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The wait for the next Hardstorm book is over! After a difficult journey to the mainland, Tera and Batumar return to their island to liberate their people from the enemy. This is their final fight, and it will take everything they have, will challenge everything they believe in. As unexpected enemies arise, will Tera and her warlord triumph, or will they lose everything? The wait for the next Hardstorm book is over! After a difficult journey to the mainland, Tera and Batumar return to their island to liberate their people from the enemy. This is their final fight, and it will take everything they have, will challenge everything they believe in. As unexpected enemies arise, will Tera and her warlord triumph, or will they lose everything? --An incredibly rich epic fantasy not to be missed. --Full of secrets and surprises. Click now to make sure you'll have the book on your ereader the second it releases! Happy reading!


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The wait for the next Hardstorm book is over! After a difficult journey to the mainland, Tera and Batumar return to their island to liberate their people from the enemy. This is their final fight, and it will take everything they have, will challenge everything they believe in. As unexpected enemies arise, will Tera and her warlord triumph, or will they lose everything? The wait for the next Hardstorm book is over! After a difficult journey to the mainland, Tera and Batumar return to their island to liberate their people from the enemy. This is their final fight, and it will take everything they have, will challenge everything they believe in. As unexpected enemies arise, will Tera and her warlord triumph, or will they lose everything? --An incredibly rich epic fantasy not to be missed. --Full of secrets and surprises. Click now to make sure you'll have the book on your ereader the second it releases! Happy reading!

30 review for Guardian Queen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Meeks

    It has taken years to get to this book for valid reasons from the author but it was worth the wait. Our tale from Reluctant Concubine published in 2012 through Accidental Sorceress published in 2015 to this final book published in 2019 has been a bit of a journey. I was afraid that it would be hard to keep the characters straight in my head without some scanning of the previous books but I was surprised at how I did almost none because the best books always stick with you. Tera and Batumar were t It has taken years to get to this book for valid reasons from the author but it was worth the wait. Our tale from Reluctant Concubine published in 2012 through Accidental Sorceress published in 2015 to this final book published in 2019 has been a bit of a journey. I was afraid that it would be hard to keep the characters straight in my head without some scanning of the previous books but I was surprised at how I did almost none because the best books always stick with you. Tera and Batumar were the ultimate polar opposites as most of the best couples are but this was not a romance although it played a large part in the progression of the story, we have finally made it through the storms but not without cost, now we are onto finally free our homeland and it also will have some high costs but in all the best epic fantasy that is part of the story which keeps it from coming off as a fairy tale and gives it a touch of reality. For the most part this is Tera's story and we get to see and read her thought processes as we go and when we think all might be lost there is hope and a way forward ........ again always a cost. So while this is one of the best trilogies in epic fantasy I have read in years I have to say that even though I gave it 5 Stars there were a couple of characters that I wish had made it to the end. Then again when you are fighting against a force much larger reality says everyone does not come out unscathed sadly. Reading all 3 books in tandem will be a much better experience than I had but I still loved it and hope many get the pleasure of of it that I did.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Your heart will start thumping within the first few pages and never slows down throughout the whole book! Twists, turns, triumphs, love, losses, defeat, setbacks, treachery, it’s all here! I love that Batumar shows quite a bit more humor in the beginning of the book than we’ve come to expect and their love story is what always grounded the series for me. The deep and abiding respect and admiration they have for one another. I am so sad to see Teras epic adventure end, but this installment is the Your heart will start thumping within the first few pages and never slows down throughout the whole book! Twists, turns, triumphs, love, losses, defeat, setbacks, treachery, it’s all here! I love that Batumar shows quite a bit more humor in the beginning of the book than we’ve come to expect and their love story is what always grounded the series for me. The deep and abiding respect and admiration they have for one another. I am so sad to see Teras epic adventure end, but this installment is the perfect ending to a series that I love dearly. Tera has grown and changed so much throughout the series. Who she thought she was, what she thought the world should be, how she thought she could accomplish it - it all grew and evolved as she did and to see how at the end she was a force to be reckoned with, yet was still, at her core, the same humble and kind woman was just wonderful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Dossett

