The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid
In the heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Diabolic series, the Empire teeters on the edge of destruction as rumors spread that Nemesis is still alive.
Three years ago, Tyrus Domitrian shocked the galaxy by killing the woman he swore to love forever. The woman for whom he upended the Empire. The woman with whom he wanted to build a new and brighter future. Now, the once-idealistic heir apparent has become the cruel Emperor Tyrus, wielding his authority with an iron fist, capable of destroying planets with a single word, controlling all technology with a simple thought. He has bent the Grandiloquy to their knees, and none has the power to stand against him.But there is a muttering among the Excess. They say that Nemesis is not truly gone. They whisper of her shadow spotted in distant star systems. They say that Nemesis lives. That she will rise, and rally the people to topple the man who was once her truest love—and is now her fiercest enemy.
Today, I want to talk about The Diabolic series by S.J. Kincaid. I just finished the third and final book in the series, The Nemesis and holy Toledo this conclusion was amazing! But before I say anything else about this last book, I need to say that every time I am in Books-A-Million, I see multiple copies of The Diabolic (and now also The Empress) in the bargain section for $3 or less. Heck, I even got my copy from that bargain section 3 years ago! It really just boggles my mind that this amazing series is just flying under the radar. I mean, in the year that I have been on Bookstagram, I have seen The Diabolic talked about twice, which is a damn shame. I love this series so much, that it was one of the very first series I talked about on the Bookstagram platform, and whenever someone asks for an underrated series, this is the one I recommend they should read.
So, if any of y’all value my opinion on books and are fans of The Hunger Games, Scythe, or The Illuminae Files, please pick up a copy of The Diabolic and give this series a try. The only gripe I had is that The Empress (book 2) had a heart wrenching cliff hanger and I had to wait 2 ½ years for the next book, but lucky you because if you do decide to read this series then you don’t have to wait because book three, The Nemesis, releases August 25th!
To avoid spoiling this series for anyone who may be interested in reading it I’ll just say this about The Nemesis – it was everything I could have ever hoped for in the conclusion! I was so worried that things wouldn’t go the way that I wanted them to, and so many times during the reading of this book it appeared my fears were coming true, but S.J. Kincaid came through for me (and I’m sure all the other fans of this series), and she did it in such a smart and well written way. I am so satisfied with the ending and it was well worth the wait and heartache.
Interjection by Jamey (September 8, 2020):
I also recently finished this series, and really have no words, other than it was amazing. I read The Diabolic back when it was first released, and it was a solid 4-star book. When Shannon read The Nemesis is when I realized that I never read The Empress, so I picked it up as soon as she finished the series and finished both books in about 2 weeks, which is saying a lot for me (I tend become disinterested in parts of many books which causes me to take a while to finish them), but I flew through the last two books.
This entire series is extremely well-written to the point that there are zero boring parts — every single chapter ends on a cliffhanger, leaving the reader wanting more. There is tons of political intrigue and so many mind-bending twists and turns that it will leave you breathless.
I am not quite as generous as Shannon when giving out stars — or it could just be our respective tastes — but like I said, I gave The Diabolic 4 stars. The Empress, on the other hand, actually crossed the next threshold, so I have to give it 5 stars — it’s probably the best sequel I have ever read. Finally, The Nemesis was a perfect ending to a great trilogy, and only because it didn’t have as many crazy surprises as The Empress, I give The Nemesis 4 stars — but it’s incredibly close to being a 5-star read. Shannon and I have quite different tastes, so when both of us give this series such high ratings, you know it’s got to be good. Absolutely worth the read.
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