The Windweaver’s Storm

An Old Gods Story

Narrated by Nekia Renee Martin
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Pub Date 19 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 08 Dec 2022
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Description

Never make a deal with a deity.

Promises with one are impossible to keep.

TJ Young spent last summer fighting to unlock the secrets behind his sister's mysterious death but found himself battling the magic of the ancient Orishas instead. And some of the answers he sought came with a promise he may not be able to keep: to dismantle new human construction on the coastline of Lagos, Nigeria by the start of spring.

But how does a teenager do away with decades of infrastructure in only half a year?

He’ll need to enlist the help of new allies, mortal and immortal alike. And thankfully, after surviving the grueling magical curriculum of Camp Olosa, he’s now headed to the most prestigious magic school in West Africa: Ifa Academy for Tomorrow’s Diviners.

But will that be enough as he prepares for what can only end in an all-out war between mortals and gods?

Find out in this young adult fantasy based on the mythology of West Africa, where TJ will encounter forgotten tales, mystical realms lost to time, and the ancient secrets of the Orishas.

Never make a deal with a deity.

Promises with one are impossible to keep.

TJ Young spent last summer fighting to unlock the secrets behind his sister's mysterious death but found himself battling the...


A Note From the Publisher

ISBN: 978-1-951905-20-0 (Ebook edition)
ISBN: 978-1-951905-21-7 (Paperback edition)
ISBN: 978-1-951905-22-4 (Hardback edition)

ISBN: 978-1-951905-20-0 (Ebook edition)
ISBN: 978-1-951905-21-7 (Paperback edition)
ISBN: 978-1-951905-22-4 (Hardback edition)


Advance Praise

"Returning to the world of TJ Young and the Orishas is like being enveloped in a warm, cozy hug. The Windweaver's Storm is an enchanting journey that combines inspiring characters, exquisite imagery, and meaningful relationships, all steeped in the beauty that is African mythology. Laugh, cry, and grow along with these heroes in this charming story."
—Jordan Fortuin, Goodreads Review

"So much of modern YA feels like it's written with adult characters in teenage bodies, but TJ feels like a teenager."
—Margaret Adelle Laupp, BookTuber

"One of the things I love most about this book is the voice—TJ feels authentically 14 and his struggles feel real. The West African setting is a refreshing and much-needed change from North American and UK-based novels."
—Allison Alexander, author of Thy Geekdom Come

"The pacing was strong, the character development was great, and the action was immersive. I'm very excited for Book 3."
—Azeem Duran, Bookstagrammer

"Being from the Yoruba Tribe, Nigeria, South Western Region of Africa, I am also thrilled by his accurate use of the Yoruba language, especially with the ‘Ami Ohun’ (pronunciation sounds/markings). This shows the writer did his research well."
—Ayo Makinde, Goodreads Review

"... Once the action starts, it does NOT stop."
—Marie Reed, author of Feathers of Snow

"One of my most anticipated new reads ... is finally here and let me say the important part first—it did not disappoint."|
—Equal Opportunity Reader, blog

"Returning to the world of TJ Young and the Orishas is like being enveloped in a warm, cozy hug. The Windweaver's Storm is an enchanting journey that combines inspiring characters, exquisite imagery...


Available Editions

EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781951905224
PRICE $15.99 (USD)
DURATION 19 Hours, 24 Minutes, 24 Seconds

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I found audiobooks good and characters developed and the book is fun of adventure magic, and culture

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This an entertaining (but long) audio fantasy book. TJ Young is in the midst of his magical schooling, is old enough to notice girls but not the confidence to deal with that, still grieving his sister’s death and on top of all of that is the middle of battling Orishas. This story is set in a modern day America and Africa. I haven’t read the first book, but had no difficulty picking up what was going on. Thank you to Bandele Books, the author Antoine Bandele and NetGalley for the audio ARC. The views expressed are all mine, freely given.

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I was excited to have the opportunity to return to the world of TJ young and I simply love that this book connects to book 1 but gives readers who may not have had the chance to join the adventure in the last book the ability to understand what is happening. One thing that makes this book so amazing is the relatability of the characters and their responses to the experiences they engage in. It often felt as though I was listening to a friend or narrating a situation myself.

Another thing that makes me excited about the series is the connection to Yoruba West African mythology. I have to admit as I read these books my world of knowledge is expanding with it.
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Never make a deal with a deity.
Promises with one are impossible to keep.

TJ Young spent last summer fighting to unlock the secrets behind his sister's mysterious death but found himself battling the magic of the ancient Orishas instead. And some of the answers he sought came with a promise he may not be able to keep: to dismantle new human construction on the coastline of Lagos, Nigeria by the start of spring.

But how does a teenager do away with decades of infrastructure in only half a year?

He’ll need to enlist the help of new allies, mortal and immortal alike. And thankfully, after surviving the grueling magical curriculum of Camp Olosa, he’s now headed to the most prestigious magic school in West Africa: Ifa Academy for Tomorrow’s Diviners.

But will that be enough as he prepares for what can only end in an all-out war between mortals and gods?

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I was given an audio version of this book on Netgalley in return for a honest review.

Wow! What an adventure! I loved the frist book. Just as in the frist book I have been introduced to yet more Yurba folklore and learned more about the Orishas.

I have loved every single moment of this read. Watching TJ and his friends grow and learn has been a fantastic experience. I can't wait for the next one. That's for sure!

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Just as good as the first one.

Loved going on another adventure with TJ and his crew. Just as action packed as the first and kept you hooked right from the start

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The Windweaver’s Storm: An Old Gods Story by Antoine Bandele is the second book in this series. I did not realize that when I first got approved so I went and read book 1 first. After finishing that I was more then eager to dive into book 2. Ty and his companions must battle the mystical foes while trying to be students. I love the relationship dynamics of the characters and that this book incorporates West African mythology. This book is fun and adventurous!
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I am the sole author of all of the opinions expressed in this review.

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Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the electronic review audiobook copy. I enjoyed the story, only later realizing that it’s book 2 in the series. I liked the plot, the action, and the pace with which the story moved along. Great series for middle grade audience that I would be sharing with my students and checking out book 1 for myself.

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The Windweaver's Storm picks up with TJ preparing to attend Ifa Academy for young dividers after a life changing summer and making an impossible promise that he's not sure he'll be able to fulfill.

I'm really glad I was able to get the audio for this book because it's a thick one but it's a great read. TJs adventures in this book are just as interesting as the first. I loved watching him navigate being in a new country along with all the awkwardness that comes with being a teenager. I really enjoyed detaching his friendship with Ayo grow more throughout this story. I was unsure how I'd feel about the love triangle situation but I ended up not minding it and I appreciated how it was able to add to the story. There's a great mix of adventure, friendships, and magic and the ending was not what I was expecting in the least. Definitely can't wait to see how TJ's story play out in the next book.

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