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Evolved Publishing presents a wild journey to a sister planet of Earth, in "The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich. [YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi]

Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father... when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to ...

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Evolved Publishing presents a wild journey to a sister planet of Earth, in "The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich. [YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi]

Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father... when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to become dictator of this world (and then Earth by proxy).

His father, Biskara, is an evil celestial entity, tracked by the Assembly with an armillary device, The Silver Sphere. With the Assembly now deposed, Biskara directs Malefic and the Nightlanders to their strategic targets. Unless....

Can Shelby find the other Kin, and develop courage and combat skills? Can the Kin reassemble in time to release or replace the Assembly, overthrowing Malefic and restraining Biskara?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781622536016
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/19/2012
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    A geek to the core, I surround myself with books in the Fantasy

    A geek to the core, I surround myself with books in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres. A total Potter head, Hunger Games fanatic, Lord of the Rings Fan-girl... These types of collections I must always have in hard cover. Give me extras!!! Collectors editions, maps, illustrations, posters, calendars, replicas.... I know, I know. What is the point of all this hubbub? My point is simply this... The Silver Sphere has made the ranks with some of my all time favorite books!

    While the story has some similarities to other greats like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, it is a story all its own. Its fresh and exciting. The main characters are wonderful and diverse, and the book has a little bit of everything to go along with them. While a YA novel, Silver Sphere is the kind of story that will suck readers in across the board the way Harry Potter and Hunger Games have. A wonderfully written edge of your seat story, Dadich gives you action, adventure, romance, suspense, friendship, struggle, truth....

    The Silver Sphere could and should be the next big classic to reach millions of readers looking for there next world to get lost in. I know that any person with a love for reading, particularly those who enjoy fantasy and sci-fi, will fall in love with this book the way I have.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

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    This book ROCKED, Seriously!! It is so full of action & adve

    This book ROCKED, Seriously!! It is so full of action & adventure that I literally could not put the book down! The plot was so engaging and unique! The characters were so well written that you can not help but root for them! There are some really interesting creatures as well! I highly recommend this book to young and old alike..you will not be disappointed! It is one of my favorite YA books! I am eagerly awaiting book 2!!

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    Reviewed by: Juliet Farmer, Hollywood Book Reviews If you recei

    Reviewed by: Juliet Farmer, Hollywood Book Reviews

    If you received the cryptic message, “You are needed,” how might you respond? In the mind of author Michael Dadich, six teens heed that call, in the process entering a world in which the fate of Earth and Azimuth, some 200 light years from Earth, hang in the balance.  Taking a page from the age-old battle of good against evil, The Silver Sphere offers an alternate world in which the devil goes by another name (Biskara), yet he and his son Maletic possess a recognizable agenda—destruction of all that is good. 
    The planet Azimuth, accessible through portals in Earthly places like a local high school library, is a place that blends past, present and future. It’s a place where the Stock Market is called The Square, and where coogles are traded and saved for retirement (known as solitude savings). It’s a place where the popular handgun—the hand-cannon—can only be shot by its owner because it’s operated via handprint (thus eliminating a lot of Earthly handgun issues).  Inhabitants of Azimuth’s dominant country, Meridia, dress in garb similar to the days of King Arthur, and for fun, Meridians gather ‘round the hologram and live-action role play Dire Conflict.
    In Dadich’s fantastical Azimuth, The Cark Woods are filled with creative and sometimes dangerous beings, the result of Earth creatures interbreeding with those of Azimuth.  Howls are highly intelligent and easily trainable birds with owl bodies and hawk heads; Disembowelers are hyena-headed and armed (literally) with multiple appendages wielding knife-like claws; Baku is a dream-eating creature with the head of a lion, a stallion’s body, paws of a tiger and brilliant golden eyes; and Wishpoosh are river-dwelling, man-eating, beaver-like things just waiting take a bite out of unsuspecting passersby. (The Silver Sphere includes artistic renderings of the incredible creatures described in its pages, which allows for increased reader immersion.)
    The field of The Silver Sphere is full of protagonists, among them the six teenage Kin, including abandoned and abused Shelby, lonely orphan Zach, and isolated and quiet Emily.  (Note: There are numerous POV characters introduced in The Silver Sphere; while Dadich does a good job of laying the foundation for the Kin Chronicles, hopefully subsequent books will allow for deeper character development.) As the story goes, each Kin is linked to a member of the Aulic Assembly (the governing body of Meridia) and shares a close bond that allows for telepathic communication with said Assembly member. While five of the six Kin reach Azmuth according to plan (meaning they are intercepted by the aptly-named Interceptors on the other side of a portal), Zach’s ride is a bit bumpier and he undertakes his own journey to find his fellow Kin. 
    As all six Kin adapt to their new surroundings, they are helped by natives including Axel Throg, Blunderbuss, the Bogmen, the Centurions, the Fugues (guardians of the Silver Sphere) and the Battleswine.  Of course, every hero’s path is not without its obstacles, and in this case, the Kin’s obstacles include the zombie-like Green-Teeth, the shrouded Gray-Cloak demons, evil army The Nightlanders, and the near-extinct part-lion part-man Manticore. During the Kin’s journey through the lands of Azimuth, they confront not only a new strange land, but also their own pasts, presents and futures, all as they strive to reach the Silver Sphere. 
    The Silver Sphere, through a magical planet and a thrilling journey, makes a case that every one of us has the potential to correctly answer the call, “You are needed.” While readers of all ages are sure to delight in The Silver Sphere, this first installment in the Kin Chronicles will particularly appeal to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy, “Game of Thrones,” and author C.S. Lewis.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

