Published by Harper Voyager on January 23rd 2018
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic
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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, Marie Lu, and S. J. Kincaid.
Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. Guided by a strict code of conduct, Kyra and the other Orders are sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be a Markswoman, an acolyte must repudiate her former life completely. Kyra has pledged to do so, yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her dead family.
When Kyra’s beloved mentor dies in mysterious circumstances, and Tamsyn, the powerful, dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past, she finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman whom she soon befriends.
Kyra is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof. And if she fails to find it, fails in her quest to keep her beloved Order from following Tamsyn down a dark path, it could spell the beginning of the end for Kyra—and for Asiana.
But what she doesn’t realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is razor thin... thin as the blade of a knife.
Markswoman is the first in the Asiana duology and it follows Kyra Veer who happens to be a Markswoman in the Order of Kali, she is a telepathic assassin. She is the last in her clan, and has a lot to prove not only to herself but those who have fallen and those who are watching over her still. Most of the Order want success for her, but of course there is one that most certainly does not and will stop at nothing to make that happen, even if means grave steps are taken to set a course of failure for Kyra.
The setting was very well done, vividly described, from the beautiful, lush forests to the barren desert. But don’t fret, it might have been a barren desert, but this is where she meets Rustan. But we’ll get to him in a minute. The Asian inspired culture was so intriguing and I just couldn’t get enough of it. This post apocalyptic was what you would expect, devastation many years ago, and everything being healed and life moving on. But in this world there was a magic, a fantasy element that grabs your attention. There are telepaths and portals, just to mention a few. And with some pretty bad-ass Markswomen who don’t stand their ground, and betrayals that are uncovered, the tension built as the story went along right up until the very end. Now, let me warn you, this ends with a cliffhanger that leaves you screaming for more. I have so many unanswered questions that I
want need answers for, and I will be anxiously waiting for the next installment.
All the characters were just amazing. Kyra was strong, determined, moral, but she also had vengeance in her heart, and I can’t really blame her. She has been through a lot. She kept her wits about herself though and did always think of the Order first. Rustan, the love interest and Markman, was stoic, but caring. It was pretty clear that he did truly care for Kyra. And while I enjoyed their interactions, I was happy to see that it didn’t take over the whole story. One of Kyra’s friends, that I did like a lot, came into some trouble with our “lovely” villain and it is still kinda unclear if we will see again, but I sure hope so. Now as for Tamsyn, wow what a piece of work. She was horrible, awful, someone needed to use their swords to take her out. But I guess that wouldn’t have been the moral thing to do within the Order. But even still, Tamsyn made a great villain.
At first the pacing does start off a little slow, which I really didn’t mind, it was a good way to understand some of the events that led up to what was going on now. And the pace does pick not too far in, and it picks up at a fast pace and doesn’t let up. So, with plenty of action, an intriguing world and such amazing characters, Markswoman was a fantastic start to the duology.
A fast paced post-apocalyptic fantasy is what you'll find in Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra @Rati_Mehrotra @HarperVoyagerUS @HarperCollins #epic #fantasy #action/adventure, #sci-fi, #post-apocalyptic #review Click To Tweet