Amazon recommended this book to me after I read and enjoyed Abhorsen. I bought a copy from a local Oxfam bookshop, but forgot about it and bought a second copy on my honeymoon in Vancouver! As I didn’t need both copies I left the first copy in a cinema and finally found the time to read the second copy.
The books starts with the escape of one portion of the Architect’s Will from its prison on a distant dead star. Consequently, Mister Monday needs to find a loophole quickly, so it appears he followed the Will; before it finds him. The plan fails and Arthur Penhaligon, a sick eleven year old boy, takes ownership of the key enabling him to access the House. The House is an usual realm around which the rest of the universe was built by the Architect and Mister Monday, and the other Morrow Days have been abusing their powers. Arthur must travel into the House to find a cure for the mysterious sleeping plague affecting his home town and at the same time he discovers the significance of the key as well as himself.
I enjoyed this book and feel Garth Nix developed a clever and imaginative universe; there were many original ideas in the book that I suspect will be developed further in the remaining books of the series. However, I was not completely engrossed in the book and I suspect this was because I read this straight after The Green Rider which I completely lost myself in . But, I am still looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series and have added Grim Tuesday to my wish list.