Thursday, January 03, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: THE SILVER SPHERE by Michael Dadich


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Michael will be awarding a $75 Amazon or BN.com GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tours. Click the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.



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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I enjoyed The Silver Sphere and look forward to the next book in the series. I hope there are many more books so we can get to know all of the Kin better--hopefully there are enough adventures in Azimuth that this series can continue for a while.

The Silver Sphere starts off with a bang and the chapter are short enough that the book moves right along. The story is told from multiple points of view, but it's always clear who the main character is in each segment.

It reminds me of other fantasy books (humans being transported by a portal to save another planet: notably The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and Mordant's Need series by Stephen R. Donaldson). The world building is well-done, if not as extensive as it possibly could be--and that may very well be the differnce in writing for a younger audience.

I like the way Mr. Dadich leaves the reader ready for the next segment of this series. I'm looking forward to it.

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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.

11 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Catherine Lee said...

Good review, Judy. Michael...Do you still write on a steno pad? I know some writers who still draft/brainstorm/outline in long hand.

The Silver Sphere said...

Thanks Judy! Happy New Year!

The Silver Sphere said...

Catherine I still outline on a steno, but sometimes I can't read my own handwriting ;)

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Ingeborg said...

Excellent review, thank you.

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MomJane said...

Now this is a great review. This story sounds really awesome.

Catherine Lee said...

Thanks for responding, Michael. I'm not a writer, but I spend a LOT of time at work on a computer. I like to move to the flip chart or not pad or white board to brainstorm or organize my thoughts on projects.

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Mary Preston said...

I like it when you find a book that makes you want to explore further into that world. That's what's great about series.

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The Silver Sphere said...

Congrats on winning the giveaway Catherine Lee! Judy, it would be awesomesauce if you get a chance to post your review on amazon for me, I heart it ;)