Markswoman

Markswoman

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 f...

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Title:Markswoman
Author:Rati Mehrotra
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Edition Language:English

Markswoman Reviews

  • Lisa

    Review from Tenacious Reader:

    This debut was such an enjoyable read for me. It had a great balance of world building and character drama and the pace kept things moving. The world in this is definitely interesting. It starts out feeling like a standard fantasy world with magic and swords, etc. But then as you keep reading and details are revealed, you come to realize it also is post-apocalyptic. I’ve seen this in a number of other books, but that certainly

    Review from Tenacious Reader:

    This debut was such an enjoyable read for me. It had a great balance of world building and character drama and the pace kept things moving. The world in this is definitely interesting. It starts out feeling like a standard fantasy world with magic and swords, etc. But then as you keep reading and details are revealed, you come to realize it also is post-apocalyptic. I’ve seen this in a number of other books, but that certainly did not prevent me from enjoying the reveals in this one at all.

    There are orders of women called Markswomen, who serve essentially as assassins. They are meant to uphold the law and enforce order, so they are feared as their skills are almost legendary. Plus, as I mentioned before, they are assassins, so its probably natural that the commoners don’t want to buddy up with them and instead keep a respectul (and slightly fearful) distance. One secret to their power is that they are telepathically bonded with a special type of blade, so it becomes a sort of extenstion of themselves. These blades are magical, and provide their owners strength and the ability to do more than just cut or slice. Even at the end of the book, I feel like there is more to these blades than I we have learned so far, and I look forward to reading on to find out.

    Our protaginist, Kyra, was brought to the order at a much younger age than most and she formed a close bond with her mentor, who was like a mother to her. Because of the devastating events that she experienced as her clan and family were destroyed, Kyra has a strong desire for vengeance for the death of her family and clan. This is something that challenges her at points in the book, where she has to weigh her commitment to her order or her desire for vengeance. An apprentice’s first kill in the name of the order (their first mark) is how they graduate to become a Markswoman, Kyra’s first kill does not sit easy for her, showing that while she has a strong desire for retribution for the death of her family and clan, killing also does not sit easy for her.

    After the unexpected death of her mentor, she is faced with a new challenge as well, as she believes it was foul play and has a keen idea exactly who murdered her. But without proof, she is challenged to find a way to persuade the leaders what has happened to ensure justice is served. Kyra’s life takes a very unexpected turn after the death of Sherrin Mam and she has to face her actions and make a plan to make right what has gone horribly wrong.

    While the majority of the book is told from Kyra’s perspective, there are chapters told from Rustan’s perspective as well. He is a Marksman, and his order is shunned by most of the Markswomen who believe that men are not qualified to wield. It gives a slightly different perspective to the world, and really provides a a lot of great information about dynamics. I have a feeling Rustan, who was quite important in this book, will become an even bigger piece of the story as the series continues.

    Overall, I feel like Markswoman gave a great mix of badass women, action and an interesting world. The pace moved well and I am really looking forward to the next book.

  • Sarah

    This was a fast paced fun read. It was YA so it unfortunately it fell into some of the same YA pitfalls I tend to dislike, most notably, an instalove triangle. Not to fear though, the love interest doesn’t even show up until halfway into the book and the romance was in no way a central plot thread.

    I loved the characters here. Kyra does not have special snowflake syndrome. She is the youngest full fledged Markswoman in the Order of Kali and her skills aren’t always up to par which was refreshing.

    This was a fast paced fun read. It was YA so it unfortunately it fell into some of the same YA pitfalls I tend to dislike, most notably, an instalove triangle. Not to fear though, the love interest doesn’t even show up until halfway into the book and the romance was in no way a central plot thread.

    I loved the characters here. Kyra does not have special snowflake syndrome. She is the youngest full fledged Markswoman in the Order of Kali and her skills aren’t always up to par which was refreshing. She makes a few bad decisions (and really, don’t all teenagers make relatively stupid decisions now and again?) but what redeems it is that she was not a damsel in distress that needed rescuing. If Kyra messed up, Kyra dealt with it on her own. I also really enjoyed Rustan’s character and found him very relatable. His past is still a mystery and I’m hoping we get to read more of it in the next book!

    The world building was absolutely superb. Even though there are several Orders of Markswomen (and Marksmen) that share some core traits, they seem to have their own methods of doing things. We get to see how the Marswomen are brought up, some of the rituals they partake in as part of their journey from novices to Marswomen, their belief systems, etc. The world is sort of post apocalyptic. This is set 850 years after an event known as the Great War, and many many years after an exalted civilization known as The Ones who left behind some ancient technologies that the current people don’t understand how to replicate but are still able to use. The world building was definitely my favorite part and I often marveled at the level of detail the author included without using excessive infodumps.

