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Arthur Penhaligon's adventures in the house get more perilous as the week unfolds. On the fifth day, there was fear. Four of the seven trustees have been defeated and their keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. The Piper's New Nithling army controls most of the Great Maze, and Superior Saturday is causing trouble....

Title : Lady Friday
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ISBN : 9780007175093
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 374 Pages
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Lady Friday Reviews

  • Crystal
    2019-02-23 20:19

    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 Friday"s 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.

  • Kaylee
    2019-03-05 00:26

    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...

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-03-08 22:18

    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)] Meanwhile, she retreats to a far off planet to devote herself to her favorite hobby: sucking out the life experiences of mortals. While Leaf tries to stop her, Arthur tries to find Friday's portion of the Will. Friday's realm is a lot of fun: it's where all the paperwork happens in the House, with rivers made of parchment and a printing press so massive that Denizens take their tea time on it. Arthur is a fantastic main character. He starts out as a very ordinary little boy, constantly asking questions and wishing he could just go home. With every book, he loses more of his naivete and innocence. After years of chronically, nearly fatally, poor health, Arthur has incredible strength of will and determination. And his parents' influence and his own empathy make him polite and fair-minded, always treating his defeated enemies well. His determination to save everyone puts him in a great deal of danger and trouble, but it makes him a joy to read. I really like the morality system underpinning this series.

  • Susan
    2019-03-14 22:24

    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.

  • Josie
    2019-03-23 22:19

    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. :(

  • Lindsey
    2019-03-24 16:06

    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,

  • James Beck
    2019-03-04 00:35

    This book was a great addition in the series. It picked up immediately after Sir Thursday with Arthur in the Great Maze. He gets a strange letter that literally whisks him into his next adventure to take the 5th key. Lady Friday is like the other Trustees, hiding under a calm behavior but with sinister plans to keep her key. Arthur also finds out his mom is missing. Did Friday take her away as leverage? I guess you will have to read the book to find out.

  • Baal Of
    2019-03-07 22:06

    A bit of a stall compared to the previous couple volumes, with a bit less action and creativity, but then there is some progression in Arthur's character, as he matures and becomes less whiny. I'm still annoyed that he keeps handing over keys to Dame Primus, but at least now we know he can reclaim them at will. Also, there is some good progress on building up Leaf and Suzy.

  • Patrick Shechet
    2019-02-25 18:23

    This series is consistent and I enjoy it.

  • Michael Culbertson
    2019-02-26 23:31

    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.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-14 16:33

    I loved how much time in this book was spent with Leaf. I think the focus on her is the first time the point of view has spent so much time with a character other than Arthur -- we don't see the adventures of Suzy Turquoise Blue in quite the same way, for example. The more inhuman Arthur becomes, the more time is spent with Leaf...Each new book seems less and less resolved than the others, partly because the first two books make you begin to expect Arthur to go home at the end, and partly because the pace is ratcheting up.Surprisingly enough, I liked the Fifth part of the Will, and am slightly less worried about the Will. Still. We'll see. I was entertained by Arthur simply grabbing back the keys when he needed them, even if it was unintentional. Yay Arthur!

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-24 21:32

    mp3. We were introduced to Lady Friday at the end of the last book - Sir Thursday, which is a pretty neat carrot to urge me to carry on with this next book.This series has been a wonderful, sturdy 3 star read and I would have to say that all series has it's weakest link and this is it for The Keys to the Kingdom. I have a theory that because Lady Friday represents lust, and this is a children's series, it was inevitable that it was going to be a little bland. Still a 3 star result but on the lowest level compared to the others.

  • Jack. S
    2019-03-05 20:08

    Recently I have read Garth Nix's Lady Friday. sadly it was not one of his best, so I'll focus on the good parts. Such as the scene setting being tremendous, I could almost feel myself watching them in my imagination, it also raises some interesting views like Denizens, being immortal and feeling less making one denizen (Lady Friday ) do some nasty things. such as kidnap Arthur's mom, or is she really just framed? Find out more in this thrilling series! Arthur is even experiencing changes, such as temper flares. Is he turning into something, something much much greater than any denizen? Fantasy lovers will enjoy this book as the action takes it up a notch.

  • Erik
    2019-03-17 21:24

    Piaty diel bol o kúsoček slabší ako dve predchádzajúce - bolo tu menej akcie. Ale zasa nás čakajú dve finálne knihy a ja sa už teraz trasiem, že čo si Nix prichystal... počul som, že Lord Sunday má byť EPIC!!! Piatok bol dobrý, zaujímavý, rozdelená línia ma zaujala, a mal som dôvod neustále pokračovať v čítaní, a trochu ma to upokojilo, aby som sa pripravil na superské finále v dvojdieli: Sobota a Nedeľa:) Ale kedze som to precital za 24 hodin, musela to byt velmo dobra kniha:)

  • Sam
    2019-03-09 17:07

    Great fifth installment to the series. Nix has thought out the whole series, and it's delightful to watch old elements rise up, and to see the evolution of some of the characters progressing through each book. Only two more 'Days' to go, and though i have some ideas about how the books might end, it's still very up in the air, and there are many questions yet to be answered. I have no doubt but that Nix will deliver.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-03-14 23:26

    [Quick review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:Mmm yes I enjoyed this series a lot more than his others. A fair few scenes jump out at me, though whether they're from this exact book or not. Definite re-read sooner rather than later.]

