Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
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.
Synopsis from Chapters.Indigo.ca
Markswoman was definitely a very different kind of book from the ones I have read in the past. Set in the very far future, society has undergone a huge shift with the Markswomen as the leading peaceful power in Asiana (there is one order of Marksmen, but most of the Markswomen choose to ignore their existence). These women are trained to keep peace within Asiana through their mental abilities, fighting strength, and their bond with their katari (aka magical knives).
We follow the stories of Kyra and Ruston, independently and as they intercept, and further delve into this dystopian world.
What I liked:
Overall, I thought this was a pretty unique story and I had a fun time reading it. The beginning was a bit slow, but the by the end I felt like we were racing through and I couldn't wait to see where we ended up. I'm not sure where the story will go next, and while I know this is a trilogy, we aren't really given any big tasks or goals that Kyra needs to accomplish or that the books are building towards. So I'm a bit confused about what comes next, but it will be interesting to find out.
FINAL RATING: 3.5/5
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