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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 The fifth book in Garth Nix's New York Times bestselling series!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 seizebefore he's beaten to it!.

10 thoughts on “Lady Friday

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #5), Garth Nix
    Lady Friday is the fifth novel by Garth Nix in his 'The Keys to the Kingdom' series. At the beginning of Lady Friday, a cleaner tells Leaf that everybody has become infatuated with a Dr. Friday, because she is so beautiful and refined; as a result, every member of the staff calls her Lady Friday. Lady Friday, a Denizen and Trustee of the House, is in command of the Middle House. It is later revealed that Lady Friday has kidnapped thousands of people and taken them to Avraxyn, the world that is mentioned in Sir Thursday as the world from which the Skinless Boy's mind-controlling mould originated. There, Lady Friday drains from them their emotions and memories, which she then drinks in order to experience them. Arthur, the Piper, and Superior Saturday all receive messages from Lady Friday, saying she has abdicated the rule of the Middle House and that the first of the three who can reach her Scriptorium in the Middle House can claim the Fifth Key and her domain as their own. Along with each message is sent a Transfer Plate that sends whoever touches it straight to the Middle House. Arthur accidentally takes the plate and is sent to the Middle House; he still retains the Fourth Key. While the Piper is contemplating what to do with his Plate, the Piper's Children Suzy Turquoise Blue and Fred Initial Numbers Gold, along with their loyal New Nithling bodyguard Ugham, grab it and are transferred to the Middle House. In the Middle House, Arthur takes refuge in a Manuscript-Gilding workshop, where he fights off some Fetchers and eventually meets Fred and Suzy. At first, he does not trust them, fearing their allegiance to the Piper; however, they and his own inclinations convince him that they can be trusted. Around their necks are bindings that bend them to the Piper's will; these are removed by Arthur with the power of the Fourth Key, at Suzy's behest. ...

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم ماه سپتامبر سال 2015 میلادی
    عنوان: جمعه طلایی؛ نویسنده: گارت نیکس؛ مترجم: مریم رفیعی؛ تهران: بهنام‏‫، 1392؛ در 272 ص؛ فروسک: هفت‌گانه کلیدهای پادشاهی‏‫؛ کتاب پنجم؛ شابک: 9789645668912؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان استرالیایی - سده 21 م

    آرتور به پایان هفته نزدیک‌تر شده است، ولی دردسرهایش همچنان ادامه دارد. جمعه طلایی به گفته خود از سمتش استعفا کرده و در پیغام‌هایی جداگانه از آرتور، نی‌زن و شنبه والامقام خواسته است کلید پنجم را پیدا کنند و کنترل عمارت وسطی را به دست آورند. آیا آرتور می‌تواند به حرف او اعتماد کند؟ یا این حیله جدیدی است که پنجمین متولی خیانتکار معمار برای به دام انداختن او به کار گرفته است؟ ‬ا. شربیانی

  2. Audrey Audrey says:

    This is the kind of series I would have been crazy for when I was 8-10 years old. Sadly, it was not written then. Book 5 follows both Arthur and Leaf. Arthur seeks out the fifth key and the fifth part of the will, exploring the Middle House, which is Lady Friday’s domain. Leaf is stuck somewhere in the Secondary Realms (Earth), where Friday has been taking comatose hospital patients to her private retreat to “experience” them. It’s pretty weird and kind of creepy.

    This is a great Middle Grade series overall. Clean content.

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  3. Crystal Crystal says:

    A satisfying read, as always. Garth Nix has been a favorite ever since I picked up Shade's Children; his ability to twist away from the expected plot cliche pitfalls (i.e. story climaxes with a swordfight, story climaxes with the clashing of ultimate magic powers, etc.) has been consistently refreshing.

    Of course it helps that the villains, Trustees to the Houses of Monday through Sunday, in his The Keys to the Kingdom series are modeled after the seven deadly sins. The parallels so far have been mmm-mmm good and I've gleefully taken in Arthur's reluctant triumphs over Mister Monday (sloth), Grim Tuesday (greed), Drowned Wednesday (gluttony), Sir Thursday (wrath), and at last, Lady Friday (lust--for great rainbow gobs of Key-extracted mortal memories. Upon learning this, I secretly replaced all the Lady Fridays in the book to Junkie).

    Two left, and only once those final books are out can we more certainly assign the sins. Lady Friday could arguably be greed or envy; this could equivocably be rearranged for the other Trustees. The whole theme could be ignored, but I felt up for a little enriching symbolism. It hasn't taken on any pretentious religious or literary overtones and so it underscores Nix's fun and energetic pace.

    I enjoyed following both Arthur's and Leaf's stories until they connected into one at the end. I was also glad for the return of the Mariner, as brief as it was. The Paper Pushers, Winged Servants of the Night versus The Artful Loungers (>.<), and the Gilded Youth were vivid and exciting. Aside from the 'main battle' of Arthur as The Rightful Heir against the remaining Trustees, there is Arthur's struggle to keep his mortality. Every time he uses a Key, I immediately hold my breath afterward as he does while checking his ring to see how close its golden line has gotten to official Denizen-hood.

    Also to note, I love the American book covers for this series.

  4. Kaylee Kaylee says:

    We're at Lust, for those playing along at home. I was wondering how Nix was going to use this sin in a children's book -- very sly indeed.

