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A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I went to a Garth Nix book signing in Forbidden Planet, and I was full of incredible feelings at meeting Garth Nix and I was basically starstruck.
I was. It was incredible.

But while I was there, I had to buy a book for Garth Nix to sign, so I bought a Confusion of Princes, which is a standalone Space Opera, according to the internet.
I would have just called it a Sci-Fi book, but I’m sure the internet knows better than me.

And it’s signed. Look! It’s beautiful!

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So! The book itself!
I have to admit, that since Garth Nix is one of, if not my actual, favourite author(s), I’m biased towards liking his books. The Old Kingdom Trilogy remains a stalwart beacon of love and admiration in my childhood memories and I still re-read it every now and then and enjoy it just as much. So this review might be overly positive. I admit that.

In any case. A Confusion of Princes showcases Nix’s incredible world-building skills once more – in an Imperial galaxy, Khemri is one of thousands of Princes, augmented, improved and basically better than all the mere humans in the world.
Just as he graduates from Prince School. he is sent on a series of secret missions, to do… well, he doesn’t know what.

As I just mentioned, Nix’s worldbuilding is incredible. He really immerses you in the world so you don’t feel like you’re missing any details, things become clear when you need to know them, but you’re never left feeling bombarded by information. Except at the very beginning when the Teks were being explained. I did NOT get that.

But I think that’s the only problem I had with this book. It was a beautiful standalone book, which seems to be getting all the more rare these days, and it tied up everything into a nice neat bow. It left me with an incredibly excited and satisfied feeling after reading it, like I had something beautiful in my hands, and I really enjoyed the experience of reading it.

Oh, except I had one other issue – the tagline on the front of the book is misleading. Bah.

But overall,
FOUR STARS!
****

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