On the fifth day there was fear... Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Turquoise Blue and Fred Initial Numbers Gold have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great... read more
Arthur wakes up in the Great Maze, emerging from a nightmare of the war he has just fought with the Piper and his new Nithlings. Arthur goes to the war room to discuss strategy with Dame Primus and his commanders from Army. Shortly after he arrives, a messenger from Lady Friday arrives. The... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Arthur wakes up in the Great Maze, emerging from a nightmare of the war he has just fought with the Piper and his new Nithlings. Arthur goes to the war room to discuss strategy with Dame Primus and his commanders from Army. Shortly after he arrives, a messenger from Lady Friday arrives. The messenger tells Arthur that Lady Friday is prepared to abdicate her role as Trustee and turn over the key to either Saturday, the Piper, or Arthur. According to the message, whoever finds her key in the Middle House will become the new master of that house. Once Arthur touches the message, he is transported to the Middle House. He did not know that the message was a transfer plate and he is immediately suspicious that Lady Friday has set him, Saturday, and the Piper up in an elaborate trap. Luckily though, Arthur still had the 4th Key in his possession. Arthur journey to the first building he can find, as he is in a place he has never been before with Fetchers surrounding him. There, he finds the people who put gold onto documents. They are typical House Denisons (sp?) and more concerned with working than with the approaching army of Fetchers. Arthur discovers that a vast majority of people are also "Experiencing", which at first confuses Arthur because he has never heard of the practice. He later finds out that "Experiencing" is when denisons of the House journey into mortal human memories.
Suzy Turquoise Blue, Fred, and one of the Piper's new Nithling find Arthur in the building and they all escape, making their way to Paper Pushes and a river that will take them to the top of the Middle House. Arthur formulates a plan, they will rescue part 5 of the Will and then try to find the 5th Key. Along the way they met some Paper Pushers, Artful Loungers, Servants of the Night, and others. Arthur finds the 5th piece of the Will, who has taken the shape of a dragon, fox, bat combo. It's weird looking but the most relaxed part of the Will to date. Together, Arthur and the Will find Lady Friday and help to stop her from devouring the memories and spirits of hundreds of human she has captured.
There is a side story that is ongoing in this book featuring Arthurs human friend Leaf. Leaf has been taken capture by Lady Friday, who is trying to force Lead to serve her. Lady Friday believes that Leaf might be a useful hostage to have in case Arthur shows up because she knows they are friends. Lady Friday has also captured Leaf's Aunt Mango to keep Leaf in line. Leaf tries to stop Lady Friday as best she can but she is no match for a Trustee.
The book concludes with Arthur trying to figure out what to do next - try to venture home to Earth? Stop Saturday before Saturday can make a move against Arthur? Arthur is more contaminated with sorcerery than ever and there are still two Trustees to remove from power.
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