command, and she has been preparing her forces all along for the Will’s escape and the activities of the Rightful Heir. As Saturday’s schemes become evident, Arthur is beset on all sides. The House is being destroyed, and only the power of the Keys can hold back the tide of destruction. Arthur’s home city is under attack. His allies are unreliable. He can’t even get into the apparently impregnable Upper House . . .  and even if he does, finding the Sixth Part of the Will and gaining the Sixth Key might not be enough to counter Saturday’s bid for ultimate power. The Stakes are getting higher and higher. Can Arthur survive?


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On the sixth day, there was sorcery. Arthur Penhaligan has wrested five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees – she is also the oldest Denizen and the most powerful and knowledgeable sorcerer within the House. She On the sixth day, there was sorcery. Arthur Penhaligan has wrested five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees – she is also the oldest Denizen and the most powerful and knowledgeable sorcerer within the House. She has tens of thousands of sorcerers at her command, and she has been preparing her forces all along for the Will’s escape and the activities of the Rightful Heir. As Saturday’s schemes become evident, Arthur is beset on all sides. The House is being destroyed, and only the power of the Keys can hold back the tide of destruction. Arthur’s home city is under attack. His allies are unreliable. He can’t even get into the apparently impregnable Upper House . . .  and even if he does, finding the Sixth Part of the Will and gaining the Sixth Key might not be enough to counter Saturday’s bid for ultimate power. The Stakes are getting higher and higher. Can Arthur survive?

30 review for Superior Saturday

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    After the wait between Lady Friday and the publication of Superior Saturday, it took a little while to first remember what had happened previously and to get into the mindset of all things Keys to the Kingdom. I have to marvel at Garth Nix's scale of imagination - far surpasses my own, and so I struggled with picturing Staurday's tower of iron cubes and chains. It was engaging, and Arthur's own changes and attitude were interesting to read about but it all sort of smacks of a sandwich with no bu After the wait between Lady Friday and the publication of Superior Saturday, it took a little while to first remember what had happened previously and to get into the mindset of all things Keys to the Kingdom. I have to marvel at Garth Nix's scale of imagination - far surpasses my own, and so I struggled with picturing Staurday's tower of iron cubes and chains. It was engaging, and Arthur's own changes and attitude were interesting to read about but it all sort of smacks of a sandwich with no butter - something missing. Whether it was a lack of any loose ends being tied up (we stil have Arthur's mother, Arthur's transformation, Arthur's future, nuclear bombs, unfinished business with Saturday, and Lord Sunday to be dealt with) or possibly just Saturday not living up to expectations, I'm not sure. The concept of the Will's position is exciting and appears a large challenge at first, as is the prospect of defeating Saturday, and yet both just seem a bit too easy. Superior Saturday herself, the best sorceror apparently, doesn't seem to live up to her name - in fact, Dame Primus seems to have more presence when wielding the Keys and Mister Monday, suffering from sloth, put up more of a fight. An enjoyable read and some small snippets of essential information are revealed, but as to whether the book was worth the wait, I can't really say, as it almost appeared as though they forgot to publish the ending. Cliffhangers are a great tool, but possibly ill-timed considering the wait for Saturday and there just isn't enough suspense created. Sorry Garth, it just felt a bit empty. Here's hoping not too many people agree with me. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    Book six and it only now finally occurred to me that, for a light kid's fantasy series focusing on a boy coming of age (that is pretty paint by numbers by this point), Nix is actually doing a rather good job with the female characters. So far, half of the trustees have been female, including two of the three highest ranking ones and the one to actually be helpful instead of a pain. The Will is female, the Architect is female, and both of Arthur's friends/confidants are female. Not a single swoon Book six and it only now finally occurred to me that, for a light kid's fantasy series focusing on a boy coming of age (that is pretty paint by numbers by this point), Nix is actually doing a rather good job with the female characters. So far, half of the trustees have been female, including two of the three highest ranking ones and the one to actually be helpful instead of a pain. The Will is female, the Architect is female, and both of Arthur's friends/confidants are female. Not a single swooning flower amongst them. Although I do wonder if he could have picked different sins than Gluttony, Lust, and Envy for the women (while the men get Sloth, Avarice, Wrath, and Pride). Still overall I am pleased that it is only now that I stopped to think about it, but when I did it was better than expected. As for the book itself, it was a nice change of pace that Arthur wasn't binding his own hands with resistance to using the power of the keys and I really liked the idea of this other personality that is trying to come through with him. It was enough of a shakeup to feel less lazy on Nix's part and I am genuinely curious now to see what will become of him in the end because I don't know anymore. However, the cliffhanger at the end was cheap and unnecessary. I promise you, Garth Nix, if we've read through all six books we are going to pick up the seventh when it comes out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    As Arthur becomes more enmeshed into the plots of the Will Trustees, he becomes more denizen-like and in this case darker. He's not the same boy who accidentally came into the house in Mister Monday. No he's slowly changing into something else and it may not be a good thing. Throughout this book he really struggles with temper issues and the prejudices Greater denizens have. We finally get a glimpse of what Superior Saturday's goals are and the extreme lengths she's willing to go to achieve them As Arthur becomes more enmeshed into the plots of the Will Trustees, he becomes more denizen-like and in this case darker. He's not the same boy who accidentally came into the house in Mister Monday. No he's slowly changing into something else and it may not be a good thing. Throughout this book he really struggles with temper issues and the prejudices Greater denizens have. We finally get a glimpse of what Superior Saturday's goals are and the extreme lengths she's willing to go to achieve them. (view spoiler)[ I don't know how Arthur is going to take her down, because even without the key she seems incredibly powerful! (hide spoiler)] . It doesn't help that while the House is under a horrible threat, so is Arthur's home realm. I feel like everything is going to come to a cataclysmic ending with book 7. (view spoiler)[ Also wtf was that cliffhanger ending!? (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Peterson

