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The Quest for Nobility (The Rule of Otharia #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  61 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
The idyllic life of royal teenagers, Darius and Dyla Telkur, from the planet Otharia takes a horrifying turn when their parents are murdered. With their cousin appointed as Regent until Darius comes of age, it doesn’t take the twins long to figure out that he’s bent on stealing their throne one way or another. To escape their cousin’s wrath and a false murder charge, they ...more
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Jun 22, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katy by: Debra Martin
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. Long ago Otharia explored Earth, but when the exploration team is massacred, it is decided to quarantine the planet; however, not everyone obeys that. One of the dukes, reliant upon the mining of crystals for his duchy’s wealth, maintains a private portal from deep within one of his mines to a crystal mine on Earth.

Fast fo
Jaidis Shaw
Dec 18, 2010 Jaidis Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 priz ...more
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Mar 28, 2013 Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) rated it really liked it
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. What I got was a book that was thoroughly enjoyable with some classic twists and turns in it, loaded with adventure and just a hint of romance.

This is the first of a series and I will definitely be getting the others as I want to know more.

Robert Duperre
Aug 11, 2010 Robert Duperre rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Sometimes, when reading a series, the first installment is all about the buildup, of setting the tone and the world in which the rest of the tale can take place. I know this, because when writing my own series, The Rift, I realized that the first book had almost nothing to do with the next three. Often times, the writing is poles apart from what you find later, as the author grows into his or her (or, in this case, both) style. I say this not meaning the story or the method i
Richard Jackson
Nov 04, 2010 Richard Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 u
May 18, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it
The first in a series, book 1 is a fair mix of fantasy and science fiction with interesting characters written into an original sounding story where their society is somewhat advanced, yet they have no modern modes of transport and don't make use of natural resources when plenty will be available. What makes the story original is that they use telekinetics to transport goods and do normal things we take for granted by doing manually.

This does come in useful for them, and if we did it, it would m
Oct 10, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kindle-ebook
I found this a pretty darn good book, who's jacket cover description doesn't do it justice.

It's a great blend of fantasy (as in swords, Dukes, etc. No unicorns, elves or 'real magic'), psi, and some current Earth thrown in.

Where the description doesn't really do it justice is that the "current Earth" part is pretty much a small part of the story. Much more revolves around political intrigue, and a good old fashion beating the odds kind of story.

The psi element adds a nice twist and while it's im
Michelle Snyder
Aug 31, 2011 Michelle Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot starts immediately, and never stops, with enough action to keep me interested. Very relatable characters, well described and colorful. The exchanges between characters is believable, and even familiar. I am not distracted by the fantastic aspects, they flow smoothly, a most enjoyable part of the whole construct. Bad guys you love to hate, good guys with strong pathos, and enough suspense to stay involved. Martin's style of storytelling provokes the proverbial movie-in-the-brain, and is ...more
Molly Harbridge
Jun 18, 2017 Molly Harbridge rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

This a fantastic combination of magic and intrigue! I was hooked from the start and will certainly be reading the series!
David Wuensche
Quest for Nobility is primarily the story of Darius and Dyla Telkur, the twin heirs of the Telkur Duchy. When their parents are murdered and framed for financial fraud, the two find themselves in the precarious position of having to repair the damage done to their family's reputation and wealth. All the while, the nefarious Baron Avikar and other elements from outside nations threaten to unravel what little progress the twins are able to make. Allies are casually murdered and trust must be devel ...more
Grace Krispy
Jan 13, 2011 Grace Krispy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 o ...more
Jun 10, 2011 TC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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. Having recently finished their education they are trying to save the Duchy from bankruptcy and deal with their cousin's attempts to seize power. However when they are framed for murder they flee Otharia, heading for previously quarantined Earth. Once there though they may not be able to find their way back.

This fantasy novel had a lot of
Mar 23, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I nearly gave up on this book on a couple of occasions. That said, I'm glad I did finish it.

I found it equal parts well written and equal parts groan worthy. The groan worthy parts really did detract from the overall enjoyment of this book.

Which bits did I like? Most of the dialogue was very good. The action sequences very well written.

It was the in-between bits that really held the whole story down. They often felt forced, contrived and stilted. It seemed like the writers were trying to stitch
Jackie Miller
Sep 28, 2011 Jackie Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

The book starts on the planet of Otharia. This planet is divided into duchies and the Dukes on the Ruling Council keep things running smoothly, but one Duke has his sights set on being King. He will stop at nothing to gain the crown. Darius and Dyla Telkur are unknowingly thrust into the center of this plot. Framed for murder, they must flee to
Oct 11, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost quit reading this book in the beginning b/c they were introducing so many new characters and kept on changing from one scene to another w/ different people and all of their names kind of sounded the same...I was frustrated.
But I persevered and it was worth it, once the story stayed with the main characters I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised by some of the plot twists.
The author has an unusual way of organizing the chapters as well which takes some getting used
Gerold Whittaker
Nov 13, 2011 Gerold Whittaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
An interesting mix of science fiction, fantasy, nobility and dirty politics. Most of the story takes place on Otharia where psionic powers are commonplace. When the parents of twins Darius and Tyla Telkur are murdered, they are heirs to the Telkur Duchy. The Duchy however is in financial straits and the twins enter a competition, the winning prize of which will resolve their financial problems. But it seems like other interested parties will stop at nothing - including murder - to prevent them f ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Marcus rated it really liked it
This started out as a particularly interesting book/story, but it lost it's focus somewhere and I couldn't tell you where. There's a lot going on in the story, from interplanetary travel to court intrigues, to rites of succession, to murder, to smuggling along with your typical rogues. I just think that there was too much in these pages.
Oct 06, 2011 Beata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Enjoyable and engaging book! Got to about 1/2 way through the book and didn't want to put it down. The escapades of Dyla, Darius and Eclair were
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Debra has been writing fantasy/science fiction with her co-author, David W Small, since 2006.

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