    Not the most compelling storyline of them all, and the ending was much more abrupt than previous ones. Arthur is finally much more mature than his twelve (earth) years, and his friends play even more integral roles.

    One of my favorite things about these books (and Nix's writing in general) is the way he cleverly uses puns and double entendres (rather similar to a Disney movie, now that I think about it...). It's probably the key to why I can enjoy these books but am disinterested in Harry Potter -- there's plenty for adults in the writing itself, and it's not all on the surface.

    Three stars, perhaps simply because I didn't feel like Lady Friday was involved quite enough. There was just a small something missing from this installment...

  5. Michael Culbertson Michael Culbertson says:

    It's encouraging to see Arthur start to take responsibility for the role he was thrust into.

    Nix handles vice of lust very tastefully for a children's book. The vice isn't named explicitly. As denizens, Lady Friday (and those in the Middle House) lack many of the rich experiences of mortal life--joy, happiness, regret, melancholy, and the like. Desiring to share in these experiences, Friday gathers old mortals (mainly humans from earth) and sucks their experiences from them, leaving them a living but somewhat empty shell. The experiences that dribble down Friday's chin get fixed to bits of parchment and sent back to the Middle House, where denizens can vicariously experience by sticking the papers to their foreheads--yielding a reverie that can last weeks or months. Like Tuesday's thirst for material wealth and Wednesday's hunger for food, Friday is never satisfied with the experiences she drinks, always wanting to gather more.

  6. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Eons ago, the Architect of the worlds left, willing her power to whosoever was the Rightful Heir. She left behind seven of her most trusted children behind as Trustees of her Will. But the Trustees did not see any need to relinquish their power, and so they hid the Will away and kept the Keys to the Kingdom for themselves. The Trustees, also known as the Morrow Days because each controlled a single day of the week, were slowly twisted by the Keys, and their foibles and weaknesses became magnified. The House that the Architect built was slowly destroyed by their greed, sloth, and single-mindedness.

    Eventually, the first part of the Will tore itself free from its binding place and forced itself upon young Arthur Penhaligan, a mortal boy from a slightly futuristic Earth. With its power and guidance, Arthur has been able to gain the keys from four of the seven Trustees. But in using the Keys, Arthur has become closer and closer to becoming a Denizen.

    Having just vanquished Sir Thursday, Arthur recieves a letter from Lady Friday: she's abdicating, and her Key goes to whoever can find it first. (view spoiler)[It's a traaaaaap! Her plan was to have the Piper, Saturday and Arthur fight it out, and then whoever wins will get sucked into an abyss of Nothing. It almost worked, too, except that Arthur figures it out and warns the Piper. (hide spoiler)]

  7. Susan Susan says:

    The series is interesting enough that even one of the weaker installments is still pretty decent, but I would definitely rate this as one of the weaker ones. Quite a bit of the momentum that was built in the first three books stalls a bit in Sir Thursday and Lady Friday with the main characters stumping through less scenic parts of the House to confront less dynamic Trustees. Also, due to Arthur's growing maturity and strength as the Rightful Heir, his trusty sidekicks (Leaf, Suzy, and now Fred) begin to seem a little superfluous. There is every hope, however, that more (and more satisfying) adventures and conflicts await with Arthur's big confrontation with Superior Saturday, and that will keep many readers going.

  8. Josie Josie says:

    I really thought I'd like this book more than the others, but the plot wasn't as interesting as the blurb made it sound. For someone whose deadly sin was lust, Lady Friday was quite dull. I'm looking forward to reading Superior Saturday, since she sounds pretty bitching.

    ... I just wanted to use the word bitching in a review. :(

  9. Andy Andy says:

    I think the thing I love most about this series is that with each new book, Nix finds new characters and different types of denizens to introduce, which is just awesome. In addition to that, there's a new domain of the house being explored. In this one, we see the middle house. It didn't really seem much different from the lower house, but I probably just missed the description.

    I liked that Lady Friday did things a bit differently than the other key holders, (view spoiler)[ it was pretty ingenious of her to pit the Piper, Superior Saturday and Arthur against each other. It almost worked too! (hide spoiler)]

  10. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    There’s certainly one thing to be said about everything Nix writes, and that is that it’s rife with original creativity and completely new fantasy stories. However, sometimes the books themselves, although phenomenally imaginative, are hit or miss depending on how much Nix is able to flesh out the story. The Seventh Tower series, for instance, is deftly imagined, a two worlds drawn together through light and shadow, and the ability to use colored gemstones to create light beams that can do all sorts of interesting things. Unfortunately for whatever reason, Nix doesn’t explore the world and the story enough. It’s much more like eating watery soup than it is like consuming a good meal.

    The Abhorsen Trilogy, on the other hand, is a great work, and although it’s not a classic literature sort of story, the world itself is fleshed out well, so that the reader can really imagine the world and lose themselves in it. I feel like the Keys to the Kingdom series is a mixture of both, and I’d love to see the world more fully explored. The first book, especially, seems to move toward that path, but as the books progress, they seem to become more and more formulaic and lacking in substance. Ultimately, Nix’s imagination seems to know no bounds, but if he would slow down and put more life into these books, I think they would be much better. Not to say that the books aren’t fun to read, but I believe they could be fun to read and rich. Hopefully his next fantasy series will be more like The Abhorsen Trilogy.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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