The Silver Sphere

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
274 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2013
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Author Biography

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

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ty Mall for Readers' Favorite

"The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich is about six teens sent from the Earth to a place called Azimuth after members of the Aulic Assembly disappear. Only these members can work the Silver Sphere. The Sphere pinpoints the location of an evil being called Biskara, whose sons threaten an entire civilization. Each teen is mentally connected to one operator of the Silver Sphere, and inherits some of their operator’s abilities. With the help of the native military, some renegade knights, the mysterious Fugues, and others, the teens set out to rescue the Assembly members and foil the plans of Biskara’s son Malefic. Along the way, these teenagers find that there might be more that connects them to this strange new land than the portal that transported them there.

I liked how the author assembled each member of the group, while keeping some away for a while. Some words slow things down from time to time, but not enough to be a major impact. This book has intrigue, betrayal, suspense, and a lot more. I appreciated seeing the threads of the plot tied together, after they started so far apart. Certain interactions between characters were predictable while some others were a complete surprise. The characters’ backgrounds were worked out well throughout the story, and appear to have influenced their actions in ways that made sense. The illustrations of some of the creatures in the book helped a lot. The best part by far was that this author made me care about his characters. "The Silver Sphere" is a very enjoyable book.

Stephanie Dagg

"The Silver Sphere: The Kin Chronicles" by Michael Dadich is an exciting YA fantasy. Shelby, Zach and four other youngsters are unexpectedly called to help the planet Azimuth and are transported to Meridia, one of its countries. They discover that each of them is Kin to a member of Azimuth’s Aulic Assembly all of whom have been captured by the wicked Malefic of the Nightlanders, who personify the ancient evil Biskara. The humans – the Kin who are linked to the assembly by psychic links - inherit the special abilities of the assembly member they replace and have to lead the battle to keep Azimuth, and ultimately also Earth, out of the hands of the enemy. They need the help of the Silver Sphere to do this, an armillary sphere, an old astronomical device, that gives the co-ordinates of where to find Biskara, so it is crucial to them. But only the Assembly members can operate it.

This is a very interesting and entertaining story. The Kin, none of them particularly special or promising to begin with, rise to the challenge they are suddenly faced with quickly and develop strengths and qualities they never knew they had. They prove to have been good choices. Azimuth is a fascinating new world for us to discover, with much that is good as well as much that is truly evil in the form of the Nightlanders. We meet witches and demons too. The story is gripping and has depth to it. Fantasy and science fiction intermingle to create a complex plot that moves at a sharp pace and grabs your attention from the very beginning. There is more to come in this series which is already a very impressive addition to this genre.

Mina Rivera

A story of 6 teens brought together to save a planet from total destruction. This is how "The Silver Sphere" may be summarized in one sentence. It might sound so simple and cliche-like, but that is because you have not looked into the details or read the book in its entirety. These teens were originally from the planet Azimuth. They were born to be Kin: counterparts of the 6 Aulic Assembly members protecting the Silver Sphere. The Silver Sphere is the one object stopping the evil Biskara from ruling Azimuth and it must be protected at all costs. The 6 teens, Shelby, Zach, Max, Stuart, and two others thought they were ordinary teens on Earth. But all that changed when they received a private message saying "You are needed!"

Although the concept in the story is not entirely original, I still felt that the way Michael Dadich weaves the concepts together is original. I was a bit reluctant in reading "The Silver Sphere" since I was not familiar with the author. But, the cover of this book was really urging me to read the book. I do not regret giving in to that urge. "The Silver Sphere" is an enjoyable read, one that can successfully transport the reader to another world along with its characters. Michael Dadich's characters are well thought of. His writing is exceptional and magnetic. From the way the story ends, I could easily surmise that this is a series. And I can't wait to read the rest of it. Just like "Harry Potter" and "Wheel of Time", this is one of those series that I'd definitely follow.

Gayani Hathurusingha

In the novel "The Silver Sphere", Michael Dadich transports the reader to a marvelous fantasy world. The inhabitants of the planet Azimuth seek the assistance of their 'kin' on Earth to defeat an ancient evil. The selected individuals are picked up from Earth and are taken away to an unknown world through a mobile portal. Unaware of what awaits them, these people are thrown together to form a team of warriors to fight for an alien planet.

Author Michael Dadich knows the way to a fantasy reader's heart, and that is by successfully combining fantasy with reality, and he has done just that in "The Silver Sphere". It is not a story of machines or computers, but of humans who had to deal with unexpected situations and crisis. The plot is fast-paced and quite riveting at times. The dramatic presentation arrests the attention of the reader throughout the story. "The Silver Sphere" is a must-read for any lover of taut, suspenseful fantasy.

Maria Beltran

Orphaned from her mother at a young age, Shelby Pardon does not have a happy childhood. She gets away from her abusive father by frequenting the library, where she is one day teleported to the planet Azimuth together with Mr. Dempsey. There, she discovers herself to be a Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members and this is the start of her extraordinary adventure. The villain in the story is Malefic Cacoethes who wants to rule the world. Biskara, his evil father, commands the Nightlanders and the cruel Malefic and it looks as though they are going to succeed in their mission. However, Biskara is being followed by the Assembly with an armillary device called the silver sphere. And Shelby may well succeed in finding the other Kin and learn the art of combat that could turn the tide around.

"The Silver Sphere" by Michael Dadich is a science fiction and fantasy novel that is quite entertaining. Although the plot has some similarity to other fantasy novels like "Twilight", "Harry Potter" and others, it still comes out as original because Dadich has a very fertile imagination. The story happens fast and there is enough action to entertain the most discriminating of science fiction novel readers. The strength of "The Silver Sphere" is in the originality of its characters and the vivid description of the universe where they live in. Inventive and creative, the author also comes up with interesting creatures. Reading this book will bring you to strange lands and make you feel the urgency and danger of the situation at hand. In spite of myself, I find myself cheering for the heroes of "The Silver Sphere" as if my life depends on it.