A Confusion of Princes

A Confusion of Princes

by Garth Nix
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"I have died three times, and three times been reborn, though I am not yet twenty in the old Earth years by which it is still the fashion to measure time. "This is the story of my three deaths, and my life between." Chosen as a baby to be molded into a Prince of the Empire, Khemri has always had a wealth of luxuries at his fingertips. Raised in his own temple with an assortment of priests, servants, and even mind-programmed companions, Khemri's early life as a initiate Prince is everything he would expect or want. Unfortunately on the day Khemri becomes a proper Prince he also realizes everything he previously knew about Princes and the Empire was completely wrong. As a Prince, Khemri is smarter, faster and stronger than regular humans. Truly he is superior in every way. The only problem? So are the thousands of other Princes scattered throughout the Empire. Worse: All of those Princes are competing for a chance to become the next Emperor and most of them have no qualms about killing the competition during duels or through plain and simple assassinations. The more time Khemri spends as a Prince of the Empire the more he understands that the Empire can be a cruel, unsatisfying place. Being a Prince is all Khemri knows and all he has ever wanted. Until he dared to imagine having something more, even if Khemri isn't sure he will ever have the chance to choose a different life in A Confusion of Princes (2012) by Garth Nix. A Confusion of Princes is a standalone Space Opera. It is also Nix's first book for older readers since his widely acclaimed Abhorsen trilogy. Part of what marks Nix as an incredibly talented author is his richly detailed settings and well-realized characters. A Confusion of Princes is no exception with Khemri's story playing out not just on an entirely new world but in an entirely new galaxy. The worlds Nix created here are so compelling that A Confusion of Princes even inspired its own online game: Imperial Galaxy. The downside to creating such a rich setting is that it often makes for very dense writing. This book starts off with full throttled action and very little time for backgrond. With so many facets to being a Prince, readers have almost as much to absorb as Khemri himself throughout the novel.* Filled with minute details about the galaxy and Khemri's life as a Prince, A Confusion of Princes sometimes skips over opportunities to develop the plot in favor of developing the world as Khemri alternates between running around and standing still with very little introspection or enlightenment until the last third of the novel. Though Nix has undoubtedly created a fine addition to the science fiction genre, A Confusion of Princes does not stand up well compared to Nix's other fantasy novels which combined expert world building with a depth that is lacking in the characters here. *Other aspects of life in the Empire are painfully unexplained. A keystone of the Empire seems to be the use of mind-programmed servants and slaves but Nix never delves into the mechanics of this or the ethical implications. Though much of the story focuses on Khemri's shift in thinking more as a human and less as a Prince, this plot thread remains unexplored or explained.
Euryleia More than 1 year ago
It had some interesting world-building, but the characters and plot were shallow and felt rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Small Complaints aside Garth Nix has landed a good solid piece of science fiction. The story targets a younger audience then I'm used to for this genre but I don't think that's a bad thing at all. Even with all my whining for more descriptions of the technology I plowed forward hungry for more story. While he's not the most elegant writer Nix is far from a inexperienced one so you'll never feel frustrated. And if the story seems predictable I know but suck it up because it's still a great book...read full review at theofficebooks.blogspot
Book_LoverAL More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Nix's Abhorsen trilogy and thought I might like other work by him as well. This book was super interesting, the world-building and imagination that went into it was pretty fabulous. It thrusts you into the story from the very beginning, using their weird vernacular for things that you only learn about later, but it was like learning a new language by immersion. Eventually, you just got it. The characters were fun, some not as developed as I would normally like, but you really got to know Khemri from all angles. A really fun read over-all! Suggested if you like Ender's Game, most definitely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nookpolice Great book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ha i am nine and i read this book (::)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely interesting