         The Silver Sphere, by Michael Dadich, is a Young Adult Sci-

         The Silver Sphere, by Michael Dadich, is a Young Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy that takes you on a journey to another planet.  On earth, Shelby is a regular child with a troubled father with a drinking problem.  When Shelby attempts to hide from her father, she steps into a closet and is transported to a whole different world.  Zack is also a regular child who ends up transported to this new and exciting world, but unlike Shelby, there is no one there to meet Zack and help him find his way to the Kin.  Zack ends up adventuring the world on his own for a while until he meets Throg.  Throg helps Zach find his way to the Kin.  In this world, Shelby and Zack are no longer a child, she is part of a group known as the Kin who are supposed to save the world, and the Assembly from Biskara and his servant Malefec.  Once they save the Assembly, they are to find the Silver Sphere, which will help them find the truth seekers, who will then help them save the world. 
         I absolutely loved this book.  The author did an amazing job at building up his characters, as well as this new and unknown world.  There were so many twists, turns and surprises that it really keeps you guessing.  I simply could not put this book down!  I really hope that there is a second book to this amazing first.  I highly recommend this to those that enjoy this genre, as it is now at the top of my favorites list.  Great job to the author!  I will be looking forward to reading more from Dadich.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    "The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich is the first vol

    "The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich is the first volume in a forthcoming (at least, it better be!) series of Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi books. Six American teenagers are transported through a portal to a planet somewhere in the sky above our Southern Hemisphere—a land they soon learn is their actual birthright and which they have been called upon to save from destruction by evil forces. It is a world similar to Earth "but skewed." Fortunately, these Kin are endowed with the remarkable skills required to fight both the real and the fantastic. When one of the boys is handed a sword and demurs that he has never held one before, he is told, "Don't worry. We've all lived other lives." And there is a marvelous virtual battle featuring a holographic Minotaur early in the book that sets the scene for, well, the marvelous.

    This is a book that requires some trust on the part of the reader. Azimuth is a place teeming with strange species, wild spaces, friends and foes, and neither you nor the Kin are given much time to adapt. (We are trying to save the world here.) The author has provided a Glossary at the end of the book and as the cast is large and initially somewhat confusing, don't be a snob about using it. One quick flip to the back and you're on track again.

    Some of the characters are fully developed; some are merely sketched in. There is a young man named Nick Casey whom we only touch base with briefly, yet we are certain that he is important. I think we can be confident that the author will (at least, he'd better!) develop this role in later books. And some of the "skewed" things take a bit of adjusting to, e.g. advanced military technology is banned on Azimuth, but there is a sophisticated celestial force that can be called upon to come to the defense of the good.

    There are ancient legendary creatures on Azimuth like the manticore and pegasi, and there are others that resemble the supernatural spirits in more recent fantasy writing. Because many of the travel books from the Middle Ages—particularly those very popular ones about a fabled and far away land ruled by a king named Prester John— recount just such creatures, it seems quite fitting to set them down in this armor-wearing, warhorse-bearing, world.

