Markswoman (Asiana, #1)
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.

Markswoman (Asiana, #1) Details

TitleMarkswoman (Asiana, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherHarper Voyager
ISBN-139780062564542
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

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Markswoman (Asiana, #1) Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I freaking love this cover! I loved the summary of the book but it was just an okay read for me. I'm sure plenty will love it though 😊Happy Reading! Mel ❤ I freaking love this cover! I loved the summary of the book but it was just an okay read for me. I'm sure plenty will love it though 😊Happy Reading! Mel ❤️
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast paced fun read. It was YA so it unfortunately it fell into some of the same YA pitfalls I tend to dislike, most notably, an instalove triangle. Not to fear though, the love interest doesn’t even show up until halfway into the book and the romance was in no way a central plot thread.I loved the characters here. Kyra does not have special snowflake syndrome. She is the youngest full fledged Markswoman in the Order of Kali and her skills aren’t always up to par which was refreshing. This was a fast paced fun read. It was YA so it unfortunately it fell into some of the same YA pitfalls I tend to dislike, most notably, an instalove triangle. Not to fear though, the love interest doesn’t even show up until halfway into the book and the romance was in no way a central plot thread.I loved the characters here. Kyra does not have special snowflake syndrome. She is the youngest full fledged Markswoman in the Order of Kali and her skills aren’t always up to par which was refreshing. She makes a few bad decisions (and really, don’t all teenagers make relatively stupid decisions now and again?) but what redeems it is that she was not a damsel in distress that needed rescuing. If Kyra messed up, Kyra dealt with it on her own. I also really enjoyed Rustan’s character and found him very relatable. His past is still a mystery and I’m hoping we get to read more of it in the next book!The world building was absolutely superb. Even though there are several Orders of Markswomen (and Marksmen) that share some core traits, they seem to have their own methods of doing things. We get to see how the Marswomen are brought up, some of the rituals they partake in as part of their journey from novices to Marswomen, their belief systems, etc. The world is sort of post apocalyptic. This is set 850 years after an event known as the Great War, and many many years after an exalted civilization known as The Ones who left behind some ancient technologies that the current people don’t understand how to replicate but are still able to use. The world building was definitely my favorite part and I often marveled at the level of detail the author included without using excessive infodumps.The setting was done really well too and I liked that we weren’t limited to one part of the world. The Order of Kali lives in a cave system set in a lush forest surrounded by mountains. The Order of Khur (the Marksmen) reside in the desert surrounded by sand dunes that experience scorching hot temperatures by day and freezing temperatures by night. My only real complaint was that for a novel about assassins, there weren’t many assassinations happening? (I know, I know, I’m a terrible person who likes her fantasies bloody and dark.) All in all, a standout in the YA fantasy genre. This book ended with a lot of questions left to answer and I can’t wait to see where it goes next!!I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway so thank you to the publisher and GoodReads!
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    Not reviewing this one right now, but a few things to point to: ☆ It has a south-asian setting which is fantastic.☆ Cast is quite thoroughly POC!!☆ world building is pretty intense and detailed☆ very very slow and used a lot of (tired) tropes☆ kinda about murder nuns☆ the old ancient wise ones tell you diddly squat☆ um....slow
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: MarkswomanSeries: Asiana #1Author: Rati MehrotraRelease date: January 23, 2018Cliffhanger: YesHEA(view spoiler)[HFN (hide spoiler)]“To be evil is to suffer, and there is joy in releasing others from suffering."When I first spotted this book, I just had to have it. The entire package was calling out to me, telling me that I needed to read it. A group of revered female assassins who use magic daggers to enforce justice and keep the peace? That cover? A debut YA fantasy author to try out? Y Title: MarkswomanSeries: Asiana #1Author: Rati MehrotraRelease date: January 23, 2018Cliffhanger: YesHEA(view spoiler)[HFN (hide spoiler)]“To be evil is to suffer, and there is joy in releasing others from suffering."When I first spotted this book, I just had to have it. The entire package was calling out to me, telling me that I needed to read it. A group of revered female assassins who use magic daggers to enforce justice and keep the peace? That cover? A debut YA fantasy author to try out? Yes, yes, and more yes. Give me a pen and paper, and I'll sign on the dotted line. I was eager for this book to be a huge hit, but while it wasn't bad by any means, it wasn't what I was hoping it would be. My main issue was that I just could not stay engaged in the story. Throughout the majority of the book, it felt as if it was dragging at a snail's pace, and I had to keep setting it down and picking it back up again. I think the plot may have suffered from that dreaded first book in a fantasy trilogy syndrome. All of the necessary characters' introductions, intricate world building, and establishing backstories can drain the story of potential action. I felt as if I spent most of the book learning about their culture and waiting for things to kick into a higher