About the Book
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 Orishas, where TJ will encounter unlikely allies, tough-as-gatorhide instructors, and the ancient secrets of the orishas.
When I came by this book at first it sounded interesting, I don’t see many that actually portrait anything from African or Nigerian culture, so that was a hook for me.
Something I liked was that it had this feeling of knowing yourself even when you’re not in your roots, but you keep them and teach your children with it and it gave me that cozy family union feeling.
I liked that it try to imbued more mysticism too into our world, we have lost our ways in our own mythos and live lessons that the peoples of the world knew so well in the past, I do believe every tale has its value.
I will be realistic, the names were so hard on me because it’s not what we are accustomed to, but I loved to learn a little more of this incredible culture and it’s tongue that way.
TJ our protagonist had so wonderful a development actually, we could all learn from him, he had a pretty decent relationship with his family, at that age everything seems more awkward I know.
One thing that I got away from the characters it’s that we can’t always or mostly never should judge others we don’t really know where they are coming from and what hardships they had gone through even if it doesn’t show, we should be humble and learn to respect one another.
I did like the Keepers vs Diviners power plot, it was actually interesting for this, and it get an interesting onlook on some of the older legends in Nigerian culture, their Gods or Orishas and the place they have in the world.
One thing that made it for me in this regard was Old Sally, she was so fun.
I did get some of the dynamics on this book, we have a little coming of age, friendship, the insecurities of adolescence, it’s pretty interesting, I do think it was very well balanced between the fantasy and the everyday problems a lot of us actually goes through.
One thing I found interesting was the how everyone deals with grief differently in this one, and it actually happens like that every person has its way to cope with this things.
The ending wasn’t at all what I expected it to be, but it was so cool, I mean at the end this friends did have the adventures of their lives, and most probably will keep having them in the future hopefully.
The how everything came together at the end was very organic and felt so right at that moment, really it was a great read.
About the author
He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his girlfriend, where he produces work on YouTube for his own channel and others, such as JustKiddingFilms, Fanalysis, and more. During the summer he is a camp counselor. Whenever he has the time he’s writing his debut series: Tales from Esowon.
If there is one thing that encompasses my life so far, one theme, it would be the pursuit of art. Whether I’m writing, drawing, editing or otherwise (though I really wish I had a talent for music), I’ve always been drawn to crafting art. That’s all I’m really about when it comes right down to the bare bones, everything stripped away. I’m fueled by creating make-believe, letting my imagination take me to wonderful worlds filled with characters who speak to my inner muse.
About the Book
What happens when a deity needs a human body?
They go to the source, of course.
Eshu the Trickster needs a mortal form for his mischievous plans, but the only other Orisha who can help him swore off the practice ages ago.
It will take careful scheming to convince the Original Architect to come out of retirement. Any misstep and Eshu will be thrown from the Sky Realm.
What’s worse, Eshu hasn’t visited the heavens for several centuries. Would his former comrade even be the same? How can Eshu persuade someone he barely knows anymore?
Find out in this prequel short story to The Gatekeeper’s Staff, a young adult fantasy based on the West African mythology of the Orishas.
This one was a very fast read, on audiobook it’s just 30 minutes, but it was pretty interesting.
I liked to knew a little more about this gods, specially Eshu and the actual events that happened a little before of the first book with TJ and friends.
I do think he has a very interesting curiosity about humans and technology that seems to be pushing him to do all this but I found that cool.