A Confusion of Princes
by Garth Nix
* * * * Stars (Great!)
In a future where a confusion of princes rules the stars, millions of princes (specially augmented humans with all different kinds of tek built into their bodies and psionic powers) selected for their superior genetics are specially trained to rule, duel, and – if they’re chosen – compete for the honor of becoming the Emperor. Prince Khemri has just finished his initial augmentation and training and discovers – as soon as he meets his Master of Assassins – that he’s woefully unprepared. Immediately he is forced to flee, as he is vulnerable to assassination until he connects with the Imperial Mind. From there, it’s non-stop action and suspense as Khemri fights for his life and finds his feet as a prince. The Imperial Mind has special plans for Khemri, and in order to discover his princely potential, he has to learn and remember what it is to be human.
Garth Nix has an incredible imagination and this is one of those rare (for me) cases in which I’d love to see a sequel. Or to have had the conflicts drawn out simply to learn more about what being a Prince is all about. Love the world-building, and Khemri experiences some satisfying growth.