Greetings, Voyagers! We have a treat for you today: the incredible cover of Rati Mehrotra’s Mahimata, which goes on sale 3/5/19, and concludes the gripping story begun in January’s Markswoman.
In Mahimata, assassin Kyra Veer’s return to the caves of Kali is bittersweet. She no longer feels as though she belongs. Her beloved mentor is dead. Her best friend Nineth is missing. Gone, too, is Rustan, the Marksman who helped her hone her skills with a katari–and somehow became far more than a teacher and friend.
Rustan has also been changed. Shaken by his feelings for Kyra and the truth about his parentage, he has exiled himself from the Order of Khur and set off on a quest for answers. His odyssey leads him to the descendants of an ancient sect tied to the alien Ones–but their promise to share their knowledge comes with a price.
Fate will bring these two highly skilled fighters together once again when Kai Tau, the man who slaughtered Kyra’s family, wages war on the Orders of Asiana. But will this final confrontation ultimately cost them their love . . . and their lives?
Readers, we at team Voyager think this cover is simply stunning. But no one is a bigger fan than author Rati Mehrotra herself:
“Many years ago, when Markswoman was just a tangle of ideas, and Kyra a faceless assassin, it came to me that I knew exactly what her weapon would be. I didn’t yet know Kyra, but I knew her blade – a katari, made of an alien, telepathic metal that would never miss, never fail to take down a mark. And if you have seen the gorgeous cover of Markswoman, you now know what a katari looks like too.
I loved the cover of Markswoman. It captured Asiana so perfectly – the elegant yet deadly blade, the promise of peril hanging over the world, the hint of a rising sun signifying hope. I didn’t think it would be possible for me to love any other cover as much as I loved that one. And then my editor emailed me the cover for Mahimata, the sequel to Markswoman, and my jaw literally dropped. It. Is. Beautiful.
Look at the inverted katari, encircled by a ring of fire. This is the symbol of the Order of Kali. But on this cover, it is so much more. ‘The world will go up in flames’, it seems to be saying. Unless, unless…
Look at the wyr-wolves, the moon casting their shadows on the sands. Danger hangs over them, but they are dangerous too, and so much more than they appear.
Intrigued? I know I would be. This is a cover I could lose myself in. I’d love to grasp the handle of that blade, to feel its weight on my palm. I’d like to walk barefoot in the sand, under the light of that crescent moon. Perhaps I’d hear the howl of a wyr-wolf, and it would send nervous chills down my spine. But I’d have my blade, and it would keep me strong. And you see, this is why I write. I write to build worlds I can escape into.
My deep, deep gratitude to designer Damonza, art director Jeanne Reina, and the team at Harper Voyager for creating the perfect visual representation of this world.”
Mahimata goes on sale 3/5/19, and concludes the epic Asiana duology. You can pre-order and read a full synopsis of the book here. (And order Markswoman here.) And be sure to let us know what you think of the cover in the comments!