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The Third Scroll (Hardstorm Saga #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,678 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
Sold into slavery, Tera, a budding healer is thrust into the savage realm of barbarian warlords, the same realm which claimed her mother years ago. She must avoid the displeasure of her warrior lord and survive the cruelties of the concubines, even as war threatens on the horizon.

Yet a greater danger looms when she catches the eye of the most powerful lord of the land and
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Dana Marton (first published April 1st 2012)
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Sorry, but you lost me at manparts.

I bought this when it was 99 cents. It was cheap and it had a lot of good reviews on Amazon, so I took a shot. I didn't really know what to expect, but what I got wasn'

I guess this is kind of a romance more than anything else. Well, there was a big prophecy plot too involving duh, a scroll, but it was very, very drawn out and pretty boring to me. The writing wasn't bad, but it wasn't to my tastes. And um, yeah, the author uses the word "manparts"
Apr 10, 2015 Wyrdness rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I give this book an averaged 2.5 stars. Up to chapter 14 I thought it was a 3 star read but after that it quickly dropped to a 2 star "meh, why am I still reading this?" rating.

Before I properly begin my review I want to say that I think it was a very poor marketing decision to go with the Harlequin like re-title "Reluctant Concubine" over the original “The Third Scroll”. It's going to put off a lot of possible fantasy readers who generally tend to be drawn to stories involving epic sword battle
Monique Morgan
Sep 03, 2012 Monique Morgan rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up when I found it listed as free on Amazon. I have to admit that what first made me want it was the beautiful cover, and although I have tons of other books that I have also picked up for free, I chose this one to read first. I cannot begin to express how much I LOVED this book. It had me captivated from the beginning until the end, even bringing tears to my eyes as I read the final chapter. Yes, it was THAT good. I loved the main character, a beautiful strong willed woman th ...more
Kelly Clare
Apr 17, 2015 Kelly Clare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy the romance genre, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the story set in a fantasy world - even better. Loved the suspense of the relationship and the writing style.
The only reason this missed out on five stars is because I found the ending fell a little flat. For the first 80% of the book I couldn't put it down. Then suddenly it seemed to lose pace.
I look forward to book two in the saga. Dana Marton has done such a good job with the f
May 05, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I have read many Dana Marton romantic suspense books. When i was offered the chance to read her new fantasy novel, The Third Scroll I didn't know what to expect. First i don't usually read any fantasy. Wasn't sure i could get into it no matter if it was well written or not because i didn't think it could be my thing. I admit i did have a hard time getting through the first 20% of it. Mostly because the first book in a series has to have some back story and more detailed info on the setting and I ...more
Lauren Life Between Reads
I purchased this through Amazon because it was on-sale and I was in the mood for an epic-fantasy. I enjoyed Game of Thrones, Lord of the Fading Lands, Warprize AND Outlander, so I thought, hey...I'll give this a shot.

I enjoyed it, though the beginning was very slow and somewhat uncomfortable to read. I was a little bit nervous about the direction it was going, but my fears quickly evaporated. It really reminded me of Warprize, which I loved.

The characters were crafted well. Tera was very complex
Jeffe Kennedy
Jul 18, 2016 Jeffe Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
disclaimer: I met Dana Marton last week at RWA, but that was only made shinier because I'd just finished this book! We had a great "OMG, I loved your book/No, I loved *your* book" exchange.

All that said, I was a bit chagrined to discover that, though I'd finished RELUCTANT CONCUBINE right before RWA, I'd missed my final review and rating in the furor of leaving. It's an excellent fantasy romance, very slow burn. Awesome worldbuilding and unusual story structure. The beginning is a bit slow, IMO,
May 13, 2012 Katherine rated it liked it
This book was a well written epic fantasy embodying the character of a healer. Like most in this genre, it covered a wide array of world building, plot points, and character development. Some of these things I felt were done superbly, while others I felt were less deft in their execution.

