Corey J. White’s Voidwitch novellas, Killing Gravity and Void Black Shadow, put a dark spin on space opera tropes as they spin out the story of Mars Xi, a woman transformed into a deadly assassin with the power to kill with her mind. The final installment of the trilogy, Static Ruin, is coming in November from Tor.com Publishing, and today, we’re showing off the cover, with art by Tommy Arnold and design by Christine Foltzer.
Ever since she escaped from MEPHISTO, the sinister agency that upended her life and trained her to be more than human, Mars Xi has bounced from one desperate situation after another. She’s murdered the man who trained her, destroyed a fleet of ships following her, and killed an entire planet where she was held captive. Now, Mars Xi must face her own origins if she ever truly can hope to be free.
Check out the cover below the official summary.
She killed the man who trained her. She killed the fleet that came for her. She killed the planet that caged her. Now she must confront her father.
Mars Xi is on the run, a bounty on her head and a kill count on her conscience. All she has left are her mutant cat Ocho and her fellow human weapon Pale, a young boy wracked by seizures who can kill with a thought. She needs him treated, and she needs to escape, and the only thread left to pull is her frayed connection to her father, Marius Teo. That thread will take her to the outskirts of the galaxy, to grapple with witch-cults and privately-owned planets, and into the hands of the man who engineered her birth.
And here are all three covers, side-by-side: