Tuesday, November 22, 2022

#BookReview: The Nemesis (The Diabolic #3) by S.J. Kincaid

Synopsis: In the heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Timesbestselling Diabolic series, the Empire teeters on the edge of destruction as rumors spread that Nemesis is still alive.

Three years ago, Tyrus Domitrian shocked the galaxy by killing the woman he swore to love forever. The woman for whom he upended the Empire. The woman with whom he wanted to build a new and brighter future.

Now, the once-idealistic heir apparent has become the cruel Emperor Tyrus, wielding his authority with an iron fist, capable of destroying planets with a single word, controlling all technology with a simple thought. He has bent the Grandiloquy to their knees, and none has the power to stand against him.

But there is a muttering among the Excess. They say that Nemesis is not truly gone. They whisper of her shadow spotted in distant star systems. They say that Nemesis lives. That she will rise, and rally the people to topple the man who was once her truest love—and is now her fiercest enemy.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: AMAZING!! I loved this series as soon as I started and this was so amazing.  I need more stories set in this world.  Must READ!! 

About the Author

S. J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—In this book, Nemesis lives. That's what the Excess cries when they are mistreated by the Empire. Nemesis, the Diabolic and former Empress, is still alive, but she doesn't want to be a rallying point for the mistreated and downtrodden in the Empire. She simply wants to hide from her husband, the mad Emperor Tyrus, and heal fellow Diabolic Anguish. However, when Tyrus declares himself a god—the Divine Emperor—she has no choice but to stop him. She failed to kill him once; she won't fail this time. Joining forces with the Partisans, the same ones who tried to kill Nemesis in the past, she creates a plan to finally overthrow the Empire, if her love for her husband doesn't get in the way. The riveting conclusion to "The Diabolic" trilogy is action-packed and full of twists and turns. Kincaid continues to build a world blending the political intrigue of ancient Roman history with futuristic space, science, and technology. The characters are well developed, and even the most villainous are engaging and sympathetic. Some readers may feel the last third of the narrative drags as the plot shifts from relentless action to political power games, but the conclusion is satisfying and worthwhile. Readers should read The Diabolic and The Empress to fully enjoy the trilogy. VERDICT An excellent conclusion to "The Diabolic" series. Perfect for fans of Ally Condie's "Matched" series and Marissa Meyer's "Lunar Chronicles."—Kaetlyn Phillips, Yorkton, Sask.  --This text refers to the hardcoveredition.

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