I received Shanti and the Magic Mandala by F.T Camargo as a review copy from Bookr3vi3ws. Thank you, Debdatta, and the author for the same.
Shanti and the Magic Mandala is an adventure in which fantasy and reality are mingled. The book tells the story of six teenagers, from different religious and cultural origins and different parts of the world, who are mystically recruited to form two groups – one in the Northern Hemisphere, and one in the Southern. They eventually gather in Peru, and through a single alliance, begin a frantic chase for the sacred object that can stop the black magician’s final plan.
Fifteen year old Shanti lives with her father on the mezzanine above her aunt’s restaurant that her father is managing in New York City. They have migrated to the US from Mumbai two years ago. She loves archeology and her father wants her to do accounting. One night, when she is sleeping, she has a strange dream, Lord Krishna tells her that she is a girl with many gifts and that she has a different purpose in life. He tells her about a diamond sphere and a flute with a message, which is lying on their altar. She is asked to keep it safe and read it only when the time comes. She is also warned that there are certain forces which will try to pull her down and not let her get on with the mission. He also tells her that there are five more chosen teenagers like her who would join her in the mission; three of them would form the Northern Alliance and three, the southern Alliance. Both the Alliances would meet in due course of time. She is excited; she gets up and finds all that she had seen in her dream.
Sixteen year old Antonio, half Brazilian, half Italian has a similar experience. He is chased by a jaguar when he is out riding and pads him into a clearing and then Golden Eagle, an old man in a cave, gives him a cylindrical object and a sphere of the moon rock and tells him the same things that Shanti has been told.
Sixteen year old Nasir from New York is enchanted with astrology and his mother wants him to be a doctor. He works in his uncle’s computer store and is in Jordan on holiday when he meets a towering well-built man who tells him what Shanti and Antonio have been told and gives him a sapphire sphere and a little tube containing a manuscript with the instructions.
Fifteen year old Helena lives with her father in Brazil, she loves to play the violin and football. She has a godmother in Luiza. One day, she comes home and finds her father hanging with candles burning and Satan written in red on the wall. She is frightened and runs for help and stays with friends. She has faith in goddess Yemaja who tells her the same thing as Shanti and gives her a ruby sphere and a tube made of mother of pearl and gives her the same instructions.
Fifteen year old Itai lives in New York and is on a school trip to Jerusalem with his parents and the kids of the school where his father teaches. He immerses himself in adventure books, his Kabbalah studies, astrology and numerology and the mening of codes behind numbers. He is considered a nerd by his school friends. On the trip to Jerusalem, he is gifted a book by a book store owner and feels that the book emits a strong light.
Sixteen year old Tadao is addicted to technology but he is obsessed with learning more about ancient Egypt. Meditation is his passion. He is travelling on the night train from Cairo to Luxor when he meets Imad, who has been employed by autonomous archeologists searching for treasures. Next morning, he finds Imad murdered.
As per the instructions, both the alliances are to meet separately on 21st June, one in New York and the other in Rio de Janeiro and together on 10th July in Peru.
The circumstances bring them close to each other and then the mystery begins with animals being kidnapped, evil sacrifices and black magic.
Read on, I won’t tell you more……………
An interesting story with twists and turns and lots of action. I loved the way the author has introduced the characters one by one and then they all come together. The first chapter made me think, what next? Though they are from different cultural backgrounds, different countries and even different regions, they have the same mission. The scenes have been described so beautifully, that I could almost visualize them.
The story can be read by adults and teenagers alike and I am sure, it will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
I enjoyed the story thoroughly, I know you would too.
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