    Third book in the Hardstorm Saga. This last book is my favorite of the three. Throughout these books, the main character, Tera, strives to give peace, healing and understanding to all, but the evil is great and dark. True evil can not be changed by goodness, it must be faced straight on and destroyed if possible. This is a difficult lesson for a sweet tender healer. In many places, I wondered at the naivety, Tera just kept getting smacked with the lies, brutality, underhanded and evil surroundin Third book in the Hardstorm Saga. This last book is my favorite of the three. Throughout these books, the main character, Tera, strives to give peace, healing and understanding to all, but the evil is great and dark. True evil can not be changed by goodness, it must be faced straight on and destroyed if possible. This is a difficult lesson for a sweet tender healer. In many places, I wondered at the naivety, Tera just kept getting smacked with the lies, brutality, underhanded and evil surrounding her. The series is good, this last installment is the best. Excellent reads all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Indioblu

    “Spirit be strong, Heart be brave” I just want to say that I fell deeply in love with this series. It grabs on to you from the very first book and builds from there. Lots of twists, action, romance, and surprise. I dare any reader of this genre to not be enchanted by this series! There is no way I can do this series or book justice in this review. It’s a must-read. Book 3 of the Hardstorm series, “Guardian Queen”, did not disappoint. It is very well written and it’s almost like she is spinning an “Spirit be strong, Heart be brave” I just want to say that I fell deeply in love with this series. It grabs on to you from the very first book and builds from there. Lots of twists, action, romance, and surprise. I dare any reader of this genre to not be enchanted by this series! There is no way I can do this series or book justice in this review. It’s a must-read. Book 3 of the Hardstorm series, “Guardian Queen”, did not disappoint. It is very well written and it’s almost like she is spinning an intricate web to pull you in and tickle your imagination. I haven’t been able to put any of this series down and this book was no different. Read it in one sitting, staying up way too late on a work week. Just had to see how Lady Tera and Batumar’s story ended. I was not disappointed. I have so much I want to say, but can’t spoil this amazing story for those who haven’t read it yet. I was once again transported to many different places and intrigued by many new characters. I was glad to see so many storylines wrapped up but would love to see the story through Batumar’s eyes as well but would LOVE to see this story made into a movie. Blockbuster for sure! Game of Thrones doesn’t have anything on the Hardstorm series. I highly recommend this book and need to repeat Lady Tera’s mantra “Spirit be strong, Heart be brave” to give up the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Quinn

