Early Review: Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra

January 22, 2018 Review 0

Early Review: Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati MehrotraMarkswoman by Rati Mehrotra
Series: Asiana #1
Published by Harper Voyager on January 23. 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Tacoma
3 Stars

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.

I 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.
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If you're looking a YA fantasy series featuring assassins, check out The Pillars of Reality by Jack Campbell.

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