    It is an old tradition of story telling, and one we should be pleased that modern young people enjoy. Add to that the accomplished writing and editing in "The Silver Sphere" and it would be impossible not to recommend it highly.



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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    The story begins with Shelby escaping to the library to get away

    The story begins with Shelby escaping to the library to get away from her alcoholic father. Once there she receives a message on a computer screen telling her to go to the janitor’s closet. So she does and gets transported to another world where she meets up with others like her from different walks of life; who are al known as the Kin.

    Zach is another teenager who gets transported to the same world after receiving the same cryptic message. However, he doesn’t get met by the one who is supposed to take him to the other Kin and ends up wandering. Eventually Zach meets a man named Throg who helps him find the other Kin and navigate this new world.

    It turns out that Shelby, Zach, and the others are known as the Kin, counterparts to the Assembly who are supposed to help save the world from Biskara (Satan) and his servant Malefec. The Assembly had been kidnapped by Malefec and that is why the Kin were summoned. Together they travel the world to find the Assembly and rescue them. Then they have to find the Silver Sphere, an object that allows them to contact the Truth Seekers (people who are to help them save the world).

    After the Kin find the Assemble and the Sphere, a big battle is raged against Malefec, but he escapes; an allude to the next book in the series. Then all of the Kin, but one are sent hom and Shelby ends up with a couple of pleasant surprises.

    The story is engaging and fast paced. Very easy to read. It keeps your interest the entire time and was difficult to put down. My only complaint is that there were a lot of characters and I had a little difficulty keeping them straight. Maybe that’s just me. But otherwise, I enjoyed the book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    With all the fantasy books out there, it's hard to find a good o

    With all the fantasy books out there, it's hard to find a good one that can stand up to the major series like Harry Potter or Hunger Games. Silver Sphere had enough excitement and fantasy that it could easily be powerful enough to be on the popular fantasy book list. 




    Six kids are magically transported to the planet Azimuth where they learn what it means to be a Kin to an Assembly member. Of course Malefic has evil plans that are always getting int he way. The goal is to save the world and stop all corruption. 




    The author does an amazing job at working the reader into the other world. While reading the book, I couldn't be sure what was going to happen next. It was completely unpredictable, which is always hard to find in a book, especially fantasy stories. 




    Every character in this book had so much depth and illustration that I could clearly imagine what sort of person everyone was. Shelby of course was my favorite character, she is a little lost at moments but it never changes how strong of a character she is all throughout the book. I felt everything the characters felt from fear to joy and everything in-between. 




    The imagination that the author has for some of the characters is truly amazing, it didn't resemble any other book to where it felt repetitive. Each character seemed original and unique to any other fantasy books I've read before, which is always so refreshing. 




    The only negative comment that I have towards this book is that the names of the creatures, and places were hard to read. I ended up making up my own words for the words that I wasn't sure on the pronunciation. It definitely wasn't too much of a big deal for me since it really did not change the way I felt about the story as a whole. 




    The climactic build up towards the end of the book, kept me wide eyed and on the edge of my seat. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The ending made me cringe with disappointment that there weren't any more pages to read. I hope this book might turn into a series, it just can't stop here! Of course, I give this book 5/5. 

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

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    Shelby Pardow doesn¿t have the easiest life, her father is abusi

    Shelby Pardow doesn’t have the easiest life, her father is abusive and her mother is long gone. Shelby uses the library as her escape, one day she is at one of the computer when she gets an incoming massage that reads: You Are Needed. She is soon transported to Azimuth where it turns out she is Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members who are imprisoned by an evil warlord. Shelby with the help of the other Kin will soon be thrust head first into a battle to stop Malefic once and for all. 




    This is one of those novels that I just could not put down. From the beginning Michael Dadich displays a phenomenal ability to involve the reader into the storyline with an emotional entrance into the novel as Shelby’s father is tormenting her through to the transformation she undergoes as the story progresses. Not only does the author pull you in emotionally but he also creates some highly unique creatures as well as the setting of the book making each scene more fascinating than the next. I certainly had a lot of fun reviewing this book and I look forward to seeing what Michael Dadich will come up with next. 
    I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review. 

