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Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite
JR Green's Mintikwa and the Underwater Panther is a story about a unique young boy named Mintikwa who came from a special village. The people who live here are believed to be the last humans of the sixth world. Food has become scarce, and the people are slowly preparing for the inevitable war with the soulless. The young people from their village go through a rite of passage where they receive their rightful totem to know whether they are meant to become a warrior or something else. Mintikwa's rite of passage is slowly approaching, and to avoid being pulled into a war he was not meant for, his uncle sends him on a much greater and more dangerous mission where he will seek visions in the wilds and find his true totem. The last person to have gone vision seeking lost his mind. Will Mintikwa be successful in this dangerous endeavor?
Mintikwa and the Underwater Panther by JR Green is an engaging and moderately-paced story filled with exciting adventure. The story had me in its grip from the very first chapter. The plot surprised and intrigued me, providing unexpected plot twists that had me hooked for the rest of the ride. I felt I was with Mintikwa as he faced the dangers of his mission. Aside from the intricate plot, the characters are well-rounded and are the foundation that pulled the story together. One of the characters that caught my eye is Willow, who proved she was not a damsel-in-distress and could handle herself no matter the situation. She is truly amazing and strong-willed, and I feel she suits Mintikwa perfectly. Mintikwa is kindhearted and is willing to understand everyone, including the ones who would try to harm him. This is what makes him stand out from the rest. His actions spoke of bravery and steadfast determination. I admire him for his decisiveness and kind heart despite the difficult situations he must face. Overall, this story is astounding and well-written. I truly can't wait for the next book!