Last Gate of the Emperor

Last Gate of the Emperor

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From Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes an Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.

Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime -- a hardscrabble city with rundown tech, lots of rules, and not much to do. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic lioness Besa are his only family... and his only friends.

Often in trouble for his thrill-seeking antics and smart mouth, those same qualities make Yared a star player of the underground augmented reality game, The Hunt for Kaleb's Obelisk. But when a change in the game rules prompts Yared to log in with his real name, it triggers an attack that rocks the city. In the chaos, Uncle Moti disappears.

Suddenly, all the stories Yared's uncle told him as a young boy are coming to life, of kingdoms in the sky and city-razing monsters. And somehow Yared is at the center of them.

Together with Besa and the Ibis -- a game rival turned reluctant ally -- Yared must search for his uncle... and answers to his place in a forgotten, galaxy-spanning war.



Author: Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 05/04/2021
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781338665857
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5
Point Value: 9
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 512143 / Last Gate of the Emperor


Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/22/2021
Booklist 04/15/2021 pg. 56
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/0001