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    Michael pens "The Silver Sphere" in an original, uniqu

    Michael pens "The Silver Sphere" in an original, unique plot that is fast paced, action packed, filled with twists and turns. His characters were very well developed and the "creatures" so interesting that it kept my attention from the beginning. Highly recommended for all YA and adult fantasy sci-fi fans 

    *5 Star rating*


    This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

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    Adventure, Fantasy, Kin, Sphere Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 16)

    Adventure, Fantasy, Kin, Sphere

    Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 16) for Reader Views (7/13)

    “The Silver Sphere” by Michael Dadich is the story of six children, or kin, who are psychically linked to a powerful group of individuals called the Aulic Assembly. The Assembly has the power to activate a mystical object know as The Silver Sphere which allows them to track the movements of the evil Biskara. Yet when the Assembly goes missing, only the kin can save them and save the world of Azimuth. Will the kin be able to find the Assembly members before it’s too late?

    Suddenly taken from their homes, the kin had to quickly adjust to their new lives in Azimuth. Due to their psychic links to the members of the Aulic Assembly, the kin quickly became proficient with the weapons that they had to use to battle the evil minions of Biskara. Will the kin be able to use their new skills to rescue the Assembly, or will the world fall into darkness?

    This book included a lot of fast-paced and fun action sequences and entertaining fantasy creatures. The book had a wide variety of very original fantasy creatures such as the Battleswine, a violent humanoid boar species that joined forces with the kin to battle Biskara. The book also had a lot of the more beloved and typical fantasy creatures such as evil witches.

    This was the author’s first book and a great first try. However, the plot in regard to the villains was rather weak. There were a number of instances where a character would become practically invulnerable unless it benefitted the plot to have him injured. There was very little back story to the villains or the Aulic Assembly. The technology levels of Azimuth were rather inconsistent; they had access to laser blasters, yet used primitive weapons such as swords and battleaxes. The author mentioned that the inhabitants of Azimuth had chosen to live without higher technology, but his explanation was lacking and not completely believable.

    I would recommend “The Silver Sphere” by Michael Dadich to people who like fantasy and adventure books. This book is the first in a series called “The Kin Chronicles.” I look forward to forward to reading more from this author as he perfects his style.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    The Silver Sphere is a fast-paced action-adventure with a cast o

    The Silver Sphere is a fast-paced action-adventure with a cast of many likeable characters that experience magic, teen angst, surprising destinies, and

    big spaceships! Earth's sister-world Azimuth has both magic and advanced technology, and becomes the arena where good and evil forces square off.

    This first book of the Kin Chronicles provides its intended YA audience with a rich world to start a very interesting series.

    Reading Michael Dadich's book was like watching a Michael Bay movie - action from the start, with pauses just long enough for me to catch my breath

    before the action started again. Unlike Michael Bay movies, the action didn't all come from dramatic explosions - the author mixes it up by introducing

    lots of characters to keep track of, gave me three levels to view the battle from, and inserted surprise twists in some characters' back stories with

    implications in the battle to come. Keeping track of The Kin alone kept me very engaged - there are six members of the Aulic Assembly, which meant

    six counterpart Kin. How they were summoned, how they got to Azimuth, what powers they developed, how they finally met each other and how they

    fought for Azimuth - that's plenty for a reader to keep track of. But the Kin were only fighting the ground battle - there was a starship housing the United

    Forces's Star Darts that should have attacked the enemy from the air, and then there were the Truth Seekers - allies in the Spiritual plane contacted by

    the Aulic Assembly to battle the evil lord himself, Biskara. The shifting perspectives between the different Kin, the Truth Seekers, and the starship kept

    the pace fast for me - there was always something happening, or some crucial truth being discovered, and then I would be treated to a pitched battle as

    well.

    My favorite part of the book however was not the non-stop action, even if I enjoyed that quite a bit. I was most pleased by the surprise contributions to

    my vocabulary - something I would not have expected from a book with a YA demographic. I was especially thankful for now having 'ecdysiast' to

    substitute for the euphemism 'exotic dancer'. Another delight, whether Michael Dadich intended the play of words or not, made me chortle in surprise -

    after a particular battle where The Kin displayed great athleticism and teamwork, ". . . they huddled in a circle beside the coach". Not exactly things the

    YA audience could be looking for, but these little 'word gifts' from the author made my experience more enjoyable.

    All in all, Michael Dadich's The Silver Sphere hit the ground running - between the many characters, the battles, the narrow escapes, and three arenas

    where the battle was fought (Earth, Azimuth, and the Spiritual Plane), I was barely given a lull. I enjoyed the action-packed tale, and hope to see the

    sequel soon.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

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    As one who does, it is easy to say this to other readers: We cra

    As one who does, it is easy to say this to other readers: We crave the days of Harry Potter and want nothing more than to have a book series that brings that magic back. The good news? We may just have found a winner to take the mantle and run with it.




