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Vakov Fukasawa is a Reaper. An elite soldier injected with a dangerous drug called stormtech: the DNA of a genocidal alien race, the Shenoi. It makes him stronger, faster, more aggressive. At a price. A price that, if the House of Suns cult isn't stopped, all of humanity will have to pay. Vakov saved his estranged brother from the cult and killed their leader. Now they want Vakov Fukasawa is a Reaper. An elite soldier injected with a dangerous drug called stormtech: the DNA of a genocidal alien race, the Shenoi. It makes him stronger, faster, more aggressive. At a price. A price that, if the House of Suns cult isn't stopped, all of humanity will have to pay. Vakov saved his estranged brother from the cult and killed their leader. Now they want his head on a spike, and they're hunting him and his friends down to get it, while continuing their mission to awaken the Shenoi and plunge the galaxy into mindless violence and chaos. There's a dangerous journey ahead, but Vakov and his misfit crew of eccentric aliens, troubled bounty hunters and rogue hackers will take any risk to stop the alien awakening. Only there's one risk Vakov hasn't shared: the one he himself poses. He got a terrifying glimpse of the Shenoi in the depths of interstellar space, and the violent nightmares he's suffered since suggest their DNA isn't just inside his body - he might already be fighting them for his mind . . .


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Vakov Fukasawa is a Reaper. An elite soldier injected with a dangerous drug called stormtech: the DNA of a genocidal alien race, the Shenoi. It makes him stronger, faster, more aggressive. At a price. A price that, if the House of Suns cult isn't stopped, all of humanity will have to pay. Vakov saved his estranged brother from the cult and killed their leader. Now they want Vakov Fukasawa is a Reaper. An elite soldier injected with a dangerous drug called stormtech: the DNA of a genocidal alien race, the Shenoi. It makes him stronger, faster, more aggressive. At a price. A price that, if the House of Suns cult isn't stopped, all of humanity will have to pay. Vakov saved his estranged brother from the cult and killed their leader. Now they want his head on a spike, and they're hunting him and his friends down to get it, while continuing their mission to awaken the Shenoi and plunge the galaxy into mindless violence and chaos. There's a dangerous journey ahead, but Vakov and his misfit crew of eccentric aliens, troubled bounty hunters and rogue hackers will take any risk to stop the alien awakening. Only there's one risk Vakov hasn't shared: the one he himself poses. He got a terrifying glimpse of the Shenoi in the depths of interstellar space, and the violent nightmares he's suffered since suggest their DNA isn't just inside his body - he might already be fighting them for his mind . . .

