Friday, November 22, 2013

The Last Prince of Atlantis by Leonard Clifton

Title:  The Last Prince of Atlantis
Author:  Leonard Clifton
Published:  August 9th 2012 by Xlibris Corporation 
(first published January 30th 2012)
Page Count:  423
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Allen King is a 15 year old African American male teenager living in a blue collar family in Miami, Florida. Allen immediately discovers after finding a crystal necklace that he's an alien hybrid prince of ancient royalty. Suddenly things change as this shy teenager becomes a strong leader by having the power of telepathy and teleportation besides communicating with sea animals. Allen is aided by a beautiful young Greek goddess, two orphan teens and his boisterous uncle. Together while keeping the earth safe they fi ght Allen's immortal enemies as they try to restore his kingdom, the lost city of Atlantis.

My Review:

Clifton has developed a very imaginative storyline for this captivating tale with some extremely unique concepts. He has also presented a well-developed history and premise for the story. The story itself also has a smooth forward flow that keeps you entertained and fully immersed in the action. At the same time, the pace of the story differs based on the action/events at the time. It really highlights certain elements of the novel and plays with emotions nicely. The chapter titles instead of numbers also really set the mood and tone for each chapter.

I love the character names in this novel. Clifton walks the line between unique fantasy character names and easy to remember (and pronounce) names. It’s the perfect mix. His characters are also well-developed and approachable. Clifton turns a multicultural mix of characters into an interplanetary cast of characters. That said, the cast complements each other creating a well-rounded whole for the story. It is quite a large cast but each individual remains autonomous throughout. Also, the main character is thrust into situations that he could never have imagined and does a good job of growing into his role. Clifton also does an amazing job of portraying this growth in a natural light.

Overall, this is a well thought out and put together story that kept my attention and imagination peaked.

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