    Shelby is in 10th grade and has to live a somewhat lonely existence. Her mother has abandoned her and her father has turned to the drink instead of taking care of his child. The only escape Shelby has is the library. This is a girl of imagination and intelligence, and even though she’s going through darkness she is always so full of courage, light and kindness for others.




    One day, when she runs to the library for a little respite from her home life, Shelby finds a cryptic message popping up on the library’s computer telling her that her ‘Kin’ need help, and alluding to an ancient evil. She shows her favorite person - the librarian, Mr. Dempsey - the message, and they head to an assigned meeting place within the library, wondering who the message is from.




    Yet another person, a young man by the name of Zach Ryder, also receives a message, as well as four others: Riley, Max, Stuart and Emily. It turns out that when these kids answer the call, so to speak, they are immediately transported through an intercept portal into another realm. And we are talking about a very cool realm.




    The basic plot is that these six have a psychic link to members that make up the Aulic Assembly - the governing body of the country of Meridia. On a planet located 200 light years from Earth, this Assembly has disappeared through evil means. And to help retrieve their Kin, these children are placed in this new world, all grown up and owning the magical abilities of their missing brethren.




    Malefic is the bad guy in all this. He, with the power of Biskara (an ancient evil ala, Satan), has built an army called the Nightlanders and is overpowering Meridia. He wants the power and will make sure that everyone dies who gets in his way. The one thing he can’t seem to get by, however, is the Silver Sphere. This is a magical type of weapon that seems to halt his progress.




    The six find themselves thrust into this seriously wild ride, and every character you hope will be there is accounted for. From the hysterical intercept teams of Vilaborg and Cassie, as well as Barrick and Sculptor - who remind one of Frick and Frack - the people that readers are introduced to are beyond memorable. You will get lost in the beautiful voices of The Fugues, gasp at the furry, unkempt Bogman, and want to chase the bright green squirrel through this amazing landscape.




    Quill says: A vivid mind has most definitely brought back the Technicolor that’s been missing since Potter made his last stand.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Wise Bear Books Reviews The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich -- 5

    Wise Bear Books Reviews The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich -- 5 Paws!

    The Silver Sphere is a classic good-versus-evil fantasy adventure of epic proportions.  We've often said that science fiction and fantasy are the hardest novels to write as it involves the arduous task of world building.  The Silver Sphere is successful in its creation of sister planet Azimuth, we suspect, because author Dadich let his heroic story marinate since childhood.

    Stories of this caliber need time to develop and mature to be told properly.  J.R.R. Tolkien took 12+ years to write, edit and release his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  J.K. Rowling conceived many of her ideas about Harry Potter and Hogwarts in her childhood, only to return to them later and leave her mark on the literary world.  C.S. Lewis originally envisioned what would become The Chronicles of Narnia ten years before he wrote the first book in the series.  Our point is that Dadich is in good company, and the protracted construction time might portend great things for The Silver Sphere.

    We mention Tolkien, Rowling and Lewis upfront because you'll inevitably start making comparisons about these authors' great works right away; but The Silver Sphere is no knock off of these iconic novels.  Dadich's sophisticated novel can stand on its own.

    There is a complexity to his storytelling that requires the reader's immediate scrutiny.  The story begins simply enough with a sinister plot revealed, followed by an introduction to our female protagonist.  Shelby Pardow is a young teen abandoned by her mother and living with an abusive, alcoholic father.  Her magical passage to Azimuth occurs quickly and coming to understand her role and purpose in this mysterious, unknown world unfolds just as fast—hence our caution to pay attention.

    Shelby is one of six teens known on Azimuth as Kin.  Essentially they are the Earthly counterparts of the Aulic Assembly, which is the highest governing body beneath Lord Achenar—think Knights of the Round Table with psychic links to their Azimuth match.  Each teen arrives through the use of mobile portals and they assemble together—except one.  Zach's entry lands off course and he must find his way back to the larger group.  All six Kin must work together to save the Assembly, find The Silver Sphere and defeat evil Malefic and his demonic father Biskara.

