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A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
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Jul 26, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: adventure, australian, dystopian, environment, family, relationships, romance, speculative-fiction, science-fiction, ya
Read from July 19 to 23, 2012

Such a great idea - Princes (of both genders) are taken from their parents at a young age and groomed to become rulers of small, large and universal Princedoms - the universe-sized ruler being the Emperor Heirself (a really nice play on the gender ambiguities in this novel).
Prince Khemri is a total jerk, but as we learn what his life has been like, then it becomes understandable, if no less irritating. His naivety rings true - it is that cock-sure, gung-ho, self-centred fantasy land that teenage boys live in in their heads - as does his gradual growth, and the relationship with his 'significant other' - the Assassin Haddad - follows all the tried and true rules yet comes out feeling fresh and new.
A great read - recommended for mature readers (a fair bit of violence) - probably best to be read in one long gulp.

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