by Garth Nix
For Arthur Penhaligon, no time at all has passed since he returned home from his adventure in Mister Monday
, but back in the House (which the Architect placed at the center of all creation) months have gone by, and trouble has been brewing. Now that Arthur has vanquished the Trustee of the Lower House, the Morrow Days (Tuesday onward) are concerned. They want to crush this young mortal before he can threaten the domains they rule. So Grim Tuesday, personifying the deadly sin of Greed, sends his servants to Earth to stir up financial trouble for Arthurs family and community while also filing a claim to the inheritance Arthur claimed when he bested Mister Monday.
Dogged by money trouble, Arthur plunges back into the House and all its weird, magical, dangerous goings-on. This time he finds himself in Tuesdays domain the Far Reaches, which Grim Tuesday has carved into an enormous pit to mine the Nothing that can be fashioned into marketable items such as art works, weapons, and machines. Tuesdays greed has burrowed so deeply that it threatens the very foundations of the house; and it has enslaved everyone in his realm, and many Denizens of the House from other realms, to do nothing but mine the dangerous Nothing out of his Pit. And it is up to Arthur, aided by a few friends, to put a stop to all this and to take the key, and the second portion of the Architects Will, out of Grim Tuesdays greedy hands.
To do this, he must descend into a place of darkness and deadly pollution; ascend through incredible danger to the roof of Tuesdays treasure-trove; sail to the heart of a blazing sun and out again; and finally, meet the universes most powerful craftsman in a contest of creativity. What can an asthmatic, adopted orphan from Earth do in the face of Grim Tuesday and his powerful servants? Yet, as Arthur sees all the misery and exploitation Grim Tuesday has caused, he knows he cannot turn back. And as his courage grows, so does his power...
Welcome again to the new, thought-provoking and mind-blowingly creative fantasy world by the author of the Old Kingdom (or, Abhorsen) series. This series continues in Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, and three other books still to be released. The world of the House continues to surprise and delight with each new book, and Arthur is truly a hero to follow.
Recommended Age: 12+
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