The Crystal Facade (Book 2, Rule of Otharia)

The Crystal Facade (Book 2, Rule of Otharia)

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by Debra L Martin, David W Small
     
 
SECOND EDITION:

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

Overview

SECOND EDITION:

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?

EXCERPT: Chapter 2 - Eclair's First Day

Eclair Jortac sat down at the desk in the front of the classroom facing his students. It was his first day with this group of advanced telekinetics and he felt like the new kid in school. He had thoroughly enjoyed teaching the younger students for the past six months. They had responded well to him and loved his quirky ways. This class would be different. These students would not be so easily impressed with him especially since he was only a few years older than most of them.
All right, I'm the teacher. If anyone should be nervous, it's these kids, not me.
Eclair's eyes swept the room.
"Good morning. My name is Eclasius Jortac. I'll be your teacher for this class on advanced telekinetics."
In the back of the class, he heard a pair of students snicker.
"I heard they used to call him Eclair, like the pastry."
"Yeah, cause he's soft and gooey."
The two had pitched their voices loud enough for everyone to hear. Smothered laughter erupted throughout the class. Another time and place, Eclair would have turned beat red and quietly taken the jeering, another time, another place, and definitely, another Eclair.
He had been warned by the chancellor about these two students--a pair of bullies, physically powerful and fairly decent telekinetics. They were of the house of Vogdo and were second-generation nephews of the Grand Duke. Their previous instructors had given them ample liberties because of that fact. No one wanted to face the displeasure of the Grand Duke of Otharia and the Institute's number one benefactor.
Eclair stood up and walked around to the front of his desk while he continued his introduction. He concentrated slightly and the two perpetrators jerked out of their seats, standing at attention, with their arms locked to their sides, unable to move a muscle. However, they could still speak and the first one quickly voiced his displeasure.
"Hey," the first boy yelled peevishly, struggling to no avail. "What's going on? I can't move."
All eyes turned toward the back of the room.
The second boy struggled for a few moments before giving up.
"As I said, my name is Eclasius Jortac."
"Well, my name is Vogdo," the first boy interrupted, "and when my great uncle hears of this . . ."
The boy's mouth slammed shut and his eyes went wide with shocked indignation.
Eclair continued talking unfazed by the boy's interruption. The other student's heads swiveled back and forth between their frozen classmates and their new teacher.
"You may call me Sir or Master Jortac."
Both boys stared at Eclair with fire in their eyes. No one else spoke, their attention was glued to the two boys held in thrall. To the ultimate surprise of the class, the two slowly elevated into the air and began to spin around in a circle.
Eclair continued talking nonchalantly.
"I want everyone to understand something as we move forward in this class. I'm the instructor and you're the students. You're here to learn and I'm here to teach you. Today's lesson is on focus and the application of power."
The two boys struggled to free themselves as they continued to rotate in front of the other students. The class soon recognized that Eclair was demonstrating two separate weaves of power on air, something none of them had seen before.
Eclair pressed his point.
"To truly understand power, one must look beyond the surface. What one perceives with one's eyes is not necessarily the strength that is lurking beneath."

Editorial Reviews

Syria Evans
Debra and David: double the authors, double the greatness!
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 characters were flushed out well enough that it was easy to follow the storyline. The Crystal Façade is a distinctive and exciting journey into the fantasy genre and I can only hope that there are many more grea

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012033697
Publisher:
Debra L Martin
Publication date:
03/18/2012
Series:
Rule of Otharia , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
970 KB

Meet the Author

Debra L Martin writes science fiction and fantasy with her co-author, David W Small. They have been writing together since 2006 and have written 4 novels, THE SILVER CROSS, ASSASSIN'S CURSE, WITCH'S CURSE and in "The Rule of Otharia" series, QUEST FOR NOBILITY and THE CRYSTAL FACADE. The third and final volume, THE KING'S LAST WORD, is forthcoming.

Their newest release is THE SILVER CROSS, Book 1 in the "Vampire Nightlife" series. The sequel, THE SILVER DOUBLE CROSS, is scheduled to be published in 2013.

They released ASSASSIN'S CURSE, Book 1 in "The Witch Stone Prophecy" in January 2012. The sequel, WITCH'S CURSE, is scheduled to be released in 2013.

If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, they have written 3 short novellas, PATH TO DESTRUCTION, THE RIGHT PATH and ZIA'S PATH in the "Dark Future" series.

Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 cats. David lives on the West Coast with his wife.

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Crystal Facade (A Scifi Fantasy Adventure) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Debra L. Martin and David Small Published by: Smashwords, Inc. Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Review: "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.
GraceKrispy More than 1 year ago
A sequel to "The Quest for Nobility," this book takes places several months after the first book ends. As with the first book, the connections between Earth and Otharia are fascinating and make for a good backdrop to the tale. There is quite a number of characters to keep up with in this novel, but the majority of the main characters are developed well enough to help the reader keep track of what is going on. Although I would recommend reading these stories in order, this book could really stand alone as well, as enough information is shared about the characters to allow a new reader to keep up. The plot has four main storylines that initially seem somewhat separate, but are actually interwoven. They are tied together in the end, and an epilogue leaves the story wide open for another follow-up book. The continuity of the various threads was solid, and the overall pacing of each thread worked well. One thing I would have preferred, however, would have been to have the various storylines more evenly spaced in the story. Coming back to each of the threads at slightly shorter, more regular intervals would have made it easier for me to better keep up with everything that was going on. Overall, another engaging fantasy novel that provides a great bridge between the first novel, and the novel to come. Entertaining throughout, this is a good fantasy read that bridges the world of Otharia with that of Earth. Full review at MotherLode blog
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
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. Because I was editing it at the same time I was reading it, I took a few days to get through it, but it wasn't for lack of interest. Anyone who enjoys science fantasy adventure should enjoy this second book in the Otharian series - don't miss it!
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Syria_Says More than 1 year ago
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! 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? Continuity: I noticed no issues with continuity. Overall Rating: 4- I really enjoyed Debra Martin and David Small's fantasy collaboration, The Crystal Façade. I can promise I'll be buying the first one - unless *ahem* for some other reason I get a copy - and will be able to highly review and recommend it as well! 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! The story had some minor adult situations and language, so I would give it a PG-13.