Author(s): Garth Nix
This is Book Three in Garth Nix's blockbuster fantasy-adventure series, The Keys to the Kingdom, following the best-selling Mister Monday and Grim Tuesday.
Arthur Penhaligon has a broken leg and a bad attack of asthma, but there's no time for recovery. Drowned Wednesday has sent a ship to pluck him from the safety of his bed, miles from any ocean, and sail him back to the House.
From hospital room to the high seas, Arthur must battle pirates, storms, monsters made of Nothing and a vast beast that can't stop eating. Arthur struggles to unravel the mystery of the Architect's disappearance, and the plotting of the Trustees. For the sake of all that dwell in the Secondary realms, he must discover the third part of the Will and claim the Third Key. But first... can Arthur trust the Raised Rats? Where are Leaf and Suzy? And how will he survive life aboard ship on the treacherous Border Sea? First published 2005.
this reader for one, can't wait for the next installment.' Chloe Mauger, Magpies, Vol 20, No 1, March 05enough to keep us wanting more without delay.' Viewpoint12 Autumn 2005I said once that this series was better than Harry Potter, and Garth Nix just keeps proving me right.' ACYL Newsletter May 2005.Nix's world of myth, legend and history is nicely complex, allowing young people to engage with it at various levels of understanding.' Age?packed with suspense and pirates, gunpoweder and plot. Excellent' Canberra Times19/2/05
Garth Nix has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; and the cult favourite YA SF novel Shade's Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch, the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, and The Keys to the Kingdom series. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world; his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian; and his work has been translated into 37 languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.