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The Third Scroll (Hardstorm Saga #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  348 ratings  ·  68 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 23rd 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"
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 24, 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 book glued itself to my thoughts for a long time after. The Third Scroll is the best book I read in 2012. If you are not sure you want to read this book -You Should- 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 boo ...more
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
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  (Gin's Book Notes)
***review posted on Gin's Book Notes (***

This book is not my usual read, warlords are just not my thing, but I loved the cover and thought what the heck I’ll give it a shot.

So glad I did!

I loved this book!

The writing flows and draws you in until you find yourself forgetting time completely, pulling the covers over your head, and reading all night.

Tera is a young healer waiting for her powers to manifest when she is sold into slavery by her father. She is taken to the lan
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
I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I really enjoyed this story.

I was very surprised to find that I would become quite attached to the main character, Tera. Throughout the book she changes greatly, always growing from each new (yet horrible) experience. In the beginning of the book she is so unsure of herself and very scared of never becoming who she thinks she should be. By the end, she is a strong, powerful woman. Her journey is pretty cool.

The imagery I got out of this bo
4.5 stars. A really good book that ends too quickly, without resolution... as you discover that there will be a sequel. I wish I'd known it was the first book in a series when I started reading it, as my expectations would have been different. Without that knowledge, I'd looked forward to a satisfying conclusion and was disappointed that I did not get one. The writing is solid, the story intriguing, the characters engaging. Highly recommended, but the cover designers should make it clear that th ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: RT win!
This is a powerful fantasy epic about a young female healer, sold by her father into slavery only to discover for herself that she has a far different destiny. The cultures of the different peoples with whom she interacts are fully developed, and there is a true hero for her in spite of the society's brutality. Pieces of the mystery are revealed slowly and this is clearly the first in a series. I think it is one of those stories that will stay on my mind for a long time.
This is a strong epic fantasy with a compelling romance. I really enjoyed it, but the tone is defintely more in the style of traditional fantasy work than you find in Ms. Marton's romances. If you're a lover of fantasy, I would highly recommend this, but if Tolkein is not for you, this might not work for you. I loved it, however, and definitely want to see more of this world!
Sonya Watkins
Wondeful book. Tera is both strong but tender as I think alot of women are. She is complex and still discovering who she is along with the reader. Book 2? Yes please!
Jacki King
I always love Ms. Marton's pacing and humor and transitioning to fantasy did not affect her ability to maintain either.
Beth Barany
I loved this book! Can't wait for the sequel!
I was surprised by how much I like this.

I’ve read several books by Dana Marton and loved all of them. When I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I wavered and nearly said no. After being told there was no hurry to finish the book, or leave my review, I agreed to read it; that was back in April 2014 and now it is July and I finally got up the courage to read this.

I read all kinds of romance but I’ve never read one that I would classify as a “fantasy;” I don’t ev
Taken from her home and sold as a slave, Terra is a young girl coming to terms with her mothers death, while impatiently waiting for her healing powers to come to her. Terra is determined to stay strong in her faith and escape. This was a very well written story, I liked the character development and the way it progessed. You can tell by the way its written and the way some charecters are placed that the will feature later on in the series. The love story aspect of the book could have used a lit ...more
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I liked the setting, but the ending was rushed and overall poorly executed. The characters were meh. That applies to the heroine especially, who despite everything never managed to make me feel anything more than mild interest for her. Even when she became romantically involved with people, or experienced grief, I found myself strangly bored. The 'depth' she was supposed to have had felt staged and predictable. Other parts of her were just plain unrealistic, like how she (view spoiler) ...more
Heidi Miller
Dana Marton does a wonderful job bringing Tera's epic journey to life. The worldbuilding obviously took some time and care, and it shows in little details throughout. Each culture is unique in its societal mores, its dress, and its philosophies. As a reader, I felt for Tera and wanted to see her vindicated from the very beginning. Dana wasn't afraid to show the brutality with the beauty. Her secondary characters shined and made Tera shine. I found it interesting that in Dana's letter to the read ...more
Alyssa Urbano
It's been a long time since a fantasy novel has captivated my heart the way The Third Scroll did.

I've always been searching for fantasy novels like these but all I find are books which are "meh."

I loved this! I loved the world building!

I would have loved it more if there was more romance between Batumar and Tera. Haha. But that's just my opinion. :)
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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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