    I love it when a series comes together. Although my MO is to mostly read series (I need character continuation in my life), I've been becoming more and more nervous every time I've picked up a sequel. I can't count how many times authors have attempted to continue an overarching plot, only to take a stumble over a cliff and end up writing a completely different story with a cast connected by name only. Well I'm happy to say Marton has managed to avoid all obnoxious pitfalls and has left us with I love it when a series comes together. Although my MO is to mostly read series (I need character continuation in my life), I've been becoming more and more nervous every time I've picked up a sequel. I can't count how many times authors have attempted to continue an overarching plot, only to take a stumble over a cliff and end up writing a completely different story with a cast connected by name only. Well I'm happy to say Marton has managed to avoid all obnoxious pitfalls and has left us with a wonderful, exciting ending to a well orchestrated tale. What I loved so much about Guardian Queen is that it is the answer to all my previous gripes from the subsequent books. I nitpicked the lack of action in both Reluctant Concubine and Accidental Sorceress and the fact that although Marton does manage to end each book with a bang, it is a long time coming and relatively short in comparison to the actual length of these books. It's almost as if she heard me whine because Guardian Queen starts out with a bang (although not the bang anyone might be expecting... poor Prince Graho) and keeps going. I was not convinced that Marton was going to be able to put to use the army Tera has gathered, yet she flawlessly flips from a narrative of healing and renewal, to war, and she builds a strong enough platform for it that the change feels natural and welcome. Truly the strength of this tale rests solely on the shoulders of our main heroine Tera. There are few heroines I can honestly say have experienced such a level of growth and maturity, and it is her newly amassed strength that supports this superior ending of a well told tale. Throughout the trilogy we watch Tera grow from an ignorant rural young woman who has been wholly safeguarded from the wide world, who believes whole heartedly in peace even without a general knowledge of what must be done to first create and then keep it. Sold into slavery she first must learn the truths of the world, as she slowly comes to understand her place in it. And she does. She has slips and she fails, she overexerts herself not fully understanding the powers she has come to bear, and she pays the price for it. But she never gives up. It is her calm and collected state of mind that allows her to process new trials and to overcome without ever having to lift a sword. And it is her shift in mindset that finally allows her to understand not only the dying words of her mother, but what she is willing to do to regain the peace that she has always treasured. Tera is simply a wonderful character. She is soft spoken with a slight wit to her turn of phrase. She is intelligent and although she wears her fears openly, she ultimately knows what she must do and she simply does it. To watch Tera finally come to the realization that perhaps there is a necessity to warfare and to rise to the occasion is both heart breaking and overtly satisfying. It is perhaps this shift in her thinking that best supports Marton's new found ability to tell a tale built on the battlefield. What is also important to note is how well Marton employs Tera in the war. She avoids the most obnxious pitfall of all, the one where authors suddenly allow their heroine who has never seen war let alone fight in one, to head an army, to command and to design strategic attacks. We all want a powerful female, but power without reason leaves me rolling my eyes and sighing. Well not here. Although the army is Tera's, an army she painstakingly collected on her own merits back in Accidental Sorceress, it is lead by the collective decisions of Batumar, Prince Graho, Lord Karnagh, and Tomron. Four men who are familiar with varying aspects of war, it only makes sense that they continue to issue the orders needed to successfully conquer the Kerghi. I want to note that although Tera is not the one riding at the helm issuing orders she can't possibly understand given her characterization, this does not weaken her as a character. Her strength is in her healing, and her conviction and support from the back lines aids the soldiers as much as Batumar's charge does. The heroine doesn't need to do it all and Tera is a prime example of strength without a weapon in hand. I was all ready to knock Marton again for the whole sorcerer stealing Batumar, leaving him scared and half a man and then failing to readdress it in Guardian Queen. I already noted how poorly constructed that plot line was when it was introduced and I had a mental note through all of Guardian Queen looking for Marton to better address it; to involve that sorcerer in the main plot, to somehow better address that fact that Batumar gets tortured off screen by a character that never graces the actual pages of any of the books. And you know what, she doesn't and I was gearing up to go off about it, but then I read her author's note at the end and I'm going to eat my words instead. I love author's notes because it really gives you the sense of their mindsets and their struggles when writing a story you either love or hate. And when I read about Marton's struggle and original intent for Accidental Sorceress the only thought I have now in regards to the out of sight torture, is thank goodness! I love that Marton chose to let the story write itself instead of forcing her original wants on it, even at the expense of 100 written pages chopped and rewritten. Although book two is not perfect, I can't imagine where Guardian Queen would be without it. It is not my favorite in the series but it performs an important role in character growth that I do not feel would have been as successful had she chosen her original plan. Plus we've all seen what happens when authors force an ending (I'm looking at you J.K. Rowling) and it's nice to see Marton reevaluate and if Guardian Queen is what we're left with at the end then I can no longer be dissatisfied by the middle. Although this series belongs to Tera I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge Batumar, Lord Karnagh, Prince Graho and Tomron. These men are a beautiful counterpoint to Tera, and Marton shows a deft hand in creating powerful male characters that do not detract from Tera, but that also maintain their manly strength in the face of a powerful woman. This in general seems to be a more difficult balance then one would expect, keeping the man from being wimpy while also keeping him from running roughshod in the roll of consummate protector. And Marton manages to do it with not one man but four. They each play and integral role be it lover and leader, admiral, warrior and captain. They don't meld into the guy group who plots together and can't be told apart, instead each exists on a different war front with different skills to be used accordingly. I enjoyed Tera's interaction with all of them as they respect her position and opinion but also know when it is appropriate to take command of the situation. I love it even more when Tera sees the value in the words and follows suggestion. It makes these characters very mature and well rounded. From beginning to end there was nothing but action, character growth, and excitement. I loved every moment and I only wish that it could have been longer or that I could have more POVs from Batumar (because I love him). Knowing that Marton can not only create a compelling tale but see it through makes me anxious to read more by her. Rumor has it that she has a tale about a dragon lord... you'll see me there soon. ***4.5 super happy stars***