    The Silver Sphere is filled with mythical creatures and strange characters which keep the book's pace moving.  There's much to say about this multi-faceted novel, but it could be confusing to summarize out of context.  There are a lot of characters in this novel with at least three major storylines and a couple other subplots.  The shift between storylines is managed fairly well, but the volume of characters can be difficult to track.

    Dadich's novel is well written, but starts slower in terms of action than some readers of this genre might like.  Be patient because the story really shines by the second half of the book and all the information you obtain in the first half is essential to the novel's fine ending as well as subsequent books in the series.

    Although the story centers on the six Kin, the focal point is clearly on Shelby and Zach.  We're not sure why Zach isn't given exposure in the book's summary, but his presence is more of male protagonist or co-protagonist rather than supporting character.  We suspect that other Kin will have more visibility in coming books, but for now Shelby and Zach carry the story with charm and believability.

    Dadich has done a lot of things right with his inaugural novel.  The title is outstanding and the front cover art is superbly professional.  The fierce imagery of Shelby is sure to attract the right reading audience.

    A final word of advice . . . use the book's glossary early and often.  Your immersion into the author's imaginary world, its culture, laws and vernacular will be immeasurably enhanced with this concise, helpful background.  At times it felt as though we needed a score card to keep track of truth seekers, Stonecoats, Nightlanders and the rest.

    While The Silver Sphere has broad appeal for many age groups, we highly recommend this coming-of-age book for middle and high school students as well as their teachers and parents.  The novel is slightly old for an elementary school audience without adult involvement.  This is definitely a book to watch as it has all the right elements to be the next Hunger Games-type phenomenon.

    This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.

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  • Posted May 4, 2013

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    The Silver Sphere is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice

    The Silver Sphere is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    I loved the concept and I'm a major fan of fantasy. The story wa

    I loved the concept and I'm a major fan of fantasy. The story was original, and I found imagery superb. You really feel as if you are walking among the Kin and that always makes for an awesome read.




    What you can't tell from the cover or blurb, is that this is a multi-person point of view novel. They are a personal favorite of mine because you see so many different angles, and when they finally come together it's akin to watching fireworks.




    With that being said, I think the blurb doesn't do this story enough justice. Written for YA, but I think this book can span multiple ages too. It combines and crosses urban fantasy with what felt like a more medieval setting that really brought an interesting feel to the story. As a kid I always wondered what it would be like for the current me to go back in time, that is where Silver Sphere takes you, except you visit a whole nother world instead :) I look forward to future works from the author.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Orphaned from h

    Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

    Orphaned from her mother at a young age, Shelby Pardon does not have a happy childhood. She gets away from her abusive father by frequenting the library, where she is one day teleported to the planet Azimuth together with Mr. Dempsey. There, she discovers herself to be a Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members and this is the start of her extraordinary adventure. The villain in the story is Malefic Cacoethes who wants to rule the world. Biskara, his evil father, commands the Nightlanders and the cruel Malefic and it looks as though they are going to succeed in their mission. However, Biskara is being followed by the Assembly with an armillary device called the silver sphere. And Shelby may well succeed in finding the other Kin and learn the art of combat that could turn the tide around. 

    "The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich is a science fiction and fantasy novel that is quite entertaining. Although the plot has some similarity to other fantasy novels like "Twilight", "Harry Potter" and others, it still comes out as original because Dadich has a very fertile imagination. The story happens fast and there is enough action to entertain the most discriminating of science fiction novel readers. The strength of "The Silver Sphere" is in the originality of its characters and the vivid description of the universe where they live in.  Inventive and creative, the author also comes up with interesting creatures. Reading this book will bring you to strange lands and make you feel the urgency and danger of the situation at hand. In spite of myself, I find myself cheering for the heroes of "The Silver Sphere" as if my life depends on it.  

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Reviewed by Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers' Favorite In the n

    Reviewed by Gayani Hathurusingha for Readers' Favorite

    In the novel "The Silver Sphere", Michael Dadich transports the reader to a marvelous fantasy world. The inhabitants of the planet Azimuth seek the assistance of their 'kin' on Earth to defeat an ancient evil. The selected individuals are picked up from Earth and are taken away to an unknown world through a mobile portal. Unaware of what awaits them, these people are thrown together to form a team of warriors to fight for an alien planet.

