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Reluctant Concubine

Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Hardstorm Saga, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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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?

©2012, 2015 Dana Marton (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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A Meandering Plotline

Biggest Complaint: The title screams bodice-ripper but it's more YA fantasy

What's good: A lot of the secondary characters are pretty good, and I like the idea of exploring other cultures. The book was good at starting off the world small and gradually growing it in scale.

What's Bad: The plot line wanders everywhere. There are points of large build, like the sub-plot about her magic/virginity mentioned in the first paragraph, which are agonized over for chapters and then fizzle out with no real climax. These weird flops happen continuously. Plots, characters, trials, are constantly thrown to the wayside. And Super powerful coincidences grow like wild flowers. I wanted to like this book, but I felt like I was tripping over everything.

Would I read this again: Probably not. It wasn't so bad to go through it once, but not enough to repeat.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I loved this book

I love this book. I read it not knowing even what type of story it was I was pleasantly surprised by the detail in the story line thank you for a good read

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Kept my attention from start to finish

I am an avid reader when it comes to "steamy" romance, in almost all genre's. This book is definitely not a "steamy" romance, but instead tasteful & yet beautifully descriptive. I was surprised at the adoration I felt for this epic fantasy. The author takes you on a bumpy & controversial road with plenty of twists and turns. Can't wait to start the second book in the trilogy, Accidental Sorceress!

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Slow, but alluring

Elizabeth Evans is an incredible performer and without her I’m not sure I would have continued with the story. By the end, I was anxious for part 2. I do like where the story takes you and how the characters evolve. I would recommend.

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  • Grynnie
  • CALIFORNIA CITY, CA, US
  • 01-14-19

Epic Fantasy story!!!!

This book is the first of a trilogy and after listening to the Audible version, I was so enthralled that I could hardly wait to hear book two! I immediately downloaded book two, The Accidental Sorceress and am headed to that after this. Tera has been raised as a Shahala healer, her mother had been a healer as had been her grandmother. Peace has always been a way of life for the Shahala. From this peaceful life, Tera is sold by her father into slavery and ends up the property of a violent warlord from a distant land. Through a dreadful voyage from Shahala to the land of the Kadar, a warrior race, Tera’s epic story will keep you listening. I couldn’t stop. Really, I started listening and had to switch from my tablet, to phone, and back again as the hours passed I was so immersed with the fantasy storyline and the wonderful flow of the story. Tera is face with being considered a magical healer when in fact she has not yet come into her powers yet. Quite the conundrum considering her father sold her as a healer and her mother had been a well known magical healer prior to her death. A death that occurred under unknown circumstances in the very land Tera has been taken to. Tera is determined to not only survive her terrible situation, but to find her mother’s grave in this distant land. At the same time she prays to the spirits to grant her the powers that are late in coming to her, powers that require she be untouched. Uh oh, not a good situation to be in when you find yourself when you are again taken to be a concubine to yet another warlord, this time, the High Lord…..the top warlord, a terrifying, scarred, and fearsome man. Batumar, the High Lord, finds himself both suspicious and fascinated by the Shahala healer, Tera. I don’t want to spoil the story by going into too much detail with the conflicts both characters deal with but trust me here, it is truly an epic fantasy story. Dana Marton is a genius to have created this fantasy world with so many details of the history and cultures that blend in so well in this fantasy you will want to continue on to the second book to see the next part of the story. Bravo Dana!

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Reluctant Concubine

This was an entertaining book and I really enjoyed listening to the audio. It was well written and performed.

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outstanding!

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Great imagination I felt I was there. Now I have purchased the second book and
pre_purchased the third one. Looking forward to my escape.

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GOOD ENOUGH THAT I READ TWICE

THIS IS SIMILAR TO A LIT-PRG GENRE BUT MORE A ROMANTIC STORY TOLD VERY WELL BY THE NARRATOR.

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It was okay

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This book had a lot going for it, I just wasn't completely jiving with the writing style and the romance.

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