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- 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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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,218,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
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. =)
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!
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.
The book is a modern fantasy, in that it also has sci-fi elements as well that provides interesting intrigue compared to the techonlogy on the planet, Azimuth, where much of the action takes place. The dearth of Azimuth technolgy, as well as connections to Earth including out own history was deftly woven into the story that centers on a group of young adolescents, called Kin, that unwittingly leave earth only to find that their precence on Aximuth is critical not only to that planet forsaking evil, but for the entire universe as well.
Along the way, our adventurers embark on an exciting quest, filled with the strange wonders of a strange land - the people they meet, their customs, the new world's topography and strange creatures, as well as dangerous adversaries. While crafted with some complex construction, there is no build up; the story starts strong, and without a lull, continues with great pace.
But what makes this a good story is the fine exceution of a varied cast of characters, not all of which are human, but all of whom help build the strange world into reality. While their are six kin that are summoned from earth, the story primarily focuses on two of them, and the excellent earthly personal touches used early in the story actually play out to the last pages with a surprising twist (Can you say "Sequel, please?!!). While certainly heroic, the kin are decidely human. Their fears, natutral uncertainties, and joys will remind you of kids you know, or in my case, who I grew up with. They experience moments of absolute wonder, tender joys, and unfortunate tragedy, but grow with their experiences that ultimately shape their destinies as Kin. They will need it, because their adventure is not easy, but filled with real peril, and an evil, that is so much more profound than your A-typical bad guy found in too much writing. Just as the Kin has their allies, so does their enemy.
In the end you feel like you are along for the adventure yourself. You feel the tension, see the events unfold, and are touched by some excellent characters, (Personal favs: Mr. Dempsey, Brodeur, Nick Casey, and of course(!) Drake the Leshy.) There is also a chatracter Lucas Denton, that without giving that facet of the story away, adds further depth to The Silver Sphere.
Wait, I didn't even mention the Sphere yet...... Well that is how many dimensions this story has ... I can go on and on.
I could write a lot more about this book, but then I would be giving too much of the story away. So instead of that, let me enthusiastically recommend this book. A book with a heart, and a pulse ......a rewarding journey for all readers who have one too.