Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 3

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Multiethnic superhero saga reaches explosive conclusion.

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Educational Value

Readers learn about the ancient tradition of mystical warriors, but it's all fantasy. The emphasis here is on action.

Positive Messages

Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 3 emphasizes the importance of cultural heritage and loyalty to family. It also demonstrates that friends should be honest with each other.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elijah learns that, though he's not invulnerable, he has the strength and fortitude to prevail in the face of great danger. He relies on his friends to help him as he battles Sirach, and he learns that it's important to be vulnerable and honest with those he cares about.

Violence

The violent action is almost nonstop in Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 3. There are car chases, stabbings, gunplay, sword fights, and showdowns with mystical energy. There's little actual bloodshed, but a woman is impaled by a magical sword, and a young boy is killed in a battle.

Sex

Their mission over, Elijah and Sydney share a passionate kiss.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 3 brings the saga to a literally explosive conclusion. It is essentially one long fight scene, with nearly nonstop superhero action. There are car chases, stabbings, gunplay, sword fights, and showdowns with mystical energy. Though there is little actual bloodshed, a woman is impaled by a magical sword, and a young boy dies in a battle. There's no drinking, drugs, or strong language and only one kiss.

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What's the story?

It's the final showdown for Elijah Alexander, the last Mantamaji, as he faces off against Sirach, the villain who plans to open the Gates of Time and alter Earth's history. Luckily, Elijah has some powerful allies, including his police detective girlfriend, Sydney Sanchez, and Chonpin, leader of a band of warrior women. With his life on the line and the fate of the world in his hands, Elijah must overcome his need for vengeance and find the wisdom he's forgotten.

Is it any good?

LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI: BOOK 3 brings the multiethnic superhero saga to an explosive, if protracted, conclusion, as various factions face off in an apocalyptic, time-spanning battle. Unfortunately, it's sometimes difficult to follow exactly what's going on or why anybody has the upper hand at any particular moment. The characters also tend to deliver speeches more often than realistic dialogue.

Nevertheless, fans of the two earlier books will find the ending they've been hoping for, and readers looking for a diverse set of superheroes will find them here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about superheroes. Why do you think they're so popular in movies, games, and books and on television?

  • How accurately are minority characters portrayed in comic books and graphic novels? Why have there been so few multiethnic superhero teams?

  • If you could travel to the past, would you dare to attempt to alter the future?

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