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The Quest for Nobility (Book 1, Rule of Otharia series) (The Rule of Otharia series) [Kindle Edition]

Debra L. Martin , David W Small
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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"...this fantasy tale is highly imaginative and quite engaging..." Grace Krispy

." 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..." Isabela Morales

"...The end is fantastic when all the threads that run through the tale are uncovered..." Robert J. Duperre

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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About the Author

Debra L Martin writes SF/fantasy with her co-author and brother, David W Small. They have been writing together since 2006. They make their partnership work through the use of email, instant messaging and video conferences. 

Their newest release is THE SILVER CROSS, Book 1 in the Vampire Nightlife series. They have written three other novels, ASSASSIN'S CURSE, Book 1 in the Witch Stone Prophecy, QUEST FOR NOBILITY and THE CRYSTAL FACADE in the RULE OF OTHARIA series and three novellas in the DARK FUTURE series to-date. 

Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 cats. She works as a Programs Manager at a research university. David lives on the West Coast with his wife. He retired from the Marines after 21 years and currently works as a Network Specialist.

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  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CC1KI4
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth It October 25, 2010
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The Quest for Nobility by Debra L. Martin and David W. Small is the first book in the Rule of Otharia series. Though the book is tagged as science fiction, it is not hard science fiction. You won't find overly technical explanations for the science behind things.

I have mixed feelings about the book. It is enjoyable and definitely well worth the money. The use of psychic or psionic powers throughout the book is one of the things I liked. The authors explain how the powers works and detail their use in a clear manner.

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. You could not use the controller to skip to the next chapter or go back to the previous one. Even if you could, you would end up skipping the introductory text because the chapter heading appears after the text. There is also no table of contents.

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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend this book June 10, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is an action adventure story in the science fiction genre. I loved the PSI abilities of the Otharians especially the telenetics. The story has good flow and it kept me turning the pages. The authors did a good job developing their characters. The Telkur twins were believable as brother and sister and I liked how the they supported each other throughout the book. The character who showed the most growth was their friend Éclair Jortac - from a geeky introverted student into a self confident young man who manages to accomplish many things during the book. I don't want to give away too much of the plot but Éclair starts out as a minor character and definitely ends up as a major one. The competition scenes were realistic - I felt myself struggling along with Darius and Dyla. My overall favorite character though was Nils, the telekinetic assassin. He was so deliciously evil.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice start to a new series! January 13, 2011
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Darius and Dyla Telkur are royal twins from the duchy of Telkur. They are imbued with psychic gifts (as all royals are) and live a charmed life... until tragedy strikes. When their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Telkur, are implicated in a dastardly smuggling ring and presumed dead, the twins' uncle, Avikar, takes over the royal duties until the twins are of age. What the twins don't know is that Avikar has his sights set on the Dukedom, and will stop at nothing to get it. A mistimed attempt on the twins' lives results in yet another tragedy, and the blame falls to the twins. Their attempts to win back their duchy and clear their family's name takes them on an exciting adventure to places they never imagined. Time is running short; will they be able to prove their innocence and that of their parents in time to regain control of the royal title and their duchy?

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. It helped tie together a story that was somewhat lacking a smooth flow in events and storyline. The writing, overall, seemed somewhat inconsistent to me, almost as if different parts were written by different authors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great First Book to a Series... December 18, 2010
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The Quest for Nobility, written by Debra Martin and David Small, is the first book in The Rule of Otharia series. This action packed book takes us into a world where the Telkur twins, Darius and Dyla, are part of a dominant family. Then through unexpected events, their happy lives are thrown into a world of chaos as they discover their parents have been murdered and the family name dishonored. While still trying to cope with the loss, the twins enter into a competition in hopes of using the prize money to keep the family land free of debt. The competition is made up of a series of objectives where each team, made up of three members, must use their psychic abilities and training to reach the objective successfully. However, things don't go according to planned and the twins soon find themselves wanted for murder and have no choice but to flee to the planet Earth until they can figure out what their next course of action will be. Murder, betrayal, and corruption will be revealed while the twins learn who they can and can not trust. I really enjoyed reading The Quest for Nobility and am eager to read book two of the series, The Crystal Facade. The only thing that didn't sit well with me throughout this book was the time frame while Darius and Dyla were on Earth. I may have missed something, but it seemed as though they were only away for a few days, but once back on their planet, the time shifted and made it seem like they were gone longer. I'm interested in seeing if there is a time frame explained in book two that will wrap up that issue for me from book one. However, that being said, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Couldn't put it down. The beginning drops you right in to action. At first you are not sure where or what but quite quickly you start to feel it out
Published 1 month ago by Maven
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quest for Nobility
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book - tales of Arthur and Stonehenge mixed with an off-world planet full of characters with PSI-talents. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Merissa
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for fantasy readers
This is a good book for fantasy readers. It kept me interested and I will search out books by this author. Definitely worth the price
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fu and an easy read.
An interesting tale that provides relatively short chapters making for an easy read. I am looking forward to the next books.
Published 11 months ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars Book you won't be able to stop reading
After going through the first few chapters, I was extremely surprised with the plot twist and placement of action (I won't spoil it for you). Overall nice style and easy to read. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marcin Sciesinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with interesting plot twists
Fun read. The plot may be predictable at times, however it sets up a good foundation for a series. Th characters were standard of this genre but rather likable. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fantasy With Political Intrigue and Arthurian Lore
Darius and Dyla, twins with telekinetic powers, must outwit the plotters who killed their parents and want to take over the duchy. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by LKRigel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Fantasy Series
Quest for Nobility is a fun read with alot of interesting plot twists along the way. The origins of the tale of King Arthur get a makeover in this story. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by Jackie M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fantasy
Heirs to the Duchy of Telkur, twins Darius and Dyla, have not only lost their parents but have also seen their names dragged through the mud after their death. Read more
Published on July 6, 2011 by TopCat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating idea and world, neat blend of fantasy and sci fi
The Kingdom of Otharia is no longer ruled by a king - instead there are duchies, each ruled by a duke and a Grand Counsel over which a Grand Duke, elected by his peers, rules. Read more
Published on July 1, 2011 by K. Sozaeva
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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 release 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 and is slated to be published in 2015.

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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