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The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid


Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

Pages: 416
Author: S.J. Kincaid
November 1, 2016
Characters: Nemesis, Sidonia, Tyrus
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Young Adult



Spoilers ahead.

“The Emperor wishes me to send my innocent little lamb to the slaughter. No. Instead, I’ll send him my anaconda.”

Whew! What a ride. I’d heard so much about this series. Some good, some bad, so I was a little apprehensive. Now, I like to go into books not knowing anything about it, that way I have a clear slate in my mind for openness. I’d heard the world building in this was fantastic, and man, y’all weren’t kidding!

I thought the plot was pretty interesting. Nemesis had to go undercover as her ‘keeper’, Sidonia, who has been summoned by the evil and twisted Emperor. Being a Diabolic, Nemesis has no feelings except a ridiculously strong love for Sidonia, with the bond being forced onto her before she was sold to Sidonia’s family. There were enough twists and turns, fights and badassery, to keep it entertaining and warrant it a definite page-turner. Was it the most intense plot I’ve ever read? No. But it was hella fun to read and quite unique at times. I can honestly say that I didn’t see the main twist coming at all and that’s always a plus, right?

What I love in a book most is when I feel like I’m there. Like, I’m their little mute friend who never speaks but I’m quiet and chill enough that they still want me around, and I just stand behind everyone and observe, jotting down notes as I go. I love when it feels real, as if the story and the characters are able to plant me into their lives and take me a long for the ride as that annoying sibling your parents made you take with you while you hung out with your friends. The Diabolic made me feel that way, and IT. WAS. AWESOME. THANKS FOR HAVING ME, GUYS!

I had a feeling Donia was going to die, so I’d prepared myself. Then the attack happened and I wasn’t surprised, but still really upset, oNLY TO HAVE MY HEART STRINGS TUGGED ONCE SHE CAME BACK TO LIFE. ONLY TO DIE. AGAIN. Her death kind of frustrated me though. I don’t know if it’s because I despise Elantra, or if it was because I felt like it was too easy, or maybe because the way it happened was also so clever and strategic, OR MAYBE EVERYTHING. Because it was sad and heartbreaking and I can’t imagine how Nemesis had felt seeing her best friend die like that, right in front of her. But at the same time, I was kind of disappointed in Nem. She’d come such a long way with her own emotions and progress, only to have pushed Sidonia’s safety to the back of her mind. She’d become too human, too selfish, and it had gotten Sidonia killed. I can’t help but think that if she was still her usual Diabolic-fueled self, she would’ve said hell no to Elantra and taken the balm herself. 🙁 Especially after finding out Donia’s feelings for Nem were more than just a friend. :((((



I think we can all agree how BADASS Nemesis was. I mean, duh, she has to be. She was trained to be lethal and murderous if someone so much as breathed within her vicinity. She was a tiny bit monotone, but some of her sarcastic comments (where she didn’t think she was being sarcastic, but more so blunt) were freaking hilarious.

“I’ve never had a sparring partner willing to risk injuring me. I welcome the worst you can do.”

Madman. “You’d best not do that, Your Eminence,  or you will end up dead.”

His laugh sounded breathless. “Did I injure you in the least?”

“My knuckles hurt from punching you.”

Elantra looked between me and Donia. “Do you really need your Etiquette Marshal to remind you how to perform a basic anointing ritual?”

So she’d caught that.

“Forgive me, Grandee Pasus,” I said. “I didn’t expect to do it until I had a friend getting married.” I threw emphasis on that word.

Remember that time Nem FREAKED out and burst into Tyrus’s important meeting because she thought they were all under serious attack from… lightning? LOL. I luv her. And how awesome was she, fooling all the other Diabolics and making even them believe she was Donia? YAS GIRL, GET IT. She was strong, she was powerful, she didn’t submit, and she always wanted the best for Sidonia, and eventually herself, as well. It was so sweet watching their bond, even if it had stemmed artificially. I would love a BFF like Nemesis. All my enemies would be eradicated by now. Hehe… Just kidding………….

Oh, Tyrus. I liked you, but I didn’t like what you pulled on my girl, Nem. I get it, you had to deter your grandmother away from nearly slaughtering her, but it made my girl jealous to see you with that awful twat Elantra. Who names their kid that anyway? Satan? Tyrus was witty, ridiculously clever and so meticulous. Watching his plans unfold in the most graceful and thoughtful way was really unique to me in a story, and I’m really impressed in Kincaid for thinking this way. Because, duh, Tyrus’ clever brain came from her brain. I can’t wait to see him reign in the next novel!

I followed the Servitor’s to Elantra’s bedroom, where she lay pretending to sleep.

“Wake up,” I snapped at her. “Let’s get this over with.”

Elantra sat up, her black curls tumbling about her shoulders, and glared at me. “That is not how it’s done.”

Together, their ‘love’ was cute. My girl needs love, and I commend Tyrus for giving it to her, showing her feelings she never thought possible before as a Diabolic. I don’t think it was forced. She didn’t want anything to do with that Gladdic wimp. But once she met a real man, with intelligence and confidence, and wit, and kindness— who wouldn’t fall for that?

I just wanted to hug Neveni the whole book. What a sweetie.

I wanted to drop kick grandma Cygna when she mocked Nemesis. Ugh. This creature was too ahead of everyone for her own good.

Her smile sharpened. “I—I—” she echoed, mocking me. “I’ve never heard you hesitate in your speech once, girl. How amusing to see you are capable of it.”


I freaking LOVE how Tyrus made Cygna keep her word, that if ever he was to become Emperor, she had to fly her little ass into a coffin and burst into flames in space. She had no freaking choice, because she would’ve never thought he would become Emperor. What a foolish woman. She’s more stupid than we thought, I guess.



Something that irritated me were those calls Donia and Nem were having. There were SO obvious, and I could’ve sworn that later on we’d have something happen because they kept slipping up and saying each others names and then saying “OH, I mean, uh.. Sidonia…” to play it off. Like literally every time they spoke to each other, every sentence they were stuttering, hesitating or correcting themselves for exposing each others names over the ‘insecure connection’.

Also, how many times could Tyrus call Nemesis ‘extraordinary’? We get it, she’s great. Use a different word, maybe?


Absolutely loved it and was SO here for the ride. How could you not love the amazing, detailed worldbuilding, so unique and fun to read about. Like intergalactic Mario Kart? I’M HERE.

The characters, the friendship, the storyline, the plot twists, the badassery, the romance, the stabby stabby deaths that really brought out my inner serial killer (and to be honest, I’m a little concerned with myself), made everything so ridiculously fun. I felt a little pang in my chest when I saw the second book wasn’t out yet, but already it’s almost here! I’m just happy the series is being extended. But then again, that could either be a bad thing or a good thing, because now I don’t know what will happen from here? All of Tyrus’ enemies are dead, so what else is there to do but reign peacefully? Maybe in the second we’ll learn more about the Excess on the planet similar to Earth (Which was so cool by the way. Hearing everyone talk about us Earthens like we’re mongrels for putting up with weather, wrinkles and natural disasters. LOL, you know how we do!)

All in all, this was amazing and I highly recommend it if you want a fast, fun read!


Then he drew me close and kissed me in full view of the Great Heliosphere.

His lips felt right: soft and warm. I twined my arms around him, Tyrus in his ceremonial garb and me in the clothes I’d intended to wear to my death.

Some might call us a monstrous pair, and they would be right.

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