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Reluctant Concubine (Hardstorm Saga Book 1) by [Marton, Dana]
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Reluctant Concubine (Hardstorm Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in Hardstorm Saga (2 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1371 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dana Marton; 2 edition (1 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U6PJ14K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an imaginative story but rather too sweet and improbable for my taste. I read the whole book because I wanted to know how it all ended but was insufficiently drawn in to want to buy more by this author.
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I haven't been able to get into a book for ages. Read this in one day couldn't put it down romance, magic and more loved it!
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A solid enough epic romantic fantasy: 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. The world runs away with from her at times and the details feel either too intense or not convincing enough. Nevertheless the overall story works well enough, Tera is fairly likeable, and as long as you don't mind romance creeping into your fantasy reads, this should be a pleasant enough reading experience. Certainly, at 99p it is a good buy and I would happily buy the next in the series. Recommended by Grace Draven, this has more focus on the fantasy setting than Draven's or Elizabeth Hunter's novels; the romance is there and inevitable but not as explicitly described.
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Despite my review below - I am of the firm belief that some people will LOVE this book. Other reviewers have enjoyed it so just because I hold a certain opinion, it doesn't mean I am correct!

I initially gave this book a high rating on my first read but I have re-read it for review purposes and now I’m not so sure. You know how you read Twilight for the first time and you’re all like “SPARKLES!” and then when you re-read it, it’s bit like what a pathetic mess you are Bella Swan…I liked the idea behind the story, but I think the execution’s a bit of a misfire. Initially the writing felt choppy and stilted, whereas a lot of the scenes were quite bland. Eventually the writing did balance out and there was more of a flow to it but still, first impressions count. There was a lot of potential but I really do think in the hands of someone like Sarah J Maas this could have been epic. I know it’s a bit unfair to make that comparison but I do believe it’s all about the craft. You can turn the dullest of stories in the most epic of epics with a talented craftsman.

To expand on the above, my issues are that the characters lacked depth, the heroine was pretty one dimensional and the scenes were either placeholders or just rushed through at train wreck speed. There were some characters who held the promise to become interesting and engaging however they didn’t occupy many words and I felt like that was a missed opportunity. Where’s the world building! Our heroine is a healer who is unfortunately sold as a slave into a household where she meets a fellow slave. Despite them not really knowing each other, or even having much “page time” together they become the best of friends on in the book, not sure how plausible this is.
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This was such a beautifully crafted world. Dana has a keen eye for building characters that resonate with each other. I loved this book it was nice and slow to get into and that gave you a chance to fully immerse yourself, action however picks up and you end up not being able to put the book down. I read it back when it was called the third scroll and then again when the series was rebranded. I just can't wait for the next one.
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3.5/5
Alright, the premise is good. The setting is good. The potential is there... But I couldn't help comparing this one with Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan, and it kept coming up short. There is no either coherency to the plot or a strong, charismatic love story, and the book which started strong, lost me by its ending. Otherwise it's an enjoyable enough read.
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I'm pleased I forged past the first chapter in this book! Once it got going, I couldn't put it down. Great read, with well rounded characters and a good plot line. The author describes details very well without being boring or going on and on and on.

Really enjoyed it and am about to start the second straightaway!!
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To be honest, I would classify this more as a 3.5. in terms of enjoyment/ characters/ entertainment factor, but considering the author has managed to avoid making this an enraging reading experience, I'm happy to round it up.

The main characters are nice, if a bit cardboard cutout and perfect-mary-sue ish. The plot is reasonably entertaining, but likewise has a whiff of generic-convenient-fantasy theme. The writing style was not hard to read, no grammar/typos to irritate. My only complaint about this book is that I didn't feel the author conveyed the pacing of the story sufficiently. Everything had a very And then- and then- and then- and then quality, which made the reading experience a little bit bland, no suspense, no build up to critical scenes.

All round a pleasant read. I had fun, this was a nice bit of fluff for the price, but I'm not dying to read the sequel.
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