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?
This is just a quick, spoiler free review! Closer to the pub date, I will post a spoilery review as well!
What. a. freaking. ride. The first book absolutely broke me and melted my heart, and this one had me screaming internally, wanting to throw chunks of asteroids at some of the characters and hug others in warm blankets until their problems went away. I don’t even know how to begin with my thoughts, because so much happened that has left me speechless and angry and full of revenge, all of it being things I never expected to happen. NEVER.
I loved how the author wove the friendships in the first novel, and it was absolutely heartbreaking to see them completely untangle in this one. Heck, not just the friendships, but the relationships too. I think she did a great job with Tyrus as the antagonist, with Neveni’s personality snapping and taking a completely different turn, and Nemesis’s beautiful transformation into a real girl. I’m so happy Nem is still the kick-butt, strong witted, tough cookie that we came to love, and she’s only grown better and stronger. She’d softened when she fell in love with Tyrus, and I can’t WAIT to see her now that the soft shell has hardened again.
This book left me so frustrated, tense and anxious at so many vital plot points, especially when it came to Tyrus and his development. I kept screaming, “This is so unfair! They don’t deserve this! Why is this happening! I can’t deal with this! Someone save me; just throw me into a capsule and propel me into outer space so I can burn along with my raging heart!” I’d never expected any of this to happen, and I’m super sad about it haha. But, with it set up this way, I know that the end is going to be just as powerful and satisfying.
The world building was still so interesting, just like the first book. I loved that we got to learn more about the rest of the galaxy, about the Excess’s planet that resembled much of Earth, the Sacred City, the drugs, the technology, the politics – everything! There is so much depth to this story and the world and it makes it feel so much tangible and thought-provoking.
Truthfully, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one, but I think that’s just because The Diabolic came in to introduce all the characters, the beautiful world, and mostly happy-happy things, and this one was more about Nem and Tyrus, their struggles, the constant betrayal, and all the bad that was now happening in the world. The author was wonderful at creating such witty, clever and intelligent characters, and I wished we got to see more of that side. We saw it a bit with Tyrus, but not as much since he has changed. I still enjoyed it so much, and this is definitely one of my favourite series. I just of course wish things went in a different direction at times, like with Neveni and of course Ty, but I know that life isn’t always perfect and we can’t always control every aspect of our lives. And that’s no different for them!
I can’t wait to see how this all ends, and Nemesis, just gotta say. YOU GO GIRL.