The Lost Diadem (A Rogue's Tale Part I) [NOOK Book]

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You never know when you might end up on the other side of the law....

Govin had no clue how much his life would change when he signed up for the City Guard in Davon. A fateful meeting throws him into an adventure he would never have imagined, not even in his wildest dreams, and he is left to fix the mess once known as his life. And if that weren’t enough, there is still a cunning thief to catch….

"Bardon put the quill down and scrutinised his ...

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The Lost Diadem (A Rogue's Tale Part I)

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Overview

You never know when you might end up on the other side of the law....

Govin had no clue how much his life would change when he signed up for the City Guard in Davon. A fateful meeting throws him into an adventure he would never have imagined, not even in his wildest dreams, and he is left to fix the mess once known as his life. And if that weren’t enough, there is still a cunning thief to catch….

"Bardon put the quill down and scrutinised his work. The sketch showed a young girl with untidy hair, smart eyes and a cute little nose.
‘A pretty girl,’ he remarked. ‘Too bad she's a thief. She might've grown up to become a beauty, but I doubt she'll live long enough. The streets are rough, and the prison's even rougher.’
Govin felt a pang of guilt."

Meet Govin and Tayla as their friendship begins. Their first meeting doesn't bode well, but when faced with the choice to save themselves or do the right thing, they decide to stand up for each other. Soon, though, things get out of hand and they need help from others. Will they trust the right persons?

An award-winning fantasy/mystery mix!

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045075671
  • Publisher: Saoirse O'Mara
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Series: A Rogue's Tale , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 135,586
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 180 KB

Meet the Author

Saoirse O'Mara aka Theresa Berg is a bilingual writer, editor, translator and language teacher. Apart from German and English, both of which languages she speaks fluently, she knows French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch and strives to learn many more languages.

Her motto: Language is more than words; it's magic!

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

    It¿s amazing how the theft of one item can change the fortunes o

    It’s amazing how the theft of one item can change the fortunes of so many in such little time.

    Govin is a 15-year-old boy, forced by the death of his father to take on a role much too big for him–that of sole provider for himself and his mother. He has decided to try his luck as a City Guard, where within two days he is thrust into a perplexing theft–that of a mysterious diadem said to have healing powers.

    Tayla, a 13-year-old, starving street child, picks the wrong pocket (Govin’s) out of sheer desperation, which was a mistake that puts them both in jeopardy.

    With Govin’s help, Tayla is caught–and accused of stealing the diadem, not just pickpocketing. Govin is surprised and horrified when he learns that Tayla could end up in prison, or worse, without even the pretense of a trial. Risking his life and his future, he frees Tayla and they both go underground.

    They join together to learn who could have stolen the artifact. The way events unwind, it seems that the culprit may be one of the inhabitants of the temple of the goddess Natifa, who supposedly created the diadem in the first place.

    Then, in the midst of their sleuthing, Tayla disappears. Govin must seek the aid of the priestess Larissa, and risks his own arrest by contacting a fellow Guard, Dalen, for his help. Together, they search for Tayla, following clues to find her and bring her to safety.

    And at the same time, to bring the true culprit to justice.



    This middle-school-range book was a delight to read. What stood out most was the character of the people involved. Govin acted without putting himself first to right an injustice to someone generally forgotten by society. Dalen and Larissa both risk their jobs for the same reason. Tayla gives up the security of her anonymity to help Govin, to whom she feels she owes a great debt.

    The character interaction was well thought out. The reader can feel the warmth and the trust between these four people. The story flowed nicely, and, yes, I could definitely tell there would be more of this story in the future.

    Keep writing, Ms. O’Mara–you have a wonderful series started here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    I was expecting something a bit more fantasy, with mages and hea

    I was expecting something a bit more fantasy, with mages and healers and such mentioned.
    This reads more like a police procedural - a crime is committed and they're trying to find the culprit.
    Along the way, alliances and friendships are made, trouble and danger ensue.
    It almost seems more like a prologue to the rest of the series than a whole story on its own. 
    That said, I was drawn along through the story to find out what happens to the characters - it just ended a bit abruptly,
    like running through a forest and getting pulled up short before going down into a ravine.

    I am looking forward to reading the others in the series and seeing how the tidbits of fantasy and magic fill out and develop.

    I noticed the author's motto above "Language is more than words; it's magic!" and find it appropriate for a writer of fantasy novels because words are what forms and informs magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Interesting jmm44

    But it seemed to end kind of abruptly & it left you wondering what was next! Is there a sequel??

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    Posted January 7, 2014

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