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Rati Mehrotra

Rati Mehrotra grew up in India and now lives in Toronto where she writes short stories and science fiction and fantasy novels. She trained as an economist and later worked in environmental policy. During her careers, she lived in Switzerland and other countries before settling in Canada.

Fiction (Young adult)

Flower and Thorn

New York: Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2023.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

A young flower hunter gets embroiled in the succession politics of the Sultanate when she must retrieve the rarest and most powerful magical flower after it falls into the wrong hands.



Harper Voyager, 2019.
Series: Asiana ; bk. 2.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Kyra has returned to the caves of Kali, but her homecoming is bittersweet. Her beloved teacher is dead, and one of her best friends, Nineth, is missing. And gone too is Rustan, the Marksman who helped her train for the duel with Tamsyn—and became far more than a teacher and friend.

Shaken by his feelings for Kyra and the truth about his parentage, Rustan has set off on a quest for answers. His odyssey leads him to the descendants of an ancient sect tied to the alien Ones—and the realization that the answers he seeks come with a price. …



Harper Voyager, 2018.
Series: Asiana ; bk. 1.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

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. But to be a Markswoman means disconnecting from one’s past completely.

When her beloved mentor dies under mysterious circumstances, and 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. …

Fiction (Young adult)

Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove

New York, NY: Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2022.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From the author’s website)

Katyani’s role in the kingdom of Chandela has always been clear: becoming an advisor and protector of the crown prince, Ayan, when he ascends to the throne. Bound to the Queen of Chandela through a forbidden soul bond that saved her when she was a child, Katyani has grown up in the royal family and become the best guardswoman the Garuda has ever seen. But when a series of assassination attempts threatens the royals, Katyani is shipped off to the gurukul of the famous Acharya Mahavir as an escort to Ayan and his cousin, Bhairav, to protect them as they hone the skills needed to be the next leaders of the kingdom. Nothing could annoy Katyani more than being stuck in a monastic school in the middle of a forest, except her run-ins with Daksh, the Acharya’s son, who can’t stop going on about the rules and whose gaze makes her feel like he can see into her soul. …


Rati Mehrotra personal website

Publisher Harper Voyager

Publisher Wednesday Books, an imprint of Macmillan USA