Here’s an ex-soldier who’s dragooned into joining an expedition attempting to penetrate the deepest, most deadly, and most impenetrable part of the Venusian swamps, and who finds that he must “go native” in the most profound and fundamental of ways if he’s to have any chance to survive …
The stunning conclusion to the blockbuster Keys to the Kingdom series. Arthur Penhaligon wields six of the seven Keys to the Kingdom, but will that be enough to defeat Lord Sunday?
Master of the Incomparable Gardens, the last of the Trustees, and the most powerful Denizen in the house, Lord Sunday is a fierce opponent. And Arthur is running out of time.
With everything falling to pieces around him, Arthur must be quick if he is to stem the tide of Nothing and save the House and the Secondary Realms. But he is beset by worries. Will he ever get home to his family? Does he have a home and family left? Is he even really human anymore? And perhaps most urgent of all: What will be revealed when the Will of the Architect is finally made whole?
In the sixth adventure of a seven-book series beginning with Mister Monday (2003), Arthur tries to hide his powers, his identity, and his body’s gradual shift toward immortality as he explores the enormous, fantastically constructed House in search of the Sixth Key. Loyal to his friends yet driven by the urgency of his quest, he relentlessly pursues his goal. The cliff-hanger ending will leave fans hungry for the final volume in this fast-paced adventure series. The complex, imaginative framework story of the Keys to the Kingdom series will confound those who have not read the earlier books.
FOUR OF THE SEVEN TRUSTEES have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur Penhaligon, the week is still getting worse. His friends have been captured by the Piper, and the New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Meanwhile, Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door to prevent escape.
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 seize before Superior Saturday or the Piper heats him to it. The race to find the secret of the Middle House is on-and Arthur is in the thick of it.
On the fourth day there was war...
Following their adventures in the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf head for home. But only Leaf gets through the Front Door. Arthur is blocked because someone . . . or something . . . has assumed his identity and is taking over his life.
Before Arthur can take action, he is drafted by Sir Thursday and forced to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppleganger on earth, Arthur must survive his basic training, avoid getting posted to the Front and work out how he can free Part Four of the Will....
It's Wednesday morning and Leaf is visiting her friend Arthur, who is in a hospital bed, after damaging his leg during his adventures in Tuesday's treasure tower. Under his pillow, Arthur finds an invitation from Drowned Wednesday.
The two friends are swept into the House via the Boarder Sea, however Leaf is taken by a ship, and Arthur is left clinging to his bed, which is in danger of sinking. He is rescued and soon finds out that unlike Monday and Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday is herself a tortured soul, and the first of the Morrow Days to wishes to follow the Will, and allow Arthur to become Rightful Ruler of the House. However, with the aid of magic, Arthur finds out that Leaf is abroad a ship named the Flying Mantis, where she becomes part of the crew and is later attacked and taken by the evil pirate Feverfew. With the aid of the crew of Moth and a group of Raised Rats, Arthur must find Feverfew's secret hideaway, free Leaf and the third part of the Will, after which Drowned Wednesday has promised him the Third Key.
But, is Wednesday all she says she is, and will she keep her promise and freely hand the Key over to Arthur, and what has happened to his friend Suzy?