The Empress

Author: S.J. Kincaid
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: e-ARC
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Pages: 378

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Goodreads 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.


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This is book two in The Diabolic series and it definitely stood out. I couldn’t get enough of this novel and I loved how it had well placed recaps so that the reader could try following along in case they missed the first book (not a standalone, so a read of the first would be good). The start of it was what I was hoping for, as it gave me a picture of what was to be expected from the rest of the novel. There wasn’t a stop in sight and I was left with a want to read the next in the series.

With main characters like Nemesis and Tyrus it was easy to feel very invested in them and what their future held. Especially with someone like Nemesis who is fighting throughout most of it, physically and emotionally, to be more than what everyone around her thinks/believes she must be. Sometimes I felt her to be a ruthless creation, but then I would be shown that it was only because of her hardships and experiences that she came off that way.

Then we have Tyrus, once again reminding us why we fell in love with him, with a true concern for those he governs. Or so it seems for half the novel and then something drastic happens and everything shifts, leaving me a little despondent over the whole situation. Even though the novel had a radical transition, it didn’t make it any less of a good read (it did irk me quite a bit though). It doesn’t change the fact that it was a real doozy of a read .

There were always imminent moments looming about, as well as several shockers that kept the reader hoping it wasn’t so. It continued on with the consequences of all of their actions, with many new ones that leave them at their wits end, creating a rift between the ones that matter the most and new bonds that have been forged upon each character. Either way, I know I’m reading the next one because I need to know how it all comes to an end.

***I received this copy from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***



  1. Dawn Webb

    December 4, 2017 at 1:43 am

    This sounds like a great book to read with my kids!! I am so excited as it sounds great!!

  2. Angie

    December 4, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I keep seeing The Diabolic at my bookstore and I’ve been so curious about it! I’ll have to check out this series.


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