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The Third Scroll (Hardstorm Saga #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,580 ratings  ·  198 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"
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
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 St Clare
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 5 of 5 stars
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 at 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
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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
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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
Terri Rochenski
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 (Not all those who wander are lost)
$0.99 on Amazon: April 7, 2015

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

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
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
Literati Literature Lovers
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
Nikki Wilde
The first book in the Hardstorm Saga finds Tera struggling to come to terms with herself. On the cusp of womanhood her healing powers have yet to come to her, and she fears they may not come at all.

The story starts out strong and flings you into her struggles and you can't help but become attached immediately not knowing what's going to happen to her next. Everything she's known and loved has been taken from her.

I must admit, I think I picked up the wrong book when I started to read this one.
The description sounded interesting but I didn't hold out a lot of hope that a "free" book from Amazon would be enthralling. Boy was I wrong. This book is a fantastic fantasy read from start to finish for only $2.99 (regularly)! I quickly became engrossed in Tera's plight and concerned for her well being as though she were a friend I wanted to see through some kind of hardship in her life.

Despite the circumstance of her being with the Kadar people, Tera starts finding happiness after the hardshi
This book is an intriguing mixture of old myths, fantasy, and social conditions. In this world, two distinct (and very different) peoples inhabit the same land -- a warrior race where women have no rights unless they are lucky enough to be caged up like a beautiful bird in a lord's pleasure house, and a peaceful race of healers who refuse to do harm to even their enemies. A gifted young healer is captured as a slave and sold into a world she that is completely different from the peaceful world s ...more
I loved the cover of this book and despite the blurb, I was surprised about the story. It is about a rite of passage for a young girl called Tera who is learning to be a healer but has not yet received her powers. She has led a sheltered life on the island where she grew up and is then sold by her father to the slave traders. From there her life takes a turn for the worst and she is brought into a household where a Kadar warrior lives and she is destined for a life of becoming a servant. If that ...more
Deborah Heal
Fantasies of other worlds are not my usual cup of tea, but having received this free on Kindle, I decided to try it and found I really liked it. The characters and the world they live in were nicely drawn and richly complex. Tera is thrust from her gentle world of the Shahala people into that of the Kadar, a cruel and violent world of war. It is not a good place in which to be a woman. They are not respected but made either servants or concubines.. .until she meets Batumar, the battle-scarred Hi ...more
Ginny  Gallagher
Reluctant Concubine is a rite of passage story bursting with adventure, sadness, triumph, love, and sacrifice.

I originally read and reviewed this book when it was titled The Third Scroll (Hardstorm Saga #1).

Reluctant Concubine isn’t my normal type of read. Warlords aren’t usually at the top of my read list but I thought what the heck I’ll give it a shot.

I’m so glad I did! I LOVED this book! The writing flows beautifully and draws you in until you find yourself forgetting time, pulling the covers

I read it in one night, but I think it was mostly insomnia.

It wasn't bad. If you like high fantasy tinged with romance, then this book is something you might want to consider. Tera goes through a lot in this book, but still I wasn't totally captivated with her as a character. The descriptions of places could use work too. And the romance...the circumstances were certainly extreme, but I didn't feel the passion. (Wow...that sounds cheesy! Still true.)
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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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