Shanti and the Magic Mandala Paperback – Import, 31 Oct 2014
About the Author
F.T. Camargo is an award-winning architect and published travel writer. An animal lover, he is a student of Kabbalah and a devotee of yoga and meditation. He lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Top Customer Reviews
The first thing that caught my attention was the multicultural aspect of the book. And of course the fact that Shanti, one of the protagonists, is an Indian also helped :) The author has done a magnificent job of developing six very different characters that are really the shining stars of the book. Each character retains their individuality and originality all the while making up a single unit with their rhythm. It was way too easy to like them and root for them. The plot in itself had some twists to offer along with some action, adventure and beautiful settings to its readers. While most of the twists were predictable for me, I enjoyed reading the parts about Atlantis. F.T. Camargo has an appealing style of storytelling which was perfect for my tastes. The only thing that I did not like so much was the fact how readily the teens accepted the whole thing. These days the kids are getting more and more inquisitive and tend to question everything. So it was a bit of a downer to see that most of them readily accepted their destinies.
The book sure offers a lot of hope to its readers.Read more ›
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Shanti is not alone and as other teenagers are initiated into the ways of sacred wisdom by supernatural beings and magical books, the reader soon discovers that a small group of young people will stand beside Shanti in a battle to defeat the ancient black magic that survives from Atlantis and threatens the world. None of the group are super-heros, they are ordinary young men and women from diverse cultures and of different faiths, united only by their compassion and bravery, well, and the fact that originally they came from another planet.
As the black magicians gather force, the group risk their lives to dog their steps, thwart their intended evil sacrifices and prepare for an ancient battle between good and evil which sweeps the reader right along with it. A fabulous read!
He has the young people travel all over the world and each young person comes from different parts of the world. You know the author has traveled to each one of these places by the way he thoroughly describes each place.
It's an exciting book and it has adventure, mystery and it's a very upbeat book. Something we need! Although the book is listed as YA, I found as an adult this book is excellent reading for both.
Seeing how the YA market has exploded and also realizing that many YA books are also for adults.
I highly recommend this book!
Creating a world where people of every race and religion work together and get along most would think is pure fantasy. Living together without the threat of a terrorist attack fiction. Shanti a young girl living in New York, wants more for her life than just living in her new home. Exploring the world, traveling and wanting to do something important for humanity is just part of her goals and that of five others that she is going to meet. A vision that comes to her in a dream from the god Krishna enlightens her. Explaining that she is really from another world, another place called Sirius and was sent here for a special purpose will lead readers to learn that Shanti is about to undergo a great adventure. Shanti envisions herself going off to a foreign land, at the right time to join several others forming what the Krishna called the Northern Alliance and eventually meet others from the Southern Alliance joining forces in Peru. Oddly enough Shanti’s school is sponsoring a program for students in Peru and Shanti hopes to be chosen. Having this outer body experience and wondering just where this would go becomes an obsession for Shanti. Learning that she once fought in Atlantis to obliterate experiments being done with animals and stopping The Black Magicians. In the future she will team up with two others and meet in New York to form this Northern Alliance and then three more forming the Southern Alliance as the author introduces each of the of five characters in unique way. Each one of the six meets their spiritual guide receiving two special pieces of information that will guide them. One is a scroll with instructions and the second a special stone. Earth from so great a distance and different time periods is to protect our animals from what a Satanic Group has planned for them. Sacrificing these animals for their own purpose and cause we hear their voices explaining that they want to take over the world in many different ways and hope to begin their quest on the night of the Great Eclipse.
Six young adults each from another country and whose values and religions are different yet they meld together and blend as one. Shanti, Nasir and Itai are going to form the Northern Alliance as the author weaves their stories into one. Relating the events that lead up to their trip to Peru in order to create an alliance for world peace we find these three in dire danger at times. When Max, Shanti’s dog is kidnapped she is fortunate that Nasir and Itai are there to help rescue him. Seeing a strange man on the way to school who threatens every being has kept her and the others on alert knowing that someone is out to stop what they have planned to do. Smart, creative and astute the three ban together when they learn the identity of this group, the powerful people behind it and the end result of what they plan to do and why. Shanti was told she came from Atlantic and fought these evil members of darkness. Each one has their own spiritual guide and each one will be kept safe and protected by them from the black magicians. Antonio, Helena and Tadao form the Southern Alliance and when all six join forces in Peru will they be able to stop what these evil Children of Satan started?
Itai studies the Kabbalah and can connect with animals as can Shanti. Are they part of another plan? Nasir prays to Allah each day, works in his uncle’s computer store, enjoys sleeping there having a special space for his own and Shanti has a special affinity for animals. Helena a young African-Brazilian girl is the first one in the Southern Alliance that we meet. We also meet someone quite dangerous named Claudiney, one of the Children of Satan who would require people to pay a tithe in order to finance the Lord’s Work. But, what he was really doing was something evil. As Helena’s story is told and we meet her father and a woman named Tereza, tragedy strikes, her home goes up in flames and Helena’s life is about to change. An Angel would approach her and Helena would find herself in the Kingdom of the Sixth Ray and meeting Uriel, her archangel. Her mission not yet revealed but a scroll with instructions given and a special ruby stone. Tadao is the second in the Southern Alliance and he comes from Egypt. Each one of these young people has some power within that will help complete their mission. But, before he receives his mission Tadao is approached by someone who has taken his new and closest friend, Imad and left him a deadly message from the Children of Satan.
Two forces one trying to create world peace and the other world domination for their own good. Antonio comes from Southern Brazil and his vision comes in the form of a red jaguar that he communicates with telepathically. Golden Eagle is his spiritual guide and he explains to Antonio that he was a member of Sirius and Sirius Delta Capa Federation who worked on “the energetic study of souls that would unfold on the exile planets and colonial worlds, as was the case of planet Earth.” There was much more that was explained but since the mission is to be secret the information will remain within pages 41-43. But, first the author shares two things that Antonio receives in order to proceed: A special cylinder of Pau-Brazil's wood which hides the map needed for the mission and the information to proceed. The second is a sphere of moon rock. Each of the six receives something that when the mission is about to unfold and the final scene arrives all of the pieces fit together inside a magical mandala that controls it all.
Finding their way to New York, Rio and then to Peru they encounter many obstacles. Each one finds themselves face to face with adversaries from the Children Of Satan as the author reveals in Chapter 14 exactly what these people are planning. Blood sacrifices of animals and humans in order to complete their mission and take over the world. Black Magic observed and recorded by Nasir. Here the voice of one man as he says: July 8th is the day of the great eclipse. The gates will finally be opened after the sacrifice offered by us to the darkness.” Their goal is to make humanity in his words “vulnerable.” He wants people divided, weak and not able to resist. Scary, true and will the six be able to unleash their own magical powers and win?
Within each remaining chapter the six devise their own plan, visit many historical places that the author vividly researched and describes and in Part 3 the alliances unify, the dispute begins and the forces on both sides react. Shanti is special and readers will learn just what her name means in relation to the past as the author brilliantly takes us to where these characters originated from allows us to get to know their true identities and then brings us back to the present to confront the enemy.
When Shanti is kidnapped the other five go into action to save her from what the Children of Satan have planned. Each one using one of the six stones given including Shanti’s and a Zodiac Mandala that holds the magical key to their success. But, will they save Shanti in time from the dagger that is hovering over her body? Will they be able to destroy the dark forces? Six young adults from different countries working as one in order to lift the darkness connect with the light and create peace. But, can they overcome what has been set in motion? What will happen if they fail?
What is the Mandala made of and how does it relate to the sun? Unified, working as one amazing isn’t it that six young adults from different countries can come together as friends for a common cause yet in reality and in the real world can we learn a lesson from them in world unity? Friendship, trust, betrayals, honesty, allegiance and world peace are just some of the themes that students even in middle school can learn from reading this book. However, some might find some of the scenes graphic yet I feel this book is a great learning tool. What’s next for these six? Find out if the author brings them back.