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacoby

    The third book in the Hardstorm series doesn’t disappoint. Dana Marton is one of my favorite writers and her fantasy series brings a new aspect to her writing. Although I prefer other genres, Guardian Queen is the conclusion to a great love story full of the twists and turns you expect from Ms. Marton’s stories. Tera is a strong heroine and Batukar, her scarred hero, shows her a love and devotion that every woman dreams of. He’s fiercely protective, yet lets Tera pursue her healing powers. The t The third book in the Hardstorm series doesn’t disappoint. Dana Marton is one of my favorite writers and her fantasy series brings a new aspect to her writing. Although I prefer other genres, Guardian Queen is the conclusion to a great love story full of the twists and turns you expect from Ms. Marton’s stories. Tera is a strong heroine and Batukar, her scarred hero, shows her a love and devotion that every woman dreams of. He’s fiercely protective, yet lets Tera pursue her healing powers. The two together make a strong team. The story provides great conflict that makes the journey an exciting one. But there are moments of humor and tenderness that makes your heart melt. A great ending to the series that ties up all the loose ends. Dana’s writing style evokes strong images and you feel that you are right there along with her hero and heroine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    The long wait for this book was worth it. The final installment of the Hardstorm Saga was awesome. Dana Marton writes characters that are believable. She draws you into a scene and you can feel the emotions of the characters. I hope she will write some spin off books with some of the other characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie Boren

    Can I say WOW? What a great ending to this series! Im so glad Tera kept true to herself. It made me very happy to hear that there was a happy ever after !

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ladyhawke

    Finally Mannnn the only issue I had with the series was the wait. I’m glad she took the time to write it right. I loved the story!!! I thought she was gonna kill our heroine at first !! Then I would’ve had to set my iPhone on fire to burn the book. Lol I saw a few parts coming ... but not the end ... it was kinda anti-climatic . But worth it!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lacarranza

    What happened??? I fell in love with book 1 and again with book 2. The characters were intriguing, their stories leaving me on the edge of my seat eagerly anticipating the outcome of the plot. The world was dark and sad yet exciting and full of hope. I loved the balance of the romantic pieces with the main plot, never overly done but realistic and with a natural flow. That is why I came to love this series so when I saw book 3 was out I was eager to get started on my trip into the hardstorm world What happened??? I fell in love with book 1 and again with book 2. The characters were intriguing, their stories leaving me on the edge of my seat eagerly anticipating the outcome of the plot. The world was dark and sad yet exciting and full of hope. I loved the balance of the romantic pieces with the main plot, never overly done but realistic and with a natural flow. That is why I came to love this series so when I saw book 3 was out I was eager to get started on my trip into the hardstorm world. Unfortunately, I have no idea what happened with this one as it felt like I was reading a completely different author. My strong heroine was now tripping over herself to make sure her beloved never felt jealous and believe me, he was completely insecure and ridiculous. What happened to our strong and confident hero? My god, did I have to force myself to keep reading this just to see if it got better. And I bet you can guess by my review how it faired. To be nice, Let’s just say the dialogue was wanting with our heroine too. And why kill off the one most interesting character so early on?? Urgy or whatever the assassins name was was a character with incredible potential, so unliked and with such a dark mysterious past he had potential for redemption and rising to greatness. With a finish like he got, why bring him in at all? Ugh. This book held so much potential but I just can’t find anything positive to say about. Actually, if they’d left out the 2 main characters it would’ve been a better read. Sorry Dana, I loved the first two.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Coon