    I loved the description of the Upper House, with the umbrellas and the cubicles and the impossibly high tower and the rain and the black Matrix suits. I wish we could have seen a bit more of it, or seen the setting put to better use. I loved the portrayal of sorcery as an almost banal office-grind type activity. I also loved Saturday herself; I wish we could have seen more of her. I was waiting for the epic showdown between her and Arthur. In that way, the book felt too short, like it was just a I loved the description of the Upper House, with the umbrellas and the cubicles and the impossibly high tower and the rain and the black Matrix suits. I wish we could have seen a bit more of it, or seen the setting put to better use. I loved the portrayal of sorcery as an almost banal office-grind type activity. I also loved Saturday herself; I wish we could have seen more of her. I was waiting for the epic showdown between her and Arthur. In that way, the book felt too short, like it was just a lead-in for Lord Sunday.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Nelson

    This series just keeps getting better and better; Superior Saturday is the second-to-last book in this series, so things are TENSE. There’s no room for exposition or setting things up, or even reviewing what happened in previous books, it’s just all action and adventure all the time. Arthur is no longer fighting the battle between staying human and becoming a Denizen; he has accepted the fact that he’s going to need magic to win this war and keep his family safe on Earth, which helps keep the act This series just keeps getting better and better; Superior Saturday is the second-to-last book in this series, so things are TENSE. There’s no room for exposition or setting things up, or even reviewing what happened in previous books, it’s just all action and adventure all the time. Arthur is no longer fighting the battle between staying human and becoming a Denizen; he has accepted the fact that he’s going to need magic to win this war and keep his family safe on Earth, which helps keep the action going. While he still has some inner conflict with keeping his humanity rather than being an arrogant Denizen, the fact that he’s no longer afraid to use magic really helps the plot move along and keeps things interesting. I like that most of the action stays in the house this time. It mostly focuses on Arthur’s quest to get the will back together, and we mainly focus on his adventures with Suze. The focus goes on Earth for a little while, just to keep us informed of what’s going on, but it’s mainly action and fun with Arthur going through Saturday’s domain to find the next part of the will and retrieve the keys from her. We learn a bit more about what Saturday’s aim is and how the Upper House works, which is fun. It does leave off on a cliffhanger, which, if I were reading this while it were being published, would have probably knocked this down a star. However, since I can get started on the sequel right away, I’ll forgive it this once. :p I usually appreciate it when at least the action is somewhat resolved before we dive into the next book. With that said, though, it looks like the last book is going to be a doozy with how this book ended. Can’t wait to read it! Also posted on Purple People Readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BrightSideofDeath

