Author: Rati Mehrotra
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: February 2, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: 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.
i want to start this review off by saying: just look at that cover!!! it’s so pretty! (insert heart eyes emoji here). god, it’s so well designed.
unfortunately this book didn’t live up to my standards as i thought it would. it was interesting enough, but so often the plot got boring. the pacing wasn’t steady either. sometimes it was fast and good, others it was slow and i questioned why i was even reading it. although i struggled to get into markswoman, it did pick up towards the end.
another issue i had with markswoman was the instalove. why must so many young adult books force insta love?? majority of the time it never works and just feels fake. there’s also the love triangle. lets just say that markswoman ticks the boxes of many ya tropes.
one trope that markswoman is without, is the special snowflake. kyra was an amazing protagonist. i really enjoyed her as a character. she worked hard for what she got and even screwed up and made bad decisions. i loved how kyra wasn’t perfect. she had flaws. she was realistic.
the world building was also fantastically done. everything was so well described. i enjoyed the post apocalyptic setting, especially the indian inspired world. i found it refreshing and different.
on a last note, i really didn’t like the use of self harm to mark how many people she’s killed. i know it’s been used in other books before, but i thought i should mention it here in case anyone else decides to read markswoman and has an issue with it.
thank you harper collins for providing me with a review copy of this book.