I found the characters in this book to be likeable and enduring. While some of the secondary characters seemed to be introduced into this work to be used at a later time, the characters we did interact with enou
J.A. Belfield
May 17, 2012 J.A. Belfield rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I love love love being surprised by a book. I'd never heard of Dana Morton before she was linked up by another author for a giveaway and I discovered her by liking her Facebook page. Then I spotted a few posts about The Third Scroll, and loved the cover enough to check it out. And then I spotted it was only 77p on Amazon and the rest is history.
Now don't get me wrong, 77p self-published books don't often get my attention just because of their price, so I have no idea why I chose this on
Mar 17, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: goodreads
I won The Third Scroll in a giveaway for free on Goodreads First/Reads and I'm hooked. This story is awesome! This story glued itself to my thoughts for a long time after. The Third Scroll is the best book I read in 2012. Definitely pick up this book- The Third Scroll is captivating, unique, and refreshing. It was not long before I developed a compassionate connection with the main character Tara, and I was sucked into her heartwrenching world. This was the first book I read of Dana Marton's and ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Daughter of an 'epic' fantasy story centred on a young healer and her quest to save the world, and a growing up one (NA), the third scroll is a novel of mixed - results. There are parts that are smoother than others, but overall is a very pleasant story, if not a gripping one. The romance is just a thread, however important, while the plot revolves around a young woman destiny and her acceptance or refusal of it.

My lack of enthusiasm is born by my idea that this story isn't sure of what it want
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
This book was so good! And Elizabeth Evans as the narrator just spiced it up and made it that much more complex and thrilling! I already bought the second book, and can't WAIT to start that one as well!!

Rating & Review To Come...
Jul 07, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Taken from her home and sold into slavery in another land far away, Tera vowed to be strong as it was the way of the Shahala race of her people. They were a peaceful race that honored the land and healed using their vast knowledge of plants and herbs. She was taken and sold to the house of a wealthy man who had a hateful woman to oversee slaves and treated them brutally. Her Only thought was to escape and return to her people before any of the warriors deflowered her and ruin her chance of getti ...more
Angela Blount
Apr 30, 2012 Angela Blount rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Full Review for RT Magazine

4 Stars

An ambitious, vividly imagined epic fantasy. Marton has created a promising and immersive world that is, at the same time, darkly brutal.

Although barely a woman, Tera is a fully formed and sympathetic character from the start. Belonging to a passive people, she's thrown unwillingly into a foreign culture and situations of intense cruelty, violence, and political maneuvering. Her naivete persists at great cost to herself and those around her, bringing about stea
Ashley E
May 01, 2012 Ashley E rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, first-reads
Let me be honest here. Most self-published books could use a little more editing, so when I picked up The Third Scroll, even with its lovely cover, I thought I would be wincing once in a while over little grammatical mistakes and typos. I didn't. Not once. I am beyond impressed that Dana managed to get this book whistle clean in the editing department. So the reading was smooth sailing.

And it was a wonderful trip too. The plot is a bit classical prophecy fantasy, but well-played and very focused
Nov 20, 2015 Elsie marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, giveway, default
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Sep 09, 2012 Kainani rated it really liked it
If I could, I give it 4.5 stars!

First time reading Ms. Morton. The book was a page turner. This epic fantasy novel was well written. The author painted a very vivid, captivating and believable world. She did not shy aware from crudeness either. The harsh conditions that the heroine, Tera, had to overcome kept me glued to the book. I loved the hero, Batumar. At first I didn't know what to make of him but he had a subtle gentleness that made me adored him. The only reason I gave it a 4 or 4.5 was
The blurb on this one sounded quite intriguing so I decided to pay the .99 and give it a shot. While it did have an abundance of potential I found the plot, characters and storyline pretty dull. There were a couple of times I almost declared this one a DNF. There were some major slow and draining spells throughout this read. It won't be a series I personally continue.
Terri Rochenski
Jun 01, 2012 Terri Rochenski rated it really liked it
Make that 4.5 stars, please.

This is by far one of the best epic fantasy novels I've read in some time. I was immersed in Tera's world from the first chapter and compelled to click my kindle's page turner late into the night.

YUMMIES: Cliche-less awesome story telling wraps around real life characters who lack in perfection. Rarely am I surprised by character revelations and spilled secrets, but this story had quite a few I didn't see coming. I was thrilled, to say the least!

YUCKIES: Not really a
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
$0.99 on Amazon: April 7, 2015

-- This is an updated edition of the book previously titled "The Third Scroll".

This book was hard to rate because I liked it okay but I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it.

The story idea was interesting but the writing was kind of uninspired and bland. Scenes often felt rushed and weren’t fleshed out enough for me as if the author just wanted to tick off one plot point after the other. The characters also lacked personality. The secondary characters only seemed to be there to keep the story going. Once the heroine moved on they had obviously fulfilled their duty and were
May 24, 2015 Sandra rated it it was ok
The first few pages were difficult to get started with; all of the sentences are choppy and abrupt, but eventually it all leveled out and turned into a decent flow...for a bit there this book was a solid 4 stars, and for a tiny bit it even rose to possibly 5 stars, and then it kind of diverged into two story lines, and holy crap during the last 20% this book dropped to a 3 and then to a 2.

