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By Garth Nix

Garth Nix, bestselling writer of the Keys to the dominion sequence and Shade’s Children, combines area opera with a coming-of-age tale in his YA novel A Confusion of Princes.
 
Superhuman. Immortal. Prince in a Galactic Empire. There should be a catch….
 
Khemri learns the minute he turns into a Prince that princes must be demanding to kill—for they're continually at risk. Their maximum hazard? different Princes. each Prince desires to turn into Emperor and the top-quality option to accomplish that is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any strength competitor. There are ideas, yet as Khemri discovers, principles will be bent or even broken.
 
There also are mysteries. Khemri is drawn into the hidden workings of the Empire and is dispatched on a mystery venture. within the ruins of house conflict, he meets a tender lady, known as Raine, who demanding situations his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself. yet Khemri is a Prince, or even if he desired to go away the Empire in the back of, there are forces there that experience very yes plans for his future.

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