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The Crystal Facade (Book 2, Rule of Otharia series) (The Rule of Otharia series) [Kindle Edition]

Debra L. Martin , David W Small
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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"...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..." Readers Favorite

"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!" Syria Says

"A fast-paced and exciting book.. It was highly engrossing and, in a rare change of pace, even better than the first book." Katy Sozaeva

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 hunted them across the galaxy?


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"I love intrigue, mystery, mythology, anything Arthurian - and I love Sci-Fi that is not the-alien-eats-you horror stuff. Crystal Facade is all of that; it is involving, colorful, and easy to read. Martin and Small have interwoven ancient Earth history with fairy tale characters in other-world monarchies and royal conspiracies." Seeker

"...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..." Readers Favorite

"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!" Syria Says

"A fast-paced and exciting book.. It was highly engrossing and, in a rare change of pace, even better than the first book." Katy Sozaeva, Top Vine Reviewer

From the Author

If you enjoy reading about Arthurian legend, then the Otharia books are just the ticket!

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  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CC1KK2
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: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'!

The Crystal Façade picks up the story six months after the first adventures on Otharia and Earth. Dyla has been having increasingly disturbing visions of Sir Blackheart and know that until she goes back to Earth to finish the quest they started, these visions will never go away. The glamour has worn off Otharia for Cat and all she wants to do is to go back home to Earth and start living a normal life - teaching her students and archeology-ing - again.

Together Cat, Dyla and Éclair, the very powerful telepath, make the trip back to Earth. After they leave, the conspiracy doesn't seem to stop weaving out of control. Darius must figure out who is trying to kill him and prevent an evil power from taking over Otharia.

Grammar/Spelling: I noticed some minor issues with punctuation and grammar. I also noticed an odd twist to an old saying (Perhaps it's due to the differences between Earthlings and Otharians?): "She was a beautiful, headstrong, young woman who seemed to attract men to her like flies to the fire." I have always heard it stated as, "like moths to the flame." This phrasing did nothing to detract from the story at all - just something that I noticed and thought it was worth mentioning.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Two Take it up a Notch October 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the first book in the 'Rule of Otharia' series, I was looking forward to reading this book. The end of book one ties the whole storyline into the myths of King Arthur. I've never really explored all the tales of King Arthur, but this series shines new light on them.

The story picks back up with the Telkur twins, Dyla and Darius. Darius is finally the ruling Duke of Telkur, but this hasn't solved all their problems. While on Earth, they uncovered some disturbing mysteries that have them questioning who they can trust back on their own planet.

I was really impressed by some of the twists and outright surprises in this book. There was more than one occasion where I thought I knew what was going to happen and ended up being totally wrong . . . which I like! Sometimes terrible things happen to innocent people, and sometimes the bad guys will win. It was nice to see that truth played out in the storyline.

Grand Duke, Janus Vogdo, reprises his role as Master Manipulator in this book. He's pretty snakey and pretty slimey and he hides it all behind a benevolent smile. All in all, a great bad guy. His go-to assassin, Nils, is a character I really enjoy reading. He adds a lot of flavor. As for romance, Dyla and Eclair are getting pretty cozy. I like how clueless Eclair can be at times, but he can always be counted on when things get tough. His angry, protective side was a nice development. I find that very appealing in the right situations.

I am really looking forward to The King's Last Word. I can't really say what I'm looking forward to because I don't like putting in spoilers . . . but I'm very interested to find out how everything goes down in the final book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds in the rough... October 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love intrigue, mystery, mythology, anything Arthurian - and I love Sci-Fi that is not the-alien-eats-you horror stuff. Crystal Facade is all of that; it is involving, colorful, and easy to read. Martin and Small have interwoven ancient Earth history with fairy tale characters in other-world monarchies and royal conspiracies. Otharians have never seen cars, but then who needs one when a portal is available for travel? What is the real secret of the crystals? Sorry, no spoilers. Crystal Facade successfully continues The Quest for Nobility (book 1), building the characters into bad guys we love to hate, heroes we would love to know...and the plot thickens. Who is the real villain? Although there is some resolution at the end there is enough going on that book 3 is awaited eagerly. A most enjoyable and entertaining journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First November 11, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crystal Facade April 19, 2013
By Arlena
Format:Kindle Edition
Author: Debra L. Martin and David Small
Published by: Smashwords, Inc.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

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"The Crystal Facade" by Debra L. Martin and David Small are this authors' second installment of the "Rule of Otharia" series. This novel picks up six months after the first adventurers on Otharia and Earth where we find that Dyla is having visions of 'Sir Blackheart' that will not go away until she goes back to Earth to finish this quest. We then find the powerful telepathic group...Cat, Dyla and Eclair go back to Earth only leaving Darius to find "out who is trying to kill him and prevent this event spirit from taking over Otharia." Now, to truly understand what is going on in this read, you must pick up the "The Crystal Facade" and find out what all is going on in this well-written story. I believe you must read the first book...'Rule of Ortharia' to get the whole story as it continues into this novel. There will be plenty of twist and turns that will be surprises for the reader. Be ready for a good mystery, mythology, fantasy and sci-fi that will get you turning the pages till the end. In the end ...you will get the real secret of the crystal and find out who this 'real villain' is. The characters were all 'unique and charming' that only gives us a interesting read.

If you are in for a good fast paced read that journeys into fantasy-sci-fi you have come to the right place for "The Crystal Facade" would be recommended to you as a good read.
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Debra L Martin, science fiction and fantasy author, started writing with co-author, David W Small in 2006. Writing with a co-author is challenging in itself, but when 1 author lives on the East Coast and 1 lives on the West Coast, the challenges are a bit more daunting, but because we live in an electronic world of email, Instant Messenger and Skype, the partnership is totally workable. What makes the partnership even better is that David is my brother. We love the same types of books and that love naturally evolved into writing our own books.

"Witch's Curse," Book 2 in The Witch Stone Prophecy was released in July 2014. It's the sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy "Assassin's Curse".

"The Silver Cross" Book 1 in the series, VAMPIRE NIGHTLIFE was published in 2012. "The Silver Double Cross" Book 2 is currently under development and will be released in 2015.

If you enjoy Arthurian history with a twist, they have published "Quest for Nobility" and "Crystal Facade" in the RULE OF OTHARIA trilogy. The final volume, "The King's Last Word" is under development.

If you enjoy post-apocalyptic fiction, they have written three stories in the DARK FUTURE series, "Path to Destruction," "The Right Path" and "Zia's Path."

Debra blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen about writing, publishing, ebooks, guest posts, author interviews and book reviews. You can also find a complete list of her published books on the blog.





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