30 review for Blindspace

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nick Borrelli

    I'm primarily a fantasy reader these days, but every once in a while a really great SF book/series totally hits that sweet spot for me. The Common series by Jeremy Szal is absolutely one of those. After reading Szal's brilliant debut novel Stormblood last year, the follow-up BLINDSPACE became one of my most anticipated books in a long time. I literally could not deal with the intervening time between because I needed to have the sequel in my hands, such was the amazing quality of the first book. I'm primarily a fantasy reader these days, but every once in a while a really great SF book/series totally hits that sweet spot for me. The Common series by Jeremy Szal is absolutely one of those. After reading Szal's brilliant debut novel Stormblood last year, the follow-up BLINDSPACE became one of my most anticipated books in a long time. I literally could not deal with the intervening time between because I needed to have the sequel in my hands, such was the amazing quality of the first book. Well, turns out it was well worth the wait and upon finishing this one, I'm stumped as to how to articulate just how much I enjoyed it. But I will try my best. BLINDSPACE picks up pretty much immediately following the events of book one. Main character Vakov has been put through some of the worst stuff imaginable and although much battered and scarred, is undeterred in his main focus to free his brother from enemy clutches and get back to some semblance of a normal existence. But there's a ton of harrowing things in his way, and they set the stage for the incredible story that plays out in this book. The sequel to Stormblood is a slight departure when it comes to pace and fight sequences, but that's understandable given that book one was unrelenting it seemed when it came to breakneck action. BLINDSPACE settles down a bit and gives much more insight into the interpersonal connections between Vak and his fellow Reapers, as well as with his estranged brother Artyom. There seems to be some thawing of the cold war between them after what happened in Stormblood, and one of the things that I loved about this book is the scenes where they interact with each other and we get to see them attempting to repair their fractured relationship. Some of these scenes were incredibly moving and emotional. It becomes obvious that there still is a strong bond of brotherhood between the two, but it has been so damaged by words and deeds of the past that getting back to where they once were is challenging to say the least. Vak's relationship with his team of Reapers and alien friends is also rocky at times. The alien stormtech that has been injected into his body often causes moments of intense anger and loss of impulse control, which leads to some friction with those on his team who feel he sometimes goes it alone in loose cannon fashion and maybe doesn't consult them as much as they would like. It's an interesting dichotomy because at his core Vak is someone who is selfless and would give anything, even sacrifice himself for the benefit of his team and his brother, and yet he struggles with allowing those close to him to break down his walls and carry some of the load occasionally. Vak is definitely more fleshed out in BLINDSPACE and humanizing him in that way truly made me more emotionally attached to his character than I was previously. Make no mistake, there is still a tremendous amount of action and cool space confrontations in this one. So it doesn't completely take a backseat to the more character-driven nature of this book. There are some crazy battle scenes and the mind-blowing tech concepts that permeated through book one are still here and better than ever. We get treated to even more information regarding the origins and effects of stormtech, which I found a delightful revelation as someone who has been captivated by this mystery from the time it was introduced into the story. However, don't think the Jeremy Szal has given the entire game away, as he has definitely kept some cards hidden up his sleeves for upcoming books I'm sure. The biggest compliment that I can give BLINDSPACE is that it not only builds on and considerably expands the initial story, but also improves upon it in truly significant ways. I was touched by the deeply personal moments, thrilled by the intense action, and mesmerized by what continues to be some of the coolest and most innovative technology and science I've come across. If you are a fan of Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton, & Neal Asher, you absolutely need to be reading the books of Jeremy Szal. To not do so would be to rob yourself of one of the best new brilliant voices in the genre right now. It's staggering to think that he has only scratched the surface of his craft and we will be hopefully get to read decades of future works by him. Meanwhile, I can't wait to see how his first series progresses and ultimately concludes. Right now I'm just enjoying and savoring going along on this wonderfully hypnotic trip.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Eames

    As good--or better--than the first. Cyberpunk meets Mass Effect, with a touch of Star Wars for dramatic effect. Great action, and some touching "found family" moments. The narration on this one, as with Stormblood, is excellent. Looking forward to the next! As good--or better--than the first. Cyberpunk meets Mass Effect, with a touch of Star Wars for dramatic effect. Great action, and some touching "found family" moments. The narration on this one, as with Stormblood, is excellent. Looking forward to the next!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nick Martell

