The Diabolic – By S. J. Kincaid


Goodreads Synopsis: 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… 

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At the moment I honestly can’t remember why I decided to read this book, I probably saw someone else was reading it on Goodreads and thought it looked interesting. Alas I ended up being disappointed in it.

The Diabolic started out really well, I was hooked from the first chapter and I really liked both Nemesis and Sidonia.  And the world is really well built, and very interesting to read about.

I guess what it came down to in the end was two things. The plot wasn’t the best, there were a lot of twists that I called fairly early on.  The twist with the Emporoers nephew being one that I called, and the other one with Sidonia was also one I called. Because of this I found that I was bored and frustrated because I really wanted to like the story.

The other problem was the fact that this book kills the only LGBTQA+ character. If you don’t want spoilers I would suggest moving on to the next paragraph.  It’s revealed later, after Sidonia comes back from the dead that she’s in love with Nemesis. And shortly after that Sidonia is killed off in a very brutal manner. This was really disheartening for me, and automatically took several stars off the story.

In the end I gave this book 2 stars. It was disappointing overall. I know a lot of other people liked it, but I just can’t get behind a book that kills off it’s only gay character just to make the main character do something. It’s unacceptable.

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