    It's now Saturday on Earth and Arthur continues along in his journey to save his family, his friends, his town, his world, and the rest of the universe. He finally shruggs off his reluctantance and constant fear of becoming immortal and starts using more of the power he's gained as the situation becomes exponentially more desparate and Nothing closes in. Saturday follows the similar pattern of the other books: find the next part of the Will and get the next Day's Key, except that this time the d It's now Saturday on Earth and Arthur continues along in his journey to save his family, his friends, his town, his world, and the rest of the universe. He finally shruggs off his reluctantance and constant fear of becoming immortal and starts using more of the power he's gained as the situation becomes exponentially more desparate and Nothing closes in. Saturday follows the similar pattern of the other books: find the next part of the Will and get the next Day's Key, except that this time the day's story dosen't wrap up and we're left with much more of a cliff hanger than usual. I always love Garth Nix's writing. The Keys to the Kingdom isn't my favorite of his series. It's another take on "heaven and hell" and just who's in charge, which can be a fun topic to play with. Overall it is an enjoyable read. The story moved along and kept me glued to the book, but I wasn't enjoying Saturday as much as I normally do the others. It may be that it's been a while since the last book came out and I'm no longer as involved in the story, or I'm annoyed that with the cliff hanger I'll have to wait for the next one, or it may be something else entirely, but for some reason I'm a little disappointed with it. I think this is a series I'll have to reread completey through once they are all written and I'll then have a better impression of it. I do like that Nix doesn't try to re-explain the back story. He pretty much dives right in to the current events. It makes for a little confusion at the beginning, but I'd prefer it read more like one long book when it's finished. I would give it 3 1/2 stars, if I could.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Loren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My god. Perhaps the greatest one so far. And there was me being all scared because the last one was crap. Nix, you do not disappoint! (again) So. Our dear author has decided to dash the successful formulaic system that was one of the signatures of The Keys to the Kingdom: The Sixth Key was not claimed, Saturday was not defeated. The book ends on a real cliffhanger this time, not just leading onto the next book. I wonder at this point about Sunday's intentions. He could be like Wednesday; willing. My god. Perhaps the greatest one so far. And there was me being all scared because the last one was crap. Nix, you do not disappoint! (again) So. Our dear author has decided to dash the successful formulaic system that was one of the signatures of The Keys to the Kingdom: The Sixth Key was not claimed, Saturday was not defeated. The book ends on a real cliffhanger this time, not just leading onto the next book. I wonder at this point about Sunday's intentions. He could be like Wednesday; willing. Saturday could still be The BigBad. Curse you Saturday! How could you destroy The Lower House? The Far Reaches? What the Hell? Dame Quarto & Septum have their work cut out for them. I did love how balanced Part Six seemed to be, shame It probably won't join with It's counterparts for most of the next book. Oddly this volume was only 320 pages. While most spread on another eighty or so. I wonder why Nix decided to play it this way... To leave a cliffhanger; will the next book hold the missing eighty? Because he had nothing else to write? Just how long will Lord Sunday be? How can everything be wrapped up in time? I love it when a character becomes corrupted, it makes for such interesting reading, how will Arthur cope? And what is he turning into? A brief tantalizing mention of Prauvil; upping the seriousness of Leaf's situation, what with having to deal with such a crafty denizen. Don't make me eat my words Nix. Let Lord Sunday shine bright.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Pearl