    The setting was done really well too and I liked that we weren’t limited to one part of the world. The Order of Kali lives in a cave system set in a lush forest surrounded by mountains. The Order of Khur (the Marksmen) reside in the desert surrounded by sand dunes that experience scorching hot temperatures by day and freezing temperatures by night.

    My only real complaint was that for a novel about assassins, there weren’t many assassinations happening? (I know, I know, I’m a terrible person who likes her fantasies bloody and dark.) All in all, a standout in the YA fantasy genre. This book ended with a lot of questions left to answer and I can’t wait to see where it goes next!!

    I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway so thank you to the publisher and GoodReads!

  • Jessi ♡

    heteronormativity and insta-love aside THE PLOT IS SO GOOD AND I LOVE ALL THEM FEMALE ASSASSINS, they can murder me i'll thank them

  • Crazy4Books

    WARNING: Dont read more than the first paragraph of the goodreads/amazon summary because it will spoil half the book and make it a lot less entertaining.

    I was hooked after the first line of the blurb "An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins ..." Set in a fascinating world where women with the gift can bond telepathically with their blades. These women train to become peace makers and executioners in a sisterhood of Markswomen. Kyra was taken in by their leader Shirin Mam after everyo

    WARNING: Dont read more than the first paragraph of the goodreads/amazon summary because it will spoil half the book and make it a lot less entertaining.

    I was hooked after the first line of the blurb "An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins ..." Set in a fascinating world where women with the gift can bond telepathically with their blades. These women train to become peace makers and executioners in a sisterhood of Markswomen. Kyra was taken in by their leader Shirin Mam after everyone in her village was murdered by outlaws. Intent on avenging the ones she's lost Kyra finds herself on a path that could change the world.

    The main character Kyra was determined and brave. I loved seeing her mother daughter type relationship with Shirin Mam. Her friendship with the two Markswomen apprentice Elena and Nineth was amazing. I thought they were both well developped side characters with distinct personalities. I didnt really feel the chemistry between the two main characters and I felt like their training together was kind of boring. If you enjoy a slow burn romance you might like it more than I did.

    The antagonist was captivating, but I would have liked knowing her motivations better. I found the mysterious actions of Shirin Mam and the travel portals compelling. I loved the assassin sisterhood concept and the Markswomen telepathic abilities. Its nice to read a YA fantasy that goes beyond the typical formula. The South Asian inspired world is so vaste and imaginative. The revenge story was intriguing, but the plot had so many more layers to it.

    Dont read more than the first paragraph of the summary because it will spoil half of the book. Im really glad I didnt read it before hand because it wouldnt have packed as much of an emotional punch or been as entertaining. Theres so many unanswered questions and things left to explore that Im really looking forward to the duologys conclusion. Id definitely recommend Markswoman if you want a fresh epic fantasy story.

    *received for review consideration*

  • Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Review to come.

  • Lena (The Printed Girl)

    omg omg omg! I just one this book as my first goodreads giveaway!!!

    I'm sooo happy. I entered more than 100 give aways for over a year and I FINALLY won!!

    Can't wait to start reading this book!! :D

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    Great read! It was a bit confusing sometimes because it went very fast at some points, but still a great book.

  • Jaclyn

    is an interesting fantasy title in the fact that it defies categorization, to a certain extent. While the uniqueness of the world appealed, I did find the execution a little disorienting and confusing. This was part coming-of-age story, a revenge plot, a romance, and an adventure. There were many things happening in

    is an interesting fantasy title in the fact that it defies categorization, to a certain extent. While the uniqueness of the world appealed, I did find the execution a little disorienting and confusing. This was part coming-of-age story, a revenge plot, a romance, and an adventure. There were many things happening in

  • chri

    I AM HERE FOR SISTERHOODS OF BADASS WOMEN. My reading interests fall pretty neatly into two categories: books full of badass characters (the characters I want to become) and trashy romance novels (for the trashy person that I am.) I was so certain Markswoman would fall into the former category, but it ended up falling into neither. My emotions while reading went something like: bewildered -> confused -> quite frankly lost???? -> bored -> a little more than slightly angry -> confus

    I AM HERE FOR SISTERHOODS OF BADASS WOMEN. My reading interests fall pretty neatly into two categories: books full of badass characters (the characters I want to become) and trashy romance novels (for the trashy person that I am.) I was so certain Markswoman would fall into the former category, but it ended up falling into neither. My emotions while reading went something like: bewildered -> confused -> quite frankly lost???? -> bored -> a little more than slightly angry -> confused -> oh what the book ended?

    Let's START AT THE VERY BEGINNING. The map was charming; the intro fairly interesting. I liked the "while we hold a katari in our hands and the Kanun in our hearts, a word from us can still raise armies and crumble mountains" line. But then we get to the opening chapters in Kyra and Rustan's POV, and, well. It's not a bad thing necessarily - no part of Markswoman was inherently terrible, except for maybe that bit toward the end that I'll get to later - and this is going to sound really bad at the beginning but please bear with me I'll explain.