    It is with a light heart and a huge sigh of relief that I write this review. When a series or show you love is ending, you hold your breath wondering if the characters you’ve come to love will get the send-off you’d hoped for, or if the author / writers will make a tragic move for shock value. Better yet, will they leave the ending somewhat open, a cop out, you fill in the blanks ending. The first two books in the series are among my very favorite books of all time. This final installment had so It is with a light heart and a huge sigh of relief that I write this review. When a series or show you love is ending, you hold your breath wondering if the characters you’ve come to love will get the send-off you’d hoped for, or if the author / writers will make a tragic move for shock value. Better yet, will they leave the ending somewhat open, a cop out, you fill in the blanks ending. The first two books in the series are among my very favorite books of all time. This final installment had some very big shoes to fill! It was all I hoped it would be and then some! Drop the mic Dana Marton!!! Now the entire series is officially part of my most favorite books list. It tied up loose ends nicely and continued the character development of Tera and Batumar. Their journey has been a long one, full of both darkness and light. I have laughed with them and cried for them - and everything in between. With a humble beginning and a terrible betrayal, Tera rose up throughout the story to become a powerful healer and so much more. She is most definitely in my opinion a character that you can’t help but fall in love with. The final book is about the trip back home to liberate those oppressed by the Emperor and his followers. Tera has her army behind her and her love beside her. They are determined to win the battle, take back their lands and free their people from the malevolent force that has invaded their home. There are many trials along the way that make it a nail biting and exciting journey. There are also funny and tender moments. We finally meet the Emperor, and let’s just say his dog is a little odd (ew). Also, Kratos is back to torment Tera and we even get a chance to catch up with the nasty duo of Kumra and Keela. Batumar is once again all warlord, with a soft spot for Tera of course. He is fierce, demanding and protective, and most importantly Tera’s greatest supporter. Their relationship is both loving and steamy (yay for those passionate moments). They have true chemistry in my opinion partly due to the author not going the easy fated to be together route. They actually got to truly know and respect each other in book one before becoming lovers. The end result is the feeling you get of a deep and authentic love between them. I turned to mush when Tera said, In the dark shadow of the hold, with his scars, with his height and breadth...another woman may have found him frightful. I had seen even combat-hardened men run from him in battle. But for me, he was the light that lived in my heart. At the end of the book, after a fantastic epilogue the author talks about what she was trying to accomplish with these books, what hard questions she was hoping to answer with Tera’s story. I love what she said and was surprised to see her mention that she has received pushback from some readers about Tera not being tough enough or vindictive enough against those who wronged her. One of the things I like most about Tera is that she’s different than all the kick butt, rip a throat out and take names later heroines that are so common lately. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of those ladies too. However, it’s nice to see a character written with such strong morale convictions, that values life and kindness. She is still both brave and strong, she just tackles the problems of her world in a different way. To me, that was so refreshing. That being said, there were times that she put her values aside in order to protect her people and her love, but that’s just not her go to strategy. She prefers to preserve life if possible rather than take it. Many times throughout the series she also risked her own life in order to protect others proving herself to be truly selfless. Spirit be strong. Heart be brave. I can’t believe it’s over, but am thrilled to see the possibility of future books with some of the other characters. We must meet Prince Graho’s wife after all right? Same with Lord Karnagh. I’m also hoping the sexy beast of a sorcerer Drav gets to tell his story. I’m guessing it would be a very dark and hopefully redeeming tale! I received this book in advance from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie Bartok