    Finally nearing the end! I liked authur's change into a denizen is more than just in appearance, I liked the struggle he had to hold on to what little humanity he has left. I do think defeating saturday was a bit to easy, especially considering everything they went through in the earlier books. I'm ready for the final book and to see how it all ends.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    I never knew I wanted or needed a bureaucracy-themed fantasy series, but I'm telling you, it works. Kids reading the books might not get it so much, but for adults, the pedantic Will/Dame Primus, the towering offices, promotions, the "this is how it's always been done" mindset along with the "washing between the ears", as well as the fact that some of the scariest beings are Internal Auditors... as a government employee it does give me life. Garth Nix gets it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie Boyden

    I found this book harder to follow than the others in the series; often I'd reach the end of the page and realise I had no idea what I was reading because I'd unconsciously skipped paragraphs. However I still really enjoyed the story, and am excited to see how the various cliffhangers left at the end of this novel resolve themselves in Lord Sunday!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Holly Underwood

    I am enjoying the heck out of this series! Garth Nix is brilliant at coming up with unusual settings and permutations of magic, and making them make sense. The way Arthur is evolving is great too, not just stuck in one mode all the way through...an excellent series from an excellent writer for young adults!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kereesa

    Oh, boy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lars Dradrach

    Review to follow after i have read the 7. book as 5 and 6 are more or less one continuing storyline

