Author(s): Garth Nix
This is the eagerly awaited fourth book in Garth Nix's blockbuster fantasy-adventure series, The Keys to the Kingdom, following the best-selling Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday and Drowned Wednesday.
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. The Army has its headquarters in the Great Maze, a defensive area of the House. Half of the Maze has already been dissolved by Nothing, and hordes of Nithlings emerge regularly to attack the rest. If the Nithling invasion can overcome the Army and the Great Maze, the House will be lost and the whole universe destroyed.
While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppelganger 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 and gain the Fourth Key from Sir Thursday. First published march 2006.
'It's a world completely imaginative, fun, and wild.' - Dominic Ball, age 8, on www.compulsivereader.com 'Fans of the fantasy genre will appreciate these books for their strong continuity, believable characters, and edge-of-your-seat action. This offering complements the series' well-established structure.'USA School Library Journal 2006.'Nix keeps his taut and energetic series moving at breakneck pace, sustaining the action and mystery until the last page.'Good Reading, April 2006