#Review | The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

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The EmpressThe Empress by S.J. Kincaid (The Diabolic #2)
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 31st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Action & Adventure
Pages: 378
Format: ARC

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?

*** Recieved an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review ***

The Review


Book #1 – The Diabolic

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid is the second book in The Diabolic series about an artificial human turned Empress, Nemesis and her new new Emperor, Tyrus.

I cannot begin to tell you how frustrated I am with The Empress. I had such high hopes for this sequel since I absolutely loved The Diabolic and wanted more from that world. But sadly what I got was a mish mash mess of a story. Sure there was more action and destruction, sure there was more Nemesis/Tyrus moments, but there was also parts of the story that were extremely annoying and boring.

The plot picks up right after the first book. Tyrus is to be crowned the new Emperor and he wants Nemesis to be his new Empress. Unfortunately, the galactic kingdom doesn’t see Nemesis as human and will not grant her succession to the throne. What started out pretty promising turned to fizzle out leading me to anger, frustration and boredom.

My biggest complaint would be with Tyrus’ character development. His love for Nemesis is so strong but half way into the book while he is under some sort of narcotic, he becomes this blubbering two faced idiot that can’t seem to make up his mind. He was jumping sides so often that my eyes couldn’t stop rolling.

Another thing that frustrated me was how much Nemesis still had to prove herself. Like come on. She spent all of book one trying to do that, and now she’s at it again. I was so bored with her character.

Now I don’t want this whole review to be negative, so I want to talk about the few positives. Because The Empress falls under second book syndrome, it also lays the ground work for what could be an explosive ending to the trilogy. Here’s to hoping that happens. And because the characters frustrated me so much in this one, they couldn’t possibly get any worse in the next one, right? I pray to the book gods it can only get better!

Let me know what you guys thought of The Empress by S.J. Kincaid! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Jesse Nicholas Sig



S.J. KincaidS.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic will be released in fall 2016.


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

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