Grim Tuesday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 2 by Garth NixGrim Tuesday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 2 by Garth Nix

Grim Tuesday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 2

byGarth Nix

Paperback | January 1, 2004

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The next spellbinding book in best-selling author Garth Nix's magical Keys to the Kingdom series.

Arthur Penhaligon didn't think he would ever have to return to the very strange house that nearly killed him on Monday - the house that contains a fantastical and sinister realm inside. But the next day brings new challenges - in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the safety of both Arthur's family and his world.

Arthur must retrieve the Second Key from Grim Tuesday in order to save everything - an adventure that will force him to steal a Sunship, survive a very weird work camp, befriend a bearlike spirit, and fight the void Nithlings. And even after all that, he will still have to venture into the scary Far Reaches for an ultimate showdown. The stakes are high. And time is ticking.

GARTH NIX is the New York Times bestselling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children. Visit him online at
Title:Grim Tuesday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.58 × 5.27 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 2004Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439436559

ISBN - 13:9780439436557

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it I really enjoyed this series. This second book was better than the first in my opinion and provided us with much more information about the world. I liked it, but I did find all of the books whimsical and a little descriptive. However, it's a good story and the later books just got more interesting and mysterious leaving me wanting more and more.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite book I didn't really enjoy this book. I put it down many times. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice quick fantasy trip I like these easy reads. Doesn't take long to finish and there plenty of fantasy to satisfy.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another gem from Nix I reallly can't say enough about this author -he knows how to grab the reader and not let go. All of his stories race off from the start and keep you interested with engaging characters and interesting settings. This book is no exception. The second in the Keys series, we have the hero, Arthur, up to his neck in trouble within a strange alternate universe. Very much like the first book, this novel continues the saga in a fast-paced style and adds even more background to a fascinating setting. Forget about Harry Potter. Read this instead.
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This second in the series is better than the first!!! "He wasn't Monday. He wasn't one of the Days. He was just a boy caught up in great events and as soon as possible he would go back to his normal, uneventful life." Grim Tuesday is the second novel in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. In Grim Tuesday we see Arthur barely settling back down to life in his home, before he is required to come back to the House to take on Grim Tuesday. Grim Tuesday, who has found a loophole in the agreement with the Trustees, has taken over the Lower House. Now Arthur must, along with his trusty sidekick Suzy Turquoise Blue, must go down into the Pit of the Far Reaches and take on Grim Tuesday, and recover the second part of the Will, along with the Key. This series just keeps getting better and better. In this second novel, Arthur is back in the House and back in the middle of a new adventure. I really enjoy seeing his friendship with Suzy become stronger, as the two of them take on Grim Tuesday. It will be interesting to see what part Suzy plays in the future. I particularly liked the long descriptions in Grim Tuesday, although I know they may be a little bit too detailed for some of the younger readers. What makes Garth Nix a great author is in the details. In Grim Tuesday we learn more about the mysterious Nithlings, and the Seven Deadly Sins make another appearance as Grim Tuesday is all about the "Sloth". There are a few new characters in Grim Tuesday for readers to enjoy. One of my favourites was The Mariner, who is the adopted son of the Architect and the Old One. It would seem the Mariner is based on the Ancient Mariner, who both wander the world, unable to die. The Mariner offers great assistance to the adventurers, along with his spirited harpoon. Unlike Mister Monday, which ended with Arthur safe and sound at home, Grim Tuesday gives us a taste of what is to come in Drowned Wednesday, with an invitation from Lady Wednesday. Garth Nix is definitely building a wonderful young-adult series here, that is set to rival other fantasy series.
Date published: 2009-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grim Tuesday: One of my est reads Grim Tuesday is the sequal to Mister Monday, The First Book was awesome. Grim tuesday is just as good. I love to read and i've read a lot of books. But i'd have to say this was one of the best. Arthur returns to the house only he and a select few can see in order to save the his world and the house. He must use the power of the lower house key to overthrow the evil Grim Tuesday. Can He do it????? Read this book to find out. I would recommend reading the first book as well or you will have a hard time figuring out what is going on.
Date published: 2004-06-30

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Keys to the Kingdom series

"One of the most original fantasy series of the past decade." -Voice of Youth Advocates

"The author's gift for creating off-kilter magic kingdoms and his love of the absurd are as strong as ever." -Sunday Sun Times