The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

Title: The Empress

Author: S.J. Kincaid

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Series Status: 2ns addition in the Diabolic series

Page Count: 378

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.

But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?

Review: Firstly, I really thought this was going to be a stand-alone. It left off perfectly, but I am beyond joyed that it is a series, because this did not disappoint. I loved this book, but it was so so so sad. This is a book of pain and devastation.

I have always loved Nemesis as a character. I think she was imagined incredibly. She is human enough to evoke sympathy, but she is also strange enough that you know she is not entirely human.

I cannot fully make you comprehend how truly painful this book is for the main character. Everything happens so suddenly, your heart will be pounding the entire time. I was terrified of what was going to happen next, because everything you love is blown to shit. Literally. Everything. There is no safe ground in this novel, it is as dangerous as Game of Thrones, but it is so worth it.

I loved everything about this, and I cannot bear to say any more than this because I am ready to explode with spoilers and ruin it for everyone, so I will stop there.

Overall, this was a truly amazing book that I really really enjoyed.

I give this novel 5/5 stars and would recommend it to fans of science fiction, fantasy, or really anything. The worms in the ground should read this.

For more reviews from readers of The Empress, click here.

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