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A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
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A Confusion of Princes (edition 2012)

by Garth Nix

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Title:A Confusion of Princes
Authors:Garth Nix
Info:HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2012), Paperback, 528 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:children's/young adult, science fiction, read 2013

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A fun read looking into the journey from being a Prince among millions of Princes to becoming the one to replace the Emperor. This takes place every 20 years and Prince Khemri has quite an adventure along the way. ( )
  DeborahJade | Dec 25, 2017 |
Lots of technobabble, but since it is a world-building series-opener, I can forgive the author for the glut of information. What interested me was the idea of a battle to be royale, as it were. Multitudes of children taken to be molded into the next heir apparent of this future society; all given the best of everything and then turned out and told to kill their way to the throne. An interesting concept- and a new MMORPG, apparently. ( )
  DeborahJ2016 | Oct 26, 2016 |
This kept switching genres on me. The main character begins life as an incredibly privileged prince who is trained in war and espionage by his innumerable servants and androids. He battles the other princes (both male and female) to survive, knowing that only one of them will one day be chosen by the king (who is not their biological father, and who was once a prince in their position hirself) to be the next ruler of a galaxy-spanning empire.

Then, he undergoes several years of tests, in which he is abandoned without weapons or any of his formerly necessary servants in various dangerous situations, from wild jungles to a human mining town.

And eventually, he turns against the empire he once hoped to rule. But his realization that he loves a human girl and does not wish to rule is too late--he's already been chosen to be the next king. At which point the story becomes very trippy indeed, with plot reveals and conversation taking place in a purely psychic realm.

It is very much not a book I expected from the cover, the title, or the author. It's good, but goes by too quickly. Too much is passed over; too many personality sea changes take place without enough to support them. It is definitely good, but I think if it had been expanded it would have been better. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A Prince of the Empire, groomed for the highest galactic honor, receives the chance and training to know what it is like to be human - and decides that he likes it. This goes against everything the empire stands for, and Khemri finds that with everything he learns, he questions what he has learned more and more. When he finally encounters his sister, Khemri realizes that he must make a choice, and chooses a deadly path. Will his choice be the right one, though? Can he rely on his instincts, his human instincts, not his Princely ones, to achieve his ultimate goal? Can anyone? ( )
  Ermina | Feb 25, 2016 |
"Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself"--Provided by publisher.
  lkmuir | Dec 8, 2015 |
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To ANNA, THOMAS, and EDWARD, and all my family and friends

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PHIL WALLACH, game designer and software engineer, and LES PETERSEN, illustrator and graphic designer, who with me worked on the online game Imperial Galaxy, which was based on this book well before I finished writing it
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ROBERT A. HEINLEIN and ANDRE NORTON
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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.
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You'd think being a Prince in a vast intergalactic empire would be about as good as it gets. Particularly when Princes are faster, smarter, and stronger than normal humans. Not to mention being mostly immortal.

But it isn't as great as it sounds. Princes need to be hard to kill—as Khemri learns the minute he becomes one—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.

Soon Khemri is drawn into the hidden workings of the Empire and 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 that have very definite plans for his future. . . .
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