    So I absolutely loved this book. Not only does all of the wonderful weirdness and tense action that began in Stormblood get increased 100x, Blindspace does a wonderful job of expanding the world with new fascinating alien races and cultures, showcases terrifying gambits on both sides of the conflict, and has adrenaline soaked action scenes that made me race through the book to learn more and find out what was going to happen. Easiest recommendation of my life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    M.T. Preston, Jr.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this action-packed, character driven sequel to Szal’s debut, Stormblood. The stakes are raised, the scope expanded, and the character relationships deepened. Everything a good sequel should do. For a 650+ page novel, this one just tore along, and I blew through it in a few days. I’m really looking forward to book three, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from Szal in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    The nitty-gritty: A nail-biting adventure that raises the stakes even higher, Blindspace was a solid sequel and a lot of fun. I’ve been excited for Blindspace ever since I finished Stormblood last year, and I'm so glad I was able to squeeze this in for SciFiMonth. I’ll admit I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book in the series, but the elements that worked really well for me made up for some of the missteps. Jeremy Szal has created a fascinating futuristic world in which an alien drug The nitty-gritty: A nail-biting adventure that raises the stakes even higher, Blindspace was a solid sequel and a lot of fun. I’ve been excited for Blindspace ever since I finished Stormblood last year, and I'm so glad I was able to squeeze this in for SciFiMonth. I’ll admit I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book in the series, but the elements that worked really well for me made up for some of the missteps. Jeremy Szal has created a fascinating futuristic world in which an alien drug called stormtech has taken over the satellite world of Compass and is threatening to spread to even more worlds, unless Vakov Fukasawa and his fireteam can stop it. Blindspace is full of high stakes, non-stop action, but Szal also knows when to dial things down and spend some quieter moments with his characters. Vak is a Reaper, a bio engineered human who was injected with alien DNA in order to make him an unbeatable soldier. When the story opens, Vak and his fireteam—a group of trusted friends who have joined him in the crusade against stormtech—are gearing up to continue their battle against the Suns, a cult who is using stormtech to infiltrate every part of Compass and beyond. But something strange is happening to Vak. He’s starting to hear voices and have violent dreams, almost as if someone is getting into his head. When he realizes that his weird visions are tied to the Shenoi, the long dead alien race responsible for stormtech, Vak knows that he must shut down the Suns' operation once and for all. But that’s easier said than done, as Vak and his crew are about to find out. One of my favorite things about Blindspace is the way the character development and the group dynamics were handled. Szal does a great job of setting up believable conflicts between his characters, and there was a natural ebb and flow to the way the team worked together. In order to do this right, you have to start with great characters, and in this the author succeeds with flying colors. Vak is the star of the show, especially since the story is told from his first person point of view. Vak struggles daily with the stormtech that invades his body. He’s learned to control it and live with it over the years, but in this story, something strange is happening to him, and the stormtech is starting to control him. This sets up a scenario where some of the relationships with his teammates are starting to fracture. Vak can’t always control his words and actions, and in many ways he’s pushing his friends away.  The author continues to explore the ever-changing relationship between Vak and his brother Artyom. I won’t go into their past history, because you’ll learn a lot about it if you read Stormblood, but let’s just say they’ve hurt each other in the past, but the fact that they are brothers and the only family left makes their bond unbreakable, no matter what happens. There are plenty of ups and downs between them, but I was glad to see that they are able to move past some of the bad stuff and continue to help and support each other. Some of the characters return from the first book, including Grim, who is almost like a brother to Vak; Katherine, the mission coordinator who is the (sort of) love interest for Vak; Quilan, a level headed Torvan, Saren and Jasken. We meet a new character named Mandy who turned out to be a favorite of mine. Mandy is a kick-ass, smoking, drinking sharpshooter with a wicked sense of humor, and Juvens is a Kaiji who joins forces with Vak and his fireteam. I also loved the interactions between Quilan and Jasken, who butt heads a lot of the time, mostly because of their differences. But little by little their relationship grows into one of grudging acceptance and friendship, and I thought it was so well done. In fact, you could say the theme of Blindspace is change. One of the strongest elements in the book is the group dynamic, and I was fascinated by how Vak and his fireteam performed together under pressure. Even with interpersonal issues on the side, they know when to put their emotions in a box, necessary because they always seem to be fighting for their lives. But between fights, there is quite a bit of nice tension among the crew. Friendships are tested, hidden truths are revealed, but eventually most—but not all—of these conflicts are smoothed over. Vak, being the leader of the group, makes some awful mistakes and pays the price, but I thought the author did a great job of resolving these conflicts in a believable way. The story has an abundance of high stakes action scenes, fueled with testosterone as well as stormtech. Readers who prefer their science fiction action-heavy will not be disappointed. Vak and his team are never far away from the next dangerous, life threatening assignment. The bad guys are truly evil, and not everyone makes it out alive, unfortunately. And while I enjoyed a lot of these scenes, I have to admit it was a bit too much at times. Szal relentlessly abuses his poor characters, putting them in some dire situations, and while there are quiet moments scattered here and there, most of the story involves deadly conflicts between the team and their enemies. At times the story takes on a grimdark quality, with extreme violence and even torture scenes, so do be aware if that isn’t your sort of thing. What makes this grimdark so addicting, though, is how different it is from fantasy. You won’t find swords or axes here, rather Vak and his team are armed with futuristic blasters and explosives, not to mention the stormtech that’s raging through Vak’s body, which is almost a weapon itself. Once again, Szal’s world-building is fantastic. I love the dangerous underground world of drug trafficking and the horrible ways the alien drug can be used to change a person’s body. The author goes into detailed descriptions, and for the most part I loved learning more about the world. But here’s where the story started to lose me. This book felt so long to me, and took me almost two weeks to finish. I think it could have easily been trimmed by eliminating a lot of the descriptive passages, which go on longer than they need to. I get it, there’s a lot of cool world-building to explain, but I like it better when it’s presented organically through dialog or a character’s actions. Szal’s dialog is strong for the most part, and I especially loved the banter between characters. It added a much needed lightness to the story, which is pretty grim and serious for the most part. What didn’t always work for me were the emotional exchanges that are scattered throughout. I’m assuming he was trying to add another layer to the story or counteract all the dark moments, but honestly, a lot of this dialog comes across as sappy, and just didn’t fit in with all the violence. But these issues aside, Blindspace was so much fun. The story ends on a nail-biter of a cliffhanger, and it’s going to be torture waiting for the next book in the series! Readers who love tech-heavy, action-packed sci-fi should definitely catch up with this series so you’ll be ready. Big thanks to the author and publisher for providing a review copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mário Coelho

