Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen for LAST GATE OF THE EMPEROR

Loyalty is so so excited to welcome Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen in conversation for Last Gate of the Emperor! This event is free to attend and will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event. You can also order the book below to be added to the registration list, and there will be an option to get the book during the event. Signed bookplates available (while supplies last)!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

KWAME MBALIA is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. He is the author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, a Coretta Scott King Honor book. He lives with his family in North Carolina. Visit him online at kwamembalia.com.

PRINCE JOEL MAKONNEN is the great-grandson of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia. He is an attorney and the co-founder of Old World/New World, a media and entertainment company focused on telling powerful African stories that inspire global audiences through film, TV and books. He lives with his wife, Ariana, in Los Angeles. 

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 6:00pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338665857
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 4th, 2021

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368042383
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 6th, 2020

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Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood Cover Image
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780593379936
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