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The Silver Sphere – A Family Fantasy Read by Michael Dadich

Hell is Empty and all the devils are here…

~ William Shakespeare

I was exposed to Michael Dadich by many a folk who said consistently I really should put my preconceptions of what young adult fantasy has become and give Michael a chance. I said sheesh, fine.. whatever… then I started reading it and went “oh man, wow, holy cow and shrimp and damn the demons or … yummy or way cool, etc, etc…”

This book is what I now am labeling a FAMILY READ! Though this is not a review post, since it is for a Book Blast, and I am still reading the book (20%) It is an epic fantasy with some science fiction thrown into the mixing bowl the average middle age school reader could pick up with Mum, Dad, his big sister or her big brother heck the whole family can sit back and enjoy and not be overwhelmed by the sheer.. well epicness.

The Silver Sphere Book Blast Tour Badge!Epic reads are a job for me this days, as are they for most folks. I believe this maybe why you find less and less people taking the time to take them on. The book is accessible to both to the average middle school reader and adults. The story engages, without overwhelming with to much information and story lines,  and (here is the key),  is simplified enough to keep the reader, young and old, engaged   I love epic novels, and am enjoying the relaxed formatting of this quality written literary find. I am tired of people putting a YA label on a book when it is really for soccer moms or 25 year olds.  I wouldn’t let my 16 year-old  read the majority of YA these days. So, I am starting a new trend, FAMILY FICTION CATEGORY!

** ADDENDUM — ONE KEY THING TO NOTE**

Another reason this epic is accessible is the length. A middle school child, and let’s face it as one commenter noted, she does not have the time to invest in epic reads these days, the book is 274 pages long. Some would argue this means it is not an epic fantasy, I say nope! What makes an epic and epic is not how many pages you cram in it, but the story devices and conventions of an epic. There needs to be a multi character story going on with many story arcs within one whole encompassing one (that is REALLY oversimplified . If you go to Michael’s website you can see many of the characters stories on the several professionally produced trailers plus other artwork. Who can’t fall in love with a skateboarder who puts his board aside for an ax, or a cheerleader thrust into a world who becomes something wholly unexpected and pretty dang amazing? Its how the stories ultimately flow!! It has also been the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Awards for Young Adult Fantasy  Wise Bear Books Gold Award Young Adult Fantasy

Cabin Goddess recommends & endorses this FAMILY FICTION FANTASY! Something I plan on continuing to hunt down and share, a 2013 Cabin Goddess monthly promo/review spot on the blog. I want to find and share Books for everyone, not just soccer moms!

Have a Safe & Happy New Years! See you in 2013!

The Silver Sphere – A Family Fantasy Read by Michael DadichThe Silver Sphere
by Michael Dadich
Pages: 274
Published by Evolved Publishing
on 2012-11-01
Genres: Family, Fantasy, Young Adult
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Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father… when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to become dictator of this world (and then Earth by proxy).
His father, Biskara, is an evil celestial entity, tracked by the Assembly with an armillary device, The Silver Sphere. With the Assembly now deposed, Biskara directs Malefic and the Nightlanders to their strategic targets. Unless….
Can Shelby find the other Kin, and develop courage and combat skills? Can the Kin reassemble in time to release or replace the Assembly, overthrowing Malefic and restraining Biskara?


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Chapter 1

“Your world will be over soon, won’t it, dear Bianca?”

The cloaked creature rasped out the syllables one at a time, and each sound pushed Bianca closer toward the cold stone floor. Moonlight splashed across the room from a wall of windows. Even if she could have yelled, no one would have heard her. Pain made her dizzy.

As the assault on her consciousness raged, she struggled to her feet against the heavy stupor overtaking her body. Her limbs shook. The long table in front of her provided only a moment of support before she collapsed upon the solid oak board.

Her vision blurred from the pressure, and a murmur gurgled from her throat as she tried to call out to the Assembly members hunched in their chairs. The maroon wine spilled across the table told of their downfall. Were they unconscious or dead? She couldn’t begin to guess. Her goblet remained almost untouched.

