Book one in a blockbuster series, The Keys to the Kingdom, by the internationally acclaimed Garth Nix. Moving between our familiar world and bizarre other realms where nothing is predictable, Nix delivers a thrilling adventure-fantasy of breathtaking scope and ingenuity.
Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.
Arthur is safe but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with blood-stained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.
Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key and discover his true fate.
Mister Monday is the first book in The Keys to the Kingdom series.
Garth Nix is the best-selling author of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.
About The Author
Garth Nix has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; and the cult favourite YA SF novel Shade's Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch, the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, and The Keys to the Kingdom series. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world; his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian; and his work has been translated into 37 languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.
Shortlisted (The Keys to the Kingdom series), 2010 Young Australians' Best Book Award (YABBA), Fiction for Older Readers.
Books in the Keys to the Kingdom series have received wonderful recognition in Australian awards. 2-time winners of industry awards, Nix's novels have also been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award and twice commended for the CBC Awards.
puzzle-like and visually ornate an original re-imagining of a classic sci-fi theme' - US Publishers Weeklyan epic journey of the imagination' AB&P9/03bursting with fascinatingly original characters and concepts has the potential to take the young adult fantasy crown from Harry Potter', ACYL newsletter No. 3 Sept 2003.captivating from the start has the lively inventiveness, breathtaking suspense, and intriguing use of the ordinary that are characteristic of Nix's previous work.' Viewpoint Vol 11 No 4 Summer 2003
Series: The Keys to the Kingdom
For Ages: 10 - 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 13.4 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.298