Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 26, 2022
Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl is the first book in a globe-trotting adventure that combines high-tech wizardry, old-world legends and a little bit of magic.
Shinji Takahashi is just an ordinary kid. An ordinary homeschooled smart-alecky orphan kid being raised by his aunt Yui. But when a magical guardian decides to use him as a conduit to awaken its power, Shinji’s life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Captured by the menacing Hightower Corporation, which is bent on using the guardian’s magic for its own nefarious purposes, Shinji must team up with a brilliant young tech whiz named Lucy and her robot mouse, Tinker, to escape the Corporation’s evil clutches.
Together Shinji and Lucy turn to the venerable Society of Explorers and Adventurers and its ragtag cast of spelunkers, hackers, mapmakers, pilots, and mythology experts (among other things) to return the guardian to its rightful home and release Shinji from its magic—which seems to be draining his life force. Time is ticking, the Hightower Corporation is hot on their tail, and success or failure might depend on one small thing—Shinji finally coming around to the belief that he is anything but ordinary.
Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl is the first book in the middle grade fantasy adventure series called Society of Explorers and Adventurers by Julie Kagawa. This book was a ton of fun and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. If you are a fan of middle grade adventures, this is a must read.
Our main character, Shinji Takahashi is an orphan that soon finds himself captured by a mysterious and menacing corporation. It all starts when Shinji finds a magical object that binds itself to him and tattoos the Mark of the Coatl on his arm. I loved the high tech and magic blend woven throughout the story, as well as the fast paced adventure. The mark on his arm turns out to be a curse of sorts, and I fell right into the story beside Shinji as he tried to rid himself of the curse and figure out who he could trust along the way. This book was a ton of fun.
Julie Kagawa never fails to delight me with her storytelling. If you are a fan of quest based stories filled with magic, techy gadets, folklore and special artifacts, then Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl is a book that you do not want to miss!
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