Sunday, August 17, 2008

Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix

Link to Amazon synopsis:Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 2)

Once again, I have a strong recommendation for the work of Garth Nix. The saga continues from the first book, Mister Monday, and the pace of the story is maintained through the whole book. The reading experience was one of those "did I really just read this whole book in one sitting" type experiences. Yes, it is written for a young audience, but it draws you in such that the time flies by, both for you and for the characters.

The only danger I see in this series is the possibility that the resolution to the conflict for each book could become predictable. In the first half of the first book you could see the conflict through to the final book, even if you didn't know very many details. There are seven guys that oppose the protagonist, each named for a day of the week--thus they are the Morrow Days. You can see seven books with our hero defeating one bad guy per book. The path to the final confrontation and defeat of the first two guys (Monday and Tuesday), while different, had enough in common that I am really hoping for something original in the third book. We'll see how it goes.

As for this book, it was a great installment in a series that draws me further and further in every time I turn a page. High marks for this one.

Date Completed:8/17/2008