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Seven days.
Seven keys.
Seven virtues.
Seven sins.

One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world — where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets. This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth Nix, the best-selling author of The Seventh Tower, Sabriel, and Lirael.

Review:

"[M]agic splashes across virtually every page....With a likeable unlikely hero, fast-paced plotting and a plethora of mystical oddities...this series is sure to garner a host of fans." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The first in a seven part series for middle graders is every bit as exciting and suspenseful as the author's previous young adult novels. Readers will eagerly anticipate the sequels." School Library Journal

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"This first book ends at the tick of midnight on Tuesday, and the reader is more than ready for the six books that will follow." Deirdre Root, KLIATT

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"The opening prologue is a bit on the obscure side, but encourage any dubious readers to get beyond it because this novel is a fresh, original start to an exciting new fantasy series." Donna Scanlon, VOYA

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New York Times bestselling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this suspenseful new series.

About the Author

Garth Nix is the New York Times best-selling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

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Shoshana, January 21, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
The first in a series, and like Nix's Seventh Tower books, intended for a younger reader than his Abhorsen trilogy. The Keys to the Kingdom slides even further into pure fantasy, which often is not to my taste. I find fantasy often to be illogical and picaresque, and to rely heavily on deus ex machina strategies, especially when it is written for young adults. This creates a passive reading experience, since the reader cannot anticipate or predict any events or outcomes. When fantasy is well-written, the author articulates the internal logic of the world and the reader, like the protagonist, can learn the world's rules and engage more actively with the narrative. I do not yet know which direction this series will take, though by the end of this first volume some of the possible courses seem clear. The conceit is that our hero, the asthmatic 7th grader Arthur Penhaligon, will interact successively with the personages who bear the sequential names/titles of the days of the week, ultimately (and not without some twists and turns) saving all of humanity and beyond through compassion and empathy, which is pretty good for a middle schooler. How much internal coherence this tale has, and the extent to which the reader can participate rather than simply receive the story, is yet to be determined.

As always, Nix does a terrific job of worldbuilding and integrates both mythic and historic elements that are fun for adult readers to spot even if younger readers miss them. Some aspects of the set-up may remind readers of Robert Charles Wilson's Darwinia. For what it's worth, "Penhaligon" is an old British place name as well as surname, and means something like "Willow Top" or "Willow Hill."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439551236
Author:
Nix, Garth
Publisher:
Scholastic
Author:
Nixon, Garth
Location:
New York
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperbound
Series:
Keys to the Kingdom
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
July 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 5
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 368 pages Scholastic - English 9780439551236 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[M]agic splashes across virtually every page....With a likeable unlikely hero, fast-paced plotting and a plethora of mystical oddities...this series is sure to garner a host of fans."
"Review" by , "The first in a seven part series for middle graders is every bit as exciting and suspenseful as the author's previous young adult novels. Readers will eagerly anticipate the sequels."
"Review" by , "This first book ends at the tick of midnight on Tuesday, and the reader is more than ready for the six books that will follow."
"Review" by , "The opening prologue is a bit on the obscure side, but encourage any dubious readers to get beyond it because this novel is a fresh, original start to an exciting new fantasy series."
"Synopsis" by , New York Times bestselling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this suspenseful new series.
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