The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich

Reviewed by Rich Stoehr

What makes The Silver Sphere so fun to read is the same thing that makes it hard to describe succinctly – while reading it, you never know quite what to expect.

Is it a fantasy novel? With swords and sorcery, mystical creatures, a vast new land to explore and a quest to save the world from tyranny, there’s definitely a heavy fantasy element at work here. But it also plays with modern elements, featuring six children from the world we’re all familiar with, a world of video games and schools and malls. How about science fiction? Surprisingly, there’s elements of that here too, with references to gleaming spaceships and strange new games that would be groundbreaking even for us today. There’s some urban fantasy mixed in as well, with inherited powers and a budding love interest forming.

The end result is quite the mashup of different genres, where one of the main characters might make a reference to The Legend of Zelda just before suiting up in his own set of armor and weapons, where another can’t help but think of playing Halo when he sees seasoned warriors blowing off steam by playing an interactive battle simulation. It’s a rich world that Michael Dadich spins out for us in these pages, a world of different races, different customs, and old-school intrigues. He borrows a bit from other stories – I was strongly reminded of the adventure game ‘The Longest Journey’ at several points along the way, and I couldn’t help but think of the movie ‘Willow‘ at a couple points too – but for the most part there’s a lot of originality here. Dadich tells his story well, keeping it moving without getting too caught up in the details of it.

This makes the book’s flaws more palatable. If at times elements of the story seem a little too easy, or too convenient, it can be overlooked. For example, when the main characters inherit powers and knowledge from their pair-bonded “kin” in the new world, it mostly works, even if the transition from teenage kinds to battle-hardened warriors seems a bit quick. The odd word choices, too, aren’t a big deal, because the story is kept clipping by at a pace that makes such window dressing almost inconsequential.

But, I like window dressing…a little, at least.

There is a lot of fighting as the story progresses, much of it at least somewhat graphic and gory. I don’t mind that at all but it may not be for all readers, especially those looking for lighter fare. The battle scenes are well-executed and organized, and make for some of the high points in the book.

All that being said, Michael Dadich has skill as a writer to tell a unique story that holds together, with characters that seen genuine and a good ear for dialogue. The issues I had with the book were small ones, and The Silver Sphere stands as a rousing adventure to be read by almost any age.

Not bad for his first book! Let’s hope we get to see more of this new world, and Michael Dadich.

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