Book 1, The Keys to the Kingdom
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Breathtaking magical adventure series from the author of Sabriel.
Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world – where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.
Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.
Arthur is safe – but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with bloodstained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back – even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.
Desperate, Arthur escapes to the mysterious house that has appeared in town – a house that only he can see. Maybe there he can unravel the secrets of the key – and discover his true fate.
About the author
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing’Hail the Conquering Hero Comes’ or possibly’Roll Out the Barrel’. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter. He is now an award-winning author and one of the most influential names in contemporary fantasy.
Cinematic writing style
As this is by the author of the Abhorsen trilogy, there is an expectation of great storytelling- this doesn't disappoint. The characters are well drawn, the world they inhabit seems real (although reminiscent of Gormenghast on steroids at times!), and the plot moves along at a cracking pace. Leaves you wanting more. Unfortunately (unlike the rest of the series), the Apple bookstore doesn't seem to be offering the next book to download. Why not?
The clever twists keep coming!
This is the best children's series I've ever read and as a 40 year old I know what I'm talking about. Garth Nix has a riveting imagination, distinctive characters and unimaginable plot lines that make you question the world we live in.