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 · Science Fiction; Save.

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A Confusion of Princes

All Princes are ethnically ambiguous since they don’t know who their parents are and grow up far from where they were born. Though initially dreading the job, Khemri then finds that the ‘supply station’ is in fact just a cover for the Adjustment service, the secret service of the Empire.

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.

I did not enjoy A Confusion of Princes in the slightest. In all, this is a superb sci-fi YA story with a sympathetic protagonist who undergoes a realistic transformation into a free individual in a rich intergalactic world. My copies of the middle grade fantasy Keys to the Kingdom books are well-loved and much-read.

For kids who love science fiction and outer space. He is then given a choice; either he can go through the test to become an Adjuster, or he can remain at the supply station, in which case he will be immediately assassinated by House Jerrazis. What do you think would make you happy as an lf


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Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. Dear Garth Nix, I will buy any and every book you kf — and often extra copies for gifts.

No Saints in Kansas. Too much is passed over; too many personality sea changes take place without enough to support them.

AdventuresSpace and Aliens Book type: It was a decent adventure story, and I liked the world and the world-building. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. Instead, we have slaves, who have been programmed, conditionedto serve their master and be incapable of rebelling.

Khemri was a bit obnoxious and unlikable at the beginning, which I’m sure was the point. See Wikipedia’s guide to writing better articles for suggestions.

Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Some of the relationships happen too easily.

Anyway, he said your main character, who was clearly going to be male, basically fell into Arthurian archetypes, and Garion was Perceval: Nix has proven that he can write an interesting lengthy digression. And the world building was particularly interesting. There you have it.

On top of that, I found it hard to ship Khemri in any sort of relationship when we had already been exposed to the manner in which he treated his courtesans. Sabriel by Garth Nix is one of my favorite fantasy novels.

A Confusion of Princes Book Review

Does this ever happen to you??? Personalize Common Sense for your family. Sadly, it was an aspect of the world building that really, really grated on me and meant that even if the story had been glorious, I would still not have been in love with this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Garth Nix is a great storyteller once he gets into it and the action in the second half of the book was almost non-stop and exciting. I wish it were longer.


Obviously a secondary character is harder to characterize than a primary protagonist like Lirael and Sabriel, but Suzy Blue of Keys to the Kingdom is just as secondary as Raine and feels much more vivid and interesting. Garth Nix Science Fiction With all of that, the one female who plays a significant role is a love interest. Quotes from A Confusion of Pr Though he and all his Mekbi troops are killed, they successfully repel the Sad-Eye incursion, earning him several medals.

For a handful of people! A Confusion of Princes is set in the far future in a vast intergalactic empire. First thing to note: 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 Inspired by Your Browsing History.

He quickly discovers that his arrogant assumptions of privilege will get his teeth kicked in by regular folks.

Atalin and Khemri then kill the remainder of the chosen 5. Similarly, his interactions with other characters never quite got to the levels of depth I would hope to experience when reading. He now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.