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A Confusion of Princes
I have died three times, and three times been reborn, though I am not yet twenty in the old earth years by which it is still the fashion to measure time. This is the story of my three deaths, and my life between. My name is Khemri.
Taken from his parents as a child and equipped with biological and technological improvements, Khemri is now an enhanced human being, trained and prepared for the glory of becoming a Prince of the Empire. Not to mention the ultimate glory: should he die, and be deemed worthy, he will be reborn...Which is just as well, because no sooner has Prince Khemri graduated to full Princehood than he learns the terrible truth behind the Empire: there are ten million princes, and all of them want each other dead.
Before I say anything: read this book. It's good.
Now, I will continue... When the book started, Garth Nix was telling me what was going on, but I just didn't see the future of or what could happen to the main character, what the big essential problem was in the story.
Then, near the middle of the book, the empire started showing its true colors: if he hadn't accepted his special training/test, they would've killed him. After he arrived in Karalcha, the empire destroyed an entire ship of innocent people. Then he lived his life in Karalcha, and he finally understood what it was to be human and to be free.
I think that the first time I completely, fully understood this book was when Khemri was told that he was one of the Princes chosen as candidates to be the Emperor, and when he showed that he did not want to be the emperor and just wanted to get out of the Empire. After that, the whole book was worth it. It was FENOMENAL.
I just don't think I'm as into sci-fi as I thought I was :P All the 'teks' and spaceships and gizmos and gadgets were a bit of an overload pour moi.
I also think I expected something else from the story that I didn't get. I'm not exactly sure what it was, but... yeah. It just didn't give me the - hold up - 'can't-eat, can't-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over- the-fence, World Series kind of' feeling, and for some reason I really was waiting for that.
To be fair, I don't think I read this 'in the zone' - i.e. I was either starving or super tired, so I don't think I gave it my full attention either.
It was still a Pretty Good Read. There's actually nothing really Wrong with it, nothing I didn't like, just not much that took my breath away, either :/
This book is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Garth Nix is an amazing wirter and to be truthful the only down part was "master haddad's holiday' which was most likly written very fast to add to the end of the book to encourage sales