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Rati Mehrotra

Born and raised in India, Rati Mehrotra makes her home in Toronto, Canada, where she writes novels, short fiction, and blogs at ratiwrites.com. Her short stories have been published in Apex Magazine, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Abyss & Apex, Urban Fantasy Magazine, Podcastle, Cast of Wonders, and many more.

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Markswoman: A mostly-solid debut

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Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Markswoman, the 2018 debut from Rati Mehrotra, is mostly a YA fantasy novel with a post-apocalyptic Earth background and sci-fi elements sprinkled in for flair. It’s an ambitious undertaking, and though it doesn’t always succeed, the characters and their world are interesting and Mehrotra’s prose is compelling.

Kyra, an orphan newly initiated as a Markswoman in the Order of Kali, has spent the majority of her life training as an elite warrior and learning to wield her kalishium blade — a short sword which has telepathic abilities. The Order took her in after her entire family was slaughtered, and has trained her in various deadly arts under the tutelage of their leader, Shirin Mam. But dissent swells in the ranks, led by the ambitious Mistress of Mental... Read More