Review: The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

Posted October 26, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: The Empress by S.J. Kincaid The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
Series: The Diabolic #2
Also in this series:The Diabolic
Also by this author: The Diabolic
Genres: Action, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC
Source: Edelweiss+
Pages: 320
Length: 12 hours
ISBN: 1534409920
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Minx's Rating:

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?


I was beyond excited to get The Empress as an advanced read. I loved, loved, LOVED the series starter, The Diabolic, and couldn’t wait to read its sequel. Not mention that both covers are just downright gorgeous, #coverlove! I will admit I was a bit nervous to read The Empress because in some cases the sequel to an amazing book is not nearly as good. I should not have even worried; The Empress was AMAZING in its own way! Oh, the feels from start to end! I did not know what to expect when I started this book but it was nothing that I could have ever expected. So.In.Love!

The Empress picks up directly after the ending of the previous story. Tyrus has ascended the throne and has Nemesis by his side. He knew ushering in a new age where he could have a diabolic by his side would be challenging but he never truly realized just how difficult. He was so in love with Nemesis and he was so sure that he could make everything work. There were obstacles in his way that he had not accounted for and with Nemesis by his side they set out to find a way to solve their dilemmas.

Both Tyrus and Nemesis felt that they had discovered a way to get what they both desired and be able to once and for all secure Tyrus as the new Emperor with Nemesis as his Empress, but they had no idea just how far the Grandiloquy would go to prevent such a union from happening. Faced with impossible odds and circumstances outside of their control both Nemesis and Tyrus were forced to accept horrors that were beyond imagining. This acceptance also created irrevocable changes that altered who they were and the world as they had known it. For.The.Love is all I have to say!

I loved everything about the world that has been developed in this book. Living in space, traveling between planets, black holes, malignant space, robots, class struggles, such attention to details. Everything a fan of science fiction adores. I am normally not a fan of any type of politics in a story but the way The Empress uses intergalactic politics to bring about plot twists is spectacular. It also put my heart through the grinder.

I did not love how the story played out, it was just heart crushing at times. I will be honest about that, but it was amazingly written and damn if I am not waiting on the next book in this series. It does not even have a title yet but I will be clamoring for it when it is released. The Empress is a masterpiece filled with emotional rollercoasters and heart cringing moments that you just did not see coming. I highly recommend The Empress and its prequel, The Diabolic. They are both epic reads!

*Thank you to Edelweiss+ & Simon & Schuster for this eARC of The Empress*


About S.J. Kincaid

Author S.J. Kincaid

S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Her next book, The Diabolic, comes out in the Fall of 2016. She’s chronically restless and has lived in California, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Chicago, and Scotland with no signs of staying in one place anytime soon.

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