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Reluctant Concubine

Reluctant Concubine

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by Dana Marton

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-- Please note that this is an updated edition of the book previously titled "The Third Scroll".

To escape punishment, Tera, a maiden healer sold to barbarians must hide the truth: she has not yet come into her healing powers. Born into a much gentler world, she struggles to survive in a land of savage warlords and their cruel concubines. When ancient


-- Please note that this is an updated edition of the book previously titled "The Third Scroll".

To escape punishment, Tera, a maiden healer sold to barbarians must hide the truth: she has not yet come into her healing powers. Born into a much gentler world, she struggles to survive in a land of savage warlords and their cruel concubines. When ancient prophecies begin to come to pass, can the healer-slave save the realm and awaken the High Lord's heart?

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Review
It's impressively easy to become immersed in Marton's fantasy world. Readers will find it impossible not to care what happens next...
Bookaroo-Ju Review
I ADORED.. (the hero). From his initial appearance and those gentle words of promise that no harm would come to...(the heroine), to his accepting manner of all that was her, to his tenderness shown when a barrier for which he waited so patiently to fold was finally crossed. He has to be one of my favourite male counterparts I've read in a while. LOVE him.
RT Book Reviews
An ambitious, vividly imagined epic fantasy. Marton has created a promising and immersive world that is, at the same time, darkly brutal... the splendor of the author's vision cannot be overlooked.
Susan Mallery
A terrific epic fantasy ~ magical, compelling, and romantic!
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author - Susan Mallery
A terrific epic fantasy ~ magical, compelling, and romantic!
For anyone who enjoyed the fantasy worlds of George Martin's Game of Thrones, C.L. Wilson's Lord of the Fading Lands, Elizabeth Vaughan's Warprize, or the memorably crafted healer heroines in Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, THE THIRD SCROLL is the next epic adventure to get lost in.

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Dana Marton
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Hardstorm Saga , #1
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Dana Marton has thrilled and entertained millions of readers around the globe with her fast-paced stories about strong women and honorable men who fight side by side for justice and survival.
Kirkus Reviews calls her writing “compelling and honest.” RT Book Review Magazine said, “Marton knows what makes a hero…her characters are sure to become reader favorites.” Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, “gripping,” “intense and chilling,” “full of action,” “a thrilling adventure,” and wholeheartedly recommended to readers. Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers’ Choice Award, and Best Intrigue, among other awards. Her book, TALL, DARK, AND LETHAL was nominated for the prestigious Rita Award. DEATHSCAPE reached the #1 spot on Amazon’s Romantic Suspense Bestseller list.
Dana has a Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction, and is continuously studying the art and craft of writing, attending several workshops, seminars and conferences each year. Her number one goal is to bring the best books she possibly can to her readers.
Keeping in touch with readers is Dana’s favorite part of being an author. Please connect with her via her web site (www.danamarton.com) or her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/danamarton).
Having lived around the world, Dana currently creates her compelling stories in a small and lovely little town in Pennsylvania. The fictional town of her bestselling Broslin Creek series is based on her real life home where she fights her addictions to reading, garage sales, coffee and chocolate. If you know a good twelve-step program to help her with any of that, she’d be interested in hearing about it!

