Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Asiana #1
Published by Highbridge on January 23, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 11 hours, 5 minutes
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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.
One of my friends reviewed Markswoman, earlier in the year, and I couldn’t resist it. But I was lucky enough to get it on audio from the library. So I don’t know what the deal is, but I’m finding historical fantasy is full of stories about assassins. I have read them from Robin Hobb, Mark Lawrence, and Sarah J. Maas. Those were all excellent stories and so it is here.
Kyra’s entire family was killed and she is raised by the Markswoman. The world-building is complex and even now I don’t feel I understand it all. There are various clans with differing skills. They provide protection for the civilian population from criminals. The clans are all women, except one.
Kyra ends up running when the head of her clan is murdered. She learns many new skills, meets new people and learns more about her past. The traveling and learning help with the development of her character and for us to learn this world. This ends in a furious blast of action. I don’t know what it means and I can’t wait to have more. Mahimata is the next book, scheduled for March 2019.
I listened at my usual 1.25 speed. I really enjoyed the voices and tones imparted for Markswoman. The performance enhanced my experience. I was able to listen and let my emotions flow with the story.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 Library-Love Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- COYER BSBB