gear. Kyra as the main protagonist was at the top of the list of things that were right. Having a female centric story was appealing enough, but it was an added bonus that she was a likable character that I could root for. In the beginning of the book, she has just earned her place as an official Markswoman after taking out her first mark. We see that she is a young woman who struggles with the morality of what she is doing, and her doubts consume her despite a personal interest in the kill. Kyra is a bit of a rebel in the sense that she is unable to let go of the injustices done on her family in the past. Her heart is firmly set on revenge, even though the Order specifically mandates that all members must release the past in order to give themselves and their futures to their superiors. The hatred and anger she feels towards those who wronged her just cannot be snuffed out. It simmers and burns quietly under the surface, just waiting for the opportunity to appease it. Kyra started out as a novice in the Order at the age of five, the youngest that had ever been accepted. Since that time, she took classes and trained, working towards earning the katari that she would eventually bond with through life and beyond. The rare kalishium metal that is forged with has telepathic properties that they still don't fully comprehend, and the skill to produce these special daggers is almost extinct. To earn these extremely rare weapons, novices are put through a rigorous coming of age trial with four stages that prove their worth. The concept was really unique, and the idea behind it one that was clearly intelligently thought out. The themes of good and evil were prevalent, most notably in the kalashik guns formed before the Great War that alter minds, causing horrible death and destruction. Whereas katari blades seek to protect, there is a wrongness to these guns that almost wiped out an entire world. Another was prejudice, aimed towards the one solitary male Order of Khur. These men are belittled and insulted despite their fierceness and skill, and the females are generally taught that they are imposters. This was an interesting gender power reversal, and smartly highlighted the unfairness of discrimination and inequality in society in a fresh way.Rustan is the second protagonist, one of the males in the Order of Khur. When Kyra flees her home and steps through a portal that has been closed for decades, her preconceptions quickly change about Rustan and the rest of his Order. Training with him is a very humbling experience, and she realizes that her plan to return home to her Order and her comfortable life may be doomed for failure. If she cannot best this man, how will she win the dual against the traitorous new Mahimata? Both are tormented with their own uncertain futures, and self-doubt plagues them. However, they both showed extraordinary courage and commitment to doing the right thing despite the odds that were against them. Separately they were great, but as a couple, I couldn't really get behind the pairing. Their romantic emotions had absolutely no realistic build to speak of. At one point, we were abruptly told that he was in love with her, with no foundation at all. We were not shown this development at all, making the entire thing two dimensional and disingenuous. I personally enjoy romance in my fantasy books, but this was not executed well in my opinion. I will say, the last 15-20% of the story finally fully engaged me, and the climax was well written and impressively creative. I wish that I had felt that way about more of the book, and perhaps the following installment would be more successful in consistently holding my interest. There was quite the cliffhanger at the end, so I confess that I'm more than a little curious as to how it will continue. I think this could be a hit for many fantasy lovers, especially if you're looking for something unique with a strong female character in the forefront. **The Second book in the Asiana series will be released in January 2019.FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Justine
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a big surprise for me. Why? Because I had started off listening to the audiobook in the car while my kids were with me and they insisted that I could only listen to it when they were there too. So I did - hence the lengthy time to completion. I thought maybe they might get bored, as this book is a bit slow in some parts, and has more than a few political machinations going on, but no, they LOVED IT. **What I liked about this were the unique setting - post-apocalyptic but Indian ins This book was a big surprise for me. Why? Because I had started off listening to the audiobook in the car while my kids were with me and they insisted that I could only listen to it when they were there too. So I did - hence the lengthy time to completion. I thought maybe they might get bored, as this book is a bit slow in some parts, and has more than a few political machinations going on, but no, they LOVED IT. **What I liked about this were the unique setting - post-apocalyptic but Indian inspired, with the devastation so far in the past that things have essentially cycled forward into a brand new civilisation. I liked that the main character Kyra was chosen to complete a task, but isn't necessarily a "chosen one" in terms of her abilities. Her struggles made her more real and likeable. The romance, if you can even call it that, was extremely light handed. It's more of a hopefulness for the next book. Overall I thought the worldbuilding was unique, the story interesting, and any weaknesses are mostly due to the fact that this is a debut novel. I'm very interested to see how the story concludes in the second book, and to see if Mehrotra continues to level up as a writer.** Note: The 4 star rating actually comes from me. My 9 and 12 year old rate this book 5 and 4.5 stars respectively.
