The Silver Sphere is an entertaining and fast moving story about a bunch of teens who find themselves transported through a portal into another world. They are thrust into the middle of a war where their presence is needed to defeat the son of Satan. The teens are Kin to the members of the Assembly who have been kidnapped and drugged. Normally, the Assembly would summon the protection of the Silver Sphere, and in their absence the enemy is growing strong. The Kin have been called to help find the Assembly. They have a psychic connection that allows them to take mental messages. The messages come through in broken snippets but enough to lead them closer to the Assembly. Even if they free the Assembly, the outcome is not assured, and the enemy, Nightlanders and Disembowellers to name a couple, are pretty nasty.
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. For example, I had a lot of trouble accepting that these kids were suddenly able to wield weapons likes swords and bows and arrows with enough skill to hold their own in battle. They also very quickly understood their situation, adapted to it and began to make decisions like adults. Even with the given reasons why this could happen, there should have been some period of adjustment. They also took killing in their stride, but I would have thought there might have been a little reaction to all the gore of the battle, at least from the girls. Though these points won’t bother a lot of people, the story would be stronger if they were addressed.
There isn’t really anything wrong with the story as it is, it just could have been much better had more attention been given to the characters, their feelings, their hopes and their fears. The story of Shelby and her relationship with her father and his beast had a lot of potential for something transformative but it never got beyond a suggestion.
A final scene after a satisfying conclusion sets the book up for a sequel. I hope that Mr Dadich is willing to delve more deeply into his characters in the next instalment.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review on behalf of the Awesome Indies.