A Confusion of Princes

A Confusion of Princes

by Garth Nix


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ISBN-13: 9780060096960
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 337
Sales rank: 368,214
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian, and his work has been translated in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

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A Confusion of Princes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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
Tsana on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A Confusion of Princes is the first book by Garth Nix that I've read, despite his being an Australian author of some note. After reading it, his other books have moved up on my mental TBR list.The story takes place in a space opera galactic empire, complete with fancy technology, body augmentations and psychic priests holding the empire together. The empire is run by the Emperor and the Imperial Mind, a sort of psychic presence that monitors almost everything and directs the actions of the empire's priests, assassins and princes. Princes are chosen from a young age based mostly on genetic predisposition to the augmentations that make them super human. They're taken away from their ordinary human families and raised in temples (which have very little to do with religion) and trained to be arrogant and self-centred pricks.The thing that prevented the main character from being insufferable was that the story was told retrospectively by his grown-up self (mind you, he's 18-19 for most of the story), who fully acknowledged what an idiot he was. I think if it was told in a more present manner, he would have been much more insufferable. There were many humorous moments where I laughed out loud at him as he learnt how the real world worked. I was also amused by some of the scenarios Nix set up which seemed to be poking fun at certain SF/space opera tropes.A Confusion of Princes is also a very action-packed and fast paced novel. Although it covers about two years, it jumped from highlight to highlight quite quickly with several "and nothing exciting happened for a few months" moments. In a way this was good because it kept the plot moving, but I also couldn't help but want to know more about the world Nix has built. Although this is a stand-alone novel, I wouldn't mind reading more stories set in the same world. There was a short story appended in the edition I bought (which I think is the standard Aussie Allen & Unwin edition ¿ can I just say how nice it is to see vapourise spelt with both a u and an s?), about the main character's mysterious right hand man (aka Master of Assassins) but I didn't feel it added much to the story. I mean, it wasn't bad, I was just hoping a deeper look into the guy's psyche.What I found particularly interesting was the way all the imperial roles were gender neutral. Princes could be male or female, as could assassins and priests. There was a special gender-neutral pronoun for the Emperor heirself and while the main character was male and the world revolved around him, background characters were just as likely to be female as male (and Nix didn't shy away from the whole fighting a girl thing that trips up some). The only thing that annoyed was the whitewashing/homogenising of the main character on the front cover. He's meant to be black and spends most of the story with a mohawk.Overall, a fun read. I would call it YA but more for its brevity than, even, the coming of age aspect of the plot. Oh, and none of the science made me angry, yay! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA science fiction or wants a light, non-strenuous, read.4 / 5 stars
foggidawn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Prince Khemri has been trained, enhanced, and programmed since infancy to become one of the elite rulers of the galaxy. He dreams of someday becoming Emperor. When he leaves his secure training area to take his place among other Princes, however, he learns that the world is not at all what he expected. Competition between princes is cut-throat, he has to work for the luxuries he expected to come with his station, and not all Princes are just and honorable. The biggest challenge comes when he is sent on a top-secret training mission where e has to live as a normal human, among other normal humans. Will he be able to function without the technologies that have surrounded him his entire life? Will he be able to complete his mission and return to the world of privilege he's always longed for -- or does a different destiny await him?This novel is pure sci-fi, so a change of pace from what I've been reading for a while. There's plenty of action as Khemri moves from one challenging situation to another. The heart of the story, though, is Khemri's character development -- and that character development is masterfully done. Khemri goes from believing everything he's ever been told about the nature of the Empire, to learning to think for himself. He retains some of his cold analytical thinking skills, but he also slowly learns how to relate to other human beings. Some readers may feel that he doesn't change enough, but it felt entirely believable and natural to me. I'd recommend this to any reader who enjoys character-driven sci-fi.