    Blindspace is an improvement over an already impressive debut in Stormblood. The prose is as punchy and electric as before, with some of the best action scenes in the genre, but now we also have a plethora of new, neurotic characters to root for, hate, or grieve (and the author doesn't pull any punches). And a few sci-fi body horror scenes here and there, in case you're also a big fan of cringing in disgust. The fact that I, a huge snob, have such a big love for a pulpy, unpretentious saga like t Blindspace is an improvement over an already impressive debut in Stormblood. The prose is as punchy and electric as before, with some of the best action scenes in the genre, but now we also have a plethora of new, neurotic characters to root for, hate, or grieve (and the author doesn't pull any punches). And a few sci-fi body horror scenes here and there, in case you're also a big fan of cringing in disgust. The fact that I, a huge snob, have such a big love for a pulpy, unpretentious saga like this one is a statement to how talented Jeremy Szal is. As strange as this comparison might sound, Stormblood and Blindspace remind me of Bioware's games pre-suckage.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Szal

    After nearly three years, BLINDSPACE is finally out! I think it's pretty good, but I'm likely biased. It's the sequel to STORMBLOOD, which means more action, character trauma, and oodles weird alien tech. The space-opera elements get cranked up to eleven, with a far greater focus on character and relationships. There's four new characters who join Vakov's adventure, two of whom you may already know, and not all of them are human. This book contains: haunted alien ruins, alien drug dealers, themes After nearly three years, BLINDSPACE is finally out! I think it's pretty good, but I'm likely biased. It's the sequel to STORMBLOOD, which means more action, character trauma, and oodles weird alien tech. The space-opera elements get cranked up to eleven, with a far greater focus on character and relationships. There's four new characters who join Vakov's adventure, two of whom you may already know, and not all of them are human. This book contains: haunted alien ruins, alien drug dealers, themes of sibling relationships and brotherhood, found families, nomad cybergoths, trauma, space cults, drug addiction, aliens with attitude, rogue bounty hunters, and gratuitous mayhem. You know, all the good stuff. I hope you all enjoy the next chapter in Vakov's adventure!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul English-Wolfe

