- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Lodestone Books (31 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782795006
- ISBN-13: 978-1782795001
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.9 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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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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. At a time when people are still discriminating each other on the basis of race, culture, skin tone, caste and mostly RELIGION, this book offers us hope. If those kids could come together, surely we all can? Or maybe that is the difference between fiction and reality – Hope!
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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!
There is much that is good about this book. I am always thrilled when I see lit for young people showing how multiculturalism is a very good thing. This book goes one step beyond though. Each of the kids in spiritual in their own way and deeply involved in one of the world’s ancient major religions. The author has done a fantastic job of demonstrating that following the basic tenets of one religion doesn’t preclude respect for other religions and when stripped down to basic tenets, they are not so different. In today’s culture of extreme prejudice it is a welcome story line. I did have an issue with the name of the opposing organization, since it focused on only one of those religions. I felt that since we were dealing with an ancient cult, so to speak, that a more generalized term would have worked better.
The story is definitely unique and offered many interesting twists and turns as we followed the kids on their adventures around the world. Still, I think at times the author tried to add too much to the story. It may have benefited from being a series of books. There were story lines that could have used some expansion or explanation. For instance Shanti has an affinity with dogs, yet when the dogs are rescued she is outside. It was never fully explained why Helena’s experience was so much more tragic than the rest of the kids. By contrast Antonio would have seemed to on just be a fun vacation. Also, the plot line with Shanti’s teacher started beautifully and then just seemed to become nothing more than a convenient plot device that coincidentally tied together at the end with Helena’s godmother, who quite frankly seemed like she should played a greater part in the story as well the way she was set up in the beginning of Helena’s story.
For all that the story left me wanting for just a bit more, I really enjoyed reading it and sharing the adventures with these kids.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review