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"This is definitely a book to watch as it has all the right elements to be the next Hunger Games-type phenomenon." ~ Wise Bear Book Reviews

"As a warrior, Shelby must learn how to kill, and how to lead an army to preserve the light of hope, in this captivating and highly recommended saga of life and death on the battlefield." ~ Midwest Book Review
 
"This book is sure to stir the imagination as it takes readers on its dramatic ride." The US Review Of Books

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Welcome to the world of my series, The Kin Chronicles, where book one, The Silver Sphere is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Eleven-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow ; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; and LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents, educators, retailers and the media look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal when selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
As I travel through my imagination, writing and pacing my yard, I look forward to doing my best to entertain the wonderful readers out there that are so important to the existence of books. Explore my site, check out the cinema, artwork, reviews, and my interview. I hope you find them to be interesting, because as the reader: You are needed.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing (December 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622536029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622536023
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,883,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By WiseBearMedia on June 14, 2013
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The Silver Sphere is a classic good-versus-evil fantasy adventure of epic proportions. We've often said that science fiction and fantasy are the hardest novels to write as it involves the arduous task of world building. The Silver Sphere is successful in its creation of sister planet Azimuth, we suspect, because author Dadich let his heroic story marinate since childhood.

Stories of this caliber need time to develop and mature to be told properly. J.R.R. Tolkien took 12+ years to write, edit and release his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings trilogy. J.K. Rowling conceived many of her ideas about Harry Potter and Hogwarts in her childhood, only to return to them later and leave her mark on the literary world. C.S. Lewis originally envisioned what would become The Chronicles of Narnia ten years before he wrote the first book in the series. Our point is that Dadich is in good company, and the protracted construction time might portend great things for The Silver Sphere.

We mention Tolkien, Rowling and Lewis upfront because you'll inevitably start making comparisons about these authors' great works right away; but The Silver Sphere is no knock off of these iconic novels. Dadich's sophisticated novel can stand on its own.

There is a complexity to his storytelling that requires the reader's immediate scrutiny. The story begins simply enough with a sinister plot revealed, followed by an introduction to our female protagonist. Shelby Pardow is a young teen abandoned by her mother and living with an abusive, alcoholic father. Her magical passage to Azimuth occurs quickly and coming to understand her role and purpose in this mysterious, unknown world unfolds just as fast--hence our caution to pay attention.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 24, 2012
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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!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By skaara on November 24, 2012
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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. =)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Elyse Luray on November 23, 2012
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Anne Bartotto on December 23, 2013
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Today #onreview at #TheLibraryJunior I have one of the fabulous authors from Evolved Publishing and his award winning novel, The Silver Sphere (The Kin Chronicles). The first book in The Kin Chronicles, which if it is just a taste of what's to come will be an epic series. I actually read The Cistern Mission - A Short Story first and must admit it wet my appetite to finally dive into the saga of the full series. I have no regrets! The wait was definitely worth it.
The Silver Sphere is a saga without the weighty verbage that causes an epic story to drag and flounder in the dust for the typical reader. While there was a tiny stumble in the beginning as I sought to grasp the original point of view that the character Shelby presented, once I got a just push into the right direction, the journey rocketed away. Creating a cast of characters that melded the present day, with the magical creatures of a fantasy world and the tales of yesteryear, seemed simplistic for Dadich. I found the character development so deft because there was no need to fill the pages with laborious description to make the characters pop off the page. Each character had a dimensional quality that brought them to life before your eyes.
Characters alone do not a story make, however, and here is where a wonderful tale is woven by one who should be honored to be called a wordsmith. The story being told could have filled a thousand or more pages, had he chosen to bog it down with details. When you think fantasy, you have to admit that far too often the stories become epic, because of the length of the tome, not just because of the story within the pages. Example... both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R.
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