Book Review by Aarene Storms: A Confusion of Princes

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Confusion of Princes  by Garth Nix
audiobook read by Michael Goldstrom

Khemri tells the story of the three times he has died, and the time in-between those deaths.

Born a Prince in an intergalactic empire that identifies millions of princes as possible heirs to the ruling Emperor, Khemri's first challenge after emerging from a sheltered childhood is to survive the assassination attempts by other potential heirs.

His early training and biological enhancements make him "better than human," but it takes hostile aliens, rocketship battles, cybernetic gadgetry and a pretty naval reserve officer from a backwater fringe planet to teach Khemri how to be human.

With many nods to classic science fiction traditions in literature (Robert A Heinlein, Andre Norton and Isaac Asimov are obvious influences) and film (Star Wars, 2001, and many others), this rousing space-opera will appeal to readers who like a lot of action, a little introspection, and a touch of romance (and a few incidences of Star Trek sex as well--how appropriate!) 

The book--and the audiobook--are highly recommended for readers ages 12 to adult.  

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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