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Publisher Description

On the first day, there was mystery.

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, 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 ventures into a mysterious house– a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key–and discover his true fate.

The first book of a spellbinding series by Garth Nix, the author of The Seventh Tower, Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen.

Kids & Young Adults
Allan Corduner
hr min
July 8
Listening Library

Customer Reviews

pchops ,


Not since Harry Potter have I gotten SO obsessed with a series of books!! But to be clear, these books have their own wonderfully ingenious mythology and aren't (in my opinion) rip offs of anything else, including HP. In this 7 book series... You will fall in love with the characters Arthur, Suzy Turquoise Blue, and many others. You will laugh AND bite your fingernails as Arthur travels through the wildly different realms of the House (and elsewhere) on a quest to set the House and the universe right. These are thrilling and fast pace books that never drag and always end in an exciting conclusion... AND cliff hanger that leads deliciously into the next book.

The narrator, actor Allan Corduner, is SIMPLY AMAZING!!!! He has a perfect English accent, and he does wonderful and unique voices for the character without the voices sounding "overdone" or irritating. Corduner's reading, I’m sure, has added to my enjoyment of these stories. I put Mr. Corduner along side Scott Brick as a truly excellent narrator.

So my only regret is I tore through all the current six books that are available and now I am longing for the last book to come out. I am starting the series all over again!

PLEASE GIVE THIS SERIES A TRY!!! I will be shocked if any lover of imaginative and magical books that appeal to both kids and adults will not, at the very least, enjoy these books. And you may love them as much as I do.

Hmmmmmm, I hope I don't lose anybody with a "over-sellling" .... naw! Its impossible to oversell these books : )

Lord of Cookies! ,

love the book

im slowly deieing waiting for the next and last book to come out i just had to get this

BenefitOfTheDoubt ,

I Love Garth Nix!!!!

Omg, Garth Nix is my favorite author ever and I am happy to say I once talked to him!!! But getting to the point...this book is awesome!!! This whole series is awesome!!! All of Garth Nix's books are awesome!!! If you like this book/series, I recomend his Shade's Children, Abhorsen trilogy, The Seven Towers series, The Ragwitch, and even his short stories (ex. Hansel's Eyes). This dude rocks. He's my hero. You must read his books!

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