A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

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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 Confusion of Princes.
Superhuman. Immortal. Prince in a Galactic Empire. There has to be a catch….
Khemri learns the minute he becomes a Prince that princes need to be hard to kill—for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken.
There are also mysteries. Khemri is drawn into the hidden workings of the Empire and is dispatched on a secret mission. 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. But Khemri is a Prince, and even if he wanted to leave the Empire behind, there are forces there that have very definite plans for his future.


About Garth Nix

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Garth Nix grew up in Canberra, Australia. Besides being a full-time writer, he has worked as a sales rep, publicist, editor, marketing communications consultant, literary agent, and part-time soldier. He is the acclaimed author of the internationally bestselling Abhorsen Chronicles: Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, as well as the story collection Across the Wall and the novels Shade's Children and The Ragwitch.He currently lives in Sydney, a five-minute walk from Coogee Beach, with his wife, Anna, his sons, Thomas and Edward, and lots of books.
Published May 15, 2012 by HarperCollins. 355 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this exciting space opera, 19-year-old Khemri is a Prince of the Empire, one of 10 million Princes who rule much of the galaxy under a mysterious Emperor and an AI called the Imperial Mind.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Perhaps not Nix's best, as the plotting is very linear and mediocre, but his creation of an old-fashioned sci-fi universe for a young audience is still of note.

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Teen Reads

New Prince Khemri finds this out right away after he is nearly assassinated a couple of times before he can connect with the Imperial Mind, the ruler of the Princes and the only chance for resurrection.

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Common Sense Media

There's a fair amount of mostly bloodless violence -- teen protagonist Khemri engages in duels, starship battles, attacks by alien zombies, and other mayhem -- and a small amount of profanity ("s--t," "f--k").

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Portland Book Review

Prior to A Confusion of Princes I primarily knew Garth Nix as a young adult fantasy writer.

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Starburst Magazine

In A Confusion of Princes we are introduced to Prince Khemri, stolen from his parents at birth to become a prince of the star-spanning Empire.

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The Horn Book

Nix’s gaming-inspired, sci-fi fantasy is a pleasing mix of high-adventure space drama, total bunkum (e.g., “it’s functioning on the tertiary backup level, without a holo…”), and wry, boyish charm.

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Jackson District Library

His new young adult book A confusion of princes by Garth Nix is great escapism--lovers of the old space novels like Lester Del Rey's Rocket Jockey or Robert Heinlein's Have spacesuit, will travel will love this.

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