We have a healer who is sold into slavery, she meets another slave in the household she is sold into and ev
Feb 17, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised when a friend recommended and borrowed this book to me. Even more surprising is that the book had some difficulty getting off the ground. Thankfully it's receiving the attention it deserves and the author has been working on book two! (Do a happy dance! It's cool, I'll wait)
I noticed in a few reviews people took exception to the authors choice in words for the male anatomy. Keep in mind the book is intended for young adults. If you are looking for a book that has str
A solid enough epic romantic fantasy 2.5: Tera, a healer, becomes a slave and is taken far from her homeland on a journey that will see her develop into a significant player in her new world. Currently on offer as a serialised novel on Dana Marton's website, this novel was her first foray into writing and it does feel a little experimental, but this is reflected in the price. It has just ben re-released as The Reluctant Concubine on Amazon, but I can't find it listed under that title on Goodread ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was a story that I dipped in and out of, while I read another book.

I liked the idea of this story, the plot was quite a familiar one, a healer struggling to survive in an hostile environment and slowly rising higher due to her kindness and superior skills. But along side this, you also have magic, a prophecy and battles. There is also a love plot, though not as much as the title would suggest. I think that the title 'Reluctant Concubine', makes you think it is more about sex and relationshi
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Reluctant Concubine by Dana Marton is an ambitious epic fantasy read that gets tangled in it's own world building after a very strong start. The world building is intricate but not very nuanced, which makes the book drag at times. The book deals with Tera, a healer, who is sold into slavery by her father. She is a healer who has not come into her powers. A fact those who bought her do not know. She comes from a peaceful society and is thrust into a world of cruelty. Tera is a powerful character ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jun 12, 2015 Laura (Kyahgirl) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura (Kyahgirl) by: Mara
3/5; 3 stars; B+

This fantasy story was a little rough around the edges but I enjoyed the mystery, the magic, and the adventure. I definitely liked this book enough to buy the next one, which was even better.
Yogesh Jain
Feb 16, 2016 Yogesh Jain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
The author had me as soon as the blurb said for those who loved Warprize.

If i had been a new reader i might not have found it much interesting but when you read so many books finding a one which didn't lead you to think about story of other books is hard to come by. Many books are inspired today and contains the same kind of plot and people but here in this book i saw a new island. A new way of society and even though i didn't like the many parts of that society but still i enjoyed reading it es
Mar 27, 2015 Mita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reluctant Concubine, Reluctant to Recommend.
The story is interesting but this book was not easy to read and enjoy.
It was so convoluted and jam-packed with a bunch of...stuff. I don't know if this book was written in another language and the translation to English screwed the flow of it up or if it was just not written ... well. But it was not the best read.
I can't knock it completely because, like i said, the story was interesting and I might read the second in this saga but i wouldn't give it
Holly *Confessions of a Lit Chick*
Started out promising, then swiftly took a nose dive towards the ground and combusted.

The writing style was slow, the female character often did stuff that just felt irrelevant to the plot. The male and female leads didn't really talk to each other much, so there wasn't any chemistry, just all of a sudden they were in love...

Also, the heroine was on the precipice of death THREE TIMES, probably within 40pages of each other... I'm damn sure she'd be bed ridden if that were to happen....

Too far f
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 26, 2015 02:05PM  
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  • Imaginable (Intangible, #2)
  • The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl, #2)
  • Forest Fire (The Legends of Regia, #2)
  • War (True Reign, #3)
  • Strange Skies (Burn Out, #2)
  • Wisteria (Wisteria, #1)
  • Moirai (Aberrant, #2)
  • Chantress Fury (Chantress, #3)
  • The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral, #1)
  • Blood Charged (Dragon Blood, #3)
  • The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed, #3)
  • Ever Winter (A Dark Faerie Tale, #3)
  • The Duke Don't Dance
  • The Aetherfae  (Weald Fae Journals #3)
  • Blood Prophecy (Witch Fairy, #2)
  • The Riddler's Gift (Tales of the Lifesong, #1)
  • Impossible Things
Dana Marton writes fast-paced action-adventure romances that take her readers all over the globe. She is a Rita Award finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. She loves writing stories of intrigue, filled with dangerous plots that try her tough-as-nails heroes and the special women they fall in love with. Her books have been published in seven languages in eleven coun ...more
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