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Good finish to great series
on 12 April 2010
Arthur, rightful heir to the kingdom, has fallen into the gardens and as the House is thrown into more Nothing, the fate of the world is up to him and his friends.
The final book in the Keys to the Kingdom series was a tantalizing wait, especially since the last instalment ended so unexpectedly and the entire complexity of the world hung in the balance, .
And after a decade the saga draws to a close in what many may seem as rushed, others may seem as a stroke of genius and all the while if you have reached this point, you will ultimately have your own opinion, as with the Harry Potter series.
Book 7 begins in a vivid fashion as Arthur is thrown into unusual territory whilst Leaf and Suzy have struck up their own agendas with humans and piper's children.
This book takes up a very strong gamble in its structure. Garth Nix has chosen to take the story onto account from dividing the characters up into their own stories, using some good personal issues along with the current situation of the House and world. This is a good development as previous books had also separated the story, giving account of happenings elsewhere rather than be fixated with Arthur all the time. This works strongly as the pace of the personal stories are fast and edgy which is what you want given the amount of Nothing that is dissolving the House, a nice fast paced movement that is usually consistent, even if the constant switching of stories between chapters upsets the energy occasionally.
The ending has certainly divided many and whilst there is a hint of inevitability and obvious conclusion there is a nice relief, a way that doesn't seem too cheesy and that fits the majority of questions in exquisitely. This obviously a personal preference but if you have got thus far it would certainly be worth finishing it off.
There are a few drawbacks in the fact the overall pace is disrupted through changing of sub stories. Arthur's doesn't seem that big compared to others and from memory there were a few unresolved issues from Saturday that were unanswered here.
I dare to criticize further as this book, along with the other six, have all worked splendidly, capturing that essence of vivid imagination the author used in his other works such as Sabriel.
In comparison to the other 6 books this is probably the fastest moving with, especially on first read, a purpose and excitement of the unknown. There is less personal attachment to Arthur on this novel, perhaps due to the amount of time he is not in the sequences which is a shame but thankfully the quirky Suzy gets more page time and Leaf has developed into an interesting protagonist.
If to choose out of the 7 my personal favourite would have been Saturday as the pace, the refreshing nature was all spot on but the idea of the first book and the new unique ideas that Nix generated were simply sensational.
If you are just discovering this series, Mister Monday is the opener, and what an opener with fast flowing semiotics and action that begins a truly joyus journey of adventure, fantasy and personal excitement you will not regret reading.