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  • chri
    January 1, 1970
    I AM HERE FOR SISTERHOODS OF BADASS WOMEN. My reading interests fall pretty neatly into two categories: books full of badass characters (the characters I want to become) and trashy romance novels (for the trashy person that I am.) I was so certain Markswoman would fall into the former category, but it ended up falling into neither. My emotions while reading went something like: bewildered -> confused -> quite frankly lost???? -> bored -> a little more than slightly angry -> confus I AM HERE FOR SISTERHOODS OF BADASS WOMEN. My reading interests fall pretty neatly into two categories: books full of badass characters (the characters I want to become) and trashy romance novels (for the trashy person that I am.) I was so certain Markswoman would fall into the former category, but it ended up falling into neither. My emotions while reading went something like: bewildered -> confused -> quite frankly lost???? -> bored -> a little more than slightly angry -> confused -> oh what the book ended?Let's START AT THE VERY BEGINNING. The map was charming; the intro fairly interesting. I liked the "while we hold a katari in our hands and the Kanun in our hearts, a word from us can still raise armies and crumble mountains" line. But then we get to the opening chapters in Kyra and Rustan's POV, and, well. It's not a bad thing necessarily - no part of Markswoman was inherently terrible, except for maybe that bit toward the end that I'll get to later - and this is going to sound really bad at the beginning but please bear with me I'll explain. I wasn't really feeling how the good majority of the "good" characters in the story seemed so uncertain about executing. I mean normal people SHOULD be uncertain about executing people. But when it's your job, please be certain before you do the deed? Personally, I consider it pretty crucial for executioners to be certain about their actions. And if they ever feel like they did something wrong, they should right it as well as they could. You can never bring someone back from the dead, but acknowledging a wrongful death, figuring out what was behind it... I think those are pretty good places to start. And the uncertain waffling didn't stop at killings - it extended to practically all other aspects of the character's life. But Markswoman and Marksmen are chosen, and I find it hard to believe that so many wafflers were chosen? Kyra I can see; Kyra makes sense - her first kill left her uncertain, and her character's brave and strong and fairly tenacious in her other actions. But Rustan? Rustan. He waffles a lot - on everything - and avoids responsibility just as often and wow his character was frustrating. A lot of the elders of Kali were the same, as well as many of Kyra's friends, and it didn't match with the narrative. Markswoman and Marksmen are chosen on spirit, y'know, all that good inner stuff, and while that sounds nice and all, you can't see a lot of it! Tamsyn and Shirin Mam had balls of fucking steel if you'll forgive my wording, but most of the other characters? They left a lot to be desired.I did really like how the author used palindromic prime numbers as passwords for the doors. Call me a nerd but little things like that make me happy. The whole thing about how Kyra and Shirin Mam would pass on was also kind of eerie and unsettling but interesting at the same time - especially Kyra and her dreams. I'd love to see that developed in the upcoming books.The pacing, on the other hand, was shaky. The beginning ambles a little. When her mentor dies, Kyra isn't "forced on the run" so much as she just hightails it out of there and at that point, Tamsyn hadn't seemed like a terribly bad character, and so Kyra's actions do come off as rash and bewildering. The plot starts ambling again after the death, only to collide headfirst into the tragedy that was Markswoman's Romantic Subplot. In which Kyra doesn't "befriend" Rustan so much as she does piss him off, get beat up by him, and then plummet headfirst into what can be best described as a tragically ill-timed romance. In that order. Then the plot slows again, only to speed up in the last few pages. If the author's goal was to give us all whiplash? She succeeded. Markswoman was like one of those "the history of the universe in a year" kind of videos when nothing happens in the first 365 days and then suddenly you hit the last few hours and BOOM apes become people invent writing make Pyramids start the Renaissance go to space.MOVING ON. THE ROMANCE. Quite honestly I thought Markswoman would've been better without the romance. But if there had to be, of all the possible ways it could've gone - Kyra x a cute badass girl from the Order of Kali or Kyra x a cute badass girl from a neighboring order or Kyra x a cute badass guy from the order of Khur who actuALLY TREATS HER WELL - how did we end up here?Without giving anything away, right before the descent into ~romance~ some other asshole assaults Kyra via her mind and after saving her the first thing her "male romantic lead" does is pull some aggressive tsundere romantic bullshit on her and WHY? There was no chemistry and then suddenly we're told they have all the chemistry and the guy is this close to being unable to keep it in his pants anymore. I'm paraphrasing of course but that was very much the sentiment and I was very much put off.And then it gets even worse because I actually kind of admired Kyra's spirit and tenacity before, even though it wasn't as delved into as it could've been (the thing with her dead family's only brought up here and there, and in her goals against Tamsyn, she seems fierce at times but oddly emotionless and forced at others). BUT BUT BUT so she's in for the fight of her life. Her work over the past few months have been building up to this moment. SHE MIGHT DIE. SHE'S THE YOUNGEST MARKSWOMAN, PART OF A HIGHLY TRAINED SISTERHOOD OF ELITE WARRIORS, IS ARMED WITH A TELEPATHIC BLADE, IS ABLE TO WALK THROUGH DOORS NO ONE ELSE CAN, AND HAS THE STEELY MIND TO SHUT OUT THE LURING CREEPY SUGGESTIONS OF AN EVIL SENTIENT GUN (which was a super cool idea I'd definitely be down for reading more about) ANd then some guy who can't read the atmosphere or spare consideration for her mental state comes along and all she can think of is "Why had he kissed her? Why had it hurt so much when he stepped away from her and left the room?"@Kyra maybe not now? YOUR LIFE IS ON THE LINE DAMMIT.All in all, Markswoman wasn't a terrible read. The writing was nice, I liked a lot of the ideas that went into this novel, and Kyra was, at most times, pretty cool to follow along. But with the pacing, the shaky characterization, the romance... it had potential, but ended up slipping to the lower end of "okay."