“How easy this was….”
The din of his words made her gaze upward, where a hood surrounded his darkened features. Screams echoed in her head, though no sound broke from her lips.

He knelt beside her and whispered, “Dear Bianca.” His hands caressed full chunks of her raven hair, and he started pulling the strands through his fingers.

Horror traveled down her spine and numbed her. She felt the escape of fainting descend upon her, fogging her mind; how she wanted to drift off and shun the maddening fear. Yet he would not let her. She tried in vain to pull away, but his power over her was too great.

“Don’t.” She must have said it aloud because his grip tightened and he jerked her head back, forcing her to look at him. She gasped as he pulled the cowl away.

Her tormentor had a pallid complexion and a high forehead. Long, wiry auburn hair framed his narrow face, at the center of which sat a nose snubbed like a snout. It was the piercing glare of his eyes that caught her, though. Their intensity made her skin crawl.

“Malefic,” she mouthed, her breath releasing in a terrified wheeze.

He loosened his grasp and eased her to the floor. Then he stepped over her body and slithered to the head of the table, admiring his handiwork.

Bianca’s legs and arms stiffened. Malefic oozed power, and as she watched him, her mind reeled. What had led to such laxness in their security? Where had he come from?

We were betrayed, of course, she thought, as unconsciousness bid her closer to blackness.

Malefic turned and glared into her eyes, a sneer twisting his expression into a grotesque mask. “The Aulic Assembly is mine.” His harsh voice pulled her to the brink. “Father will be pleased.”

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Michael Dadich

Michael has been writing since first setting pencil to steno pad at age 8. A year later, he began developing the world of his 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 he hopes is a fresh and entertaining take on the classic young adult fantasy adventure

Despite his frequent escapes into parallel worlds, he roots himself firmly in his very real family and community. When not pacing the yard maniacally after every few pages of writing, he spends as much time as possible hanging out with his studly 9-year-old son, and his inspirational wife Jenna. Michael is also a coach several local youth sports teams in Beverly Hills, and alternate between yelling at his two crazy Corgis and hiking with his trained German Shepherd.

For more, join him in his favorite fantasy worlds, from Lord of the Rings to the creations of C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks. More wonderful books which can be read with the family.. Dad, Mom and all the kids no matter what age.

Michael Daditch
Micahel is also very much engaged with his readers, whether taunting with chocolate covered bacon liking photos, sharing tweets or generally causing mayhem around  web! You can find him all over!

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The Silver Sphere - A Family Fantasy Read by Michael Dadich

17 Comments

  1. Sounds quite epic lol I love the cover and nice to hear that it can be enjoyed by so many

    • It is a fun read so far and so much easier to deal with then so many epic reads, plus.. CHEERLEADER with a sword!

      • Bacon mmmm well earned 😉

  2. I really love books that are considered “epic” – for me, the longer the better (unless it sucks). Some of my favorite books of this past year have been 600+ pages. I’ll definitely be checking this one out!

    • Just really impressive find!

  3. Thank you for hosting today

  4. Sounds like an interesting book. It’s on my TBR list now. Happy New Year 🙂

  5. What an exciting sounding book. Loved the blurb comment.

  6. I seem to be less able to devote the time necessary to “epics” these days. I tend to prefer quick reads now.

    • Since it is only 274 pages and meant to be accessible for kids who do not have the attention span to read a LONG epic, It maintains the story devices and different sub-arcs and story lines an epic does without the length getting in the way of the enjoyment. Which is why I call it a family read. We not only do NOT have the time we also, as adults, do not have the attention spans we used too!

  7. The book sounds very intriguing.

  8. The first book on my 2013 TBR list! Thanks for putting this on my radar! I’ll see if my oldest kiddo would like to read it with me. Happy New Year CG. XOXOXO

    • Great Thx so much!

  9. The Silver Sphere looks really good! I’m adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for having a giveaway!

  10. This sounds intriguing.

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  11. Best of luck with the release!

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  12. Kriss thanks so much your Promo blast looks/is AWESOMESAUCE

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