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay. Let me start by saying I LOVE THESE BOOKS! I have been readin since I was 11, and now at 16 I am still counting the days untill I hold Lord Sunday in my hands! The fantastic imaginination of Garth Nix, the way in which he builds his charactors and his clever writing are all reasons why these are some of my favourite books. Superior Saturday is book 6. Fans, myself and even the author have been waiting for this book for a while as finally we get to see Superior Saturday. Way back in Grim Tu Okay. Let me start by saying I LOVE THESE BOOKS! I have been readin since I was 11, and now at 16 I am still counting the days untill I hold Lord Sunday in my hands! The fantastic imaginination of Garth Nix, the way in which he builds his charactors and his clever writing are all reasons why these are some of my favourite books. Superior Saturday is book 6. Fans, myself and even the author have been waiting for this book for a while as finally we get to see Superior Saturday. Way back in Grim Tuesday, we see a hint that she is up to some no good. This takes shape again in Sir Thursday with the Skinless Boy, and again in Lady Friday with her invasion of the Middle House. Yet despite all this we never see her. Untill now. Nix opens this novel straight away introducing her, confirming that he has been dying to introduce her to us for ages. She is just how you would imagine: a powerful sorcerer, more beautiful than anyone. But of course, there are some surprises as well. Her deadly sin is envy. She wants Lord Sunday's title as head of the House, despite the fact she practically is that as Sunday never comes out of his demense. So, she has been marshaling a plan to invade. And guess what. This is coming into effect in this book! And yet here there is a slight dissapointment. Her evil is felt on every page, yet she features little. Despite the prologue, a description of her hand and her acension into the Incomparable Gardens, she is never seen. Maybe she'll still be around in book 7, even though Nix tends to only let the Trustees feature in one book, there own. So, Saturday is brilliant when she is there. Of course, I have to mention Arthur. Wow, what a charactor development. From a weak, asthematic boy in Mister Monday, to exausted coal pusher, to unlikly pirate, to young soldier, to a powerful lord of keys and now even more powerful. He is changing, becoming something that is not human or denizen. He is becoming the true lord of the House. And he has also stopped complaining. He is showing maturity by starting to accept it is his destiny to lead the house, even if he does not want to. Long gone are the days where he was a lone, small boy who collasped on a cross country run (and who can blame him?). Now he is someone to fear. He has a key (which worked out very well in Lady Friday, so I'm glad Nix let him keep one here) and puts it to good use. He's also smart and does not waste time carrying out his mission. The charactor development here is brilliant and a huge thumbs up to Garth Nix. I cannot wait to see what is in store for Arthur in book 7. Other notable charactors include Suzy. I have loved her from the start and here her sarcasm continues to lighten up the mood. Her undying loyalty to Arthur is very touching, and it shows she will stand by him through thick and thin. Dame Primus... mysterious. Is she a force for good? What will happen when all seven parts of the will combine? Should Arthur be worried that his most powerful ally will become a deadly enemy. It is certainly hinted here that there is more to her that meets the eye. Again, kudos to Garth Nix. Dr. Scamandros. The guy with the answers does not dissapoint. I also liked to see the Old One again. I hope he plays a big part in book 7. It is very interesting to guess where his loyalties lie. The Piper, while unfortunately not appearing much in this book, is still felt. As one of my favourite charactors, I look foward to a him vs Sunday in the final volume. Leaf. Another one of my favourite charactors who I in fact based one of my charactors on in my novel. She also took a back seat here but whenever she was involved she was involved well. The only dissapointing aspect of the book was the plot was a little slow. Arthur and Suzy creeping around with more Piper's children was hardly the full on battle we seemed to have been promised coming up against Saturday. It was very clever the way Arthur got into the Upper House and in fact everything up to that point is brilliant. But then, it felt like the book slowed down a bit. If there had been more of Saturday at this point, or some action from the Piper, or action at all it would have been 5 stars from me. Saying that, it is a worthy addition to the series. My favourite still remains as Sir Thursday but Superior Saturday does a fine job of showing us the most dangerous Trustee yet. As the book ends on a cliffhanger and the start of an all out war with Sunday with Arthur's fate at the hands of Saturday uncertain, I definately will be buying Lord Sunday.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    I really wish we could give 1/2 marks for books, because I did not want to give as low as a 3 but also didn't waqnt to give as high as a 4. I did enjoy Superior Saturday but it feels like a book where a lot happens but also not a lot happens either. I just feel that the Upper House is the least developed on all the regions of the House so far. Unlike with the last few parts of the House, I haven't been left wanting to see more of this part. Superior Saturday kind of reminds me of the first two bo I really wish we could give 1/2 marks for books, because I did not want to give as low as a 3 but also didn't waqnt to give as high as a 4. I did enjoy Superior Saturday but it feels like a book where a lot happens but also not a lot happens either. I just feel that the Upper House is the least developed on all the regions of the House so far. Unlike with the last few parts of the House, I haven't been left wanting to see more of this part. Superior Saturday kind of reminds me of the first two books, the Trustee only appears for a small part of the novel and it was just setting up for the final book in the series. It was enjoyable enough but I guess just a little bit disappointing following on from the last few books which I have really enjoyed reading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rlygirl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Arthur's adventures just keep getting better and better, in my opinion. With only Sunday left to conquer now, I'll have to say goodbye to this character! Nix was brilliant in describing the Tower, the Grease Monkeys, the Automatons, and other colorful scenes that made this kingdom of Superior Saturday feels like a steampunk world. I enjoyed how Arthur is at peace with himself now, no longer struggling with holding on to his humanity, but has resigned himself to being a denizen of the house. Also, Arthur's adventures just keep getting better and better, in my opinion. With only Sunday left to conquer now, I'll have to say goodbye to this character! Nix was brilliant in describing the Tower, the Grease Monkeys, the Automatons, and other colorful scenes that made this kingdom of Superior Saturday feels like a steampunk world. I enjoyed how Arthur is at peace with himself now, no longer struggling with holding on to his humanity, but has resigned himself to being a denizen of the house. Also, this means he can use the keys more often, which is always cool. This book ended really leaving the reader on a cliffhanger. Not only was Arthur in a dangerous situation near the end, but Leaf and his town on Earth is in peril too. How will Arthur save everyone? I can't wait to find out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Baal Of

