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(Asiana #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  86 reviews
A young female assassin must confront the man who slaughtered her family, risk her heart, and come to terms with her identity as a warrior and as a woman in this thrilling fantasy from the author of Markswoman.

Kyra has returned to the caves of Kali, but her homecoming is bittersweet. Her beloved teacher is dead and her best friend Nineth is missing. And gone, too, is Rusta
ebook, 480 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Harper Voyager
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Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This started stronger than it finished, and I don't think it was as good as the first book, Markswoman. I think the big issue here is that a lot of those standardized YA Fantasy tropes Mehrotra managed to avoid in book one, had a full throttle, pedal to the medal presence here.

The romance was a huge focus this time around. For the record, I hate complaining that romance exists in a book- because I actually like romance. Claire and Jamie, Edward and Elizabeth, Elizabeth and Darcy, truly, it's a f
Adah Udechukwu
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mahimata is a nice end to the duology.
I'm so excited to have won this in a Goodreads Giveaway! Will definitely be reading book one and this one before pub day :D

Feliza Casano
While the ending wasn't really to my tastes, overall a satisfying conclusion to the duology and a series I'd recommend to other readers.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Addult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Mahimata is the second and final installment in the Asiana series by author Rati Mehrotra. Filled with terrific characters, expansive world-building, a tough heroine, a formidable hero, and thrilling action, Mahimata has everything fantasy readers want. The story continues where Markswoman left off. The series focuses on two main characters: Kyra a Markswoman from the Order of Kali which happens to be the oldest Order of Peac
Francesca ❆
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you Harper Voyager for sending me an advance review copy through Edelweiss.

Mahimata is the conclusion of the Asiana duology, after the cliffhanger ending of the first book the reader is brought up to speed in the first chapters of the book: which made the writing seem even more clunky and alienating, but it loosened up later and had some wonderful descriptions of the geography of Asiana....which was all pretty and charming but it still gave the impression of being there just to fill the pa
Melissa Wyble
So excited I won a copy of this ARC in a giveaway!! Time to binge the 1st book so I can read this ASAP! Thank you, Avon/Voyager!!
Beth Cato
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
Full disclosure: I provided a blurb for the first book of this duology and the publisher also supplied me with a gratis copy of Mahimata for review.

Rati Mehrotra's Asiana duology comes to a fantastic conclusion in Mahimata. In this Asian-inspired fantasy settings with unique sci-fi twists, Kyra is a highly-trained assassin telekinetically bound with her blade. Her world has erupted in war. Her sect has fought against local wyr-wolves for centuries, but now a greater--human--threat has emerged an
Queen Cronut
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2019
I didn't love it as much as the first book but it was a worthy sequel.

Mahimata had a very strong beginning but began to decline afterward. Admittedly, this book gave me a reading slump because the plot seemed to drag on and on. I was very invested in the conflict from Markswoman yet that quickly went away when I started reading Mahimata.

Additionally, Kyra was never a special snowflake in Markswoman which I loved and why I admired her character so much. She made mistakes and wasn't overly idolize
Tim Hicks
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
[adjusts filters because this is a YA]

Disappointing. #1 was so good ..... but perhaps this stew has too many ingredients. Let's see: telepathic flying swords; shapeshifting wolves that can also do magic; time-travelling monks; a dormant spaceship; transporter gates, but also camels and spears; specialists in Mental Mojo At A Distance.

We have a battle in which one side has ALL of the above and everyone is a martial-arts expert, and the other has peasants with swords, except a few guns. How did
Catherine Schaff-Stump
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
Disclaimer: I was sent an ARC for an early review. This is my honest, early review. It is always nice when I can leave as positive a review as this one.

If you have read Markswoman (and if you have not, go away right now and remedy that problem for a richer reading experience), you know what a rich, immersive world Rati Mehrotra has created in the Asiana series. It scans as both science fiction and fantasy at the same time. Although I find myself drawn to the fantastic elements more, the book su
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This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
3.5 hearts
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. (T
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 Stars.

This was a solid 4 star read until the end. I was really enjoying the book, despite too many love longings that Kyra and Rustan both had for each other. The plot was fast moving and the author incorporated slight retelling from the first book to help the reader. I loved how strong and determined Kyra was but her constant longing for Rustan just became distracting. The wyr wolves and their story was an excellent addition to Kyra and Asiana’s goal to rid the land of the evil instruments
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 21st-century, fantasy, ya
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The first one was really good and the second one didn't quite deliver on what I wanted.
In part, I'm just tired of YA novels about how the heroine needs to do things alone and carry all the burdens until she finally learns not to. Yes, it's a good message, but would it utterly destroy the genre to have a heroine start out with "look, friends, I need your help."
Also, the most interesting part by far was the aliens and the weird tech and what the
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BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Futuristic Science Fantasy
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Stacey Berg
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher.
Telepathic knives (and guns), shape shifting aliens, mysterious portals left by an ancient race, technology so advanced that it functions as magic-what's not to like? The story is a fast, fun read.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways, fantasy
I received this books as an ARC from Harper Voyager.

