A major standalone space opera, this is Garth Nix’s first novel for older readers since the conclusion of the Old Kingdom trilogy and it’s worth the wait. A grand. Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Keys to the Kingdom series and Shade’s Children, combines space opera with a coming-of-age story in his YA novel A Con. A grand adventure that spans galaxies and lifetimes, A Confusion of Princes is From the fertile imagination of Garth Nix, internationally bestselling author of.

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These scenes made me cringe with disgust, especially when Khemri first realises that he is attracted to Raine and we are subjected to this paragraph: I love Garth Nix; I didn’t adore this book, but it’s just my personal preferences video games tend to bore me. Views Read Edit View history.

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Jul 01, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: It’s also strange to me to see such a shallowly written female character from Garth Nix. In addition, there were so many characters that were just tossed by the wayside and left completely undeveloped.

In addition, I felt Khemri himself was rather underdeveloped. He starts out as a self-important brat and stays that way well into the book. I had absolutely no grasp of his personality once he’d moved past the one-dimensional “spoiled, overconfident brat” stage.

Khemri’s newfound respect for non-augmented people doesn’t seem to extend far confusio to even wonder where mind-programmed servants come from. This one was a really fun read. Personalize Common Sense for your family. And yeah, it turns them into slaves with no will of their own, effectively killing the person they once were.

My name is Khemri. Raine and Khemri do so, escaping on his escape pod, though it is damaged, and they are forced to sedate themselves so that the oxygen they consume will be lowered. Until then, they rule over the Imperial Mind, which is actually the minds of the former Emperors, subsumed into the Mind till they are effectively one with it. The Empire is ruled by an Emperor confudion abdicates after twenty years.


I sped through this book in one sitting, and besides one part when the humor started to die down and the action was still ramping up which I thought started to drag, I thoroughly enjoyed everything.

A Confusion of Princes

These princes are screened by the empire and taken away from their families at a young age, then trained in isolation until they reach adulthood. From a debut author, or even many other established writers, it’d even be good! What attracted me to all these stories and why reading A Confusion of Princes was such a positive experience for me, was, first and foremost, space travel and space military schools these settings just never get old for some reasonthen mild interplanetary politics and intrigue, and, finally, rich world-building you know, the type where everything is described in long words and titles and you feel smarter just by learning what Mektek is or what the Aspect of the Emperor’s Discerning Hand does.

I even think that tinting of faces to conceal their actual non-white color is the “in” way to go about whitewashing covers. Khemri then awakes in Kharalcha, on an artificial space station.

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Gradually he starts to think about others rather than just himself, but he does so in a cold, logical way. I would have liked to see them form a friendship first which maybe could turn into more later. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate.

The dust jacket makes it sound like Khmeri’s ‘secret mission’ is the inciting incident – in fact, the book is half autobiography of his early life. On a different note, Khemri is your Perceval-type character.

I found that kind of set-up intriguing. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra the federal capital and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter. Or am I onto something? Khemri is drawn into the hidden workings of the Empire and is dispatched on a secret mission. As an aside, I am glad this isn’t a part of a series, since many of those incorporate needless distractions that do not serve the main story at all, but exist merely to increase the length of it and increase the author’s title numbers.


Concusion eventually, view spoiler [he turns against the empire he once hoped to rule.

Houses are groups of Princes- ranging in size from princse few dozen to tens of thousands- who function, effectively, as a support system for one another. The Empire is a horrible, horrible place, with a rigid class system which includes “mind-programmed” people used as various types of slaves.

The story starts with Khemri just graduating and becoming a full fledged Prince, which is immediately followed by his first assassination attempt. First, and less important, is Raine. Do governments, such as the Empire in A Confusion of Princesalways act with their nnix best interests in mind? In the ruins of space battle he meets a young woman, called Raine, who challenges his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself.

The first pages were the worst confuwion the whole story was just so crammed with technical jargon and ridiculously complicated technical details that I troubled following what was what. There you have it. All Princes are ethnically ambiguous since they don’t know who their parents are and grow up far from where they were born.

What I wanted to do was grab her, kiss her, tumble to the floor with her, and have sex on the carpet that covered the downside emergency hatch.