The Silver Sphere
Shelby Pardow never imagined killing someone. That's about to change.
While hiding from her troubled father in the local library, Shelby stares at a flashing instant message on her computer: YOU ARE NEEDED. She discovers a portal that opens and teleports her to the planet Azimuth, where soldiers await. Here, she is not a child but a warrior, Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members imprisoned by Malefic Cacoethes, the daunting leader of the Nightlanders.
Malefic, the evil spawn of the demon Biskara, razes towns and cities in his quest to rule Azimuth, and yearns to turn his forces against Earth. Yet every time Biskara gets close to achieving his malevolent goals, the Assembly uses the Silver Sphere, a sophisticated armillary device, to thwart him.
With the Assembly deposed, Biskara directing Malefic's conquests, and the Silver Sphere out of reach, Shelby is thrust into an unforgettable quest with her fellow Kin. She must learn to kill and lead an army into battle, or Azimuth—and Earth—will fall.
There is so much to this book. It was really well written. So much imagination and world building went into this story. It took me a while to figure out who was who and what was happening; only because for the last several books I've read the focus was on one or two characters. That's not the case in here. Each "Kin" has their own story with in the story. I liked Shelby and Max the most. Their strength and bravery really stood out to me. I liked Nick too. He was a hero to his core. The story mixes Mid eval knights, sorcery and a bit of technology into a wonderfully woven tapestry. All the different creatures were fascinating and there are even a few pictures to really help you understand what they look like. Great battle scenes through out the book keep it moving at a good pace. I think both male and female readers will enjoy this story.
I'd recommend this for 13 yrs. old and up.