Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom #5)

Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom #5)

by Garth Nix


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338240443
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #5
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 99,889
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(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

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Lady Friday 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Garth Nix is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I first discovered him through his Abhorsen trilogy-a richly written set of fantasy books for a young adult audience. Those books are on the long side and are what I would consider YA if not adult literature. Nix's more recent writing endeavor, a series of seven books entitled The Keys to the Kingdom, began in 2003 with the publication Mister Monday. As you might have guessed, each book is titled for a different day of the week. Lady Friday is the fifth book in the series (first published in 2007) with the next installment due out in August 2008. Before saying anything else, I have to say that this is not a stand alone book. If anything is going to make sense, you have to read the series starting at the beginning. If you can also read them close together, even better. For my part, I had to wait over a year before I procured a copy of this book. As a result, some of the details were a bit fuzzy until I remembered what was happening in the story. This series takes place in the course of one week (one day for each title). And, for Arthur Penhaligon our twelve-year-old hero, it has been a very long week. Arthur is the Rightful Heir of the Architect (the creator of Earth and everything else). Over the course of the first four books, Arthur has worked to free parts of the will of the Architect in order to gain help while battling the treacherous Trustees who decided to imprison the Will and steal the Architect's power for themselves. Four trustees have been defeated, their keys taken, but that doesn't mean Arthur has time to rest on his laurels. Arthur's friends, Suzy and Fred, are still imprisoned by the Piper whose New Nithling army has taken over the Great Maze in the House. Superior Saturday, in an attempt to cripple Arthur's efforts to consolidate power, is cutting off phone and elevator service to and from the House. To make matters worse, Arthur still isn't sure when he'll be able to go home or if he will be able to at all. Meanwhile, Lady Friday sends Arthur an offer that he might not be able to refuse. Even if it might also be a trap. This novel moves the action from the Lower House to the new territory of the Middle House. The descriptions here are really fun. Lady Friday is in charge of all the House's record keeping and book making, so there are a lot of book references in terms of places and characters. Nix also incorporates a lot of information about Arthur's military training during Sir Thursday to good effect. As Arthur races to find the Will and Lady Friday's key, the story also follows Leaf's own difficulties with Lady Friday. This part of the story is interesting and does eventually tie in with Arthur's story, but at the same time it made for a slow start. (The books prologue begins with Leaf.) In the early chapters, Nix alternates between Leaf and Arthur which I guess integrates the stories but it also made for some really frustrating cliffhangers at chapter ends. Lady Friday had a bit of a slow start compared to earlier novels in the series, but the dramatic ending makes up for it. A fine addition to a fine series.
TAaisl35 More than 1 year ago
Lady Friday is the 5th installment in the Keys to the Kingdom Series. It is a fantasy book in which the reader is hurled head first into the trials and tribulations of Arthur Penhaligon. This book is ideal for people of all ages as it is a typical childhood story but is also mixed with the trials and realistic feel of an adult novel. This book is a definite read for any lover of the fantasy genre. Arthur Penhaligon is the rightful, but reluctant heir to all the Houses of the Architect. After defeating Sir Thursday, Arthur is instantly flung into the fray against his next adversary, Lady Friday. The Piper and his army still occupy most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing a nuisance, turning off elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. Then Arthur receives an offer from Lady Friday, which is either a Machiavellian trap or an opportunity he can't afford to miss. I am critiquing this book based on the inventiveness of the author, how the book engrosses you into the story line, the correct use of suspense in the book, the author's writing form, and of course the subject matter within the book. Garth Nix is the author of many well-known series such as: The Abhorsen Trilogy, and The Seventh Tower Series. He is also the author of many books such as: Shade's Children, The Abhorsen Chronicles, and The Ragwitch. I think this book is wonderful for any enthusiast of fantasy. If you like an action-fantasy book this is the one for you, this book will excite you and leave you yearning for more, and more.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penhaligon remains in the House after defeating Sir Thursday in the Great Maze and retrieving the 4th key. Now he must locate Lady Friday and the 5th part of the will. Little does he know that his friend, Leaf, has returned from the Secondary Realm (earth) and is trapped by Lady Friday who has an addiction to the human experiences that she drains from their souls. At the same time as Arthur begins his search, Lady Friday sends a message to Arthur, the Piper, and Superior Saturday - stating that she is giving up her position as trustee and relinquishing the key - first come first serve. But they must find the 5th part of the will first.Arthur has several battles both external and internal in this installment which brings a greater since of drama to this one, but the ending still was a bit rushed, flat. The series still hold interest though as the reader foresees the coming battles.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is getting darker and darker - literally in this case - while Leaf follows Lady Friday to try and save her aunt, Arthur confronts a mysterious beast in the pitch dark.The pace of the stories has become more frantic. Between Arthur's partial take over, Saturday's defence, and The Piper's bid for the rule of the House, basic functions oft eh house are breaking down as denizens lose access to transport and communication. Lady Friday is the most unnerving trustee yet.