    Guardian Queen For those that haven’t read the first two books, I recommend highly reading them first. While you can read this book by itself and enjoy it thoroughly, the development of the characters over the entire trilogy is well worth exploring. From a concubine, sold into slavery by her father, to a legend among the people of both her homeland of Shahala and the fierce race of the Kadar, Tera is truly a healer and wants nothing more than peace for her people. Alas, peace will come with a stee Guardian Queen For those that haven’t read the first two books, I recommend highly reading them first. While you can read this book by itself and enjoy it thoroughly, the development of the characters over the entire trilogy is well worth exploring. From a concubine, sold into slavery by her father, to a legend among the people of both her homeland of Shahala and the fierce race of the Kadar, Tera is truly a healer and wants nothing more than peace for her people. Alas, peace will come with a steep price. This series is truly an epic saga that will draw you in and completely win over anybody that loves a good fantasy saga. It is much more than a romance, more than just another fantasy story. The cultural details and the history of these different races will come to life for the reader and the story is nearly impossible to put down for even a moment. From the very first chapter, you will find yourself drawn in and I dare you to read that first chapter and not laugh. Go ahead, I dare you. Dana Marton has created a world with such a wonderful blend of culture, history, and fantasy that you find yourself wanting to know all of the stories behind even the minor characters. After re-reading the first two books, then this final book of the trilogy I wanted MORE! I don’t want to give too many details away, the story is too wonderful to spoil. I will say one thing, one of my favorite characters was not human, it was a tiger. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my honest review. Dana Marton is truly gifted.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Lori Book provided by the author This is the third book in the series and I highly recommend reading each book book in succession.  I found it difficult keeping up with the plot of the book as so much happened in previous books that I felt as if I was at a disadvantage.  I think that the author provided enough information that the reader can have a snapshot of what happened, but I feel that reading the series in order would be advantageous to the reader as there are subtle nuances that Reviewed by Lori Book provided by the author This is the third book in the series and I highly recommend reading each book book in succession.  I found it difficult keeping up with the plot of the book as so much happened in previous books that I felt as if I was at a disadvantage.  I think that the author provided enough information that the reader can have a snapshot of what happened, but I feel that reading the series in order would be advantageous to the reader as there are subtle nuances that the reader isn’t going to get. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised as I actually liked the story in spite of being at a disadvantage.  I love magic and healing abilities and true love.  That makes my heart melt. At the crux of the story is Baturmar and Tera and their love and devotion to each other and destroying the evil in their kingdom and living in peace.  Even in reality, don’t we all just want to find our mate and live with them in peace and harmony?  Is there really anything wrong with that?  I don’t think so. This book has two brave, fearless, hardworking characters who love each other passionately.  They fight for what’s right passionately, and whom I love passionately. Give this series a try.  Start from the beginning and work through the series.  I believe the reader will enjoy the story more.  This author’s work is well written, and very entertaining.    Ms. Marton, I read in the author notes that you doubt yourself as an author, please let me tell you not to fret, you are a wonderful author.  Really really.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pat Whitesell

    Wish I could give it more than Five Stars I finished the third book of The Hardstorm Saga with mixed feelings - I am sad it is over but I loved the entire journey of Tera and Batumar and the ending was rewarding. Tera, as a healer, believed that kindness was the way to live her life even with all the terrible things that happened to her. Batumar, as a warlord, knew that you had to make difficult, and often violent, choices to protect your people. The love between Tera and Batumar is what kept the Wish I could give it more than Five Stars I finished the third book of The Hardstorm Saga with mixed feelings - I am sad it is over but I loved the entire journey of Tera and Batumar and the ending was rewarding. Tera, as a healer, believed that kindness was the way to live her life even with all the terrible things that happened to her. Batumar, as a warlord, knew that you had to make difficult, and often violent, choices to protect your people. The love between Tera and Batumar is what kept them going. Tera grow and learned that while she believed in kindness there where times she needed to do an action that was not kind but that would save her people and Batumar. It is a wonderful journey and Dana describes the locations so that you feel like you are there. Her characters are wonderful and I came to care about Tera and Batumar but also great secondary characters. I would love to see additional books devoted to Lord Karnagh and Prince Graho. I think this Saga is a wonderful read and I have recommended it to friends. I love Dana's books and the Hardstorm Saga is my favorite.

  15. 4 out of 5

    TheTwistedSister

    I have no clue where to even begin... I was very late to the game when I found this series, so I was extremely fortunate to not have to wait as long as others for The Guardian Queen. I loved that in this 3rd installment there seemed to be more humor in the beginning that the first 2 did not have. “Camel urine mixed with powdered goat eyes?” I asked with all innocence. “A wisewoman in Uramit told me it cures near anything.” I loved seeing Tera grow. She went from being so timid with a healers be I have no clue where to even begin... I was very late to the game when I found this series, so I was extremely fortunate to not have to wait as long as others for The Guardian Queen. I loved that in this 3rd installment there seemed to be more humor in the beginning that the first 2 did not have. “Camel urine mixed with powdered goat eyes?” I asked with all innocence. “A wisewoman in Uramit told me it cures near anything.” I loved seeing Tera grow. She went from being so timid with a healers beautiful soul trying to be like her mother and she became a leader in charge and the author did a fantastic job portraying that growth from one book to the next. “Are you men who will hide on a rock? Or are you men whose names future generations will know and respect? Will your name be lost to history, or will you be legends? Will you fight?” If you haven’t read this series and you like reading epic fantasy I strongly suggest this series you won’t be disappointed. I wish I had found it much sooner. Completely remarkable and unforgettable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jillene

