Author(s): Rati Mehrotra
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, 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.
"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 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