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Void Black Shadow

(Voidwitch Saga #2)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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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Claudia
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
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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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. 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.
Chelsies Reading Escape
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
Veronique
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, r2018, scifi
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... ...more
Gerhard
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Like the first instalment Killing Gravity, the second blew me away (which is a funny phrase to use, given the level of mayhem and bloodshed in this.) You wouldn’t think that such an oddball coupling of military SF, space opera, and horror/fantasy would work – but it does, from the very first word, until the reader stops breathlessly at the end, simply because it has ended.

There is a line towards the end when Mars reflects on her “weird family”, which consists of an “untethered AI,
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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.
Mili
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
The sequel is super strong and crazy! There is so much destruction physical but also emotional!
Lukasz
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
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.
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.
Laura (crofteereader)
While not as strong as Killing Gravity in terms of Mars' character, Void Black Shadow does offer up a little more than dramatic battle scenes and destruction of epic proportions. There's also a really cool torture sequence.

One thing that is really well handled in this series (so far) is an increase in the stakes. The first book is a personal vendetta (on a large scale), this book is against a company, and it sounds like the next night just be against the empire itself.

I would have liked a little
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Shāfiya Mū
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Void Black Shadow picks up very soon after the events of Killing Gravity, and is, in a nutshell, a prison break story. If you’d like to know more about the series, specifically the first instalment, you can read my full, spoiler-free review for it here.

I’m honestly at a loss for words on how to write this review. A big part of me simply wants to gush about all of the fantastic facets that have made me fall in love with it so. These qualities are things that I didn’t realise I was missing from th
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Beige
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zread-1-scifi
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.
Jim
Jun 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I barely made it through the first one. It was fairly short & would have made a good comic book. I'd hoped this one would be better. I wasn't going to read it, but I was out mowing & didn't want to spend a lot of time trying to figure out which other book to read. I wish I had. Every flaw of the first was magnified. As soon as I was finished mowing, I quit. ...more
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.
Eliza
Apr 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2020
DNF at 56% this was just cringingly bad also the inclusion of a gay woman and making her a rapist feeding into the gay people are predators trope was shit
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...
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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Nicky
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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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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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
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.


Leticia
This was very entertaining, a bit full of battles and short on side character appearance but still a page turner. I'm still on this series bandwagon.
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!!
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