a slow but steady fantasy // MARKSWOMAN REVIEW

TITLE:  Markswoman

AUTHOR: Rati Mehrotra

RATING: ★★★★

TRIGGER WARNING: none that i can think of, but please let me know

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: Dystopian



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.

my thoughts
Markswoman is a YA fantasy novel based in a world that takes from the futuristic styles and the past. This book follows two main characters Kyla and Ruston, a markswoman and marksman, bound to do justice for the order and protect the people of Asiana. But the order has it’s corruption and it throws the two together in a fight for Kyla’s life.
This novel ended up being really amazing! I didn’t think I was at the end when I really was, and that was such a cliff hanger ending with someone’s life hanging in the balance. While the book started off really slowly, not picking up in pace till around page 120, once it had picked up, it flew. It was definitely annoying at the start, how hard it was to get into, and the abrupt change to a flying plot was a little weird but I ended up flying through the rest of the novel and falling in love, even if it didn’t start out strong.
I loved the characters, I loved to hate the villain, and almost every character made me feel something which was so amazing, because that’s not something that always happens. This novel also features an awesome world that has these weird futuristic transport ideas, but the world is looked after by the Orders, people who have bonded with a blade, which leads them to only harm the right people.
Overall this novel was so good and the end completely made up for the slow beginning,
Until next time,

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