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Keys to the Kingdom is a fantasy series of seven books written by Garth Nix (who also wrote the Old Kingdom Chronicles). The books are Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday. The series focuses on Arthur Penhalligon, who due to events is chosen to inherit the kingdom of the Architect, and must reclaim the keys from the seven trustees. He ventures into the House, the epicenter of time and space, and many parts of the Secondary Realms (different universes) in his adventures and meets his friends. Each trustee represents a different day of the week and a different deadly sin.

Power of the Verse

Keys to the Kingdom is a powerful and hax verse. Even the weakest Denizen of the House has Type 2 Immortality and Low-High regeneration (albeit over time). Basic weapons such as those of the Commissionares are capable of killing Denizens of the House, negating their Immortality and Regeneration, and each Key possesses great powers including as Reality Warping, Time Manipulation, Telepathy, Shielding, Spatial Manipulation and Void Manipulation, and are capable of compressing entire solar systems into time loops within glass bottles. There is also the substance Nothing, the primordial void from which everything else was created from, which can be manipulation by Key users and skilled sorcerers to create or destroy. Several characters can also access the Improbable Stair, a Stairway that leads everywhere in time and space throughout the House and the Secondary Realms.

The verse's power skyrockets in the final book however, with the Will of the Architect channelling the power of the 7 Keys to destroy the Incomparable Gardens, and with it, the infinite multiverse of the Secondary Realms, only for the New Architect to recreate the infinite multiverse.

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Monday profile Tuesday profile Wednesday profile Lady Friday profile Saturday profile

Lord Sunday profile

Sir Thursday

Servants & Minions

The Will profile Monday's Noon profile Mondays Dusk profile Wednesday's Dawn profile Sentinel profile

Lieutenant-Keeper of the Front Door



Nithlings profile Feverfew profileScoucher profile




The Architects Children

Lord Sunday profile Tom profile Piper profile

Primordial Beings

Old One profile Architect profile


Keys profile  Compleat Atlus profile

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