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the fifth in the Keys to the Kingdom series, there are necessarily **spoilers** for the earlier titles.Arthur Penhaligon is fresh from his triumph in the Great Maze, taking control of the fourth Key and fighting the Piper and his band of New Niths. He received a missive from Lady Friday saying that she has abdicated, leaving the Will and the fifth Key for Superior Saturday, the Piper, and Arthur to duke it out. Arthur must continue on his journey to take control of the keys, all the while trying to use as little sorcery as possible so that he can stay human, and trying to figure out if he can trust his old friend, Suzy Turquoise Blue, since the Piper could potentially control her actions.Looking back on my reading log, I realized that I had only read the book before and had never listened to the audio. So this was a reread but a first-time listen for me, but as it's been over three years since I read any of the books, I had forgotten just about everything. Allan Corduner narrates these stories pitch perfectly, and I was initially surprised at my earlier mediocre rating of 4 stars. The story moves along at a steady clip, Arthur's struggle to do the right thing while avoiding becoming a Denizen is compelling, and then I got to the end and realized why I had found it so forgettable. For the most part, this is an excellent book but the ending fell rather flat for me. Still, I have Superior Saturday at the ready, and I'm looking forward to finishing the series with the two books that I have never read.
seph on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I'm liking Arthur more and more with each book in the series, this book included, the story in this book seemed a little flat. You kind of know it's going to follow the same pattern the previous four have, and while that's still a fun way to pass the time, the stories in "Lady Friday" seemed a little more scattered and shallow. Still, the imagery is wonderfully rich and the reading is a lovely distraction from all things mundane.
jcsoblonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great addition to the series, however, I found I didn't get into it as much as I did the others. Still very good though, especially Lady Friday; that was a neat twist to the series!
Anduril85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 5 is another great read and I recommend it just as much as the previous books in the series while I didn't find it as exciting as book 4 it was none the less a joy to read and as i have said before if you haven't read this book or the rest of the series do yourself a favor and get it as soon as you can anyway you can.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix did not disappoint me.Leaf wakes up in a strange room in the hospital with a bunch of other sleeping people. The people are transported by Dr. Friday to somewhere in the secondary realms. Meanwhile Arthur gets a message that Lady Friday has abdicated her position as the Keeper of the Fifth Key. When he goes to touch the message he finds out it is a trap. He is immediately transported to somewhere, that he can only assume, is in the middle house.Leaf struggles to figure out a way to save all of the humans from Lady Friday, while Arthur tries desperately to find the 5th part of the Will as well as the Fifth Key. Things are getting desperate in the house and you can't help but wonder if Arthur will be able to fix things and still remain human, or will he become a Denizen and be doomed to live forever in the House?This was one of the best books in this series so far. Arthur has finally let up on his whining and seems to be maturing. He takes control of situations with only a touch of his former uncertainty. Fred and Suzie are again along for the ride and some other interesting characters are introduced.Overall this was a fast-paced book, it was fun, exciting, and easy to read. I actually listened to it on audio book and the audio book was very well done. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be released.On a side note, does anyone else notice these books seem to be following the Seven Deadly Sins? Mister Monday = Sloth, Grim Tuesday = Greed, Lady Wednesday = Gluttony, Sir Thursday = Pride or maybe Wrath, Lady Friday = Envy (of human desires).That would leave Lust and either Pride or Wrath...we'll have to see how Saturday turns out.
ctmsbrci on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady friday is an excellent book written by Garth Nix. I gave this book three and a half stars for a few reasons. one reason is because i have read all the books in this series before this one and i didnt like it as much as the other books. Garth Nix is usually a great writer but in the middle i felt as if the plot was dragging on. Also, dame primus, (the main charachter arthur's friend) does not act like the old helpfull dame primus and i was wondering if she even was going to be arthurs freind. overall, i liked this book because it had most of the same funny charachters along with some new ones. Garth Nix always amazes me with his outstanding writing.Just when i was thinking about dropping this book, he yanked up the pace and made me keep reeding with exitement. Lady Friday is a great book and I would recomend it to anyone who loves fast paced action books.
Alera on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Garth Nix for the intricate worlds he can create. This is clearly a series for younger people but sometimes you need a nice gentle break from the routine. I've been following this series from the start and I think it continues to get better. Young Arthur gets a few steps closer to the end in this one. Saturday seems to be getting tougher than ever. Sunday seems to want nothing to do with any of it. And at the end Arthur seems to have embraced his role as Heir a bit more due to the sacrifice of another. And you can only wonder if he will than have to sacrifice his humanity. I look forward to the next.
kw50197 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another book in the series I enjoyed very much. It was also a nice change to have a sensible Will.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the next book in the series and would not make sense if you hadn't read the first four but if you are reading the series don't miss out on this one. Action packed from beginning to end, Arthur continues his quest for the Keys and the next part of the Will, this time he's after the Fifth Key and must face Lady Friday. My only problem with this book was that my favourite character, Suzy Turquoise Blue, didn't show up until about the halfway point. I love the complex world in this fantasy series and I also love the play on words, such as the new character we meet, Peter Perkin Paper Pusher
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