    Things are ramping up towards an ending, with perhaps too rapid a climax with the fight against Saturday, but still an enjoyable ride. The characters continue to improve, and Arthur has finally accepted being a Denizen, instead of constantly worrying about the damn ring. About a 3.5 star book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Scott

    I really couldn't put this one down. Arthur is a character to be enjoyed through the process of reading the novels and as he grows, just in the dame way your enjoy reading about Harry Potter growing up and his trials along the way. The world is just as complex too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    by now everything is so predictable. it is not the first long series of book which each book has nearly the same plot but it is not a good work really. this one was a little more interesting because of Arthur physical and mental change but even that wasn't enough to make this one better than rest.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    [Definite TRRTBR this series - even though I disliked Abhorsen as an adult, I feel these will be different...]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Loved it, reading Lord Sunday!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    D.A. Rice

    All I have to say about this one is.... it's a good thing I don't have to wait to read the Next one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Best so far This book was the best of the series so far. It was actually exciting. Only 1 more to go in this series. I hope its worth it

  24. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Quite the cliffhanger. Glad I had the next one ready to go.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Zeigler

    thought it was very good

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Overall Opinion I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all the other books in this series. I really appreciated that in this one, Arthur seems to be stepping more into his role as rightful heir. It has been interesting to see that as Arthur has become less human and more of an immortal being, he has little anger episodes where he feels upset at having to deal with “inferior” beings. He has been able to keep it more or less under control but I’m curious to see how this develops in the next book. My Overall Opinion I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all the other books in this series. I really appreciated that in this one, Arthur seems to be stepping more into his role as rightful heir. It has been interesting to see that as Arthur has become less human and more of an immortal being, he has little anger episodes where he feels upset at having to deal with “inferior” beings. He has been able to keep it more or less under control but I’m curious to see how this develops in the next book. My rating: 4/5 stars (Explanation of my rating system. 1 star = I really didn’t like it. 2 stars = Meh. 3 stars = It was a good book, I liked it. 4 stars = I really liked this book. 5 stars = I loved this book and you need to read it right now.) The Cons I was a little disappointed that this book did not wrap up as neatly as the others have. The others have ended after Arthur has found the Will, claimed the key, and defeated the trustee. Without divulging any spoilers, this book did not end that way. While I am disappointed about it, I feel that it does set up the next book to be an exciting finale to the series. The Pros Suzie Turquois Blue. She has been such an anchor for Arthur and I love that she continues to be a good friend and companion for him in this book. I’ve also actually liked the piece of the Will in this book and the last. The other pieces of the Will I found to be rather annoying. Maybe that has to do with the fact that these last two pieces of the Will represent higher portions of the House? I’m not sure, but in any case, I liked this piece of the Will. Quote from the book “I am not going to change who I am. I am human and I know how to love, and be kind, and be compassionate to those who are weaker than me. Just because I have power doesn't mean I have to use it!” “There is never one absolutely right thing to do. All you can do is honor what you believe, accept the consequences of your own actions, and make the best out of what happens.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    B.P.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was okay, but this is just like all the rest, but weaker. Arthur must free the will and face the next trustee like always, no surprise there. It was a bit different, in that Arthur is now willing to take the fight to the trustees. However, the final confrontation with Superior Saturday left much to be desired. All Arthur really does is follow after Saturday as she attacks Sunday's domain and chants the proper words, they are separated by a battlefield and there is no direct confrontation and It was okay, but this is just like all the rest, but weaker. Arthur must free the will and face the next trustee like always, no surprise there. It was a bit different, in that Arthur is now willing to take the fight to the trustees. However, the final confrontation with Superior Saturday left much to be desired. All Arthur really does is follow after Saturday as she attacks Sunday's domain and chants the proper words, they are separated by a battlefield and there is no direct confrontation and I found that disappointing. As the story has built up we found out that Monday set the stage by giving Arthur the first half of the first key, but since then Saturday has been pulling the strings from the shadows with her sorcerers. She's the one behind the skinless boy, she tried to take over Lady Friday's domain, she shut down the elevators and the phones, and she is in charge of the denizens that wash between the ears. So for all intense and purposes Saturday should be Arthur's primary adversary, but they don't even really have a confrontation? Really? I found that disappointing, I thought Superior Saturday would be the book with the big climax of the story and then Sunday could be kind of like the epilogue and the encounter with the last trustee would just tie everything else up. Instead Arthur says the magic words gets the key from the best sorcerer in the house and third ever being in the universe just like that and bam he's done and on to Sunday. I found it all very disappointing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sean Bai

