Drowned Wednesday (Keys to the Kingdom #3)

Drowned Wednesday (Keys to the Kingdom #3)

by Garth Nix


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Everyone is after Arthur Penhaligon. Strange pirates. Shadowy creatures. And Drowned Wednesday, whose gluttony threatens both her world and Arthur's.

With his unlimited imagination and thrilling storytelling, Garth Nix has created a character and a world that become even more compelling with each book. As Arthur gets closer to the heart of his quest, the suspense and mystery grow more and more intense. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338240337
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 101,667
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Garth Nix is the New York Times bestselling author of the Old Kingdom series, a modern classic of fantasy literature that includes the novels Sabriel, Lireal, Abhorsen, and Clariel. He is also the author of The Keys to the Kingdom series, Shade's Children, A Confusion of Princes, Newt's Emerald, and (with Sean Williams) the Troubletwisters series, among other novels. You can find out a whole lot more about him at garthnix.com.

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Drowned Wednesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series was, is, and atill qill be great. I think tjis one is about the best so far. I like wensday much more than grim and monday, but some of the other trusties are much better and more interesting. I think that this book is were the plot all ties togeather.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series! Its great! I wish the next book wud hurry up!
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another splendid instalment, this time on the watery surface of the Border Seas.I'm glad that Leaf has a larger role here, and I'm sorry we didn't get to see more of her travels, but I enjoyed the new characters that we met here.Onwards to Thursday...
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just returned from his contest with Grim Tuesday, Arthur would really like to be left alone. His leg is in a cast, he's in the hospital again... and he's received an invitation to luncheon with Lady Wednesday. When a tidal waves sweeps his hospital bed out into the Border Sea, his friend Leaf is carried out too, only to be taken away by a ship. How can Arthur save his friend, defeat Wednesday, and get the third key?I'm enjoying re-listening to this series, narrated by Allan Corduner. He does an excellent job of giving each character a unique and appropriate voice, and retaining recurring character's voices through the various audiobooks. Drowned Wednesday was no exception, though plotwise I think it the weakest of my rereads so far. Some of the events seemed just too convenient, too easy. There wasn't the same tension as there was in the first book when Arthur had to fight Mister Monday for the key. I do enjoy the complexity of the House and small details, like the attitudes of each part of the Will which seem to fit, somehow, the type of legalese that it would contain. Definitely worth a read, or even a reread.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Warning: This review is slightly spoilerish (but I don't give away too much).When I first picked up the Keys to the Kingdom series, I wasn't expecting that much. I really enjoyed Garth Nix's Sabriel, but that seemed to be of a more serious nature. This series was clearly aimed at a younger audience. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that while the stories was simpler and the characters were younger, Nix's writing did not disappoint: the fast-paced plot was fun, a book as close to watching a movie as ever I've read, the characters were engaging and distinctive, the underdog hero was likeable and I quickly found myself rooting for him, and the plot had some surprisingly mature moments.In this third installment of the series, Arthur is drawn back to the House again, this time on Wednesday, to deal with the Trustee that presides over that day - Drowned Wednesday. Unfortunately, Lady Wednesday has for many thousands of years been in the form of a whale (thus the name Drowned) and eats anything in her path as she cruises the Border Sea, the territory she previously ruled. Pirates are another constant threat on the sea because there is no leader to enforce order. Arthur receives an invitation from Drowned Wednesday while he is in the hospital, recuperating from a broken leg (the result of his encounter with Grim Tuesday), and not long after the Border Sea literally smashes down the walls of his room and whisks him away. This time, his friend Leaf is with him, and she is pulled into that mysterious domain known as the House to share in his adventures. I loved the setting of this book, which is so different from the previous two in the series. Clearly, Nix is having a lot of fun envisioning the strange and sprawling environment that resides within the House, which is actually the center of the universe. I was also excited to see Leaf on-board for the whole ride this time. In the first two books, she was allowed just a peek into the strange world of the House; this time, she was with Arthur from the start. However, they're quickly separated and we see only periodic flashes of her. Arthur makes new allies, and some of them were very interesting (like Doctor Scamandros and the Raised Rats), but I was disappointed that we had no Suzy and little Leaf until the latter part of the novel. More of them in the next installment I hope.Nix does a nice job of creating a formula and then mixing it up. The most significant pattern is the use of the days of the week, of course: Monday can only create havoc on Mondays, Tuesday on Tuesday, and so on. In addition, every book has a new and distinct region in the house, and a new main bad guy that Arthur must somehow overcome, against great odds, and regain the key from the Trustee. In every book he meets new allies and he must find a new part of the will. However, Nix introduces new elements. In this novel, Arthur isn't actually fighting the Trustee but another big baddy. The locale is completely different, of course, and Arthur is without his usual companions. This time the Will isn't hidden away, but has instead become an odd object of worship. The formula is consistent enough to be comforting, but different enough not to be boring.I continue to find the series entertaining while being an easy read. It's an epic fantasy on a child-sized scale. I like the characters, and how they are evolving, and am interested to discover what adventures await them on Thursday.
