Review: The Silver Sphere – Michael Dadich
Shelby Pardow has lived an ordinary existence. Her mother disappeared from her life when she was but a child, leaving her and her father to fend for themselves. Her abandonment hasn’t been easy on the two of them. Her father has been living with the ghosts of his past and drowns his sorrows with alcohol every night, leaving her to fear his wrath whenever the beast within him decides to take hold.
A trek to her favorite jaunt one day proves to be anything but routine. Transported to a new world with the resident librarian in tow, Shelby soon realizes that the world as she’s known it is definitely not what it seems. Several soldiers lie in wait to take her to their rendezvous point. Unfortunately, their path in getting there is much more treacherous than they imagined.
Summoned to help Azimuth counter the horrific clutches of Malefic Cacoethes and his father, Biskara, Shelby and Mr. Dempsey must learn to co-exist within this new world, and fast, if they’re to survive what’s headed their way. The members of the Aulic Assembly have been kidnapped in hopes of keeping them from accessing the Silver Sphere that will keep Biskara at bay. It’s his wish, alongside Malefic, to gain control of the entire realm and they’ll use any means necessary to make it happen.
Unfortunately, they never took into account the combined powers of the summoned Kin. Hastily learning what they should have learned a long time ago, Shelby and her new friends band together in hopes of saving the realm itself. The paths they now tread aren’t as easy as they thought they’d be, yet they’re determined to keep Azimuth from falling into the wrong hands. With the body count rising and enemies coming at them from every direction, the Kin know that they’ll need to find the strength and courage within themselves to bring hope and prosperity back to a land ravaged by Malefic and his Nightlanders before they try to wipe away the Assembly and those that stand against them, once and for all.
This was such a delightful story. It’s definitely an original storyline that draws you in and keeps you glued to the turn of every page. There were times when I wondered as to what would happen next and was pleased to find that the action and intrigue flowed continuously and kept me entertained until the very end. So much so, that I refused to put the book down until I finished reading. It’s that good!
The included illustrations were also a bonus in itself, I think. I kinda admit that I found myself wanting more and think this is the start of a wonderful series. At least, I hope it’ll be a series and look forward to seeing what comes next for these beloved Kin.
Shelby Pardow never imagined killing someone. That’s about to change.
While hiding from her troubled father in the local library, Shelby stares at a flashing instant message on her computer: YOU ARE NEEDED. She discovers a portal that opens and teleports her to the planet Azimuth, where soldiers await. Here, she is not a child but a warrior, Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members imprisoned by Malefic Cacoethes, the daunting leader of the Nightlanders.
Malefic, the evil spawn of the demon Biskara, razes towns and cities in his quest to rule Azimuth, and yearns to turn his forces against Earth. Yet every time Biskara gets close to achieving his malevolent goals, the Assembly uses the Silver Sphere, a sophisticated armillary device, to thwart him.
With the Assembly deposed, Biskara directing Malefic’s conquests, and the Silver Sphere out of reach, Shelby is thrust into an unforgettable quest with her fellow Kin. She must learn to kill and lead an army into battle, or Azimuth—and Earth—will fall.
About The Author:
I’ve been writing since first setting pencil to steno pad at age 8. A year later, I began developing the world of my current series-in-progress, and even created its title, The Silver Sphere. Now, with the support of years of experience, those early maps and back stories have progressed into what I hope is a fresh and entertaining take on the classic young adult fantasy adventure.
Despite my frequent escapes into parallel worlds, I root myself firmly in my very real family and community. When not pacing the yard maniacally after every few pages of writing, I spend as much time as possible hanging out with my studly 9-year-old son, and my inspirational wife Jenna. I also coach several local youth sports teams in Beverly Hills, and alternate between yelling at my two crazy Corgis and hiking with my trained German Shepherd.
For more, join me in my favorite fantasy worlds, from Lord of the Rings to the creations of C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks. Even more importantly, stop by and say hello on my Facebook page at AuthorMichaelDadich, tweet me at @MichaelDadich, and stalk my website at http://www.thesilversphere.org.