You’d think being a privileged Prince in a vast intergalactic Empire would be about as good as it gets. But it isn’t as great as it sounds. For one thing, Princes are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Khemri discovers that the moment he is proclaimed a Prince.
He also discovers mysteries within the hidden workings of the Empire. Dispatched on a secret mission, Khemri comes across the ruins of a space battle. In the midst of it all he meets a young woman named Raine, who will challenge his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself.
My biggest complaint regarding A Confusion of Princes is the main character and narrator, Prince Khemri. I felt no connection to him at all. In fact, I found him to be quite whiny and annoying. As the novel progressed, he did improve slightly, for which I was grateful, but I still never found myself actually liking him. Instead, I sometimes wished he would die and stop being reborn so I could somehow have a different main character. Harsh? Maybe, but Khemri and I didn’t see eye to eye on much. And, even when I thought that I might be able to connect with him (once he grew up a bit), Nix seemed to rush through situations where I might have come to build a bond with Khemri. This was very disappointing.
The writing, however, is wonderful. I expect nothing less from Nix.
Unfortunately, A Confusion of Princes fell short for me, but I wouldn’t discourage you from giving this book a chance if you’re a big Nix fan or a devoted lover of science fiction. Personally, I prefer Nix’s fantasy novels… and if you’re reading this review and are reconsidering picking up this book up, PLEASE consider reading any of Nix’s other novels, especially Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen! They’re excellent!