Review: The Empress – S.J. Kincaid

Welcome back to another review post here on The Paperback Pilgrim.

If you were able to read Monday’s post, I reviewed S.J. Kincaid’s young adult science fiction novel The Diabolic.

Due to its rave reviews on Goodreads I read both The Diabolic and its sequel, The Empress, back to back, so what better way to schedule reviews than back to back as well.

Interested to see what I thought of The Empress? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

35011382The Empress (The Diabolic #2) by S.J. Kincaid

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 31, 2017)

Print Length: 378 pages

Audiobook Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins

Narrator: Candace Thaxton

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?

The Review 

Well, while the sequel didn’t get any better than its predecessor, it also didn’t get any worse, so that’s a plus.

The Empress picks up after the events of the previous novel. Tyrus is now emperor, he’s chosen Nemesis to be his equal, and yet, while she has proved that Diabolics are able to feel for those other than their intended, there are those in the Empire who will do anything to stop the nuptials.

Due to the word being established in The Diabolic, Kincaid is really able to focus on minute groups inside the world, adding even more depth to the odds stacked up against Nemesis, Tyrus, and those who believed that science should be held to a higher regard.

Once again, Nemesis is a strong, independent character, who has little worry of getting her hands bloodied in order to protect the people and ideas that she loves. I enjoyed reading of how she handled learning what human emotion is and what having those emotions means for her. While I didn’t like some of the situations her new found emotions got her in to, watching Nemesis grow as a character is one of the reasons that will make me come back for the third book.

Quite possibly the biggest reason for my less than enthusiastic response to this novel is how the character of Tyrus is treated. I hated him, and what makes me angry is that its the exact feeling that Kincaid wanted. First she had to muddle the relationship between Sidonia and Nemesis in The Diabolic, and then, just as I was beginning to accept the previous plot twist Kincaid has to go and do that with Tyrus.

However, now that I am two books into the series, I feel like I am too invested not to continue with the series, so I’ll just sit here and stew until the as of yet untitled The Diabolic #3 is published in Fall 2018.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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