Review copy was received from Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra
Series: Asiana #2
Published by Harper Voyager on March 5, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
I read the first book, Markswoman, getting it on audio from the library. I really enjoyed it and was excited to see what would happen now. I knew there would be challenges for Kyra and a big battle against Kai Tau. I wanted to know about Nineth and Rustan. The character development in both books was well done. (The publisher told me there won’t be an audio of Mahimati at this time)
It’s my understanding Mahimata is the sequel and end of the Asiana series. While we learned more about this world and the different clans, there is much yet to understand. Kyra barely took the role as Mahimata. She spent much time recovering and preparing to fight Kai Tau. The further developments with the wyr-wolves were great. I loved knowing more about them, just as I loved learning about the Marksmen in the first book.
There is a huge battle where so many lives are lost. I enjoyed this story but I still have so many questions. How do the clans get along now? Who will make the kataris? Will the Orders allow marriage or relationships to bring new children with talents to life? The ending for Rustan and Kyra was too vague for me.
I got a print Advance Reader Copy in a Goodreads giveaway. Since I also was able to get an eARC from the publisher, I’m giving away the print ARC.
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