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A Confusion of Princes
ISBN: 9780060096960
Author: Nix, Garth
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Published: May 2013
Retail: $9.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Targeted by hostile rivals the moment he is proclaimed a prince, Khemri learns of dark mysteries in the heart of the Empire before discovering the ruins of a space battle and meeting a young woman who challenges everything he has ever believed. 75,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science fiction.
Princes; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013020015
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Science Fiction, Mystery, High School, Chapter Books, Action & Adventure
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Khemri's coming-of-age story begins with his emergence from years of genetic and technical "remaking" to take up his title of Prince, but eventually he begins to reinterpret all he's been taught about the Empire. Die-hard adventure story readers will be enthralled, but Khemri's cheerfully self-deprecating tone and unpredictable choices make this romp entertaining on multiple levels.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #3)
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. Khemri's coming-of-age story begins with his emergence from years of genetic and technical "remaking" to take up his title of Prince. But he's only one of millions of Princes in the Empire, and immediately finds that Princely life isn't the easy, glamorous ride he'd imagined. Instead he has to join the Navy, suffer manifold humiliations, and, if he wants to live, heed his personal Master of Assassins. But Khemri's telepathic intelligence is above average, and eventually he moves into a new sort of training that involves him becoming an almost normal human. That experience and his native intelligence cause him to reinterpret everything he's been taught about the Empire. Nix's fantasy has enough gadgets, escapes, battles, duels, deaths, and near-death experiences to keep die-hard adventure story readers enthralled. Happily, Khemri is also a thoughtful, winsome, and somewhat complex character, and his cheerfully self-deprecating tone and unpredictable choices make this romp entertaining on multiple levels. deirdre f. baker Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 March #2)

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. Raised in splendor by mind-controlled slaves, physically and psychically augmented, and virtually immortal, Khemri, like the other Princes, is intensely self-centered, assuming that he will someday become Emperor. A year into his formal training, however, he is sent on a mission to the fringe world of Kharalcha where, stripped of his augmentations, he must fight space pirates and the forces of the Empire. Falling in love with a naval reserve officer, Khemri takes the painful first step in learning what it means to be human. Writing in the mode of Robert A. Heinlein or Andre Norton (to whom the book is dedicated), Nix (the Keys to the Kingdom series) has crafted an adventure filled with hostile aliens, deadly spaceship battles, cybernetic wonders, humor (often involving Khemri's naïveté), and a touch of romance. The book is tied to a planned online MMORPG, Imperial Galaxy. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 June)

Gr 9 Up—Khemri is one of the newest Princes of the Empire and as yet unaware that mortal peril accompanies the luxuries, servants, and technological augmentations that come with his rank. The intergalactic Empire is directed by the Imperial Mind but run by millions of Princes who all compete to become the next Emperor. First among Khemri's servants is his Master of Assassins, Haddad, who guides and protects him on his first journey to the Naval Academy. There Khemri meets Morojal, a mysterious priestess who tells him that the Emperor has plans for him. From that point onward, Khemri's life takes many strange turns, even to the point of having to live as a regular human beyond the bounds of the Empire. It is then that he meets Raine and learns with her that it is possible to care for someone other than himself and something other than the Empire. Khemri seems to be on a path to becoming the Emperor but will he be able to choose another fate? Nix once again proves his mastery of speculative fiction by creating a society unlike any in his previous works. In this single volume he manages to tell a tale that is grand in scope with vivid characters and imaginative technology. Science fiction fans should enjoy his vision while the author's longtime devotees will find new reasons to appreciate him.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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