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Markswoman

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Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, her world defined by a strict code of conduct. The Orders are the gifted elite, armed with telepathic blades and sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be an Markswoman means to let go of your past completely, and Kyra struggles with her desire to avenge her dead family, a desire that threatens to consume her.



When her beloved teacher dies in mysterious circumstances, and the Order is taken over by a dangerous new leader, Kyra is forced to flee for her life. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of a long-lost civilization, she ends up in the desert with the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. There, she embarks on a tentative friendship with Rustan, a young Marksman who has become disillusioned with his place in the Order.



Kyra is certain that the new leader of Kali--who also happens to be Mistress of Mental Arts, and well-versed in reading Kyra's emotions--murdered her teacher in order to assume control of the Order and launch a deadly war. But how is she going to prove it? And--more to the point--how is she going to survive a confrontation with the most accomplished and deadly Markswoman in Asiana?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 134 x 203 x 22.86mm | 270g
  • Harper Voyager
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • map
  • 0062564544
  • 9780062564542
  • 197,280

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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. But to be a Markswoman means disconnecting from one's past completely.

When her beloved mentor dies under mysterious circumstances, and 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 razor thin . . . as thin as the blade of a knife.
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"Well-developed characters and intriguing worldbuilding...will keep readers engrossed in this fast-paced, enchanting postapocalyptic fantasy debut." Library Journal (starred review)
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"Well-developed characters and intriguing worldbuilding...will keep readers engrossed in this fast-paced, enchanting postapocalyptic fantasy debut." -- Library Journal (starred review) "Mehrota's page-turning debut concocts a solid fantasy world with a strong heroine. Readers will look forward to the next in the series." -- Booklist "Markswoman is an engaging, consuming fantasy novel.". -- Kirkus Reviews "Markswoman gives us a heroine as principled as she is fierce, a gifted outcast who is forced to navigate the maze of treachery at the heart of a unique and finely drawn world." -- A. J. Hartley, author of Steeplejack (winner of ITW's Thriller award) "An utterly remarkable world with female assassins and telepathic blades; I adored this book." -- New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa "Markswoman is unputdownable. Rati Mehrotra paints a vivid world filled with compelling characters, awesome knives, and all the thrilling adventure and drama you could want." -- Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of the Queens of Renthia series "Markswoman is a breathlessly-paced post-apocalyptic fantasy with a highly original setting and characters you can't help but love (and hate)." -- Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth and The Clockwork Dagger
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About Rati Mehrotra

Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra makes her home in Toronto, Canada, where she writes novels and short fiction and blogs at ratiwrites.com. Markswoman is her debut novel. Find her on Twitter @rati_mehrotra.
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1,470 ratings
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4 37% (550)
3 32% (469)
2 10% (146)
1 3% (44)
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