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. Read Common Sense Media’s A Confusion of Princes review, age rating, and parents guide. Garth Nix ยท Science Fiction; Save.

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Jan 03, rachel rated it pdinces was ok Shelves: Khemri engages in duels, starship battles, attacks by alien zombies, and other mayhem, but the depiction of it isn’t highly realistic or graphic.

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. And yet, some of Khemri’s dreams come true.

A Confusion of Princes

When he first links to the Imperial Mind, Khemri learns that the Emperor has special plans for him. Not many new releases have those bona fides. Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids.

After finishing his degree in he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, and editor.

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Khemri survives and manages to kill the Commandant; the Imperial Mind, meanwhile, hushes this up, and reports that the Commandant was killed in action against garfh Sad-Eyes; despite this, it becomes clear to Jerrazis that Khemri killed him; as a result, when his first year at the academy is over and he is eligible for duelsthe Imperial Mind immediately transfers him to a supply station far away from the Empire.


The majority of the galaxy presumably, though not explicitly stated, the Milky Way is under the control of the Empire; however, there are gadth least three other political entities stated; The Naknuk rebels, the Sad-Eyes, and the Deaders.

I enjoy most of Garth Nix’s stuff, and it was interesting to read something gafth is more technology-based than magic-based.

But then there’s talk about sex ggarth consorts and mind-slaves and the Empire does a lot of questionable things, so there’s definitely some content which might not be suitable for the MG crowd. I sped through it, propelled both by Nix’s prose and the mysteries of the plot.

It apparently takes the magic of sex to make this lesson permanent. 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.

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It’s good, but goes by too quickly. So a starship with all three kinds of Tek is a telepathic, living organism with mechanical prosthetics.

While I enjoyed the tech and the action sequences, the story was a little cold for me. The author, Garth Nix has a clear issue finding the characters voice. Atalin and Khemri then kill the remainder of the chosen 5. A Confusion of Princes is really fun. The prince is upset that in order to access the Conduit, he must first enlist in the Imperial Navy and tie himself down.


Tense action, sharp plot twists distinguish dystopian tale. Tense Tips on technique 7: Khemri was also incredibly arrogant. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken. This happens all the time grath

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This, I cannot accept. Much as Prince Khemri’s arrogance and selfishness is obnoxious, it’s also justified by the world he lives in, and ultimately he overcomes it enough to be someone you can cheer for.

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.

Because so much of the rest of the book dissatisfies me. Again, I’m not even sure if I had problems with this because it’s sci-fi instead of my usual fantasy or contemporary reads. In January Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.

Have I mentioned the world-building? And I grew to enjoy spending time with Khem and following his life and adventures.