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The Woman of the Void (The Kota Series Companion Stories, #1)

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A tyrant with a vendetta.
A witch with a destiny.
All’s fair in war and magic.

Raised in an isolated Kota village, Vedanleé uses her gifts to draw magic from the ancient lands of her coastal home. The Clan Eldress, the most powerful woman in the village, has a vision about the prophesied Woman of the Void – a woman destined to wield unfathomable power. To her surprise, Vedanl
ebook, 31 pages
Published August 8th 2015
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Michael Stern
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Woman of the Void is a short tale of the Kota, and of Vedanlee, a young woman who will preserve her culture and be mother to those who will save the world. In a post-apocalyptic world, Kota women have learned to channel the energy of their land. In keeping with the ancient prophecies, Veda has been identified and selected to learn the secrets of the void. Clearly, this story isn't over, and I look forward to learning who she becomes. This story isn't a racecar, but gains speed as you go alon ...more
Sara Knight
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have already read the author's Kota series, set in a futuristic apocalyptic world and any who loved that series will love 'The Woman of the Void'. A short story with characters that are both colourful and intriguing. The descriptions are imaginative and vivid and the story kept me entertained the whole way through with never a dull moment. I do enjoy the author's writing style, so I'm look forward to she if she can write well in a different genre. ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first foray into the world of The Kota, and I got the feeling at several points that certain elements of this prequel short story would have felt more meaningful if I knew more about the overall myth cycle they alluded to. The story arc stands on its own, however, with a hook at the end that made me want to read more.

The writing style reminds me of Madeline l'Engle (one of my favorite authors) in its straightforward description of fantastical events. My favorite part was the scene in
Rebecca McCray
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story provides background on how some of the pivotal characters in the Kota series come to be. In brief, it shares a glimpse into the woman, Vedanlee, (the Woman of the Void) that is their mother.

As always, the author sets the stage well and builds in enough detail to allow the reader to understand how different the world is from ours today. I’m fond of the main character, Vedanlee, due to her strength. While she faces a number of trials and is bound by her situation, she consistently
Jason Greensides

This short story is an excellent way into the vast and terrifying post-apocalyptic world Somerville has created in her Kota series. Vedanleé finds herself the centre of a prophesy - mother of Kota Warriors - and so is wrenched away from her witch clan at the age of fifteen. This short is wonderfully-written, full of beautiful descriptions of Scandinavian and North American landscapes; while the protagonist herself is compelling and sympathetic as she embarks on a phy
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read and enjoyed The Kota Series, and I appreciate the chance to learn more about a minor character in those books. Even though the series doesn't spend a lot of time on her, she's still integral to the plot. This short story developed sympathy for her character and helped the reader understand her motives. I liked seeing another Kota settlement and what people felt they needed to do to survive in a world of serious threats and uncertainty. I also found the main character's abilities interesti ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't like the names - hard to pronounce and making knots in my mind - and there is not one really likeable person in this story, not even the woman Vedanlée. I like stories with portals, so I kept hoping for something good till the (open) ending. Open endings can be okay or -if it's a prequel - inviting to read the whole story. Thanks for the free eBook, but this one is not for me.

The only nice idea is the snapshot-like vision of the past of a place (like the bridge under construction). I gue
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this book on a four hour plane ride. It only took me about an hour to read the whole thing. It was extremely captivating. The author did an amazing job of scene description. However, keep in mind that this book is a short story that ties into the authors other works.

Its extremely captivating and makes me want to read the other books from this series. If your looking for a short story to read this one is really good. However, get the other books because you will be left wanting more.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I received a free download pf this book via story cartel. This is my first introduction to both author and series. I have not read the other books.although short this has got me interested in the series and has added to my long list of books to read.look forward to trying the other books.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Woman of the Void is a short story about Vedanleé’s childhood and how she is taken from her magical village to give birth to the children of Thurston. Once she fulfills this “duty,” she isn’t of much use to him anymore. What will happen to her and her boys?

Even though this is a short story, the character of Vedanleé is well developed and sympathetic. Being a
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This book is a perfect example of poor and immature writing.
Sunshine Somerville
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Since "More Kota! YAY!" isn't considered acceptable review format by anybody, so I'll have to build on that. Still, that's my basic thesis.

The Woman of the Void is set in a largely unexplored time in the Kota saga. (Early in Book One.) And while it fills in background for the world in general and a minor character in particular, it's certainly possible to read and enjoy on its own. In fact, it makes an excellent entry point with some intriguing glimpses and characters and
Rocky Rochford
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I've read it, so now here's my review of The Woman of the Void, written by Sunshine Somerville - Author​

Having never read any Kota series related work, this short was an all new starting point for me and you know what having read this, I might just have to read the series. Sure there would be references in it I've missed purely because I hadn't read any of the other works, but its the same for any reader who picks up a work from a various point in the series and the sheer wordplay involved
C.A. King
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is probably the shortest Novella I have reviewed. I enjoyed the plot and the writing, but lost something by not knowing where this tidbit fits in with the other books. I think if I had read some of the Kota works available, a few things might have been clearer. Other than the occasional head scratch, you can read The Woman of the Void alone. It's a good teaser that left me wanting to know more.

I look forward to the rest of the series.
I received this book to review from a goodreads giveaway that I won. All opinions are my own.

This short work was good but it felt like it could have used more development and there were certain parts that I felt I missed something. It was interesting even though I haven't read the original series, which made it a little confusing. Overall I enjoyed this short story and has made me want to pick up the Koda series.
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't had the chance to read another book from this author, but I never miss a chance to read a sci-fi book.
Strong characters, good and quick plot. Your imagination will explore new paths and I believe that most of the readers will enjoy this book.

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Sunshine Somerville is a Science Fantasy author who loves blending genres. She has a degree in English Literature and self-published her first book at the ripe old age of nine.  She currently lives on the beachy side of Michigan with her husband, two fur babies, and two human daughters. 
The Kota Series is a Science Fantasy epic based on youthful obsessions with X-Men, Star Wars, The Chronicles of

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