Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Markswoman & Ash Princess


My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

This week, the books I'm waiting on are about girls who slay.


And to be honest, we always slay, but here are a couple books that seem to emphasize this fact.



Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pub. Date: January 23rd, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository 
An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins brings both peace and chaos to their post-apocalyptic world in this bewitching blend of science fiction and epic fantasy—the first entry in a debut duology that displays the inventiveness of the works of Sarah Beth Durst, Marie Lu, and S. J. Kincaid

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. Guided by a strict code of conduct, Kyra and the other Orders are sworn to protect the people of Asiana. But to be a Markswoman, an acolyte must repudiate her former life completely. Kyra has pledged to do so, yet she secretly harbors a fierce desire to avenge her dead family.

When Kyra’s beloved mentor dies in mysterious circumstances, and Tamsyn, the powerful, dangerous Mistress of Mental Arts, assumes control of the Order, Kyra is forced on the run. Using one of the strange Transport Hubs that are remnants of Asiana’s long-lost past, she finds herself in the unforgiving wilderness of desert that is home to the Order of Khur, the only Order composed of men. Among them is Rustan, a young, disillusioned Marksman whom she soon befriends.

Kyra is certain that Tamsyn committed murder in a twisted bid for power, but she has no proof. And if she fails to find it, fails in her quest to keep her beloved Order from following Tamsyn down a dark path, it could spell the beginning of the end for Kyra--and for Asiana.

But what she doesn’t realize is that the line between justice and vengeance is razor thin . . . thin as the blade of a knife.

"An order of magical-knife wielding female assassins"


If any of you can look at that cover and read that first sentence and not add it to your TBR, I will be side-eyeing you so hard.


Writer, traveler, and full-time working Mom. I’m looking for a way to clone myself. Or, failing that, get a robot to do all my boring work so I can write full-time. I count myself fortunate to be represented by the wonderful Mary. C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. My first book, Markswoman, is scheduled for publication in Jan 2018.

I’m a bookworm – always have been. A few of my favorite writers are Gene Wolfe, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Pullman, Octavia Butler, Jack Vance, Neil Gaimam, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling (who can’t love Harry Potter?) and – yes – Jane Austen. I love to read and I love to write. Check out some of my stories at http://ratiwrites.com/short-fiction/
Connect with Rati: Website | Twitter | Facebook


Publisher: Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House
Expected Pub. Date: April 24th, 2018
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princessa title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

Another beautiful cover, and another girl with something to prove. I'm a huge sucker for these kinds of books. Give me a story about a girl with a need to save the ones she loves and to prove that she can rise from the ashes, and I'll be all over it.


I was born and raised in The Redlands, a rural area near Miami where my family grew avocados, mangos, lychees, longans, and other fruits for fun and to give to friends. When I was ten, we moved to Key Largo, a small island off the coast of South Florida made famous by The Beach Boys and we stayed there until I was sixteen. I always loved telling stories–many apologies to my little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of my first book, a Cinderella retelling about angels circa 2nd grade, remain. Thankfully.

After getting my BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, I moved to New York City thinking that I would stay for a couple of years before going somewhere better suited for small-town, sun-loving me. Five years later and I’m still here and madly in love with it.
Connect with Laura: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr | Facebook 
What do you think of these books? Are these two beautiful books on your TBR? Is this your first time hearing about them? Let me know!

30 comments:

  1. Wow! Both of these books sound amazing, especially Ash Princess! Awesome picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  2. LOL, I knew Ash Princess would be calling your name the second I heard about it xD. Hope you love both of these when you get to read them, sweetie!

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  3. Those covers are so stunning! I think I just fell in love with both of them :0 I'm definitely going to keep an eye on them.

    My WoW today is Obsidio. Have a nice Wednesday!

    xx Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

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    1. Aren't they? And they look so good next to each other. I hope you have them on your TBR!

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  4. Oh I love girls that slay ;)

    These books look AMAZING. Especially the first one. I was sold the second it said female assassins :) Eeeeeep! They look incredible, and I'm gonna add them to my TBR right now.

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Here's my WoW

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. As do I!

      These books were an auto add to my TBR! I hope we both love them ^_^

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  5. OoOoh nice!! Those are totally new to me ones but I am digging those covers!! Lol! Hope you love them both once you read them!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Glad I could put them on your radar, I hope you added them to your TBR!

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  6. This is my first time hearing about Markswoman and I'm already in love with it. Both books sound absolutely amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on them.
    Enjoy the rest of your week :)
    Here is my WOW

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    1. I hope you added them both on your TBR! I have a good feeling about both of them ^_^ Plus we need more women empowerment stories!

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  7. I dowloaded Markswoman from Edelweiss today. It sounds so freaking good! The Ash Princess sounds amazing as well!

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    1. Is it? That's great! Now I'm even more excited. I hope you added Ash Princess to your TBR!

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  8. Both of these are new to me. They do sound amazing. I hope you enjoy reading both of your picks, Brittany!
    Thanks for stopping by My WoW earlier.

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  9. Oh yea... need both of these too! Sounds SO good!

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  10. FYI, Markswoman is on Edelweiss! I've been waiting for this book for months and months and I'm so excited about it. Super super super excited about a South Asian author penning it!

    I hope you enjoy these books when you get the chance to read them! Have a fantastic day, Brittany. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Thank you, lovely! I can't wait to read both of these books. Can't wait to see your thoughts on Markswoman!

      I hope you had a fantastic week!

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  11. OMG, Brittany! How do you manage to find these books that I have never heard of before? Both of these sound incredible and I am adding them straight to the TBR. Thanks for sharing these! :)

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    1. Honestly, I stalk book deal announcements, plus when I blog hop I add all of the books I haven't heard of to my TBR on Goodreads.

      I hope we both love these!

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  12. Two killer covers on these. I especially like Markswoman. And I agree about that blurb!

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    1. Yes, they are both wonderful! I hope you added them to your TBR!

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  13. OH WOW!! These are both killer books, I actually saw these on Twitter the other day and was sold! What an amazing combo, glad you marked your tbr stamp on it!!! :)

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    1. Right? They are in instant add to a TBR, I think. I hope we both enjoy these ones ^_^

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  14. Ahh, these two covers are SO GORGEOUS. Oh, I love them tons. Must see some reviews of these books; hoping that they are awesome. <3 Fingers crossed you'll love them both :D Thank you for sharing Brittany. <3

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    1. Aren't they? I love them so much. I haven't seen reviews yet but probably in a few months we'll start seeing them. Thanks for stopping by!

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