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The Gatekeeper's Staff: An Old Gods Story (TJ Young & The Orishas) Tapa blanda – 25 mayo 2021
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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.
Detalles del producto
- Editorial : Antoine Bandele (25 mayo 2021)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tapa blanda : 416 páginas
- ISBN-10 : 1951905164
- ISBN-13 : 978-1951905163
- Edad de lectura : 13 - 18 años
- Peso del producto : 526 g
- Dimensiones : 13.97 x 2.64 x 21.59 cm
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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.
If this isn't on your TBR yet, put it to the top.
Now, TJ is accepted at Camp Olosa where he must learn to be a better diviner and find allies who can help him uncover the mystery behind his sister's death.
When I tell you this book is awesome, I mean it. Diving into West African mythology, this story is weaved to perfection by the rich culture, lovable and relatable characters along with a super engaging plot that'll leave you shook.
Plot twists ☑️
Strong friendships ☑️
Character development ☑️
Awkward teen moments ☑️
This story has it all.
World Building: it's our world, but with secret magic. I liked how it all worked together and learning about the different cultures' magical histories and practices a bit. We obviously follow diviner aka: Orisha magic more heavily, and that was fun to learn more about as well.
Writing Style/Authorial Voice: considering I haven't been connecting with young adult recently, and I rarely ever connect with new middle grade, and I REALLY enjoyed this... I'd say that I enjoyed the writing style!
Plot/Pacing: great pacing - very quick and attention-keeping. The plot made sense to me and there were various things happening but not so much that it became confusing (nor would likely be too confusing for a kid).
Themes: friendship - standing up for yourself and others - finding out who you truly are - being brave and making sacrifices in order to save others
Good Time?: a very good time! I was expecting to find the writing high quality and all of that, as I'm familiar with Antoine Bandele's work, but I was a bit nervous that I wouldn't looooove it since it's YA... but I was very pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had reading this and how much I enjoyed my time with it. Will continue the series with enthusiasm, for sure!
I can't wait to read TJ's next adventure and find out who and what he will encounter next!