Book Review – Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn – Blog Tour

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When Neverland Blog Tours put out a call for book reviewers, I jumped at the chance to join the Blog Tour for Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt. With Marvel’s Black Panther film on my TBW list, I couldn’t wait to read the first book in this new YA science fiction trilogy in the meantime.

Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn

Blurb: On his tenth birthday after receiving gifts filled with amazing technology. Joshua N’Gon began to accept there was something odd about his family.  His best mates, Brick and Meena, thought he was special and so did his foster parents.  As a grade ‘C’ student, with a bizarre bracelet on his arm, a whizz with machines and a big brother who called him a freak, he didn’t feel special.  But there were evil corporations plotting with creatures from civilisations light years away who wanted the secrets only the Last Prince could provide.  Joshua and his friends embark on a journey of discovery and the closer they get to the extraordinary truth, the stranger and more dangerous it becomes for them and the planet.

The Last Prince is available as an eBook and paperback from Amazon UK and it’s on Goodreads too.

About the author: Anthony Hewitt (aka Anton Marks) was born in the U.K but grew up in Jamaica. He has always loved big adventure stories whether in film or books. This contemporary sci-fi thriller book marks his first steps into young reader storytelling. For more information, visit www.thelastprince.co.uk, or www.anton-marks.com, or chat to him on Twitter @AntonMarks.

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First impressions

I’m a big fan of YA books, I think they often tackle issues in a far more accessible and immediate way than a lot of adult fiction.  Another reason I wanted to read the Last Prince is because there are a very few YA books with young black lead characters.  The story switches between past and present, and also between Joshua and Kanu, the villainous scientist who was exiled from Alkebulahn for his crimes.  There’s plenty of attention to detail and focus on backstory, which really helps as the plots develop.

Joshua is a kind, thoughtful, loyal, and hugely talented young man and I loved the descriptions of his relationships with his foster family and friends.  The themes of friendship, bullying, and self-discovery are explored as Joshua’s gifts become more and more evident.  Some of the alien technology is amazing: arachnobots, mental data streams (“bees”), and a HUD.  I know this is a science fiction book but how cool would it be to have some of this in real life?

Would I recommend it?

There were a few annoying grammar and changing tense issues, and a chunk of random text was repeated at the end of a couple of chapters.  But that’s something for the book’s editors to address.  The story itself was gripping and thrilling and the alien African technology aspect was fascinating.

I hope I’ve intrigued you enough to investigate the Last Prince for yourself, and don’t forget to check out what my fellow Blog Tour reviewers thought of the book too – see below:

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Many thanks to Anthony Hewitt and Neverland Blog Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour, I really enjoyed the Last Prince and I’m looking forward to the next book in the trilogy now.

(This post contains some affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission at no cost to you if you make any book purchases using these links).

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corinne & kirsty
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This book goes completely out of the genre I usually read but I would not mind trying. Thanks for the review! xx corinne

Bexa
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I like the themes of friendship, bullying and self discovery which are addressed in this book. It sounds like a very interesting read. It’s not my usual kinda book but I’m always open to new suggestions, so thank you for the honest and helpful review Lisa! xx

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I am intrigued by this book! It sounds like a fantastic read and I certainly can’t predict what will happen, as you sometimes can from review posts! I agree about how YA books often tackle issues in more accessible ways than adult fiction, it’s something I have really come to love from the genre. Brilliant to have a young, black male lead as well, diversity in book characters is exceptionally important to make everyone feel represented. Let’s hope that the editor sorts the few remaining issues because on the whole, this sounds like something I’d certainly be interested to read!… Read more »

Lindsey
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I really enjoyed reading your review! I was also part of the tour and for the first time ever, had to post an excerpt instead because the book drove me mad. I really liked it was a young, male, black lead and the alien part of it was cool, but I just could not connect with any of the characters and found the language really jarring at times. This is a really positive review – I really like it!

Rachael
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Although this book doesn’t sound like my cup of tea I’m really glad you enjoyed it!
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Jessika @ Little Lookbook
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Sounds really intriguing! As a lover of both YA & sci-fi this is definitely a book I’m going to put on my to be read list xx

Lena Dee
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Lisa doll! I loved that you tackled the fact that there are few black lead characters. Times are changing and books from large creators need to tackle diversity more. I loved reading your review. This kind of reminds me of dark tower in a sense but I’d totes read it and I can quite see this as a movie! 😊🎥

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Sophie
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I really hate when you pick up on poor grammar in books! But the story line sounds really cool and unique!- https://sophiehearts.net x

Ms Via
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I loved reading you review. This book sounds interesting. I need to focus on reading more. Lately I have been a little busy with other things that reading has taken a back place. 🙂

Rebecca
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Great book review Lisa! I wouldn’t choose the genre usually but I’m always open to recommendations! Thanks for sharing xx.

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Jenny in Neverland
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Really glad you enjoyed this one, Lisa! And thanks again for taking part in the blog tour. It’s always so appreciated and you’re always welcome on any of my tours! <3

Bethany Jane
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I’m not usually into sci-fi type books as I get too confused, but perhaps a YA version is exactly what I need to start with! That’s awesome that the book features black lead characters too, there’s definitely not enough of that!
Beth x http://www.adventureandanxiety.com