The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – A Book Review

“You can’t change laws without first changing human nature.’
-Nurse Greta

You can’t change human nature without first changing the law.’
-Nurse Yvonne”
― Neal Shusterman, Unwind


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?

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Title: The Empress

Author: S.J. Kincaid

Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.91/5 stars

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

 


Review

Overview. This is the second book in the The Diabolic series and begins after Tyrus takes the throne of the Empire. The Empress follows the journey that Tyrus and Nemesis take as Tyrus tries to ascend to the throne with a Diabolic at his side, someone that their world deems to be less than human. Tyrus is having a rough go trying to get support that he needs and his radical ideas lead to some dead ends. This book gives us a more in-depth look at the system of politics that Tyrus is being introduced to and also a deeper look into the religion of the Empire.

Pros. I absolutely love Nemesis, she has so much character growth through this book from start to finish. So many things are going on and she never loses herself or her love for Tyrus or her friends. Even though her love is a very, very big short-coming in this book I never ever felt that Nemesis was doing something that was out of character for her.

The plot twists throughout the book got me like… There were so many things that I did not expect to happen throughout the whole book. I was constantly wondering what they were going to do to get out of situations or how they were going to fix an issue. This is part of the book that really reminded me of Red Rising. The books share a lot of similarities in the writing styles and the action that is taking place.

I enjoyed the politics of this book. Looking at reviews, this seems to be one of the biggest issues that people have with this novel. There is a lot of politics in this book, but what I enjoyed was that it wasn’t just throne room politics, where people are just sitting around discussing the politics this book has very fast-paced and action-packed political scenes. I agree that if you are not into the politics of a space Empire, this book might seem very dull to you.

Cons. Some character decisions throughout the book were my biggest issues. Tyrus and Neveni are two key characters in this book and some decisions that each of them make didn’t always line up with what their character would have done. Both of them had quite a few out of character moments. I’m thinking this is more due to the fact that they are actually human, while Nemesis is still a Diabolic so maybe Kincaid was going for the fact that humans are a very, very complex species so that you never truly know how deep a characters values go. I don’t know, maybe I’m reaching…

Overall. I really enjoyed this sequel to The Diabolic and I will most definitely read the final book of the series when it comes out. I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars.

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