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  • Zoe Wilson (yerabooknerdzoe)
    January 1, 1970
    I was iffy about this one for the first 70 pages or so, but I really enjoyed it! There were times where it dragged a bit and could've been condensed, but overall it was better than I was expecting. There are still some things that I'm confused about with regards to the world-building, but I don't know if it'll ever be cleared up. The only way I think we'll ever learn more about the history (and the things that are confusing) is if there are some sort of flashbacks in the next book or insights in I was iffy about this one for the first 70 pages or so, but I really enjoyed it! There were times where it dragged a bit and could've been condensed, but overall it was better than I was expecting. There are still some things that I'm confused about with regards to the world-building, but I don't know if it'll ever be cleared up. The only way I think we'll ever learn more about the history (and the things that are confusing) is if there are some sort of flashbacks in the next book or insights into the war that kept being referenced, or even before that. I just want to know more about the Transport Hubs and who the people in the past civilization were! Personally, I felt the romance wasn't necessary in this one. I think I would've enjoyed some bits more than I did if the romance wasn't there. It just felt kind of forced to me. The odd love triangle-ish thing was just weird to me. It almost felt like the romance was there just to have a romance subplot and didn't add anything. All-in-all, I'm looking forward to the next book!
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  • Maryam
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a fast paced YA read with solid characters and a good story.It has a unique setting, it’s a post-apocalyptic middle eastern/Indian inspired world. The world is full of forgotten technologies that people do not understand the physics of them but use them.Kyra is the main protagonist which is the newest markswoman of the oldest order in the Asiana. She is not the best and has lots of doubts about what she should do due to her tragic past, but she is the head of Order’s favorite and ma This book is a fast paced YA read with solid characters and a good story.It has a unique setting, it’s a post-apocalyptic middle eastern/Indian inspired world. The world is full of forgotten technologies that people do not understand the physics of them but use them.Kyra is the main protagonist which is the newest markswoman of the oldest order in the Asiana. She is not the best and has lots of doubts about what she should do due to her tragic past, but she is the head of Order’s favorite and makes her life in danger when the head is found one day suspiciously dead and one of the deadliest, ambitious markswoman becomes the new leader.Khur hosts the newest order of Asiana, the only order which is of men. Rustan being confused after his latest mission is all but doubt about his order and world. When he is instructed to watch one of the portal doors which has not opened in many years, the last thing he expects is to see some markswoman emerges from it. When Khur elders know Kyra’s story they appoint Rustan to teach her everything he knows to help her prepare herself for what could be easily her death.The story itself is not anything new, but it flows and doesn’t bore you. That’s the reason I gave it 4 star. I’d definitely will read the next book.
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  • Lena (The Printed Girl)
    January 1, 1970
    omg omg omg! I just one this book as my first goodreads giveaway!!! I'm sooo happy. I entered more than 100 give aways for over a year and I FINALLY won!!Can't wait to start reading this book!! :D-----------------------------------Great read! It was a bit confusing sometimes because it went very fast at some points, but still a great book.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0...This debut was such an enjoyable read for me. It had a great balance of world building and character drama and the pace kept things moving. The world in this is definitely interesting. It starts out feeling like a standard fantasy world with magic and swords, etc. But then as you keep reading and details are revealed, you come to realize it also is post-apocalyptic. I’ve seen this in a number of other books, but that certainly Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0...This debut was such an enjoyable read for me. It had a great balance of world building and character drama and the pace kept things moving. The world in this is definitely interesting. It starts out feeling like a standard fantasy world with magic and swords, etc. But then as you keep reading and details are revealed, you come to realize it also is post-apocalyptic. I’ve seen this in a number of other books, but that certainly did not prevent me from enjoying the reveals in this one at all.There are orders of women called Markswomen, who serve essentially as assassins. They are meant to uphold the law and enforce order, so they are feared as their skills are almost legendary. Plus, as I mentioned before, they are assassins, so its probably natural that the commoners don’t want to buddy up with them and instead keep a respectul (and slightly fearful) distance. One secret to their power is that they are telepathically bonded with a special type of blade, so it becomes a sort of extenstion of themselves. These blades are magical, and provide their owners strength and the ability to do more than just cut or slice. Even at the end of the book, I feel like there is more to these blades than I we have learned so far, and I look forward to reading on to find out.Our protaginist, Kyra, was brought to the order at a much younger age than most and she formed a close bond with her mentor, who was like a mother to her. Because of the devastating events that she experienced as her clan and family were destroyed, Kyra has a strong desire for vengeance for the death of her family and clan. This is something that challenges her at points in the book, where she has to weigh her commitment to her order or her desire for vengeance. An apprentice’s first kill in the name of the order (their first mark) is how they graduate to become a Markswoman, Kyra’s first kill does not sit easy for her, showing that while she has a strong desire for retribution for the death of her family and clan, killing also does not sit easy for her.After the unexpected death of her mentor, she is faced with a new challenge as well, as she believes it was foul play and has a keen idea exactly who murdered her. But without proof, she is challenged to find a way to persuade the leaders what has happened to ensure justice is served. Kyra’s life takes a very unexpected turn after the death of Sherrin Mam and she has to face her actions and make a plan to make right what has gone horribly wrong.While the majority of the book is told from Kyra’s perspective, there are chapters told from Rustan’s perspective as well. He is a Marksman, and his order is shunned by most of the Markswomen who believe that men are not qualified to wield. It gives a slightly different perspective to the world, and really provides a a lot of great information about dynamics. I have a feeling Rustan, who was quite important in this book, will become an even bigger piece of the story as the series continues.Overall, I feel like Markswoman gave a great mix of badass women, action and an interesting world. The pace moved well and I am really looking forward to the next book.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    tw: self harm I read a few chapters of this book but I'm going to put it off for some time later. It was good so far like the world building and characters were interesting but what bugged me was that the MC cuts her arm after a kill (this happens in chapter 1). It is explained why though, to remember who they kill but I just.. I'll give this book another chance some time later.- - - So I did give this book another chance but it just fell flat for me. There were many great elements like the wor tw: self harm I read a few chapters of this book but I'm going to put it off for some time later. It was good so far like the world building and characters were interesting but what bugged me was that the MC cuts her arm after a kill (this happens in chapter 1). It is explained why though, to remember who they kill but I just.. I'll give this book another chance some time later.- - - So I did give this book another chance but it just fell flat for me. There were many great elements like the world building but a lot of other things brought it down. The characters, besides the MC, just felt flat and like an accessory. The writing was a bit passive and I couldn't really get into it. I really wanted to enjoy this one, the cover is beautiful, but I guess it didn't work for me.
