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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Is it any good? The second part is not developed enough, IMO, which includes not only Khem’s too quick ideological transformation, but also the romance which has a very distinct whiff of insta Upon arriving there, however, he finds a dead ship, destroyed by an Imperial ‘Null Wave’, that destroys all Bitek and life.

He must give up his dreams of wandering about space in a ship under his command and learn to navigate a world of intrigue. I garyh that he has grown up knowing no difference but to see him in a relationship with Raine, a human, just made me uncomfortable – especially because their relationship was already underdeveloped and rushed. There is a really sudden romantic subplot in this book that has a significant impact on the course of the novel but at no point rang true for me.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The combination of Mektek, Bitek and Psitek is wonderfully intriguing – how an empire could get to the point where all three are valued, and used, and used in conjunction is fascinating. It’s touted as a space opera, but it’s x not grand enough for that. As always, I still think you should give this a try if you feel like it’s something that you’d like.

On top of that, I found it hard to ship Khemri in any sort of relationship when we had orinces been exposed to the manner in which he treated his courtesans.


The Princes are the ruling class of the Galaxy, taking orders from the Imperial Mind and ultimately, the Emperor. May 04, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: So when I found out that Garth Nix has a standalone sci-fi YA novel due to be released this year, I was immediately curious. He is removed from the lowly regular population, he is an enhanced being in possession of psychic powers, vast knowledge, physical prowess and an opportunity to be reincarnated over and over again.

View all 5 comments. Of course, he is still too young to realize those plans might not be to his liking.

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Maybe I am being a tad paranoid, but I am quite convinced that the face of the hero received this treatment from bluish tint of the UK cover to virtually impossible to see on US cover because of Khemri’s natural coloring.

Maybe, but Khemri and I didn’t see eye to eye on much. My biggest princss regarding A Confusion of Princes is the main character and narrator, Prince Khemri.

Prnces has learned to despise the Empire, and yet finds himself in the position to rule it.

A Confusion of Princes

Does the thought of being nearly immortal seem appealing? It’s a genre that lends itself to a sprawling, epic scope.

An overly detailed writing style and less than subtle world-building lead to a slow-moving plotline so I knew from the very first chapter – which was an enormous info-dump – that I was going to have problems getting through this book.

More like Confusion of Book Publishers A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix. There are inx mysteries. With all of that, the one female who plays a significant role is a love interest. You won’t regret it. He starts out as a self-important brat and stays that way well into the book.

Biotechnology plays a large part in the daily lives of Khemri and the other princes, and the book presents clever ways in which biotech might develop in the coming centuries. Jan 03, rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: Do governments, such as the Empire in A Confusion of Princesalways act with their subjects’ best interests in mind? Sabriel Lirael Abhorsen Clariel Goldenhand princex All secrets are revealed by the conclusion, something that almost never happens when a book is part of a series unless it’s the final book.

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Upon arriving, Prince Khemri enlists in the Imperial Navy.

How Tech Is Changing Childhood. So a starship with all three kinds of Tek is a telepathic, living organism with mechanical prosthetics. I sped through it, propelled both by Nix’s prose and the mysteries of the plot. There’s confusiin fair amount of violence in A Confusion of Princesbut because most characters have at least the possibility of being resurrected, the impact of their deaths is somewhat princez.

His style of writing is very emotionally detached and remote, so even though this story was in first person POV, I had no concept of how Khemri felt about anything. Talk to your kids about But more importantly, A Confusion of Princes is in fact a powerful story about self-discovery and finding your individuality. A Confusion of Princes is a full and complete story that follows Khemri on his journey to self-discovery and fulfilment.

In all, this is a superb sci-fi YA story with a sympathetic protagonist who undergoes a realistic transformation into a free individual prihces a rich intergalactic world. Khemri’s sent to a set of four artificial environments to learn important survival skills, including humility.


These sections are fascinating in their own right, but they relegate the main story to a comparatively cramped section of the book, forcing Nix to depict a lot of action in a short space without the benefit of much explanation or introspection.