    Jeremy Szal’s debut novel, Stormblood, was one of my favourite books of 2020 and one of the finest, most captivating science-fiction novels that I’ve read in the past few years. Chances are that if you’re reading this review, you’ve already devoured Stormblood; though perhaps not and you’re just tracking the series until it’s completed, at which point you’ll dive in. With that said, there’s a 99% chance that you already know how great a series ‘The Common’ is already shaping up to be. BLINDSPACE, Jeremy Szal’s debut novel, Stormblood, was one of my favourite books of 2020 and one of the finest, most captivating science-fiction novels that I’ve read in the past few years. Chances are that if you’re reading this review, you’ve already devoured Stormblood; though perhaps not and you’re just tracking the series until it’s completed, at which point you’ll dive in. With that said, there’s a 99% chance that you already know how great a series ‘The Common’ is already shaping up to be. BLINDSPACE, like Stormblood before it, is a brutal read, heaving with exquisite world-building and populated with wonderful agency-infused characters. All of the emotions, the gut-punches, and the constant sense of wonderment are back but dialled to eleven and delivered with a far more developed and assertive voice. Stormblood, while gritty and frequently harrowing, now feels like Szal taking it easy. He knows the essence of his characters, but he also knows his reader, and with this knowledge, he can, and will, play you with the skill and relish of a sadistic conductor. Characters are pushed to their limits, tortured, punished, and you feel everything just as keenly as they do. The stakes are very much real, and you can’t take for granted the fact that a character will survive or that they’ll be in one piece if they do. The characters themselves are fantastic, each of them unique and with their own rich backgrounds. Vakov himself demonstrates a colossal amount of personal growth throughout the book, with him struggling to transition from a one-man army to a responsible commander but also struggling with having Artyom back in his life. For all the sexy, jaw-dropping tech on display, at its core, BLINDSPACE still feels primarily a story about, and an exploration of, brotherhood and relationships. There is a great shining web of connection between all of the players, and Szal masterfully plucks these strings in both the calmer moments of downtime, but also during the rabid rage of combat. Rest assured that the tech is just as cool and drool-inducing as ever—suits, guns, ships, everything you want in your SF is here. The universe of The Common feels like a great playground of imagination, and you can tell that Szal is having a riot there; his passion and enjoyment are palpable and feed directly into his unique style of high-energy storytelling. Each page is saturated with both adrenaline and emotion to create a story that is as relentless as it is captivating. As a sequel, BLINDSPACE was everything I wanted and a whole lot more. While a great many questions were answered, so many more are left out there in the black. Roll on book three, though whether my heart will be able to take it, I’m not too sure.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Craig Slater

    Another great read from Jeremy. Blindspace (book #2) feels very organic and fleshed out. The world has a lot of detail as characters move through it and he obviously feels more at home within it. Jeremy's writing is a big step up too, he obviously learnt a lot from book one and this reads really really well. Lots of good tech and such, that's described well, but doesn't halt the flow of the narrative (a hard thing to do that many of the big names struggle with), and some pretty serious action. H Another great read from Jeremy. Blindspace (book #2) feels very organic and fleshed out. The world has a lot of detail as characters move through it and he obviously feels more at home within it. Jeremy's writing is a big step up too, he obviously learnt a lot from book one and this reads really really well. Lots of good tech and such, that's described well, but doesn't halt the flow of the narrative (a hard thing to do that many of the big names struggle with), and some pretty serious action. Honestly. It's mostly action. If you loved number one you definitely need to get into this as it's more of the same and better. If you liked number one this is worth a shot as it steps up and impresses.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Cobb

    Awesome, loved this as much as the first if not more. Hard hitting, stomach churning great fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie Soderlund

    Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for this digital ARC, it has not affected my honest review. Having read the first book 'Stormblood' in advance for reading this ARC, I feel like I had a lot more knowledge before diving into this sequel. The journey that Jeremy Szal takes Vak Fukasawa on in this book ties in closely to what happens in the first one and improves upon what was built there. I loved the internal workings of his mind during this book, he was more uncertain than ever because Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for this digital ARC, it has not affected my honest review. Having read the first book 'Stormblood' in advance for reading this ARC, I feel like I had a lot more knowledge before diving into this sequel. The journey that Jeremy Szal takes Vak Fukasawa on in this book ties in closely to what happens in the first one and improves upon what was built there. I loved the internal workings of his mind during this book, he was more uncertain than ever because of his newfound love for his team, which made him hesitant in a way he wasn't in the first. 'Blindspace' made the world of the Common bigger and grander, with more of a focus on the House of Suns cult and their reasoning behind their blind devotion to the Shenoi. His relationship with every individual- from the hacker Grim and space police Katherine to the aliens Jasken and Juvens- were forefront of this book, emphasising the importance of Vak not being alone again. His experiences with his brother, especially in the sections where he returned to his home planet for the first time, were some of my favourites. This was an excellent sequel and incredibly well written, with fast paced action and powerful characters. I normally wouldn't read scifi like this, but I'm so glad I took a chance on this series and I hope there's more in the future.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Runalong

