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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Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant fromtill he became a full-time writer in My name is Khemri. Families can talk about how expectations about what constitutes a fulfilling life can change between adolescence and adulthood.

This is also because the book doesn’t take place on Earth. Right after reading the Abhorsen trilogy, I loved it so much that I sent him an email, asking for a postcard and yay, I got one.

You won’t regret it. Unfortunately, I really struggled with the attempts at emotional investment. The ship is a missile launcher, and the missile has not been damaged; however, only one crew member is left alive, a stowaway called Raine, from the system Kharalcha, who is a member of the Kharalcha Space Forces. Oct 05, Dorian rated it it was ok Shelves: Trivia About A Confusion of Pr Yet in his very next “mission,” he goes back to acting as though he’d never learned that lesson.


Khemri has learned to despise the Empire, and yet finds himself in the position to rule it. Ultimately, I liked the Khemri at the end of the book despite his character transformation and not because of it.

I wish I could say that the plot, world-building or writing style made up for the disappointing protagonist and romance but they just did not. Is there ever a gap between what they say and coonfusion they do? He has a wise, enigmatic Master of Assassins by his side and the novel includes a bonus short story that gives just a little more insight into Haddad’s characterand while he does die a few times the first time isn’t until he’s actually learnt some things, which is a plus.

Are you seriously kidding me?

A Confusion of Princes

Even so, grath moved me to tears at one point and so succeeds as a romance in my opinion. We never really get to know anyone even Raine particularly well – but that’s okay – the story is primarily about Khemri becoming a person. There are passing references to smoking, drinking, and recreational drugs in some of the scenes featuring the princes, though Khemri doesn’t indulge.

But from Garth Nix? It didn’t matter that the main plot took awhile to show up.

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These scenes made me cringe with disgust, especially when Khemri first realises that he is attracted to Raine and we are subjected to this paragraph: I was interested in Tyrtho who seemed to be a very talented and clever, but nothing came of her character, leaving me wondering why she was even mentioned at all.


How Tech Is Changing Childhood. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Princes can be either male or female, and they are treated no differently from one another; once you are a Prince, with all the conditioning and genetic tweaks attendant on that, you’re just That Inevitable Victorian Thing.

By using confusioj site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Houses are groups of Princes- ranging in size from a few dozen to tens of thousands- who function, effectively, as a support system for one another.

Which is just as well, because no sooner has Prince Khemri graduated to full Princehood than he learns the terrible truth behind the Empire: Settings Tips on technique 3: Words on Bathroom Walls. But not all of an author’s books can be a masterwork. Like G-R on a movie scale.

Column 4 Our impact report: Each of these, though, is reported to be inferior militarily to the Empire.