By: Michael Dadich
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication Date: November 2012
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: July 22, 2013
As one who does, it is easy to say this to other readers: We crave the days of Harry Potter and want nothing more than to have a book series that brings that magic back. The good news? We may just have found a winner to take the mantle and run with it.
Shelby is in 10th grade and has to live a somewhat lonely existence. Her mother has abandoned her and her father has turned to the drink instead of taking care of his child. The only escape Shelby has is the library. This is a girl of imagination and intelligence, and even though she’s going through darkness she is always so full of courage, light and kindness for others.
One day, when she runs to the library for a little respite from her home life, Shelby finds a cryptic message popping up on the library’s computer telling her that her ‘Kin’ need help, and alluding to an ancient evil. She shows her favorite person - the librarian, Mr. Dempsey - the message, and they head to an assigned meeting place within the library, wondering who the message is from.
Yet another person, a young man by the name of Zach Ryder, also receives a message, as well as four others: Riley, Max, Stuart and Emily. It turns out that when these kids answer the call, so to speak, they are immediately transported through an intercept portal into another realm. And we are talking about a very cool realm.
The basic plot is that these six have a psychic link to members that make up the Aulic Assembly - the governing body of the country of Meridia. On a planet located 200 light years from Earth, this Assembly has disappeared through evil means. And to help retrieve their Kin, these children are placed in this new world, all grown up and owning the magical abilities of their missing brethren.
Malefic is the bad guy in all this. He, with the power of Biskara (an ancient evil ala, Satan), has built an army called the Nightlanders and is overpowering Meridia. He wants the power and will make sure that everyone dies who gets in his way. The one thing he can’t seem to get by, however, is the Silver Sphere. This is a magical type of weapon that seems to halt his progress.
The six find themselves thrust into this seriously wild ride, and every character you hope will be there is accounted for. From the hysterical intercept teams of Vilaborg and Cassie, as well as Barrick and Sculptor - who remind one of Frick and Frack - the people that readers are introduced to are beyond memorable. You will get lost in the beautiful voices of The Fugues, gasp at the furry, unkempt Bogman, and want to chase the bright green squirrel through this amazing landscape.
Quill says: A vivid mind has most definitely brought back the Technicolor that’s been missing since Potter made his last stand.