October 6, 2010

Review : Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Title : Superior Saturday
Author : Garth Nix
Reading Dates : 30 Aug - 31 Aug 2010
Superior Saturday (The Keys To The Kingdom)
Keys to the Kingdom
The books in the series include :
  • Mister Monday
  • Grim Tuesday
  • Drowned Wednesday
  • Sir Thursday
  • Lady Friday
  • Superior Saturday
  • Lord Sunday
From goodreads :
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.

Can Arthur survive?

Book Review of Superior Saturday.
Superior Saturday is an okay read but it doesn't quite live up to my expectations.

What with having hundreds of sorcerers at her disposal and the constant problems she's been giving Arthur, I had expected a more exciting read. But while Arthur and Suzy do meet with some problems in the Upper House, their attempt to free the Will is relatively easy to accomplish. So, this part of the story is a bit of a let down.

The other disappointment was how the Will was imprisoned here. It didn't take more than a hint for me to guess what was going on and having the mystery solved so easily makes it kind of hard to believe that Arthur didn't get it much sooner.

The most interesting part of the story is Arthur's transformation into a denizen. This change seems inevitable now and it is kind of sad that he can't avoid it if he's to save the House and the universe. And the worst part isn't even the physical transformation. Now, Arthur has to struggle with his denizen-self a personality that is very different from his usual kind and modest self.

But not all is doom and gloom. Suzy who is as incorrigible as ever supplies most of the fun to the story. There is definitely something to be said for simply enjoying the moment rather than worrying about the future.

My conclusion : An okay read within The Keys to the Kingdom series.

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