    Not a bad finish I have been waiting what feels like ages for the conclusion of Tera’s story. Having finished it, well. I am satisfied with how things ended, overall, but it wasn’t everything I’d hoped. I still have a lot of questions about other characters, the emperor, the empire itself, and am not entirely satisfied with how easily/neatly it all ended. Maybe I’m just too bloodthirsty, but I felt there wasn’t enough loss or sacrifice. All of the main characters survive, everyone lives happily e Not a bad finish I have been waiting what feels like ages for the conclusion of Tera’s story. Having finished it, well. I am satisfied with how things ended, overall, but it wasn’t everything I’d hoped. I still have a lot of questions about other characters, the emperor, the empire itself, and am not entirely satisfied with how easily/neatly it all ended. Maybe I’m just too bloodthirsty, but I felt there wasn’t enough loss or sacrifice. All of the main characters survive, everyone lives happily ever after. It was certainly a feel-good story, and maybe that was the goal all along. Good triumphed over evil, and certainly Tera had to compromise her core beliefs a bit as she evolved and was faced with difficult choices to save her people. It was gratifying to see her go through those struggles and through that maturation of her character. Overall, I am not entirely unhappy with it, and it did provide adequate closure and a sense of peace in how everything ended. It wasn’t a bad end to the trilogy, I’m just greedy and wanted more of their world, I guess.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mihaela Gaspar

    I have been waiting for this book for a long time now. I read The Third Scroll and fell in love with Tera and Batumar. Their story grew further in the Accidental Sorceress and build their characters stronger in face of challenges. I've waited for the last instalment of the story and I was not dissapointed: the end is fitting for a Queen. I love how Tera's kindness and wish to heal weaves with Batumar' strength and will to free their island, how their conviction brings forward fortitude in their I have been waiting for this book for a long time now. I read The Third Scroll and fell in love with Tera and Batumar. Their story grew further in the Accidental Sorceress and build their characters stronger in face of challenges. I've waited for the last instalment of the story and I was not dissapointed: the end is fitting for a Queen. I love how Tera's kindness and wish to heal weaves with Batumar' strength and will to free their island, how their conviction brings forward fortitude in their allies and followers. The Hardstorm Saga is now one of my favourite series to read and I would like to know how other characters fare, so please, keep writing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Wonderful end to an exceptional series This trilogy was so well done. The maturation of our main character was beautiful. Tera, a healer, becomes a war queen thru necessity. We live her adventures and empathize with her ongoing struggle to be effective in the war she's fighting while desperately trying to hold on to her personal ethical system. There is nothing childish about these books. Our heroine doesn't keep gaining magical powers to become the biggest baddest scariest phenomenon ever. Inste Wonderful end to an exceptional series This trilogy was so well done. The maturation of our main character was beautiful. Tera, a healer, becomes a war queen thru necessity. We live her adventures and empathize with her ongoing struggle to be effective in the war she's fighting while desperately trying to hold on to her personal ethical system. There is nothing childish about these books. Our heroine doesn't keep gaining magical powers to become the biggest baddest scariest phenomenon ever. Instead, she suffers. Badly. And we love her all the more for it. Kudos to Marton for writing such an adventurous yet thoughtful story. I'm sad to see it end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna Webb

    What a ride. Love, loss, and found all in one book. Dana Marton wrapped up the trilogy with everything we could’ve asked for. I will dream about this world she created for a long time. Thank you and keep creating. 🤓

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    At long last! Thank you Dana Marton for completing this story! I love all three books in the Hardstorm series but this last one is truly my favorite!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Sherron

    Loved it! I loved this series and can't believe Tera and Batumar's story is over. I'm not sure I want to start a new book yet. Loved it! I loved this series and can't believe Tera and Batumar's story is over. I'm not sure I want to start a new book yet.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kevin McMillan

    Loved I loved this series. It was not a quick read as most are for me. I got to enjoy many twists n unexpected plot twists over these three books. Best series yet

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annmarie

    great follow up

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Not disappointed! This series was great and I was happy that the ending didn't disappoint. I felt that it had a believable and happy ending. I hate when the ending seems rushed and has a bunch of unanswered questions! I am glad that that wasn't the case in this book. I loved Batumar's character and wish I got to read more from his perspective because while satisfied with his growth in the book, I felt like he had a lot of history before Tera that was not fully flushed out. Not disappointed! This series was great and I was happy that the ending didn't disappoint. I felt that it had a believable and happy ending. I hate when the ending seems rushed and has a bunch of unanswered questions! I am glad that that wasn't the case in this book. I loved Batumar's character and wish I got to read more from his perspective because while satisfied with his growth in the book, I felt like he had a lot of history before Tera that was not fully flushed out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ang