  • Carllee
    2019-02-24 21:30

    I don't know how Garth Nix does it. Again and again he turns about series with stunningly original plots and flawless characters. Lady Friday was original and left me NEEDING to know what happens in the next book.

  • Teresa
    2019-03-07 17:14

    Nice continuation of the story but it also was pretty heavily "more of the same" as far as the series goes. There isn't anything in particular that made this one stand out for me.

  • Rlygirl
    2019-03-09 16:07

    Wow! I'm going to give this one a rare five stars. Great continuation of Arthur's story. It started with him getting stuck in a boring meeting, facing Dame Primus' hilariously long agenda, but he gets tricked by Lady Friday's messenger and transported to a wintry, remote part of the house. Here he struggles with asserting his power and trying NOT to use the 4th key.Arthur really grew up in this book. The reader (or listener in my case) can really see him owning up to his responsibilities and seeing the importance of finishing his mission and setting the House and secondary realms right. He is acting cleverer too, not relying so much on others to help him out of sticky situations, but taking control and getting bright ideas himself. I thought Part 5 of the Will, in beast form, was the most entertaining part yet. And some of the supporting cast were brought back in, such as an appearance by the Mariner (a favorite) and Dr. Scamantros.I look forward to reading the next installment of this adventure.

  • Heathery
    2019-03-10 21:12

    Arthur has really come into his own in the past two books. He's matured a lot, and I'm glad that he's (hopefully) finally going to stop whining about using the Keys and inching more toward becoming a Denizen.Lady Friday was a bit too watered down--and I think that's because she represented Lust, and that's a hard Sin to tackle in a book aimed at middle schoolers. That said, I did still enjoy the book because of all the other characters. The Dawns, Noons, and Dusks continue to impress me with their varying degrees of politicking and just badassery.Most of all though, I liiiiiiiiiive for the scenes when the Piper is on the page. He's so intriguing. I spent most of the book wondering who he really is, what he looks like, what his story is (aside from the vague background story which we know).Only two books to go, and the next one is sure to be action-packed since Superior Saturday is, obviously, a huge bitch.Also, that parting cliffhanger note with Lord Sunday... oooooh.

  • Tasha
    2019-03-23 18:08

    The more of this series that I read, the more that I'm enjoying it. Where the first two books focused on building up the world of the House and Secondary Realms, the proceeding books focus more of telling the story and the adventures that ensue.I love how this book is split between Arthur's point of view and exploits in the House and Leaf's adventures in one of the Secondary Realms. Its really interesting to visit more places with the world that Garth Nix has created.Looking forward to the last two books of the series and how its going to end.

  • Heather
    2019-03-09 16:31

    DecentThis book is one of the better ones. It's still hard to picture this world from the authors description. One thing I feel the author messed up on was the main character of the books (Arthur) is supposed to be 12 Years old throughout this series. Yet he speaks and acts like he's 18+ years old. I just can't imagine 12 year old kids talking and acting like the ones in these books do.

  • KayLynn Zollinger
    2019-03-08 18:20

    Arthur Penhaligon. He's becoming quite the leader. I have enjoyed watching him grow into himself as the Heir to the House. I felt like this book was quite a bit darker than the previous installments; as Arthur gets deeper and deeper into the house, the tale does get more sophisticated and adult. I Iove the character development throughout the series. And it's probably the hopeless romantic in me, but I'm hoping for some sparks to fly with Arthur and Suzy! Can't wait for Saturday and Sunday!

  • Hannes
    2019-03-11 18:18

    wanted to finish reading it when i came home :)the main character is a lot more interesting now, and can deal better with eventsbecause of this more things happen at the same time making the story more fast paced

  • Cynthia Scott
    2019-03-25 18:23

    A stirring read that kept me captivated throughout the whole novel. The world building of the House still amazes me with all of the different denizens, Raised Rats, piper's children's, and more. Garth Nix is still a favourite author, after adding the Keys to the Kingdom series.

  • Peyton
    2019-03-21 00:08

    Super imaginative and fun! Arthur and crew continue to face off with formidable foes and triumph. The latest version of the Will seems wise, so that might help them out even more. Onto Superior Saturday!

  • Theresa
    2019-03-02 21:28

    The world building is really starting to pay off.

  • Jonathan
    2019-03-07 18:10

    Another good and creative installment by Nix in his Keys to the Kingdom series.

  • Candace
    2019-03-15 23:31

    I am blasting through this series because life is stress and all I want to do is listen to fantastical tales. Highly recommend the audio.

  • Peggy Zeigler
    2019-03-26 00:34

    I am enjoying this series and just started the next book.