ARC Review: Shanti and the Magic Mandala by: F.T. Camargo

Shanti and the Magic Mandala

Author: F.T. Camargo

Release Date: October 31, 2014

Publisher: Lodestone Books

Format: ARC E-Book (thank you Lodestone Books via Net Galley)

Rating:

Summary: 2 stars

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…

~My Thoughts~

I feel like I am the black sheep of this book. Why? Because all of the other ratings for this book have been four and five stars and I wish I could say mine was too however I just couldn’t get into it. I love the concept of the book. I loved that Shanti was Hindu and that I got to learn more about Hinduism. Antonio and his studies in transcoding life. A boy of the sign of cancer, protected by St. Francis of Assisi. Nasir being Jewish learning more about his culture. Helena who prayed to Yemanja, Queen of the sea, known as the Goddess of love and compassion. Hai who was Kabbalah, an ancient spiritual teaching from the Jewish mystical tradition. Tadao and his meditation and Egyptian background. That was all fascinating and I love to learn about different cultures and different traditions. I just felt like by 40% into the book It should have gone somewhere other then just introduce all these different characters. I was wondering when the story would take off and be this action filled prophecy mythology mystical book. But by this time I was tired of trying to get there.

~Final Thoughts~

I hate to give this book a low rating but for me it just was too slow. Now like I said I did like the characters and learning their different interests and cultures and traditions and faiths but I believe it could have been written better where there was action as they were introducing the characters to lead up to something amazing. Instead the only action I can recall while introducing a couple of the characters was Shanti’s dog getting stolen and then found only because the two or three of them were the first set of the alliance. It just wasn’t enough to keep me interested and keep it going.

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