    I wasn't really feeling how the good majority of the "good" characters in the story seemed so uncertain about executing. I mean normal people SHOULD be uncertain about executing people. But when it's your job, please be certain before you do the deed? Personally, I consider it pretty crucial for executioners to be certain about their actions. And if they ever feel like they did something wrong, they should right it as well as they could. You can never bring someone back from the dead, but acknowledging a wrongful death, figuring out what was behind it... I think those are pretty good places to start. And the uncertain waffling didn't stop at killings - it extended to practically all other aspects of the character's life. But Markswoman and Marksmen are chosen, and I find it hard to believe that so many wafflers were chosen? Kyra I can see; Kyra makes sense - her first kill left her uncertain, and her character's brave and strong and fairly tenacious in her other actions. But Rustan? Rustan. He waffles a lot - on everything - and avoids responsibility just as often and wow his character was frustrating. A lot of the elders of Kali were the same, as well as many of Kyra's friends, and it didn't match with the narrative. Markswoman and Marksmen are chosen on spirit, y'know, all that good inner stuff, and while that sounds nice and all, you can't see a lot of it! Tamsyn and Shirin Mam had balls of fucking steel if you'll forgive my wording, but most of the other characters? They left a lot to be desired.

    I did really like how the author used palindromic prime numbers as passwords for the doors. Call me a nerd but little things like that make me happy. The whole thing about how Kyra and Shirin Mam would pass on was also kind of eerie and unsettling but interesting at the same time - especially Kyra and her dreams. I'd love to see that developed in the upcoming books.

    The pacing, on the other hand, was shaky. The beginning ambles a little. When her mentor dies, Kyra isn't "forced on the run" so much as she just hightails it out of there and at that point, Tamsyn hadn't seemed like a terribly bad character, and so Kyra's actions do come off as rash and bewildering. The plot starts ambling again after the death, only to collide headfirst into the tragedy that was Markswoman's Romantic Subplot. In which Kyra doesn't "befriend" Rustan so much as she does piss him off, get beat up by him, and then plummet headfirst into what can be best described as a tragically ill-timed romance. In that order. Then the plot slows again, only to speed up in the last few pages. If the author's goal was to give us all whiplash? She succeeded. Markswoman was like one of those "the history of the universe in a year" kind of videos when nothing happens in the first 365 days and then suddenly you hit the last few hours and BOOM apes become people invent writing make Pyramids start the Renaissance go to space.

    MOVING ON. THE ROMANCE. Quite honestly I thought Markswoman would've been better without the romance. But if there had to be, of all the possible ways it could've gone - Kyra x a cute badass girl from the Order of Kali or Kyra x a cute badass girl from a neighboring order or Kyra x a cute badass guy from the order of Khur who actuALLY TREATS HER WELL - how did we end up here?

    Without giving anything away, right before the descent into ~romance~ some other asshole assaults Kyra via her mind and after saving her the first thing her "male romantic lead" does is pull some aggressive tsundere romantic bullshit on her and WHY? There was no chemistry and then suddenly we're told they have all the chemistry and the guy is this close to being unable to keep it in his pants anymore. I'm paraphrasing of course but that was very much the sentiment and I was very much put off.

    And then it gets even worse because I actually kind of admired Kyra's spirit and tenacity before, even though it wasn't as delved into as it could've been (the thing with her dead family's only brought up here and there, and in her goals against Tamsyn, she seems fierce at times but oddly emotionless and forced at others). BUT BUT BUT so she's in for the fight of her life. Her work over the past few months have been building up to this moment. SHE MIGHT DIE. SHE'S THE YOUNGEST MARKSWOMAN, PART OF A HIGHLY TRAINED SISTERHOOD OF ELITE WARRIORS, IS ARMED WITH A TELEPATHIC BLADE, IS ABLE TO WALK THROUGH DOORS NO ONE ELSE CAN, AND HAS THE STEELY MIND TO SHUT OUT THE LURING CREEPY SUGGESTIONS OF AN EVIL SENTIENT GUN (which was a super cool idea I'd definitely be down for reading more about) ANd then some guy who can't read the atmosphere or spare consideration for her mental state comes along and all she can think of is

    @Kyra maybe not now? YOUR LIFE IS ON THE LINE DAMMIT.

    All in all, Markswoman wasn't a terrible read. The writing was nice, I liked a lot of the ideas that went into this novel, and Kyra was, at most times, pretty cool to follow along. But with the pacing, the shaky characterization, the romance... it had potential, but ended up slipping to the lower end of "okay."

  • Sabrina

    I read a few chapters of this book but I'm going to put it off for some time later. It was good so far like the world building and characters were interesting but what bugged me was that the MC cuts her arm after a kill (this happens in chapter 1). It is explained why though, to remember who they kill but I just.. I'll give this book another chance some time later.

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