Book Review: The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

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The Diabolic

Release date: November 1st 2016

4 stars

Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.
A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.
When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.
As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

I’ve really enjoyed SJ Kincaid’s series Insignia so far so I was really excited to start this new book. The cover caught my eye first, then after reading the synopsis, I was hooked. I couldn’t wait to start it and was expecting much of the same things that I enjoyed in the Insignia series but with different spins. And I got everything I was expecting and more.

Nemesis was a great main character. She was built, bought and trained to be a killing machine, dedicated to the sole task of keeping her charge safe. She was brutal and she completely owned the fact that she was a deadly force. She would do anything to protect Sidonia, her charge, even if that meant altering her appearance and leaving the security of their home to go live in the Emperor’s palace. The changes in Nemesis throughout the book happened slowly and subtly but perfectly. It was believable and it didn’t take away from who she was or what she was.

I loved the whole plot with the Diabolics, from seeing how they were made to be so loyal to one person to how the idea of having a deadly bodyguard so focused on the safety and happiness of their charge could go so wrong. I liked the world-building, that we learned more as the book went on instead of one huge information dump at the beginning. The plot was very well-paced, a little slow in the beginning but really picking up once Nemesis arrived at the court.

There were a lot of tense moments and that made for a quick read because I had to keep turning to pages to find out what would happen. I hated the idea of putting the book away at the end of a chapter because there was usually the feeling that the next chapters something major could happen. From the world-building, to Nemesis’ development, to the character dynamics, this book was a very enjoyable and entertaining read.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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