OTHARIA Titles

If you like fantasy, the first 2 books in THE RULE OF OTHARIA trilogy are now available as ebooks. The books tell the story of royal Otharian twins, Darius and Dyla Telkur, both of whom are strong in psychic abilities - Darius a telepath and Dyla an empath. Share in their adventure and follow their struggles, heartaches and triumphs. 

Look for the exciting conclusion to this series. The final book in the trilogy, THE KING'S LAST WORD is forthcoming. 

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RULE OF OTHARIA, Book 1

 
QUEST FOR NOBILITY: The parents of royal Otharian twins Darius and Dyla have been murdered; their cousin is stealing their throne, and they are falsely accused of murder. Their only choice is to flee to the forbidden and quarantined planet Earth, but it could turn out to be a one-way trip.

To return home, they must find an ancient crystal, that once belonged to Merlin, to power the return portal. When the twins stumble upon the location of the crystal, the local crime boss sends out his assassin to retrieve it. Can Darius and Dyla use their PSI powers to open the portal home and reclaim their throne before the assassin catches up to them?

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4.0 out of 5 stars It gets better...August 16, 2010
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This review is from: The Quest for Nobility, Book 1 (The Rule of Otharia series) (Kindle Edition)
It's set up in a quirky and fun way, with a segment from various informative texts preceding each chapter as a way of explaining how the rules of this world work. I found these to be among the most interesting components of the book, as they disclose their information in a just-the-facts way. It is a departure from the style of the rest of the book, and it makes these sections stand out, which is a very good thing. The dissimilarities between the Otharians and Earthlings are intriguing, as well. They are painted as superior, in a way, and humans as paranoid deviants. However, we can plainly see through the way the people of Otharia are constantly (and easily) misled that there is something to be said for the paranoia we, as a people, possess. I don't know if this was an intended statement by the authors, but I very much appreciated it.

Also, the storyline itself is intriguing. I don't want to give too much away here, but there are links between the planet Otharia and Arthurian legend that make me say, "Yes, please, more." The end is fantastic, when all the threads that run through the tale are uncovered, and this makes the whole journey - even the irksome parts - worth it. There is potential for the stories down the line that could make this a special experience...

I decided to download the sample of book two, titled The Crystal Façade. I'm glad I did. The writing in the second book is ramped up more than a few notches. The story flows much easier. In other words, it looks to be very well constructed.
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well Worth ItOctober 25, 2010
By Richard E. Jackson (New Rochelle, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Quest for Nobility, Book 1 (The Rule of Otharia series) (Kindle Edition)
The background and both worlds (Earth and Otharia) are well thought out. The book is rich in detail that adds to the narrative. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a snippet of historal text and background material. Some might prefer to have this information come up during the course of events. I didn't mind it but I will admit that it did take a little getting used to. The only downside to this format is that it made navigating the book slightly harder on my Kindle. 
The characters are fleshed out and came alive for me but there were a few who seemed one dimensional. As for the storyline, I found it interesting. As the book progressed, I was drawn deeper into the story. I was able to overlook the minor problems I had with the writing style. Sometimes, the story didn't seem to flow and transition well from one scene to next. It might be because this is a collaboration which is understandable. Collaborating on a book is sometimes more difficult than writing it all by yourself.

I liked the book well enough to start reading the second book in the series. I plan on posting a review of The Crystal Fascade when I finish the book. From what I have read so far, the writing style and characterizations have greatly improved without losing any of the things I liked from the first book. As I said before, the book is well worth the money.

4.0 out of 5 stars Eclasius Jortac and the Goblet of FireNovember 23, 2010
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Isabela Morales (Tuscaloosa, AL) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Quest for Nobility, Book 1 (The Rule of Otharia series) (Kindle Edition)
Debra L. Martin and David W. Small's science fiction/adventure novel has a lot going for it: believable lead characters, a classic coming-of-age narrative, and an interesting mixture of both high-tech science fiction and fantasy elements. The incorporation of Arthurian lore and Stonehenge mythology was a pleasant plot twist....

4.0 out of 5 stars A Great First Book to a Series...December 18, 2010
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This action packed book takes us into a world where the Telkur twins, Darius and Dyla, are part of a dominant family...  I still very much enjoyed reading The Quest for Nobility and am anxious to see how authors Debra Martin and David Small fine tune their skills in book two, The Crystal Facade.
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RULE OF OTHARIA, BOOK 2
 


THE CRYSTAL FACADE
Royal Otharian twins Darius and Dyla Telkur have a big problem: they know too much about a secret sect of their countrymen living on the forbidden planet Earth. On a previous trip to Earth, they traced the sect's lineage back to the time of Merlin, but a run-in with a local crime boss forced them back to Otharia before they could unravel the mystery.

Now Dyla is dreaming again. Her dreams of the London crime boss portend an imminent threat to her family and she has no choice but to secretly return to Earth to find out what they mean. What the twins don't realize is they're walking into a conspiracy involving a centuries old interplanetary smuggling operation. Will they be able to capitalize on their superior PSI powers to get the answers they need before they fall victim to a telekinetic assassin that has followed them across the galaxy? 



This fast-paced book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.