    Review on Amazon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Davia

    Fantastic ending to a great trilogy! Tera's story is amazing and the final book is a perfect completion to her journey into true leadership. I could not put it down. Bravo Dana! Write On! Davia. Fantastic ending to a great trilogy! Tera's story is amazing and the final book is a perfect completion to her journey into true leadership. I could not put it down. Bravo Dana! Write On! Davia.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shadia Jack

    Can't wait to see this in a mini series! Finally a beautiful ending. I loved the twists and turns. All that's left is to see this come to life on screen. Thank you Dana Can't wait to see this in a mini series! Finally a beautiful ending. I loved the twists and turns. All that's left is to see this come to life on screen. Thank you Dana

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Great end to the series! I loved Tera's story from start to finish. Couldn't wait to finish the series and couldn't put the books down. Great end to the series! I loved Tera's story from start to finish. Couldn't wait to finish the series and couldn't put the books down.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Piper

    Loved it! This is the end and it was a well written tale of courage, sacrifice, and redemption. Lady Tera and Bataemur a tough couple showing much love.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Limecello

    I first started/tried to start this book in like February or something but I wasn't in the mood for it - liking it mostly ... although :X I'd kinda already forgotten certain parts in the first two books - like her general? ... Is it ... :X one of the farmer guys? Also this girl - like ... she's making is SO HARD to like her - with her constant wanting to heal everyone - WHICH I GET - only the "taking it into herself" like - bitch you are ALREADY DIMINISHED - be SMART. And how Batumar has to CONST I first started/tried to start this book in like February or something but I wasn't in the mood for it - liking it mostly ... although :X I'd kinda already forgotten certain parts in the first two books - like her general? ... Is it ... :X one of the farmer guys? Also this girl - like ... she's making is SO HARD to like her - with her constant wanting to heal everyone - WHICH I GET - only the "taking it into herself" like - bitch you are ALREADY DIMINISHED - be SMART. And how Batumar has to CONSTANTLY SAVE HER FROM HERSELF. ... And then when she's all "why did you have to kill the enemy soldiers who are going around conquering people and literally wiped out an island?" ... BITCH DO YOU HEAR YOURSELF?! [I get it - I truly do - she was raised as a pacifist, her people are pacifists, she's a healer. ... BUT ALSO - you're at WAR. what do you think happens when you let ALL ENEMY SOLDIERS LIVE?! Maybe some - the conscripted ones, the ones that didn't want to be there ... but .... [also >.> what happens later...] >.> I'm at the part where we're leaving her homeland and like ... man. Girlfriend. You come from some shit ass stupid people. >.> => so that's 46% in ... ... ok so mixed feelings. I did read this until 4 AM because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. But ... also some parts were ... omfg. Like ... if I hadn't read the first two ... >.> <.< parts of it made me *figuratively* want to punch myself in the face repeatedly. The characters were TSTL ... and this was "exacerbated"/I was especially frustrated because I'd just finished the Warrior series by K.F. Breene which I felt handled things so much better ... Tera ... USE. YOUR. GODDAMN. BRAIN. USE. IT. (view spoiler)[I ... hated that she lost her powers. And the weird ass deal with Kratos or whatever - like .... so that god just ... is defeated? Disappears? Whut? Also ALL THOSE DEATHS just ... whatever. I was sad she was betrayed by the ... chronicler or whatever - so glad the drawf turned out to be a "hero" ... Also I'd actually like to know a lot more about the super powerful [admittedly evil but forced into it sorcerer but .... (hide spoiler)] Tera and Batomar just don't THINK and it was super frustrating. It bothers me because SOMETIMES they do think, are clever, and use their brains. BUT! Too often they don't/didn't - and then people die for it. When they obviously should and DO know better. That's why I was mad. The ending was great though, and the author's note I think helped soften things too. Overall I'm glad I read this series. C-

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