Anduril85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book for the series, book 3 for me at least was perhaps a little bit boring because it had Arthur laid up in a bed for a bit of the book and hobbling around in the rest, but for it's lack of action it was still a fun read and as I said a wonderful tradition to the series.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur's back, and this time...in the middle of the ocean on a hospital bed. He meets new quirky Denizens of the House and goes on an amazing adventure across and under the Border Sea, complete with pirates and giant sea creatures!I really did enjoy Drowned Wednesday more than Grim Tuesday. The adventure was so much fun, as were the characters. The Raised Rats are some of my favorite characters in the whole series, and who doesn't love a good secret passage? It got harder and harder to put down as I continued reading.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur has returned to his normal existence, in the hospital with a broken leg, when he receives an invitation from Lady Wednesday to have lunch. Not given an opportunity to refuse, Arthur and his friend, Leaf, are swept away on a tidal wave to the Border Sea where they are separated, Leaf to imprisonment on the pirate ship of Feverfew, the enemy of Lady Wednesday, and he set adrift on a treasure buoy.After being rescued, Arthur meets with Lady Wednesday, who has been transformed into a huge white whale with an insatiable appetite due to some curse put upon her by the morrow days. She has no idea where her portion of the will is, so Arthur has numerous tasks to perform - locate the third portion of the will, rescue Leaf, and resolve the curse and with these resolutions Lady Wednesday will hand over her key.The characters in this installment were entertaining, the predicaments amusing - reminiscent of Jonah and the whale, and overall great for Arthur's development as our hero.
kw50197 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny and exciting read. I especially loved the Raised Rats here.
seph on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"On the third day, there were pirates." How could anyone not like a book so succinctly summed up on it's fabulous dust-jacket? Arthur is finally taking command of his own fate and calling the shots, which makes things really pick up and run in this third book of the series. I can't wait to dig into Thursday's story next!
heidialice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur continues his adventures as heir to a strange kingdom, fighting pirates and trying to elude to bottomless pit of Wednesday¿s hunger.While quite a brilliant world builder, Nix does not turn his formidable imagination to plot, so once again this is much more straight-forward than one might expect from an adventure story. The hurdles Arthur must overcome never seem overwhelming, which eases the dramatic tension. Seems like most things are solved with ¿Arthur tried something. It worked.¿ Still, a fascinating space in which to hold a story.
jcsoblonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book! I liked it a lot, and it was so neat how Nix stirs things around, especially with Drowned Wednesday after his readers get used to the Morrow Days...we get something totally new. Of course his brilliant imagination is exhibited, and more than once you will find yourself saying "How in the world did he think of that???" Best of all, its original, no copy-catting. Plagairism gets annoying in books, but especially in fantasy.
TW_Spencer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very good series, but at time can be a little confusing.
FrogPrincessuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well I think this will prove to be the turning point in this series - where the overall plot begins to pull together, as opposed to being a stand-alone book like the first two felt.The setting itself is one much written about before - pirates and ships on the high seas. Possibly in this respect it makes it less original than the previous two stories. However, Garth Nix manages to tread fresh ground even here, by combining it with the concepts of his own invented universe. It is good to see the characters Suzy and especially Leaf return, and start to play a bigger role. I still feel that Arthur's character could have more depth, as these books are more focussed on plot than character development. Overall a fun read.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this a little more than Grim Tuesday. The setting was a lot of fun, and I loved the Raised Rats. I'm glad that Nix is shaking things up just a little bit, with Wednesday being of a different nature than Tuesday.
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DeniceNYC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these books by Garth Nix.
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Pirates! Giant Whale (HUGE)! Talking Rats! Thats all I'm gonna say. Fantasy and Nix lovers will not be disappointed with the third book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the first 2 books in the series and needed this one to find out what is happening.
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