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  • Jessi ♡
    January 1, 1970
    heteronormativity and insta-love aside THE PLOT IS SO GOOD AND I LOVE ALL THEM FEMALE ASSASSINS, they can murder me i'll thank them
  • Crazy4Books
    January 1, 1970
    WARNING: Dont read more than the first paragraph of the goodreads/amazon summary because it will spoil half the book and make it a lot less entertaining.I was hooked after the first line of the blurb "An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins ..." Set in a fascinating world where women with the gift can bond telepathically with their blades. These women train to become peace makers and executioners in a sisterhood of Markswomen. Kyra was taken in by their leader Shirin Mam after everyo WARNING: Dont read more than the first paragraph of the goodreads/amazon summary because it will spoil half the book and make it a lot less entertaining.I was hooked after the first line of the blurb "An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins ..." Set in a fascinating world where women with the gift can bond telepathically with their blades. These women train to become peace makers and executioners in a sisterhood of Markswomen. Kyra was taken in by their leader Shirin Mam after everyone in her village was murdered by outlaws. Intent on avenging the ones she's lost Kyra finds herself on a path that could change the world.The main character Kyra was determined and brave. I loved seeing her mother daughter type relationship with Shirin Mam. Her friendship with the two Markswomen apprentice Elena and Nineth was amazing. I thought they were both well developped side characters with distinct personalities. I didnt really feel the chemistry between the two main characters and I felt like their training together was kind of boring. If you enjoy a slow burn romance you might like it more than I did.The antagonist was captivating, but I would have liked knowing her motivations better. I found the mysterious actions of Shirin Mam and the travel portals compelling. I loved the assassin sisterhood concept and the Markswomen telepathic abilities. Its nice to read a YA fantasy that goes beyond the typical formula. The South Asian inspired world is so vaste and imaginative. The revenge story was intriguing, but the plot had so many more layers to it. Dont read more than the first paragraph of the summary because it will spoil half of the book. Im really glad I didnt read it before hand because it wouldnt have packed as much of an emotional punch or been as entertaining. Theres so many unanswered questions and things left to explore that Im really looking forward to the duologys conclusion. Id definitely recommend Markswoman if you want a fresh epic fantasy story.*received for review consideration*
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  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK.AT.THAT.COVER
  • Sinead (Huntress of Diverse Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts!I received an ARC of Markswoman from the publisher. It was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018. Fantasy stories about assassins are always sure to pique my interest. This is a new adult fantasy novel (MC is 19 years old).It’s #ownvoices for Asian representation. It’s set in post-apocalyptic Asia.__The pacing in this book picks up momentum with every chapter. I couldn’t stop reading. The ending was a massive cliffhanger Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts!I received an ARC of Markswoman from the publisher. It was one of my most anticipated releases for 2018. Fantasy stories about assassins are always sure to pique my interest. This is a new adult fantasy novel (MC is 19 years old).It’s #ownvoices for Asian representation. It’s set in post-apocalyptic Asia.__The pacing in this book picks up momentum with every chapter. I couldn’t stop reading. The ending was a massive cliffhanger, and after all that energy and momentum, I was so shocked when I realised the book was actually over. We don’t find out if all the characters end up safe. So many new questions are brought up within the last pages. As soon as the book was over, the first thing I did was go to Goodreads, to find out when the next book is coming out. 2019! January 2019! I’m so excited for it.One aspect that I enjoyed a lot, was where some of the assassins discussed whether death was a suitable punishment for crimes, seeing as one could not always be sure that the accused had committed the crime. This is a subject that is often left out of other assassin stories, and I think it shouldn’t be.The fantasy elements were compelling. Markswomen and Marksmen are able to tell people what to do with their minds. Their blades have a telepathic connection to them, which is often not a spoken connection.Some of the Markswomen are very wary about the Order of Khur, which is the only order for Marksmen. I would have liked more worldbuilding in this aspect, as it was not explained why the women hated these men so much. As a reader, we only find out that they do. The main character also states that she thought the men in the Order of Khur were generally okay, and the only person she disliked was also the only woman in that Order. As we don’t know why the other Markswomen bear a grudge to the Order of Khur and we also don’t know why Kyra dislikes this person, this comment felt weird to me.The story is very rich in its worldbuilding and the plot was amazing. I was intrigued by the different settings we were introduced to. The characters were are very detailed, even those who were quite minor characters. It was fascinating to read about how they felt about certain situations.