When a book, with its blurb, promises both fantasy and adventure, it already intrigues me. Though I felt the cover could have been much better, it was the blurb which drew me into the novel, and that’s wonderful.
Six teenagers from different parts of the world come together, well, in order to save the world. Why these six? Well, they’re connected by their past lives and the events that transpired then. The six have come together to stop the Black Magician, but other than their unity, they are also helped by their differences. History is on the verge of repeating itself. But will the good that happened repeat itself too?
In a time when the concept of unity seems to be farcical, and threatened by even a slight difference of opinion, a plot that brings together teenagers from different parts of the world feels nice. Six youngsters of varied backgrounds, with no extraordinary superpowers, standing by each other when most required, and this being shown even with small examples. I liked how each character has been envisioned and built up through the novel. And the research and travel experience of the author is also seen quite well. The language is quite simple and enjoyable to read, and it makes it more engaging as well. What might not be as believable is that the protagonists seem to accept the challenge readily, as if on some level within, they already knew there was something special about themselves. That might be the case, of course.
I feel this is a book that both children and adults can enjoy reading, so an age frame is not necessary. And it is a book I’d read for the joy of seeing differences fade away in the face of imminent danger.
|Title: Shanti and the Magic Mandala|
|Author: F.T. Camargo||Genre: Fantasy/Adventure|
|ISBN/ASIN: B00NQGOL5U||Publisher: Lodestone Books|
(© 29th November 2015)