Title: Mister Monday
Author: Garth Nix
Series: Keys to the Kingdom #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Australian authors, Easy reading, Fantasy
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
5th sentence, 74th page: Noon frowned again, then slowly and deliberately hung up the earpiece, let it sit for a moment, then took it up again.
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.
This is a nice, easy read. Mister Monday is so obviously aimed at children (unlike a lot of other young adult books I have read) that it brings you back to the simplicity and innocence of childhood. Reading this reminded me of the joy of reading a book for the first time as a kid. The times when I would spent entire days locked up in my room reading – because I quite simply didn’t HAVE to do anything else.
Garth Nix has been one of my favourite writers for a long time and his use of a very obvious physical ailment in his hero was kind of brilliant. I am so used to heroes and heroines having a very drastic internal flaw, that reading about a kid with asthma, a kid with an external issue was entertaining, engaging and just fantastic.
I’ve noticed it before in Garth Nix’s books, but his creation of an entire world and reality, different from our own is so well done. He takes aspects of our known lives and weaves them into a world that often exists parallel with us. Mister Monday and the Keys to the Kingdom series are no different. His creation of Monday’s domains is both familiar and starkly contrasting to our own.
I can’t wait to buy and read the next book in this series. It such a nice change of pace to many of the fantasy novels that fill my shelf. A welcome return to childhood innocence.
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