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Void Black Shadow

(Voidwitch Saga #2)

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Mars Xi is a living weapon, a genetically-manipulated psychic supersoldier with a body count in the thousands, and all she wanted was to be left alone. People who get involved with her get hurt, whether by MEPHISTO, by her psychic backlash, or by her acid tongue. It's not smart to get involved with Mars, but that doesn't stop some people from trying.

The last time MEPHISTO
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Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Tor.com
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Lindsay
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Another brutal novella in this series about a living weapon who just wants to be left alone, but is constantly drawn back into conflict with the Empire that created her.

Mars Xi has fallen in with a crew of misfits, and she now has a mission to rescue one of them from the clutches of MEPHISTO and a whole new horrific sub-group of super-weapons. But to do it she has to fight her way out of an inescapable prison world and fight off an unstoppable army of cyborg soldiers, while keeping her friends a
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Crazy4Books
This trilogy has a great mix of both scifi and fantasy elements. Our main character Mars developped strong telekinesis powers after being experimented on by an evil corporation as a child. Plagued by the memories of her torture Mars spends her time avoiding the people that gave her voidwitch powers by traveling from one end of the galaxy to the other. The first book Killing Gravity starts off when her spaceship gets destroyed in an altercation and shes rescued by a crew of scavengers. Now with f ...more
Claudia
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley
As a second instalment in the Voidwitch Saga, it wasn’t much different than the first one. The good part is that it doesn’t suffer of the second book syndrome; the bad part is that there isn’t any development. There is no character growth, no worldbuilding whatsoever, only killings upon killings.

First volume, Killing Gravity, did not impress me, but at least my interest was sparked to know what happened to Mookie and to learn more about the little pet. I thought the writing will improve but I gu
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Veronique
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
After the events of Killing Gravity, Mars and the motley crew she fell in are on a daring mission to rescue one of theirs. It’s not that easy however, even for someone with unparallel powers like hers, and the journey is one full to the brim with violence and suffering. So much of it! Makes you wonder how much farther White can push her...
Justine
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, novella
An excellent follow-up to Killing Gravity. The story feels complete and tightly episodic, tying up events nicely for the next installment.

There is no let up in the level of violence set in the first book, if anything, Mars is even more dangerous now. But I like they way White has tried to leave her with a conscience, but never lets her wallow uselessly or become paralysed by feelings of guilt. It will be interesting to see how her character continues to develop.
Sana
'They think just because these people are criminals they can treat them like they're less than human.'

Ugh, this was so good! Even better than the first. I love how Mars complexity lies in the fact that she can easily kill thousands with a single push of her mind no problem, but still get mindfucked in a prison for a friend out of guilt, misses her pet and wants to help people who can't help themselves. I mean, she goes all out and it is glorious. This book is hard to read, though because feeeeel
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William
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Not as good as the first book, but pretty good and again, pretty short. Easy prose style, more focused on action than character development. A good plot, and some clever twists. A fun read but more brutal than the first book.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

I will read the next instalment, even though there's a central core of "super-powers fantasy".

Not as many quotable quotes in this one, either.

On Homan these people are
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Mercy
This was so emotional. I didn't expected it at all. I mean, Killing Gravity already was but this just... Ah, it was so hard to read some parts. I love Mars so much and my heart breaks for her and everything she has to get through.
Lukasz
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera, sci-fi
Mars isn't the one to mistreat. She's a living weapon, a genetically-manipulated psychic super soldier able to crush spaceship fleet with her mind. MEPHISTO company engineered her, and some of its representatives want her back. They have her friend. Mars won't stop until she's settled her debts and recovered her friend.

Mayhem ensues.

The body count is high, and there's plenty of violence in this book. Things get much darker and brutal than in the first novel. Grisly details of scientific experime
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Judy Lesley
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second story in The Voidwitch Saga is every bit as good as the first was except with even more violence and destruction. It is amazing to read the psychic powers the author has given Mariam Xi (Mars). At the end of the first story Mookie has been taken into custody by MEPHISTO and moved to a military prison to be court marshaled for desertion. Mars feels responsible for his capture so she is hunting for the prison. If she can find it, she can get inside and rescue Mookie.

A great space saga
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Crini
Somehow this was even better than the first!?

Urg, I love these characters SO MUCH and I need like at least a dozen more stories about them.
Beige
3.5 earth-shattering stars

Woah, I've never read anything like this. This novella series is intense, extremely violent and well written. From her actions the MC could be judged as an intergalactic super villian, but her intentions are mostly good (?) Certainly worth reading if you're in the mood for something dark and action packed.
Timandra Whitecastle
There’s so much good stuff in here: Mars is a conflicted heroine with outstanding powers who manages to believably balance between a fucked up rage machine/abuse survivor and remorseful human with a soft heart underneath all the killing.
Add in: Non-binary characters who don’t get fridged!! Theme centered around family!! Space battles, terraformed prison spheres, void magic ... it’s pretty slick action story while also having heart.
Ariel
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as much fun as the first one.
Daniel Christensen
"...but that's what happens when you bring cyborgs to a space witch fight."
Richly imaginative, bloodthirsty, hyper-kinetic, little book.
Occasionally it drifts into the ridiculous, but I feel like the author was more assured than in book than in the predecessor.
An excellent palette cleanser between some harder reads.
Helen
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Revenge saga; with cute sidekick. The moral here is don't experiment on children and let them reach adulthood. Just saying...
Lainy122
Holy crap this series got dark fast.

