Void Black Shadow (Voidwitch Saga, #2)by Corey J. White Published 27 Mar 2018
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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 came for Mars they took one of her friends with them. That was a mistake. A force hasn't been invented that can stop a voidwitch on a rampage, and Mars won't rest until she's settled her debts.
"Void Black Shadow (Voidwitch Saga, #2)" Reviews
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 friends to protect and tired of being on the run, Mars finally decides to fight back.
Mars is a killer who accumulates an incredibly high death count during the first two books. After everything shes been through killing is her instinctive reaction, but thats doesnt mean she doesnt have a conscience because she does. It just didnt stop her from committing mass murder to save her new friends. From a different point of view she might come off as the antagonist and I love that about her. All the side characters were fantastic, but especially Pale and Squid. I also freaking love Mars cloned cat-thing Ocho, but Im surprised it was able to deal with all the screaming inside Mars helmet when she uses her power.
This had some great LGBTQIA+ diversity with our main character Mars being bisexual and Squid being non binary. Trix, another bisexual crew member is in an open relationship with Mookie. In this world triples are just as accepted as couples which I thought was really cool. Another part of the world that I really enjoyed was the tech heads and futuristic technology in general. The AI in Mars new ship Waren was just great. I loved how the writing was easy to get into. The pace was gripping with a lot of action and a high stakes plot. I personally dont like reading about captivity and torture, but this is still a favorite series of mine.
I wish it were longer since each book is about 200 pages. With them being on the shorter side I feel like it causes some things to happen too easily. Plus we didnt get to spend as much time getting to know all the amazing characters and exploring the world. There was also this confusing moment where Trix was complaining about Pale being dangerous, but then didnt want to sedate him. I was kind of sad with the way things ended, but it was realistic and Im hopeful will get more of the side characters in the third book. I think I enjoyed the first book a bit more, but this was still a compelling sequel with wonderful diversity. Ill read whatever this author comes out with next.
*received for review consideration*
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.
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.
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 experiments are visual, and they may be difficult to digest by more sensible readers. They're not explicit but not much is left to the imagination.
The cast of characters isn't the biggest one but is diverse, and there's some nice LGBT representation. The main character is bisexual, one of her friends - Squid is, well, non-binary? He's them. There's also an open relationship between crew members. All in all, a fun team.
While worldbuilding is imaginative and some scenes were entertaining, the plot is quite linear and straightforward. Characters remain flat, and their motivations aren't particularly deep. Mars is reckless, emotional and illogical. Not a problem per se, but a problem for me as a reader.
Overall, it's entertaining space adventure novella. Brutal, fast and furious. I'm not sure if I'll read the sequels, but I liked it more than the first book in the series.
I received the copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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 featuring a voidwitch trained with psychic powers even stronger than those medical scientists who developed her had expected, Mariam Xi is the epitome of contrasts. She thinks and feels nothing when causing the deaths of thousands but wears a cape with a hood so her cat can snuggle up close to be with her all the time. The amount of death and grisly details concerning scientific experiments is quite a bit higher in this story so you might want to watch out for that. Luckily the author is adding new characters to the story as it goes along because it's a pretty dangerous place to be if you are close to Mars when she starts using her powers.
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.
Just as much fun as the first one.