    Hugely enjoyable space action adventure this time with a focus on action and brilliant set pieces. Despite that some great character work too make this a very absorbing series! Can’t wait for the next book! https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl... Hugely enjoyable space action adventure this time with a focus on action and brilliant set pieces. Despite that some great character work too make this a very absorbing series! Can’t wait for the next book! https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Louisa Heaton

    Blindspace is a rip-roaring read from the get-go, full of adventure, thrills and intrigue. This seems to be Book Two in a series, so i kind of wished I'd read Book One, but I was still able to enjoy this. The author, Jeremy Szal knows how to play with his unique blend of characters to create conflict and story and I very much enjoyed this story. I will now have to go look up Book One! Blindspace is a rip-roaring read from the get-go, full of adventure, thrills and intrigue. This seems to be Book Two in a series, so i kind of wished I'd read Book One, but I was still able to enjoy this. The author, Jeremy Szal knows how to play with his unique blend of characters to create conflict and story and I very much enjoyed this story. I will now have to go look up Book One!

  14. 4 out of 5

    David polley

    Book two continues the themes of family, ptsd, drug abuse and the effects of a war torn world on the worlds within the common. Jeremy continues to evolve the series and make you love a new cast of characters while your praying not to lose anyone during the heavy battles of which there is many. Lots of anime style food porn in here to make your exhaustingly hungry as well as all the techno gable you want from a serious sci fi / cyber punk romp that leans heavy into similar territory we see in game Book two continues the themes of family, ptsd, drug abuse and the effects of a war torn world on the worlds within the common. Jeremy continues to evolve the series and make you love a new cast of characters while your praying not to lose anyone during the heavy battles of which there is many. Lots of anime style food porn in here to make your exhaustingly hungry as well as all the techno gable you want from a serious sci fi / cyber punk romp that leans heavy into similar territory we see in games like mass effect. Can’t wait for book 3!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gary O'Brien

    An absolute thrilling sequel with more action, more emotion and a lot more Juvens! Stormblood was one of my favourite sci-fi reads in recent years, and Szal has outdone himself with Blindspace.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Brilliant follow up from “Stormblood”, loved it , great characters ,fast paced ,great action scenes. All in all a very good sci-fi book .

