Shanti and the Magic Mandala by F.T. Camargo

Shanti and the Magic Mandala is a book filled with action that tells the story of six teens who are specially chosen to fight an evil force and restore order to the world.  The story is filled with the dreams and visions of the characters, with angels and gods guiding them on their adventure.  Shanti, Helena, Antonio, Nasir, Tadao, and Itai are the young people in the alliance that is formed, each of them from different cultural backgrounds. They are led to meet through supernatural visions and learn of their mission and of their identities in a past life where they were guardians of the planet. Soon the characters discover who their enemy is, a power hungry group called the Children of Satan, and quickly realize they have to do all that they can to stop them.

Shanti and the Magic Mandala is fast-paced, interesting, and holds the reader’s attention the whole way through-even more so in the second half of the book than the first.  There is a highly spiritual and supernatural element to the story that uniquely blends with the very realistic lives of the six teens.  The main characters are portrayed as likeable and courageous, which helps keep the reader wanting to see how they will overcome the challenges of their adventure. Though at times the book can be a little repetitive, and the blending of the characters’ religious backgrounds can feel somewhat forced, overall it is a captivating and fun story that is a good read for young adults.

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