__Markswoman was a fantastic read. The only part I would have liked more worldbuilding in, is why the Markswomen had a grudge with the Marksmen.Trigger warning: murder.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    Markswoman is an interesting fantasy title in the fact that it defies categorization, to a certain extent. While the uniqueness of the world appealed, I did find the execution a little disorienting and confusing. This was part coming-of-age story, a revenge plot, a romance, and an adventure. There were many things happening in and I felt that to be a detriment considering that it took so long for the plot to get moving. Readers go in to the book knowing that Kyra's mentor is going to die; it sa Markswoman is an interesting fantasy title in the fact that it defies categorization, to a certain extent. While the uniqueness of the world appealed, I did find the execution a little disorienting and confusing. This was part coming-of-age story, a revenge plot, a romance, and an adventure. There were many things happening in and I felt that to be a detriment considering that it took so long for the plot to get moving. Readers go in to the book knowing that Kyra's mentor is going to die; it says so right in the blurb. So, when it takes a significant portion of the book to get to that point, the actual event seems a bit anticlimactic. The fact that Markswoman is also character-drive was another point of favour for me. Again, I was somewhat disappointed by the slow pace of Kyra's transformation. Kyra is young and filled with anger due to what happened to her family as a young child. Her quick anger is something that her mentor tries to get her to vanquish, but again, any transformation on Kyra's part took the better part of the book. While I'm all for taking the time to truly communicate the depth of a character's development, but I felt that any changes on Kyra's part were incremental, which, on top of a slow pace, frustrated me as a reader. Markswoman is an interesting debut with a unique world, but a read that might bog down some readers who prefer a faster pace. *Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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  • Beth Cato
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS BOOK. Post-apocalyptic magical knife-wielding female assassins FTW! I received a galley through the publisher (also my publisher), and was happy to supply a blurb:"Markswoman is a breathlessly-paced post-apocalyptic fantasy with a highly original setting and characters you can't help but love (and hate)."
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  • Amanda Kratz
    January 1, 1970
    I like it, but it is SO SLOW. It takes forever to get going. (I think 150 pages so almost half of the book before the story starts)Basic plot: the story is told from 2 view points Rushtan and Kyra. They are both assassins (Markswomen/Marksmen) who are tasked to carry out all deaths for this world. When Krya’s favorite mentor is murdered she goes seeks aid for vengeance/justice. (She is still trying to learn the difference)So the world is interesting in that it is a bit like Shanara. 100s+ year’s I like it, but it is SO SLOW. It takes forever to get going. (I think 150 pages so almost half of the book before the story starts)Basic plot: the story is told from 2 view points Rushtan and Kyra. They are both assassins (Markswomen/Marksmen) who are tasked to carry out all deaths for this world. When Krya’s favorite mentor is murdered she goes seeks aid for vengeance/justice. (She is still trying to learn the difference)So the world is interesting in that it is a bit like Shanara. 100s+ year’s after the apocalypse and this is a new race of beings/people that dwell here. Markswomen are interesting in that they are chosen because they bond with their blades. (The metal actually talks to them). They also study the Mental Arts and use Inner Speach to mind control just about anyone. To mean their powers are so above and beyond. I felt like they were too powerful. Sure they have some vulnerability but come on.Anyway it was just so slow for me. Fun world building but the story was mostly world building and very little action. For a book of assassins you would think there would be more death. I feel that their job is almost irrelevant. Not really interested in the next in the series.