  17. 4 out of 5

    Benedict | SFF Oasis

    I have a science-fiction and fantasy book blog at sffoasis.co.uk. You can also join our discord with 200 members and growing filled with bookworms just like you. Simply head to the site and you'll find a link! Firstly I would like to thank Will at Gollancz for providing me with a very early ARC. This is a sequel that I have been waiting to read for a while, ever since I finished Jeremy's debut novel, Stormblood (review here). Blindspace kicks us off where we left Vakov Fukasawa and it doesn't take I have a science-fiction and fantasy book blog at sffoasis.co.uk. You can also join our discord with 200 members and growing filled with bookworms just like you. Simply head to the site and you'll find a link! Firstly I would like to thank Will at Gollancz for providing me with a very early ARC. This is a sequel that I have been waiting to read for a while, ever since I finished Jeremy's debut novel, Stormblood (review here). Blindspace kicks us off where we left Vakov Fukasawa and it doesn't take long for us to be thrown into more space-faring action that Jeremy specialises in. 'That devil's streak of yours worries me, sometimes.' 'Oh, but you wouldn't have me any other way.' At the end of Stormblood we were introduced to a very powerful alien race called the Kaiji and in this story we get to see where they came from, what their fears are and what they can do. In fact this whole book is an elaboration of the adrenaline-infused groundwork Jeremy has laid in book one. Of course Vakov is back but he is a much more deeper character. There are times when I felt that Vakov had an emotional side to him, one that I thought was missing in book one so it is refreshing, and character building, to hear his personal thoughts about love, family and even fear. Grim returns for the ride along with some familiar faces and some completely new ones. 'Is this safe?' Quilan asked. 'Of course!' I rasped, panting. 'It's a battlefield, Quil. Safest place there.' The characters in this book are the main meat on the bone. They really make the story and it's their fears and wants that drive their actions. Being that this story (and Stormblood) are told in a first-person perspective, you can get the sense that you are getting really close to these characters. I liked the new characters but also found that old characters (and their relationship with Vakov) felt new and fresh as if Jeremy had almost re-designed them (he rewrote this book twice). 'Son of a bitch! You said you'd let me go!' The cultist shrieked as I disabled his helmet. 'And you were stupid enough to believe me,' I said. The action, and if you've read Stormblood this should go without saying, is awesome. The (gun)fights (should be called funfights!) are well written and give you a cool idea of how it is going down in a distant planet, spaceship or dirty hell hole. There is a huge payoff at the end of the book which has a Star Wars size battle and it was amazing! So many things going on but so well thought out and written, I literally couldn't stop reading. 'I'll kill you!' I heard myself roar. 'Let me out of this or I'll kill you. I'll kill you all!' Jeremy makes the reader grimace (again) as he treats poor Vakov like a piece of shit at times (purely for our enjoyment is what he'll base his defence on), putting him through terrible situations that quite frankly made me wince or pull that tense emoji people like to use. #awkward. The problem is that Jeremy does it so well, he knows that he is making you squirm, so he puts it into the book. I've come to expect (and dare I say love) this in his stories now, almost subconsciously challenging him to make me weep. 'thanks for the heads-up, love,' said Jasken. 'Did you want to show me what end the bullets come out of on the guns, in case I've forgotten that, too?' Jeremy has a really tender way of explaining things with his choice of words. His description of things going on in the world, from the point of Vakov, sometimes made me stop and think about it. I have a visceral example which I won't reveal because it is a minor spoiler but I think these descriptions, metaphors and similes grab your attention, which adds to the impact the setting/or action, in the book has at that moment. 'No leader ever promises his team they'll survive a battle,' I said, looking around at the others, speaking just loud enough to be heard above the roar. 'That's the rule. But screw the rules. We're going to go out, fight like hell and then we're coming back home, all of us.' The arc I received wasn't without a problem though. Aside from the various edits (it's an arc so to be expected), there were times where continuity seemed to be lost. This could be (for example) that a character is captured and then in the next chapter they have somehow escaped and are now causing problems again. Maybe this was me and I didn't remember it correctly or maybe it is something that has been changed from the arc copy I received. It wasn't enough to stop my enjoyment of this book though and shouldn't stop your enjoyment either. Rating 4.5/5 - Vakov is like The Punisher but in space with aliens, psychopaths, stormtech addicts and rail guns. This was one hell of a ride showing that Jeremy's writing skills have evolved from Stormblood into something even more serious. Blindspace is the kind of book you want to read when you want brutal, space-faring action with aliens, devious enemies, found family and high stakes. Be prepared to wince, grimace and turn the pages quickly when you pick this up. It's one hell of a ride. If you want to get a copy of either Blindspace or the first book, Stormblood, consider buying from The Broken Binding here - use the code BLURB5 for a discount on all purchases.

