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Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix

The third installment of The Keys to the Kingdom series, Drowned Wednesday, sweeps both Arthur Penhaligon and his newly met friend Leaf into the Border Sea of the House via a huge wave of water.  There, Leaf must become a ship’s boy and Arthur must find the third part of the Will and collect the third key from Drowned Wednesday, who has become a leviathan due to the vice of gluttony.

Drowned Wednesday has invited Arthur into the Border Sea, telling him that if he can release the Will, she’ll turn over the key.  The problem is that no one really knows where it is.

Arthur and Leaf are assisted in their quest by Raised Rats, who are sentient, intelligent rats who were brought into the House by the Piper (cf. Pied Piper of Hamelin) along with human children from the Secondary Realms like Earth.  These Raised Rats are information gatherers and have communication devices throughout the House.  And, it is they who believe they know where the Will is, and might be persuaded to help if Arthur will answer a few of their questions.

Like the other books, Nix adds interesting color through the denizens and creatures of the House.  Doctor Scamandros, a House sorcerer whose final examination papers were lost before the results were known, is one of the only sorcerers on the Border Sea.  Tattoos across his face change and move with his emotions and moods, changing from storm-tossed sailing vessels to calm seas.

I found that I liked this book a bit less than the previous ones as it didn’t seem to delve deeply enough into the mysteries of the House.

The books in the series:

  1. Mister Monday
  2. Grim Tuesday
  3. Drowned Wednesday
  4. Sir Thursday
  5. Lady Friday
  6. Superior Saturday
  7. Lord Sunday

3 1/2 out of 5 stars (finished December 11, 2010)

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