Book Review: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Book Review: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Title: Lord Sunday
Author: Garth Nix
Series: Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7
Publisher: Scholastic
Hardcover: 320 pages
Source: Chicago OverDrive
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

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On the seventh day, there was a choice.

The House is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it, Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy are caught in the chaos, separated by events but drawn together in their fight to survive. They must use every power at their disposal – magical or practical – to defeat the enemies attacking them from all sides.

For Arthur, the biggest challenge comes from Lord Sunday, the most illusive of the trustees of the will. Lord Sunday’s magic is unlike any Arthur has encountered before – and his secrets have the potential to destroy not only Arthur but also the people he holds most dear.

On Monday, Arthur Penhaligon was just an ordinary boy thrust into an extraordinary situation. From Tuesday to Saturday, he emerged as the Rightful Heir to the Architect who created everything within the House. Now, on Sunday, he will face a choice of astonishing proportions – the remarkable conclusion to a completely unforeseen adventure.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

I’ve finally reached the end of the series! I read this entire book in a day, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it — the last few books weren’t my favorites, so I was dreading having just an okay ending to this series, but Last Sunday definitely doesn’t disappoint. It’s perfectly completes the series and makes those last few just-okay books worth it.

This book is basically just all action. The lines have been drawn, the war has started, and now Arthur has to figure out how to save everyone and get the will and key from Lord Sunday. Lord Sunday is the perfect “final boss” so to speak; his magic is way more powerful than the other trustees and he does not play around. He doesn’t want to give Arthur the will and does everything in his power to make sure he doesn’t get it. I love how Arthur is put in super difficult situations, so he needs to think of creative solutions and try his hardest. It made for a page-turning story, because I just couldn’t wait to find out how he got out of a particularly dangerous situation.

On the other side, Leaf and Suzy are fighting another war, trying to find their way to Lord Sunday’s chambers and escape from the Nothing that is quickly eating up the entire House. They come together to find their friend so they can help him with the final battle. I really enjoyed that they put their rivalry on hold to help their greater cause, though there are glimpses of it throughout their interactions.

Overall, it was suspenseful, the characters continue to be amazing and surprising, and I absolutely was NOT expecting the ending. Of course, with the description listed above and with various hints throughout the series, I knew that it wasn’t as straightforward as it all seemed, but I wasn’t expecting the entirety of it. Definitely recommend this series if you enjoy adventurous middle grade fantasies. It’s a delight.

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