The Black Orb by Sabine A.Reed
Approx. 50,260 words.
Published on September 24, 2013.
An accomplished thief, Aria runs cons and picks pocket so that she can support her older brother, who is one of nature's innocents. When he disappears, she fears he has been abducted by the Queen of Azmeer, and forcefully recruited in her army. She will do anything to rescue him, even if it means accepting help from an old man who claims to have magical powers - and perhaps even braving death.