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The Silver Sphere (The Kin Chronicles Book 1) by [Dadich, Michael]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3000 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 2 edition (6 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAJUSWQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,125,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Did the book description relate to the story?
To a degree, yes but the description only talks about Shelby. After reading I felt the book was more than just about Shelby. Each Kin plays a major role.

How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book?
The opening seemed a little too unreal. The ending seemed past the point of perfect. Don't get me wrong this was a great book. It just seemed like the ending should have been different especially with a second book in the series. Maybe the author should have left the readers with a cliff-hanger?

Who was your favourite character and why?
Throg, the outcast, who is not really an outcast. He has put himself in this position and seems to enjoy it.

What were the main relationships explored in this book?
Good versus evil. My book club members and I agreed on this. When reading about good and evil it is either an amazing book or something for the trash bin. There is no in between (at least for this reader). Dadich has a creative way in working out the good fighting evil scenario. I am still deciding on which evil monster I enjoyed most.

Was this book worth reading?
Yes, this was a great young adult book.
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Cover - With a cover like that who wouldn't fall in love with this book? I would buy the book just for the cover alone.

Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all.

Story - There are numerous characters in this story, not all human and not all important to the main story line but each has a part in developing this adventure and to provide the reader with a fascinating experience.

The journey the characters embark on provides readers with a discovery of a new land. Almost like a long episode of Merlin which meets path with a shorter version of The Lord of the Rings.

What I liked - Michael Dadich's writing. As far as I know this is the author's first book and I can't wait for his second book. He's an expert storyteller who uses each of his characters to the best of their limits.

What I didn't like - Nothing comes to mind.

Rating - 4.5 / 5 stars.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.
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The Silver Sphere is an entertaining and fast moving story about a bunch of teens who find themselves transported through a portal into another world. They are thrust into the middle of a war where their presence is needed to defeat the son of Satan. The teens are Kin to the members of the Assembly who have been kidnapped and drugged. Normally, the Assembly would summon the protection of the Silver Sphere, and in their absence the enemy is growing strong. The Kin have been called to help find the Assembly. They have a psychic connection that allows them to take mental messages. The messages come through in broken snippets but enough to lead them closer to the Assembly. Even if they free the Assembly, the outcome is not assured, and the enemy, Nightlanders and Disembowellers to name a couple, are pretty nasty.

There's Battleswine and various other kinds of noble warriors on the good guys side, a rather delightful woodland elemental and some mystical eyes called the Fugues. It's a rich, well-formed world with interesting creatures, deadly battles and written so you feel as if you are right there on the thick of it. Teens, particularly boys, will probably love it, and with good reason. It's a solid offering and, in the main, well-crafted and produced. The plot is simple and takes the form of a string of battles that increase in fierceness as the story progresses - something that will appeal to some and not so much to others.
There were a couple of things that the editors missed. Sometimes the kids didn't sound a bit like modern teenagers. For example, "Dawn is almost upon us," said Stuart ... And ...
"You are present once again to save me, right?"

The story had several issues stemming from the teens coming from our world into a medieval one.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 91 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, emotional ride from start to finish 24 Nov. 2012
By skaara - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading a lot of Young Adult fantasy novels together with my niece who loves books like the Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series. However after those, most of the ones we've read my eyes, and sometimes hers, glaze over due to the simplistic writing and contrived plots.

The Silver Sphere took me by surprise.

Not only was my niece thrilled with the main character Shelby and her call to adventure to another world, but I was fascinated by the excellent world building by the author and the emotional story lines and character depth. We literally read it in two nights as we simply couldn't wait to see what happens next. I love how the author expertly mixes the fantasy and sci fi elements together. I felt like I was reading Star Wars and Harry Potter all rolled into one. I hope this becomes a series of books because we are sad we finished it so fast. =)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 24 Nov. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking to lose myself in a fantasy novel, and while searching Amazon, I came across this brand new book called The Silver Sphere. After reading the synopsis, it seemed interesting enough to give it a whirl. Let me tell you, I couldn't put it down!!!

The Silver Sphere is an excellent, epic fantasy novel. The creatures are truly amazing, one of my favorites being Baku the dream eater. The last few chapters had me rifling through the pages as the build up to the ending was well paced. This reminded me of LOTR meets The Hunger Games. I highly recommend it for fans of the genre!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed 24 Nov. 2012
By Elyse Luray - Published on Amazon.com
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From the first page this action packed book will reel you in with twist and turns and a sense of adventure. Six kids are teleported to the planet Azimuth, where they instantly find out each is Kin to an Assembly member that has been imprisoned by the evil leader Malefic. While there the children must find a way to free the assembly and save the world. The book is extremely well written with detailed character development and intense plots. I could not put it down and can not wait to share it with others. The glossary is a plus if you need it. Fans of Rick Riordan, adult and kids a like, will love Dadich's first book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA Novel with Strong Female Leads 22 Aug. 2013
By Tracy Riva - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this YA novel with strong female leads and lots of action. It offered an unusual twist on how and why the teenagers, who are pretty much picked on and unpopular back home, come to represent salvation to not just one, but two planets.
I loved watching the characters evolve from rather withdrawn, insecure teens into people who are competent in their power and know exactly what they have to do, no matter the odds against them. They become strong and self-assured from the various trials they face, alone and together. They develop friendships with people on the planet they are transported to, Azimuth, and they find themselves caught up in key roles in a war that could determine not just the fate of Azimuth but also that of their home planet Earth.
I felt for all of the characters as they faced their different trials, both at home and at Azimuth, but the characters of Shelby and Zach were definitely my favorites as they both transformed so much in the course of the novel and had the most to gain and lose at different points in the book.
Dadich displays wonderful world-building skills in his creation of Azimuth. It is a strange mix of medieval life, magic and some pretty advanced technology. It is a classic battle of good versus evil, which is never really assured. The story finishes up nicely but leaves an interesting lead-in to a sequel that I can't wait to read when it becomes available.
I would recommend the book to lovers of YA, good fantasy, and people who want something different from the run of the mill YA. This book held my interest from the beginning and had me reading as quickly as I could to get to the end and see what happened. I strongly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern fable of a far away land 22 Jan. 2013
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"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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