This book was sent to me for review. The opinions written in this review are entirely my own and have not been swayed by a free copy of the book. I have to say I was quite excited when I received the e-mail about reviewing The Diabolic and couldn't wait for it to be in my possession.
A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.
When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.
As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.
As always I will start with my thoughts on the cover and blurb. First I LOVE that there are two different covers. I received a copy with the white cover which is definitely very striking, and the dark cover captures the atmosphere of the Diabolic's perfectly. The blurb was very catchy, it made you want to know more about the story and what was happening.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy books always amaze me because of how well they create new worlds that are believable and ones that you can see in your minds eye while reading. The characters were well constructed, Nemesis was the perfect humanoid and her robotic ways of protecting Sidonia were very believable. Sidnonia was such a naive girl that I found myself feeling sorry for her wanting some real emotion from Nemesis when she knew there would never be any.
The Emporer and his family had a mix of characteristics and it was very interesting to watch how they all reacted to certain situations. Even some of them killing off their own family members!
Nemesis was a brilliant character and the story kept you interested the entire way but there were a few things that weren't sometimes logical or believable but it's a work of fiction and therefore everything that happens in it can happen. I don't want to give so much of this lovely story away because I want you to enjoy it yourself but what I will say is there are somethings in this book which surprised me at every turn, and I enjoyed every second of it.
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. She’s chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago, and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon. Follow her on Twitter @SJKincaidBooks and join in the conversation using #TheDiabolic.
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