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Jenn reviews Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

About the Book

Markswoman; Rati Mehrotra 
YA Adult/New Adult; Dark Fantasy; 384 Pages

Harper Voyager (January 23, 2018)

An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins brings both peace and chaos to their post-apocalyptic world in this bewitching blend of science fiction and epic fantasy—the first entry in a debut duology that displays the inventiveness of the works of Sarah Beth Durst and Marie Lu.

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, one of a handful of sisterhoods of highly trained elite warriors. Armed with blades whose metal is imbued with magic and guided by a strict code of conduct, the Orders are sworn to keep the peace and protect the people of Asiana. Kyra has pledged to do so—yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her murdered family.

When Tamsyn, the powerful and dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. She is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof.

Kyra escapes through one of the strange Transport Hubs that are the remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past and finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of a desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a disillusioned Marksman whose skill with a blade is unmatched. He understands the desperation of Kyra’s quest to prove Tamsyn’s guilt, and as the two grow closer, training daily on the windswept dunes of Khur, both begin to question their commitment to their Orders. But what they don’t yet realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is thin . . . as thin as the blade of a knife.

About the Author

Writer, traveler, and full-time working Mom. I’m looking for a way to clone myself. Or, failing that, get a robot to do all my boring work so I can write full-time. I am represented by the wonderful Mary. C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. My first book, Markswoman, is scheduled for publication in Jan 2018 by Harper Voyager.

I’m a bookworm – always have been. A few of my favorite writers are Gene Wolfe, Margaret Attwood, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Pullman, Octavia Butler, Jack Vance, Neil Gaimam, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling (who can’t love Harry Potter?) and – yes – Jane Austen. I love to read and I love to write. Check out some of my stories at

Jenn’s Review

I picked this book up on a whim, unclear about the age range, and opted to give it a read before turning it over to my 13-year old. Having finished it in a little over a day, I can say that I’m glad I read it first. Mostly because it was just that good! (And teenagers don’t always think about spoilers)

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in her Order, and her first kill sets into motion a chain of events that could undo the fragile life that humanity has carved out for itself on Asiana. And when her beloved leader and mentor dies suddenly and mysteriously, Kyra is forced to steal her dead teacher’s blade and must flee to fight another day.

Her path leads her to Rustan, a sullen Marksman with a guilty conscience, who is tasked with training Kyra for the fight of her life. A member of the only male Order on Asiana, Rustan must prove himself to Kyra, who’s been taught nothing but scorn for her male counterpart.

As Kyra’s duel grows closer, secrets about her past and his slowly simmer to the surface, their feelings for each other growing, despite their vows that leave a future for them just out of reach.

The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I am eagerly awaiting book 2’s release in a few weeks. I give it high marks for world-building, with both touches of science fiction and fantasy, deeply steeped in Eastern wisdom and practice. High marks, also, for well developed, strong characters. Even the sweet-natured Nineth and Shurik show up with their own brand of strength (and their own flaws). I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Jenn reviews Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Buy the Book

This book is available in Kindle, Audiobook, Paperback, and Audio CD formats below.

Also by Rati Mehrotra:

Mahimata (Book 2 in the Asiana Series)

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