  18. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    Rep: biracial Japanese mc & side character CWs: past child abuse, gore, torture, attempted suicide, self harm Galley provided by publisher My feelings about Blindspace can, ultimately, be summed up by the fact that, at the point of reading it, I’m a different reader than I was reading Stormblood. Because, really, this book is as good as the previous one. The only explanation must be me. The book is much the same as the first, in terms of the general aspects of it—fast-paced, action packed, it throws Rep: biracial Japanese mc & side character CWs: past child abuse, gore, torture, attempted suicide, self harm Galley provided by publisher My feelings about Blindspace can, ultimately, be summed up by the fact that, at the point of reading it, I’m a different reader than I was reading Stormblood. Because, really, this book is as good as the previous one. The only explanation must be me. The book is much the same as the first, in terms of the general aspects of it—fast-paced, action packed, it throws you in and doesn’t let up. It also makes very clear from the outset that no one is safe. These may be main characters we’re talking about, but, in the fight against the cult, now with the Jackal at its (local) head, any rules are tossed out of the window. Which makes it a bloody and vicious ride (as a warning to anyone who might find those things hard to read). At every turn, it seems as though Vakov and his team are outnumbered and outmatched. The House of Suns are coming and bringing their aliens with them. Plus, there are thrown in some twists and turns, and new information you won’t see coming. Perhaps, though, the difference between my feelings about Stormblood and Blindspace comes down to the centrality of Vakov and Artyom’s relationship. Yes, it still plays a big role in the plot (and you get some good flashbacks), but it’s somewhat set aside in favour of the bigger (life-threatening) plot. Which, really, should have been anticipated. (Although....that ending....) But if you enjoyed book 1 of this series, I can guarantee you’ll enjoy book 2. And if you’re wondering whether this is a series you should pick up, I would say yes to that too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Loulou Szal

    BLINDSPACE improves on STORMBLOOD in every way, while adding a unique twist of it's own. The characters, especially Vakov, are excellent and have fully-fleshed out emotional depths that drive them. Watching their feelings develop as their relationships with each other improve and become richer is done so well. Vakov has become a lot smarter and more tactical, balancing out the aggressive alien DNA in his blood that makes him want to fight, and it's great to see them all succeed. My favourite cha BLINDSPACE improves on STORMBLOOD in every way, while adding a unique twist of it's own. The characters, especially Vakov, are excellent and have fully-fleshed out emotional depths that drive them. Watching their feelings develop as their relationships with each other improve and become richer is done so well. Vakov has become a lot smarter and more tactical, balancing out the aggressive alien DNA in his blood that makes him want to fight, and it's great to see them all succeed. My favourite character was Grim, and I suspect I'm not alone in this! Themes of brotherhood, found families, trauma, forgiveness and change are fully explored here, and makes you care so, so much about these people. The scenes between Vakov and Artyom, seeing them slowly build their relationship back up again after so much damage has been done, was heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once. There's plenty of action scenes, though! The more intense scenes, you're feeling intense dread, not knowing if they're going to make it out alive (and not everyone does). There's plenty of juicy, explosive action scenes that leap off the page - including a very memorable one on a moon, with crazy and wild weapons, tech, and armor galore. The space opera elements are much larger here, with talks of massive alien spaceships, galactic politics, nomad factions of deep-space, armadas, and deep dark galactic secrets just waiting to be unlocked. BLINDSPACE is a fantastic, heart-pounding adventure through space that takes the story to some very unpredictable, very very emotional places that ache in the best way possible. Highly recommended!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I loved Stormblood and like Blindspace as I found it a bit less gripping. Fast paced, action packed, twisty but I felt it a bit off and I'm sure it's my mood not the book. The author is a good storyteller and the world building is excellent. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine I loved Stormblood and like Blindspace as I found it a bit less gripping. Fast paced, action packed, twisty but I felt it a bit off and I'm sure it's my mood not the book. The author is a good storyteller and the world building is excellent. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    The big blue bastion Vakov is back, this time with friends. Blindspace brings everything a middle of the trilogy should - high stakes, brutal gut punches, searing tension, and a wrenching finale. Szal writes with grit and heart and gin-flavoured candor, meaning it burns on the way down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bronte-Marie Wesson

    Go read this book if you want good action, enjoyed the game Mass Effect and like writers who are improving themselves with each novel they write. Better than the first book which was pretty great to begin with.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate Ashley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mikos Myers

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gareth D.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leticia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Murphy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Sheppard

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ciaran Mcgloin

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