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  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to love this book. I wanted to devour it in one sitting and bask in the wonderfulness that is female assassins and with YA/adult crossover appeal and. . . and. . . and I could go on. But that's not what happened and it comes down to one thing, really, that made the rest of the book not work for me.But before I get to that, some positives. First, the world building. The world building, y'all. It's gorgeous. Definitely fantasy but with an almost sci-fi feel from the Hubs that transport yo I wanted to love this book. I wanted to devour it in one sitting and bask in the wonderfulness that is female assassins and with YA/adult crossover appeal and. . . and. . . and I could go on. But that's not what happened and it comes down to one thing, really, that made the rest of the book not work for me.But before I get to that, some positives. First, the world building. The world building, y'all. It's gorgeous. Definitely fantasy but with an almost sci-fi feel from the Hubs that transport you across the land and the numbered codes used to operate them. Magic blades and both mental and physical forms of combat. It's all just lovely and intricate. Mehrotra did a great job in creating this world and as a fantasy lover I can't help but appreciate the work that went into it.The story primarily centers around the young Markswoman Kyra but does veer off into other points of view every now and then depending on what's happening in the story. Kyra is at the edge of adulthood. She messes up. She's passionate about her beliefs and what she believes is the truth. For a second, I thought she'd fall to the Chosen One trope due to the pieces of her history revealed throughout the book, but I'm happy to report that Kyra stuck to her guns and every decision she made felt natural for her character.The rest of the cast wasn't badly written or anything but the bulk of this story centers around Kyra to the point that they didn't play a larger role until later in the book (*cough* Rustan), and I felt like the other characters were more accessories in the story.Where I had problems started at the beginning through to the end of the book. The writing never hooked me. For the entire book, I was less than enthusiastic about reading. I'm not really sure why I kept going to be honest because I was pretty bored. And it's not even that the writing was terrible because it wasn't. I've read way worse. It was passive. So much prose. Lots of details to bog the action down. I look for character driven stories and I want to characterize Markswoman that way but after finishing it, I felt like I'd read a historical account of this story rather than fell into the story itself. All these great elements were there, but the binding to bring them together fell apart for me.So I push through to the end and nothing really changes on that front, and the book just. . . ends. Big cliffhanger ending too, or at least I think it was supposed to be but because of the writing style and my lack of investment in the story or characters, I didn't really care about that end scene. It doesn't make me want to pick up the next book for the sole purpose of finding out what happens next. The lack of connection prevented me from getting behind the romance introduced to the story too (though the weird love triangle thing was. . . well, weird and felt forced).I'm bummed. This was one of my anticipated reads for this month. Everything was there and if the details had been broken up more perhaps I'd have enjoyed it more but this one just didn't work for me. 
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  • Ella Zegarra
    January 1, 1970
    I just read " magical-knife wielding female assassins" and i'm sold
  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    Full spoiler-free review now on my blogKyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, one of five orders that were created to bring peace to the world of Asiana. She and every member of the order fight with weapons that are infused with magic and are bound to their wielder. But aside from her duty to her order, she has a deep desire to avenge her murdered family.In my opinion, this is totally enough to know before going into the book and to tell more would only spoil the twist the story t Full spoiler-free review now on my blogKyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, one of five orders that were created to bring peace to the world of Asiana. She and every member of the order fight with weapons that are infused with magic and are bound to their wielder. But aside from her duty to her order, she has a deep desire to avenge her murdered family.In my opinion, this is totally enough to know before going into the book and to tell more would only spoil the twist the story takes.One of my highlights was definitely the world! The map is a nice addition to the book and helped me figure out that the world of Asiana is an alternate version of a future Asia (feels quite obvious now with Asiana and Asia in one sentence, I know). At first glance, the book seems like a typical fantasy world and story, but it surprised me with it's genre-bending world-building. There are a lot of science fiction elements mixed within the story which reminded me a lot of the The Shannara Chronicles or the videogame Horizon in regard to a world after the breakdown of technology. Mehrotra manages to create a very unique world that is able to distinguish itself from the typical fantasy setting, which was very refreshing to read about!Kyra as a main character was very enjoyable to follow. We first see her during her mission to kill someone to become a Markswoman. Even though she trained her whole life for this, she struggles with the decision to take a life and that makes her seem very authentic. Additionally, she doesn't fall into the trope trap of being overly talented in any kind of art the warriors in the order of Kali learn. Kyra's family was killed in front of her when she was very young and thus has the deep desire to pursue her revenge and the events still haunt her. However, the leader of the order of Kali has other missions planned for her and this leads to some kind of inner struggle for Kyra.Rustan is the other POV we get to see in Markswoman. He is a marksman and member of Khur, the only order consisting only of men. When he kills a man who was found guilty of murder, he learns later on that this man was framed and innocent. This throws him into a lot of self-doubt and internal struggle.I had some struggles with the villains of the story because they suffered from lacking depth and motives despite wanting power. Kyra dislikes her teacher Tamsyn and the acolyte Akassa from the beginning and we are never really told why.I loved the concept of magical weapons that are bound to one specific person. They were forged from a special metal named kalishium we learn more about as the story unfolds. There are also magical guns that were forged from a metal similar to kalishium, but they are tainted and evil.Later on, another form of magic is introduced in the form of power words in the ancient tongue.Sadly, the romance in this book is very tropy and suffers from insta-love. I didn't feel any chemistry between the two sides and the story could have easily done without it. Or, since there will be a second novel, I would have liked to see some sparks, but not a whole firework. And I haven't even told you about the love-triangle.There is a massive cliff-hanger at the end of the book, which felt a bit forced for me and very sudden. However, for a debut novel, the story is very promising and I'm positive that the story-telling will only get better. There were some reveals during the course of the book regarding both Kyra and Rustan and I think I will pick up the sequel to see were their journey will take them.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*The captivating world of Asiana awaits you in this stunning debut of Asian inspired fantasy! Kyra and her order of female assassins with telepathic blades rule over Asiana along with the other orders, keeping the peace and bringing justice. When betrayal strikes and Kyra escapes to the desert on the other side of Asiana and the male order of Khur, she and her new ally Rustan will disco I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*The captivating world of Asiana awaits you in this stunning debut of Asian inspired fantasy! Kyra and her order of female assassins with telepathic blades rule over Asiana along with the other orders, keeping the peace and bringing justice. When betrayal strikes and Kyra escapes to the desert on the other side of Asiana and the male order of Khur, she and her new ally Rustan will discover where justice ends and vengeance begins.I loved the world-building! I felt like I was traveling through a deserted Asia in a post-dystopian-fantasy world. Even the names are of Asian origin, not to mention how vivid and real the world felt.Kyra and her friends have a strong bond and I liked how Kyra was a strong character.While the romance was slow, it developed and it was very sweet.This book deserves more attention!
