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A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky (Silverbirch, Part I) Hardcover – January 26, 2010


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"If you want a light, fast paced, action packed, funny, brilliantly written, unique read with tons of twists and turns then Silverbirch is the book for you. Put it on your wishlist today, you will not be disappointed. I can't believe more people haven't picked up this wonderful book."
Carly - Amazon.com
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Hardcover version was a limited run of 500.  As of September 2012, they have sold out.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Robkaay Publishing (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980687721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980687729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,167,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rob Kaay is an independent Australian author and musician.

He has written two fantasy novels in the Silverbirch series.

A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky (Silverbirch, Part I)

Fall of the Epicenter (Silverbirch, Part II)

The Kindle eBook version of A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky cracked the Amazon Top 1000 during its first week of release in October 2009. By the end of 2011, it had cracked the Amazon Kindle Top 10 for Science Fiction (overall). Even though it's an Urban Fantasy book.

Rob is currently releasing the audiobook version of A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky and new music from his website.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carly on January 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well, where to start, I really loved reading this book. Rob Kaay really did bring something very unique to the table, the writing is genius, like nothing I have ever read before. Fast-paced, action packed plot-line, with interesting characters that had me laughing out loud. I am so glad I got the opportunity to read Silverbirch.

The story starts at main character Nudge's 9th birthday party. They are playing Cowboys and Indians, Nudge, his best friend Chase, the girl he has a crush on Hayley, bully boy Dieter, who is only with the group because his mum and Nudge's are friends and Zoe, who's mum and partner just got murdered.

Dieter gets his foot stuck in a hole in the floor, in the old run down house next door. They manage to get his foot free, in the hole is a tin box with a red lightning bolt on the lid and a bag of mushrooms. Everything happens so fast, Zoe gets struck by lightening and dies and Dieter runs off with the bag of mushrooms.

Chase runs to hide the tin box with the red lightening bolt on the lid.The kids know that from that day on things will never be the same.

Approximately 20 years later they all meet again, at Hayley's birthday party. Hayley, Chase, Dieter and Nudge. Dieter brings up what happened to them when they were kids, he believes everything that was written in the pages in the tin with the red lightening bolt on the lid. He believes there is a place called Silverbirch and that Silvers are waiting to take control of humans that loose control of themselves.The others try to laugh it off, but deep down they know something very wrong is going on.

Everything changes when Dieter shows Nudge how to use the mushrooms properly. He jumps into the tear in the fabric of the night sky, into Silverbirch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Putnam on September 11, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Incredible! I could not put this book down and found myself reading it everywhere I went anxiously wanting to know what would happen next. For some reason I got the idea this might be a book for teens but from the get-go I was hooked. I recommended this story for adults of all ages. I won't give the plot away as this book needs to be experienced by the reader. I can't wait to read more work from Rob Kay. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Hammond on December 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Silverbirch is a unique action, fantasy novel that is very entertaining. As children, a group of friends stumble upon a tin box with a lightening bolt on it. What they find inside alters the direction of each of their lives forever.
The story continues as the friends come together after 20 years of separation. Dieter has spent time in an insane asylum for violently attacking a man without any recollection of the attack, Chase is a successful lawyer, Hayley is a successful adult dancer, and Nudge is a professional hit man. As they come together, the memories that of their childhood are brought into stark reality and they all must face the possibility that their actions over the past years had been influenced by a higher power.
As the group tries to figure out the meaning of the Silverbirch pages and lightening bolt mushrooms found in the box from their childhood, the mystery surrounding their individual and collective experiences pulls them deeper and deeper into a world they can hardly understand.
The story is fast paced and intriguing, there are issues in the writing style that may distract the reader. Specific lines are repeated over and over and at points the reason may not be clear, and slows the inherent fast pace of the story down. At other times it seems like the reader is being directly addressed, which at times also slows the story down.
Overall the story is very original and entertaining, outside of the need for an editor. I look forward to reading more from Rob Kaay and hope that he continues on with Silverbirch. Silverbirch; A Tear in the Fabric of the Night Sky
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Paperback Pursuer on January 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Twenty years ago, five childhood friends stumbled upon a mysterious box with a red lightning bolt on it - and its contents, (a letter and a bag of strange mushrooms), dictated the course of their lives. Now, the estranged friends have reunited, and the past has come back to haunt them. Can they figure out what the "Silverbirch" pages mean?, what the lightning-bolt mushrooms do?, and who, or what has been controlling them their whole lives? Or, will each of them be forced to surrender their souls to the tear in the fabric of the night sky?

Review:

When I started to read Silverbirch, I had no idea the kind of fantastical action I was in for. The fast-paced read immediately sucked me in, and before I knew it, I had been reading for three hours and was on the last chapter, eagerly awaiting the finale. The characters are interesting, the story-line is well-developed and entertaining, and the dialogue, although crude and repetitive at times, is anything but flat. I did find a few spots that needed tweaking, as well as a couple cumbersome areas, but they didn't inhibit my enjoyment of the overall story. I really hope that Rob Kaay plans on a continuation, because the ending was quite a cliff-hanger and I would like to get to know the characters better. I can't wait to read more about Nudge's adventures involving Silverbirch - such a strange, yet intriguing concept! I recommend this book for older teens and adults who are into action-packed fantasies filled with blood, guts, magic mushrooms, and mysterious portals.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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