Book Review: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Book Review: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Title: Superior Saturday
Author: Garth Nix
Series: Keys to the Kingdom, Book 6
Publisher: Scholastic
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: Chicago OverDrive
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

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On the sixth day, there was sorcery.

Arthur Penhaligan has wrested five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees – she is also the oldest Denizen and the most powerful and knowledgeable sorcerer within the House. She has tens of thousands of sorcerers at her command, and she has been preparing her forces all along for the Will’s escape and the activities of the Rightful Heir.

As Saturday’s schemes become evident, Arthur is beset on all sides. The House is being destroyed, and only the power of the Keys can hold back the tide of destruction. Arthur’s home city is under attack. His allies are unreliable. He can’t even get into the apparently impregnable Upper House . . . and even if he does, finding the Sixth Part of the Will and gaining the Sixth Key might not be enough to counter Saturday’s bid for ultimate power.

The Stakes are getting higher and higher. Can Arthur survive?

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

This series just keeps getting better and better; Superior Saturday is the second-to-last book in this series, so things are TENSE. There’s no room for exposition or setting things up, or even reviewing what happened in previous books, it’s just all action and adventure all the time.

Arthur is no longer fighting the battle between staying human and becoming a Denizen; he has accepted the fact that he’s going to need magic to win this war and keep his family safe on Earth, which helps keep the action going. While he still has some inner conflict with keeping his humanity rather than being an arrogant Denizen, the fact that he’s no longer afraid to use magic really helps the plot move along and keeps things interesting. I like that most of the action stays in the house this time. It mostly focuses on Arthur’s quest to get the will back together, and we mainly focus on his adventures with Suze. The focus goes on Earth for a little while, just to keep us informed of what’s going on, but it’s mainly action and fun with Arthur going through Saturday’s domain to find the next part of the will and retrieve the keys from her. We learn a bit more about what Saturday’s aim is and how the Upper House works, which is fun.

It does leave off on a cliffhanger, which, if I were reading this while it were being published, would have probably knocked this down a star. However, since I can get started on the sequel right away, I’ll forgive it this once. :p I usually appreciate it when at least the action is somewhat resolved before we dive into the next book. With that said, though, it looks like the last book is going to be a doozy with how this book ended. Can’t wait to read it!

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