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  • The Gatekeeper's Staff

  • TJ Young & The Orishas, Book 1
  • By: Antoine Bandele
  • Narrated by: Nekia Renee Martin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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The Gatekeeper's Staff

By: Antoine Bandele
Narrated by: Nekia Renee Martin
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Summary

TJ Young has been surrounded by magic his entire life, yet he has never tapped into it...until now.

Fourteen-year-old TJ grew up normal in a secret community of gifted diviners in the heart of modern-day Los Angeles. His powerful sister was ordained to lead his people into a new age of prosperity, but her mysterious death in Nigeria threatens to destroy the very foundations of TJ’s world.

Desperate to pick up where his sister left off and uncover the secrets behind her questionable death, TJ commits himself to unlocking the magical heritage that has always eluded him. So he enrolls in Camp Olosa—a remedial magic school for the divinely less-than-gifted in the humid swamps of New Orleans.

But little does he know, TJ is destined to cross paths with powerful spirits of old thought lost to time: The Orishas.

Delve into this young adult fantasy based on the mythology of the West African gods, where TJ will encounter unlikely allies, tough-as-gatorhide instructors, and the ancient secrets of the Orishas.

©2021 Antoine Bandele (P)2021 Antoine Bandele

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An incredible story for all ages

There's something about TJ's story that keeps me going back to read it, as well as the short stories connected to the universe. This is a coming of age mythology series I think everyone needs to read. If you enjoy Percy Jackson or Tristan Strong, you're going to love TJ Young more.

As someone who didn't know much of the Yoruba faith, or pickup basketball, I learnt a lot and experienced a world that feels real. The characters and their relationships are what kept me reading. TJ, Manny, Ayo, and even TJ's love for his sister Dayo, everything that happens feels earned and important.

Add to this, the audiobook is well read and gives this feeling of being IN the story for the music and sounds provided within it, helped by the brilliant narration by Nekia Renee.

If this isn't on your TBR/TBL (to be listened) yet, put it to the top.

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Really gripping book

Honestly, I can easily listen to this book again. I probably will 😂 it’s gripping but I wish there were more descriptions of each character - to help me visualise more!

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Yoruba speaking narrator will be beneficial

The reading would’ve been more interesting and informative if the narrator made more effort with how the Yoruba words are pronounced. probably a Yoruba speaking narrator will be better next time.

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awesome introduction to the Yoruba mythos

I loved this book and introduction the the world and life of TJ Young. As an African history enthusiast I'm always looking for stories that take deep inspiration from the continent. and Antoine's work does just that. The mystery, magic system and the character had me invested, I'll be definitely diving back into this world with the upcoming books.

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