Even without reading the first of this series, I did enjoy it. I wasn't terribly attached to the characters or the plot, but I was interested in them. The worldbuilding was very creative, and I appreciated the female characters that weren't always cliche (definitely some though). What I didn't really like was the generic feel I got from the plot despite the setting being so interesting. I felt like I had already read the book, and it was only t
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Asiana duology (yes, this is the second of two and there are only two) is set 800 plus years after a global catastrophe on our Earth. This is the story of the fantasy-like (or fantasy-lite) “civilization” left behind after a war that almost literally ended all wars – by wiping out a huge chunk of any population that might fight those wars.

But human beings are stubborn, in both good and bad ways. We came back as a species, and as this story begins, it lo
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
super excited to read this book! the first one was so beautiful <3 ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah..... this was not a fun book to read for me, also felt way longer than it needed to be.


I really really don’t think that this is a bad book, it’s got an interesting mix of sci-fi and fantasy while having assassins as the main characters. Yet, the book is still incredibly boring to read with the amount of things added in, that makes them feel like nonsense to me. I absolutely love journeys in books because of the revealed information through them, but here, we get some in
Amy A
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

After killing the usurper who murdered the former Mahimata and seeing justice served, Kyra Veer has returned to the Order of Kali to rest and recuperate. Unfortunately, Kyra must acknowledge how much has changed since she’s been away: her teacher is still dead, one of her best friends went missing and is still unaccounted for, and Rustan, the Marksman who trained her in preparation for her duel is gone—they had formed a much deeper bond than just trainer and
K. Lincoln
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a true sequel in that it picks up where the first book left off: Kyra defeated the Order of Kali's upstart Mahimata in a duel, but the evil Kai Tau who murdered her family is still on the loose and consolidating power.

The marksman who helped her win the duel, Rustan, is off on his own quest.

In some ways, the first part of the book is a restart for Kyra. She's back in the caves with the Elders of her order, trying to become the kind of Markswoman who can be Mahimata enough to take on Kai
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it

Full review here:

Huzzah for Canadian authors! I'm so sad that I've never had the chance to meet Rati Mehrotra, but every time she does a book launch I'm never in the city (*sigh*). Mehrotra wastes no time jumping back into the story, because there are a lot of problems to solve before this series can end!

Most Loose Ends Tied Up
Markswoman ended on a cliffhanger and left readers with a series of questions (who is Rustan's father? Is Kyra alive? Who
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rati Mehrotra’s debut, Markswoman, was one of my favorite reads of 2018, so I was excited to read Mahimata, the conclusion of this epic Fantasy duology set in a post-apocalyptic India complete with telepathic weapons and the assassins who wield them. Though Mahimata takes the story in far reaching directions and reveals much intriguing worldbuilding, it didn’t quite live up to my love for its predecessor, mostly due to a greater foregrounding of a romance that didn’t totally work for me. Still, ...more
Dharani Persaud
I received this book in a GoodReads ARC giveaway.

I was drawn to these books because of the intriguing mix of spirituality and sci fi/post-apocalyptic content. I am always on the look out for books with women protagonists of colour, AND this series draws on Hindu mythology which struck my interest even more, since I am South Asian. There are a great deal of amazing YA books about girls going through something to gain confidence or inner strength, but what I liked about these books is that Kyra al
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mahimata and its predecessor Markswoman take place in Asiana, which is meant to be a far-flung future time on Earth, after the arrival and subsequent departure of alien life (The Ones) and our own self-destruction at the hands of guns and armed violence. There are Orders that protect the common people and provide law and order, and the evil influence of guns is prohibited.

This book continues where the first leaves off. In the first book, Kyra has had only one quest for as long as she can remembe
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaways. Receiving this book is actually what prompted me to purchase and read Markswoman, so this is a giveaway win that I am very appreciative of. This duology is rich in culture as well as magic. Kyra is a strong female protagonist who must overcome her age, inexperience, and desire for revenge in order to protect Asiana. In Markswoman, Kyra befriended the Marksm
Raymond Thompson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Markswoman continues the story of Kyra Veer and her struggle to defeat the evil Kai Tau, whose murderous horde and fearsome weapons threaten the stability of Asiana.
Like most sequels, it starts slowly as it fills in the backstory and important information about this post-apocalyptic world, and there is much to cover: not only the various plot strands, but the strange creatures and high-tech artifacts left behind by ‘the Ones’. And then there are mysterious otherworlds that Kyra k
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