5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and action-packed science fantasy adventureJuly 13, 2011
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In this sequel to "The Quest for Nobility," the stakes are raised even higher. Darius, now the Duke of Telkur, and his sister Dyla - now Darius's First Counselor - along with her boyfriend Eclasius "Eclair" Jortac are convinced that there is more to the situation on Earth than meets the eye. Sir Henry "Blackheart" Hanover looks too much like Grand Duke Vogdo for it to be a coincidence, and they still don't know why Earth was quarantined in the first place. To make things more urgent, Dyla has been having visions that leave her feeling afraid and unsettled, and the latest one has ended with the looming face of Blackheart. She and Eclair decide that they must go back to Earth to discover the truth, and to take Cat Spencer back as well. Darius decides, while they are away, that he will do his best to help stop the civil war in Beckson Duchy - a decision that is helped along by his attraction to Cristaline, the beautiful daughter of Duke Urias. Tyrian, who is a close friend to all three of them, and affianced to Trinity, Dyla and Darius's cousin, has his own role to play as he tries to infiltrate the Red Alliance.


A fast-paced and exciting book, I spent much of it alternately yelling at the characters for doing ridiculous things and at the authors for putting the characters through such distress. It was highly engrossing and, in a rare change of pace, even better than the first book.  Anyone who enjoys science fantasy adventure should enjoy this second book in the Otharian series - don't miss it! 

4.0 out of 5 stars The FirstNovember 11, 2010
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Richard E. Jackson (New Rochelle, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Crystal Facade, Book 2 (The Rule of Otharia series) (Kindle Edition)
The Crystal Fascade by Debra L. Martin and David W. Small is the second book in the Rule of Otharia series.

The Crystal Fascade has all of the good things that made The Quest for Nobility a good and enjoyable read for me. The authors build on the strong foundation and wealth of background from the first book. With the foundation already established, the authors focus more on the characters and story. The writing style and collaboration between the two authors has improved. Transitions from one scene were handled smoothly.

This is a solid piece of work and like The Quest for Nobility, well worth the money especially if you are looking for a series where psychic powers are used. 



A nice start to a new series!January 13, 2011
Written by the collaborative team of Debra L. Martin and David W. Small, this fantasy tale is highly imaginative and quite engaging. The authors transitioned to new settings and events by beginning each chapter with a "quote" from the "Chronicles of Otharia." It is in this way the readers are introduced to the rules and customs of the Otharian people. Each quote is paired well with a chapter that demonstrates the quoted information. I found this to be a really effective way to prepare us for what was to happen in the chapter, and supply us with information without having to spell it out in the narrative. 
The storyline itself is actually quite interesting. I especially liked the way Earth was tied into the Otharian adventure, and I was really interested in how those two planets were related in the past and, perhaps, would be again in the future. I was really able to get into the adventure...With a half star boost for the sheer creativity and cleverness in tying Earth together with Otharia (which I thought was the most interesting concept introduced in this story), and the fact that it was engaging and fun to read.

 
4.0 out of 5 stars Debra and David: double the authors, double the greatness!,December 10, 2010
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Syria Says... (Southeast Texas)

This review is from: The Crystal Facade, Book 2 (The Rule of Otharia series) (Kindle Edition)
Storyline: The Crystal Façade is book two (really, it could actually standalone) in a fantasy series that I can only hope continues until the end of time. Or at least until I can't stands it no mo'!
Character Development: The Crystal Façade is fairly well-written and developed. Even though it is book two, the characters were flushed out well enough that it was easy to follow the storyline. Of course, now I must read the FIRST book so that I can get the ENTIRE story. Geez! Thanks guys! Like I don't have ENOUGH books to read! I kid, I kid!

Darius is the new lady-loving young Duke of Telkur (Well, he's always loved ladies, so that part isn't new, per se.) and he might have met his match with the beautiful, spit-fire Crystaline. He decides to prove his mettle by saving her from kidnappers. (At least attempting to!)


Éclair is the strongest telekinetic that has ever been born in Otharia and, because of that, he is also one of the youngest teachers at the Otharian Institute for Paranormal Studies. His techniques have been ill-received by the older teachers and staff, so his decision to take the trip back to Earth is met with very little resistance on their part.


Writing Style: The Crystal Façade is unique because it runs in parallel timelines on Earth and Otharia to keep the action moving along and the reader quite entranced.


The trip to Earth should have been an easy, in and out expedition, but of course, it's not. Cat, Dyla and Éclair are being followed and harassed by Blackheart's goons while searching for Merlin's cave; while back on Otharia, we have kidnappings, coercions, secret societies and even a rebellion.


Nothing is ever simple, is it?


The Crystal Façade is a distinctive and exciting journey into the fantasy genre and I can only hope that there are many more great trips to Otharia!



4.0 out of 5 stars A power hungry plot with unique and charming charactersMay 3, 2011


Dyla Telkur, the twin sister of Darius Telkur, keeps having visions. They are always the same, but each time a little more is revealed. Now she, Eclear (her lover), and Catiana Spencer (an earthling) will have to travel to earth. The distant planet has been quarantined for massacring a previous expedition of their people. Together they have to find clues of this dream's meaning for their kingdom.

The twins are uniquely blessed with advanced psychic abilities that hopefully will help them discover what is wrong in their world. Darius' telepathic ability rivals his sister's empathic skills, a skill that will be tested time and time again.
For his part Éclair Jortac is the best telekinetic in their world. Catiana Spencer is a Professor of Archeology at a university in London, Earth specializing in Arthurian and Druidic lore. Cat, for short, is transported to their universe when they are trapped in a room filling with water that will kill them in moments. They might have left her, and no one on Earth would know of their existence, but that is not their way. Instead they save her life and transport her to their planet.


The planet of Otharia is divided into Duchies; each Duchy has a Duke at the head of government. At the top of the pyramid are the Duchies of Vogdo, Telkur and Jortac. However, one of them is not happy with his place in the circle of life and wants to take matters into his own hands.
It was a pleasure to read this book. I had a hard time turning the pages. The authors did a great job with the power hungry plot and the unique and charming characters. The writing is clear and easy to follow. This book will be well received by many fantasy lovers.