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Reluctant Concubine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous 17 days ago
Loved this book. It is a delightful tale and not what I expected. I was unable to put it down and read it in one day. It has magic, strife, and passion. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has a distinctive writting style for this novel that is extremely well done. Her characters leap from the page while the plot keeps u turning them. I hope she continues with this style it is refreshing to see a book of this caliber. It is on par with Louis Lamour's novels The Lonesome Gods and The Walking Drum.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will definitely be reading the next installment .
oldtimer58 More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Good action and moves right along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wonderfull story line with welldefined characrtrd
Cobbie68 More than 1 year ago
Writing appears simple at first with short sentences and simple dialog. But Ms. Marton gets a lot done in her own style and the book soon flows with imagery. Story was good and world-building consistent and well thought out. I recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pleasantly surprising. I felt deeply for the characters. The book is well written and engaging at every page. Excited to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Fantasy! This is a great fantasy, this is the first book in the Hardstorm Saga Series by Dana Marton. This book was released a few years ago under the name The Third Scroll. Tera is a maiden healer who has been sold to barbarians as a concubine. She needs to hide the truth of her powers because she had not come into them yet. Batumar is the feared barbarian but throughout the story we learn that he is caring and loves his people. This story is well written and I also enjoyed the characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It keeps you going from beginning to end. It makes you laugh and cry. You just dont know what to believe with so many twist and turns.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
First I have to say this is outside of my normal reading, Dana has always been one of my all time favorite authors. When I decided to read this book I was unsure of what the outcome of a review would be. As I started to read I was still unsure, I just didn’t see me enjoying this book at all. It wasn’t long before Dana as only Dana can do pulled me in with her tales and spinning a wonderful compelling story that had be hooked. I find I just can’t wait to get my hands on book 2 which should be out later this month. You have healers that heal but have to be careful or they can die, guardians that guard important things, pleasure halls, warriors of the finest, tigers, hidden cities and so much more. I found this story to be unique with a build up that held your attention as the author spun a wonderful tale of fear of the unknown, love that grew from that fear that will last a lifetime. Dana gives us a very heroine that gives so much of herself, a hero that has the patients of a saint. Dana gives us an outstanding fantasy that will stay with you even once you finish reading it. Tera who is the healer has not come into her powers when she is taken into slavery. She really is nobody who nobody cares about. She is treated very badly by savage warlords and their cruel concubines until one man takes her with him on a wild ride of the beast. There she learns much and become her own person as ancient prophecies come to pass and she must take on a leading role to help their people can they win this war and lead their people to freedom? Batumar is a feared warlord but once you come to know him you find he is a man of honor, caring and love for his people. He has had much pain in his past and hopes to lead his people to freedom. He is about to find out a few things that he might find hard to believe as the ancient prophecies come to pass. His love for Tera grows fast and easy he is a patient man and he can wait forever for the right women. These two hero’s lead you on a spellbound journey as the author spins her tales of pain and hurt. Giving us a totally wonderful fantasy land that holds not only your attention but your heart with a wonderful romance that only Dana can deliver. If you haven’t read any of Dana’s books you really should, once you pick one up you will know why she gets 5 star reviews and is one of the top bestselling authors with her wonderful mind for spinning wonderful tales that grips you and does not let you go.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR: this review is from the previous edition of this book which was called The Third Scroll. 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 2014 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 even click on the free ones – they just don’t really appeal to me. I decided to finally read this book because I love Dana’s writing and wanted to give this one a chance. I will admit that it took me several chapters to get into this book. A lot of the terms were just strange to me but I kept reminding myself that it is a fantasy and that I just needed to go with it. I am so glad that I kept reading. I read several of the critical reviews and just don’t understand how people can leave such negative reviews about the book when it seems to me they just didn’t like the genre. Just because you can’t get into the fantasy that doesn’t make this a bad book. One reviewer criticized some of the terms used in the book. They made fun of the words “man parts.” In a normal, contemporary, romance I would find the use of this term pretty hilarious but I believe it was totally appropriate and fit perfectly within the world that Dana Marton created in this book. The book begins with Tera as an innocent young woman and ends with her being a confident, more mature one. Her journey to get there wasn’t easy but the story was compelling. I won’t rehash the book details but I am so glad that I kept reading. By the time I got to the end of the I want to read more about Tera and Batumar and was very sad that the end of the book had come. While this book didn’t really end in a cliffhanger I sincerely hope that Dana writes another book for Tera and Batumar – soon.
joshua27 More than 1 year ago
Wow!  I wasn't sure about this book, at first.  Then I started reading it, and couldn't put it down. This is a honest review!  I purchased this for .99cent.  Can't wait to read the next one.