    Author Michael Dadich knows the way to a fantasy reader's heart, and that is by successfully combining fantasy with reality, and he has done just that in "The Silver Sphere". It is not a story of machines or computers, but of humans who had to deal with unexpected situations and crisis. The plot is fast-paced and quite riveting at times. The dramatic presentation arrests the attention of the reader throughout the story. "The Silver Sphere" is a must-read for any lover of taut, suspenseful fantasy. 

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Reviewed by Mina Rivera for Readers' Favorite A story of 6 teen

    Reviewed by Mina Rivera for Readers' Favorite

    A story of 6 teens brought together to save a planet from total destruction. This is how "The Silver Sphere" may be summarized in one sentence. It might sound so simple and cliche-like, but that is because you have not looked into the details or read the book in its entirety. These teens were originally from the planet Azimuth. They were born to be Kin: counterparts of the 6 Aulic Assembly members protecting the Silver Sphere. The Silver Sphere is the one object stopping the evil Biskara from ruling Azimuth and it must be protected at all costs. The 6 teens, Shelby, Zach, Max, Stuart, and two others thought they were ordinary teens on Earth. But all that changed when they received a private message saying "You are needed!" 

    Although the concept in the story is not entirely original, I still felt that the way Michael Dadich weaves the concepts together is  original. I was a bit reluctant in reading "The Silver Sphere" since I was not familiar with the author. But, the cover of this book was really urging me to read the book. I do not regret giving in to that urge. "The Silver Sphere" is an enjoyable read, one that can successfully transport the reader to another world along with its characters. Michael Dadich's characters are well thought of. His writing is exceptional and magnetic. From the way the story ends, I could easily surmise that this is a series. And I can't wait to read the rest of it. Just like "Harry Potter" and "Wheel of Time", this is one of those series that I'd definitely follow. 

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    Reviewed by Ty Mall for Readers' Favorite "The Silver Sphe

    Reviewed by Ty Mall for Readers' Favorite

    "The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich is about six teens sent from the Earth to a place called Azimuth after members of the Aulic Assembly disappear. Only these members can work the Silver Sphere. The Sphere pinpoints the location of an evil being called Biskara, whose sons threaten an entire civilization. Each teen is mentally connected to one operator of the Silver Sphere, and inherits some of their operator’s abilities. With the help of the native military, some renegade knights, the mysterious Fugues, and others, the teens set out to rescue the Assembly members and foil the plans of Biskara’s son Malefic. Along the way, these teenagers find that there might be more that connects them to this strange new land than the portal that transported them there.

    I liked how the author assembled each member of the group, while keeping some away for a while. Some words slow things down from time to time, but not enough to be a major impact. This book has intrigue, betrayal, suspense, and a lot more. I appreciated seeing the threads of the plot tied together, after they started so far apart. Certain interactions between characters were predictable while some others were a complete surprise. The characters’ backgrounds were worked out well throughout the story, and appear to have influenced their actions in ways that made sense. The illustrations of some of the creatures in the book helped a lot. The best part by far was that this author made me care about his characters. "The Silver Sphere" is a very enjoyable book. 

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite "The Silv

    Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite

    "The Silver Sphere: The Kin Chronicles" by Michael Dadich is an exciting YA fantasy. Shelby, Zach and four other youngsters are unexpectedly called to help the planet Azimuth and are transported to Meridia, one of its countries. They discover that each of them is Kin to a member of Azimuth’s Aulic Assembly all of whom have been captured by the wicked Malefic of the Nightlanders, who personify the ancient evil Biskara. The humans – the Kin who are linked to the assembly by psychic links - inherit the special abilities of the assembly member they replace and have to lead the battle to keep Azimuth, and ultimately also Earth, out of the hands of the enemy. They need the help of the Silver Sphere to do this, an armillary sphere, an old astronomical device, that gives the co-ordinates of where to find Biskara, so it is crucial to them. But only the Assembly members can operate it. 

    This is a very interesting and entertaining story. The Kin, none of them particularly special or promising to begin with, rise to the challenge they are suddenly faced with quickly and develop strengths and qualities they never knew they had. They prove to have been good choices. Azimuth is a fascinating new world for us to discover, with much that is good as well as much that is truly evil in the form of the Nightlanders. We meet witches and demons too. The story is gripping and has depth to it. Fantasy and science fiction intermingle to create a complex plot that moves at a sharp pace and grabs your attention from the very beginning. There is more to come in this series which is already a very impressive addition to this genre.

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