Hi everyone! So you may notice I am doing something a little different on my blog today. I am taking part in a blog tour organised by neverland blog tours by reviewing last Prince of Alkebulahn by Antony Hewitt.
“Joshua N’Gon is a Fourteen year old foster child from Africa. He has grown up in a loving home in north London and for all intents and purposes he was an ordinary teenager. The reality though could not be further from the truth. Joshua is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and he is beginning to understand he has a destiny that is far beyond what he could ever have imagined.
On his tenth birthday he receives a mysterious package from his birth parents. He is given articles of technology that even his young mind realized were so far beyond what he knew and understood that they were almost magical. Joshua straps on a tribal hierloom of obvious alien origin – a miraculous multi-tool he calls his RCT– Real Cool Tool that bonds with his arm and is irremovable. And so begin his physical changes too, the headaches, the flashes of genius, the visions and the amnesia.
With his friends Brick and Mina they slowly help him to unravel the mystery of who he is. In the meantime dark corporate forces are gathering in the horizon as Joshua’s talents and his interest in finding his family has piqued the curiosity of powerful people. Soon as his life and the life of those he loves are threatened he must come to grips with his gifts and the miraculous alien technology that founded his people.”
So here’s where I admit that I didn’t manage to read it fully. The main reason for this was that I didn’t find that it was to my taste. I did start to read it but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main plot being introduced in the first chapter, not really building up to it. I wanted to write this post though to share what I thought and to tell people about the book.
I personally feel that it is more for a younger audience, particularly because it is very tech orientated and quite futuristic in a way that maybe doesn’t attract an older audience. I wouldn’t say don’t read it because my view is that just because one person didn’t like a book it doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. I always prefer to encourage people to form their own views on a book than choosing whether or not to read it based on a review alone.
Anthony has been writing for over 15 years. Mainly writing for mature readers, his genre of choice has always been speculative fiction. The YA category is such an exciting category that he wanted to include a diverse set of character with a different cultural perspective. He’s enjoyed himself so much he intends to keep creating fantastic new stories for a 12+ audience.
Book website: www.thelastprince.co.uk
Thanks for reading!
2x hardback copies of the book
1 UK winner
1 International winner