    I bought this when I was going to university. I never finished this series when I was a kid and I'm glad I finally got to do so. The books are very well written, describing the main character's journey through the houses, winning keys as he goes along. The world is very interesting and unique and it's not often you get a story where the main character has asthma. All in all, a good read for kids and adults alike. This is written for a younger audience so I'm not sure what some of the negative revie I bought this when I was going to university. I never finished this series when I was a kid and I'm glad I finally got to do so. The books are very well written, describing the main character's journey through the houses, winning keys as he goes along. The world is very interesting and unique and it's not often you get a story where the main character has asthma. All in all, a good read for kids and adults alike. This is written for a younger audience so I'm not sure what some of the negative reviews are about. Sometimes you want fantasy to be about really imaginative things. This is not like Alice in Wonderland at all, like some negative reviews seem to suggest. What people who are not writers do not know is that ideas are actually not copyright. Not that this is like anything else you'll read, but many of the stories over the past century involve portals to another world, and that is a portion of fantasy that readers should acknowledge. I will be leaving the same review for all the books in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rohin Surath

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was another good book. The interesting concept of Saturday being able to destroy Arthur without any of the Keys is awesome. This one was darker than the other five, which was cool. Arthur almost died several times, which was okay by me. Part Six of the Will actually is trying to help Arthur unlike the other. You also destroyed the Lower House, which was not the best thing ever. This in my opinion, was the most intense cliffhanger, just because the next book is the last book. Part Seven must This was another good book. The interesting concept of Saturday being able to destroy Arthur without any of the Keys is awesome. This one was darker than the other five, which was cool. Arthur almost died several times, which was okay by me. Part Six of the Will actually is trying to help Arthur unlike the other. You also destroyed the Lower House, which was not the best thing ever. This in my opinion, was the most intense cliffhanger, just because the next book is the last book. Part Seven must be the most epic, Nix. Otherwise I will be very angry. The book lost one star because pages 150 to 250 were really boring. Overall, this book was really impressive and builds to Lord Sunday which I hope will be the best of them all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kyrie

    Arthur is becoming less human, and much angrier, as he progresses through this tale. He's also getting taller, and I assume, better looking. Hard to tell. He is changing in looks, and since the other people in power all seem to be tall and beautiful, stands to reason he is. The things I admire him for are his efforts to hang on to his humanity, and trying to do the right thing regardless of what it does to him. The parts of the Will seem to be a bit flaky, and in at least Dame Primus' case, I sus Arthur is becoming less human, and much angrier, as he progresses through this tale. He's also getting taller, and I assume, better looking. Hard to tell. He is changing in looks, and since the other people in power all seem to be tall and beautiful, stands to reason he is. The things I admire him for are his efforts to hang on to his humanity, and trying to do the right thing regardless of what it does to him. The parts of the Will seem to be a bit flaky, and in at least Dame Primus' case, I suspect her of having ulterior motives. Sometimes I wonder about Suzi, too. This book was fast paced, and I am anxious to find out what happens in the last book. Maybe I'll find out what motivates the previous Key Holders? Or maybe I'll wonder why I slogged through this series?

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