The Last Gate of the Emperor

Kwame Mbalia

The Last Gate of the Emperor
United Kingdom
6 May 2021

The Last Gate of the Emperor

Kwame Mbalia

From Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen comes

an action-packed Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian

empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the


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

centre 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.

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