Anna Kashinais a biomedical scientist and an award-winning author of The Majat Code series, featuring assassins, political intrigue, and elements of romance. Her published novels include The Princess of Dhagabad (Herodias, 2000), The Goddess of Dance (Dragonwell Publishing, 2012; silver medalist, Foreword Book of the Year Award), Mistress of the Solstice (Dragonwell Publishing, 2013; silver medalist, IPPY Award), Blades of the Old Empire (Angry Robot Books, 2014), The Guild of Assassins (Angry Robot Books, 2014; Best of Fantasy and Best of the Best Prism Awards, 2015), Assassin Queen (Angry Robot Books, 2016), Shadowblade (Angry Robot Books, 2019), and The Serpent Code (a contemporary supernatural thriller with elements of romance, in progress).
Anna works as a professor of biochemistry in a major US university and is a fan of ballroom dancing, martial arts, and mythology from all cultures. Her recent novel, Shadowblade, draws on many of these interests. She is originally from Russia, and currently lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children.