gypsysmom on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My library called this book young adult fiction but I'm far from a young adult and I enjoyed it. Prince Khemri comes of age and is assigned a Master of Assassins. Good thing because someone tries to kill him before he can connect to the Imperial Mind. If a prince isn't connected to the Imperial Mind when he is killed he can't be reborn. We know from the beginning that Khemri died three times and was reborn three times. The book tells the tale of how he came to be killed and how he survived other attempts to kill him. It would spoil the book if I told any more about it. Just read it for yourself.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. I have really enjoyed Garth Nix¿s writing in the past and was eager to see what this book would hold. I loved his Seventh Tower series and his Abhorsen series; I also enjoyed his Keys to the Kingdom series. This ended up being a great book, but was very different from anything I had read from him before.Khemri is born with a number of enhanced mechanical and biological abilities; he has been trained for years on diplomacy, history, and technology all because he is born as a Prince of the Empire. Now the time has come for him to exit training and enter his service to the Empire. Should he die, he will be reborn. This is the story of his three lives. It¿s a good thing he can be reborn because as soon as he enters society he finds out that there are millions of Princes and they all want each other dead.The beginning of the book was a bit slow to start and throws a million undefined terms at the reader, many sci-fi books do this. This book wasn¿t as bad as some sci-fi but it does take a bit to figure out what is going on. Khemri isn¿t the most likable fellow in the beginning of the story. He feels that as a Prince he is entitled to certain respect and comforts. When he finds he is one of millions struggling to be recognized it is a bit of a shock. Although Khemri does some stupid things, he also does heed the advice of his lead advisor, which saves him a number of times.The world building here is amazing. We are talking millions of worlds and an interesting power structure for them. The scope of the story focuses on the couple worlds that Khemri is directly involved in. It is a very interesting premise as well.Khemri grows a lot as a character as the story progresses. He is forced to live side by side with humans at one point and begins to learn about things like loyalty and love; things that were foreign concepts to him.The book is action packed and fast-paced. It was a very engaging story. The whole time you are wondering why Khemri is treated somewhat different than the other Princes and you keep wondering what his fate will be. Will he become Emperor? Will he die a permanent death? What is his fate?There is a great message in here too. In the end Khemri is forced to make some hard choices; will he be who he was born to be or will he be who he wants to be? It brings up some excellent questions around morality and mortality.This is a self-contained story, so everything is nicely wrapped up. I enjoyed the irony of the ending and really ended up loving the whole story. I would recommend for older teens as there is talk about sex in here; Khemri has a slew of courtesans to ease to his needs and the sex is talked about in a very casual (yet not overly descriptive) way.Overall I really enjoyed this book. Nix has created an intricate, intriguing, and creative world that is huge in scope but manages to focus on just a few worlds so that it doesn¿t overwhelm readers. Khemri is an interesting character and watching him grow as he changes from a predestined powerful Prince to something more unique is fun. The story is engaging and brings up some interesting questions about mortality. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend to fans of Nix¿s other works as well as fans of science fiction.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I've always been a huge fan of Garth Nix and his writing, counting all three books in his Abhorsen trilogy among my top fantasy novels, but A Confusion of Princes left me unimpressed. I really liked the idea of A Confusion of Princes. The competitive nature of all the princes, the plotting and assassination attempts, and the secrets were all interesting, but everything seemed so vague and shallow. I never felt like the reader was given any in depth descriptions or explanations, which made it too easy to forget what I'd just read... something that isn't good in any novel, let alone a science fiction novel. My biggest complaint regarding A Confusion of Princes is the main character and narrator, Prince Khemri. I felt no connection to him at all. In fact, I found him to be quite whiny and annoying. As the novel progressed, he did improve slightly, for which I was grateful, but I still never found myself actually liking him. Instead, I sometimes wished he would die and stop being reborn so I could somehow have a different main character. Harsh? Maybe, but Khemri and I didn't see eye to eye on much. And, even when I thought that I might be able to connect with him (once he grew up a bit), Nix seemed to rush through situations where I might have come to build a bond with Khemri. This was very disappointing. The writing, however, is wonderful. I expect nothing less from Nix. Unfortunately, A Confusion of Princes fell short for me, but I wouldn't discourage you from giving this book a chance if you're a big Nix fan or a devoted lover of science fiction. Personally, I prefer Nix's fantasy novels... and if you're reading this review and are reconsidering picking up this book up, PLEASE consider reading any of Nix's other novels, especially Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen! They're excellent!
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.
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Ha i am nine and i read this book (::)
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Definitely interesting