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Not grabbed by either character in the first few chapters. The concept's interesting, though I'm a bit confused by the world building thus far. I don't hate it, but I'm not sold enough to continue at this point. I will keep an eye on the series, and, if it concludes well, I may give this another shot down the road.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    The synopsis sounds great, and the cover is gorgeous!
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Started a sample but couldn't get into it. The writing seemed a little too descriptive and slow pace for YA.
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    Review Courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI was drawn into MARKSKWOMAN by the impressive back copy and cover art. Sign me up for any novel featuring a sisterhood of elite warriors. Readers that love page turning action and assassinations will fall in love with MARKSWOMAN.However, I did have a few issues with MARKSWOMAN. The story jumps into immediate and confusing action. The pace is maintained throughout the book, barely giving the reader time to breath between paragraphs. I often had to pause Review Courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyI was drawn into MARKSKWOMAN by the impressive back copy and cover art. Sign me up for any novel featuring a sisterhood of elite warriors. Readers that love page turning action and assassinations will fall in love with MARKSWOMAN.However, I did have a few issues with MARKSWOMAN. The story jumps into immediate and confusing action. The pace is maintained throughout the book, barely giving the reader time to breath between paragraphs. I often had to pause and reread a paragraph or two so I could maintain awareness of where the characters were and what they were doing. Important character actions and decisions happen in the space of a single sentence. If you can get over the rushed paced, you'll probably have an easier time than I did.World building is done through information dumps at the beginning of the four different parts of the novel. I would have loved more details layered between all the action. I also thought the late introduction of a love triangle detracted from the overall story of a woman on a path of revenge, as the relationships weren't given much time to develop. Fair warning that it also ends on a pretty dramatic cliffhanger.But if you're interested in a fast-paced action novel featuring a strong and believable heroine with light romance aspects, MARKSWOMAN is for you.Sexual Content: Kissing
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  • Kylie ~Beauty and the Books~
    January 1, 1970
    This book was bleh for me. I loved the cover and I loved the summary, but the actual story was bland and slow. I was neither rooting for our main character or against her, I simply did not care. She was not interesting enough for me. Kyra has a backstory, but I don’t feel like I got enough of it. I’m sure more will be revealed in the next book, but I am unsure if I want to continue reading. I was bored reading this and it took me a while to get through it. I was hopeful that this would be someth This book was bleh for me. I loved the cover and I loved the summary, but the actual story was bland and slow. I was neither rooting for our main character or against her, I simply did not care. She was not interesting enough for me. Kyra has a backstory, but I don’t feel like I got enough of it. I’m sure more will be revealed in the next book, but I am unsure if I want to continue reading. I was bored reading this and it took me a while to get through it. I was hopeful that this would be something new that I would love. If you are going to claim that this book has female assassins, don’t you think that there would be more than two assassinations that actually take place? Female assassins? Count me in. These female assassins? Count me out.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Edelweiss*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Rati Mehrotra's Markswoman is the first installment in the authors Asiana duology. One can definitely call this a post-apocalyptic version of Asia. It is the year 853 of the Kanun and the Orders keep the peace – barely. Armed outlaws roam the Thar Desert, and a young woman seeks revenge for a horrific crime that was committed against her clan. 19-year old Kyra Veer lives in a land called Asiana. Here you will find Five Orders *Source* Edelweiss*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*Rati Mehrotra's Markswoman is the first installment in the authors Asiana duology. One can definitely call this a post-apocalyptic version of Asia. It is the year 853 of the Kanun and the Orders keep the peace – barely. Armed outlaws roam the Thar Desert, and a young woman seeks revenge for a horrific crime that was committed against her clan. 19-year old Kyra Veer lives in a land called Asiana. Here you will find Five Orders of Peace: Valavan, Zorya, Mar-Su, Khur, and Kali, which is the oldest of them all. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Bright Star
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. DNF 40%The premises were interesting but the realization was awful. It was boring as hell. The story dragged on and on, it was confusing and sometimes I didn't even know what was happening. Plus, the characters were passive and I couldn't care less about them. I tried to keep reading but more than once I almost fell asleep.
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