'Killing Gravity' was a fast paced adventurous romp with fantastic world building and brilliantly diverse characters who were fun to cheer on. There is very little cheering in 'Void Black Shadow'. Instead of whacky adventures, we spend the majority of the book in a really really bad space prison. Where really really bad things happen.

The tone shift is huge, especially reading these two books back to back.

The protagonist in the first book was just coming into
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Unai
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hace poco leí la primera parte de esta saga de novelas cortas y me lo pasé como un enano con Mars XI y su, por decirlo en pocas palabras, efecto Fénix Oscura hiperletal espacial. No me lo pensé ni medio segundo en comprar la segunda parte. Y vaya si nos vamos de madre. El bodycount de las peripecias de Mars, se cuenta en algún punto entre centenares de miles de muertos, posiblemente mas y un nivel de destrucción literalmente "cósmico". Y cómo disfruto con ello.

Ser una VoidWitch con poderes menta
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Nikki
Received to review via Netgalley

Wow, it took me far too long to pick up the threads of the story again from the previous novella. I think this is probably my fault more than the novella itself, though, and it’s not as though a novella series has a lot of space to keep reiterating things in between installments. Void Black Shadow as a whole is… rather dark, really. The first book was already like that, of course, but it gets worse, with Mars heading into a high security prison where people are to
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Donna
Psychic supersoldier Mars Xi allows herself to be imprisoned in an attempt to find and rescue a former fellow crewmember.

This book is painful to read. Not because it's slow (it's very fast-paced) or poorly written (I enjoyed it) but because of all the suffering Mars goes through and the insanely high kill rates. The problem with having such a high powered character is that everything has to be ratcheted up. It's the Superman problem. Mars' 'kryptonite' is that she cares about her friends even th
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Gus
ive been really enjoying this series, and i'd say the qualities that really make it for me are:
- spaceship found family
- queer worldbuilding
- engaging and fun writing, quick reads
- SPACE CAT
- it's, like, really what i wish firefly was like. that's what "fans of firefly will love killing gravity" means. it means if you want a version of firefly where river tam is the main character and she has agency and a space cat, you might like these books
Kdawg91
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is alot of fun, a ripping space opera (lite) and chock full of steaming brutal uber violence. If you like your story fast and loose with a big helping of "super powered." this is for you.

I do recommend however...maybe waiting till the story is all done with and reading it all at once. It flies by.


James Lindsay
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a case of the sequel being as good as the 5 star 1st installment (Killing Gravity).

Corey's prose is fast and snappy and his world building vibrant in a world of torture and punishment.

At points this felt like an homage to Carrie as she stalks her high school of bullies.

Well done Mr White I am super keen for part 3 of the Voidwitch Saga!!
Lucille
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mars is back and it’s just as bloody and violent as last book!

“Freedom’s a funny thing,” I say. “It’s hard to enjoy when the people who hurt you are still out there.”

This novella involves a rescue mission on a prison planet, complicated feelings with her crew, and trying to find out what happened to her and the others experimented on.

Mars is still as unstoppable as before, even faced with Cyborg supersoldiers and her trauma that she does not hesitate to punch in the face the minute she sees an o
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Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
After reading Killing Gravity I immediately sought out the next book in the series. Void Black Shadow by Corey J. White is the second book in the Voidwitch Saga, and a great second installment to the series.

The Voidwhich Saga is a series of novellas about Mars Xi, a woman raised from childhood to be a weapon of the state. Imbued with incredible power which even her captors didn’t fully understand, she is now free. MEPHISTO, the ones who created her, have taken a friend hostage. And Mars will sto
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Kiera
One of the books I was excited for this year and it didn’t disappoint, delivering a raging follow-up novella to Killing Gravity.

A good sequel retains what made the first one cool without covering the same ground as the first and White delivers.

Void Black Shadow mostly focuses on an inescapable prison world from which Mars is attempting to spring Mookie – captured during the climax of Killing Gravity. The setting is darker in this novella and doesn’t pull the punch on the callousness of the priso
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Josh
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel picks up right where the first one left off. And like the first, this book feels like a video game where the main character just activated "god-mode" and is so incredibly over-powered that there is simply no comparison or even sense of competition between her and the villains. She might as well be a visitor from a different franchise. Any sense of danger or suspense is purely academic. Instead, the threats are often to those that she cares about, and its her mental state rather than ...more
Milliebot
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review and others posted over at my blog.

Not only was this a fantastic follow-up to Killing Gravity, but this book exceeded my expectations and the ending really threw me for a loop!

Mars – lovable, smart-mouthed, powerful, thieving, murderous Mars – is back and I’m in love. I’m a fan of fucked-up antiheroes, so it didn’t take long for Mars to worm her way into my heart. She makes rash decisions, has incredible telekinetic powers that she uses to murder hoards of people, but she’s got some
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Joe Robson
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Taylor
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received the second book in the Voidwitch series, Void Black Shadow, from NetGalley. The book is written by Corey J. White and it was published on March 27 of this year. I had accidentally read the series out of order though, so it was slightly confusing for me at first.

The series is about Mariam Xi, or Mars as most call her. She was a lab experiment along with so many others and they all share the same abilities and powers, although she was the strongest. She has telepathic abilities and so d
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