Hello fellow book nerds!
We did it. We made it. The final installment of The Diabolic series is finally here – after waiting 2 years for it. I’m so glad I decided to reread the whole series in anticipation for this release.
So, let’s get to it.
NOTE: If you did not read The Diabolic or The Empress, there will be spoilers. The review for The Nemesis itself is spoiler free, as always.
You can read my review on The Diabolic here: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid – Book and Audio Review
You can read my review on The Empress here: The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – Book and Audio Review
5 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
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.
I was a little worried at first how this book was going to play out. After experiencing the first two books, I wasn’t sure what kind of twists I was going to encounter. The beginning of the book started off slow for me. I honestly wasn’t enjoying it too much but the more I dived in, the better it became. This book perfectly sets up each event in a way where you think you know what’s going on, you really don’t. I try not to spoil my reviews but there were just some utterly heartbreaking moments in this book, of course. But the writing is so well done and this plot is absolutely amazing. All of the deviations I wouldn’t have even thought of became apart of this book. The progression of each character to what they finally become is just utterly beautiful. This whole story really well done. I really liked how even more was learned about the world. The early Domitrians and how different things were for them. How Tyrus’ twists Nemesis appearance and rumors that she is still alive. Each little description to really pull on the heartstrings.
While this whole series drags me in with the story telling, I really stay because of the characters. Nemesis is absolutely amazing. Her character as a whole has done so much progressing and even when she tries to revert back into her diabolic stage, she simply can’t do it anymore. I loved watching her become more “human” and the connections she makes. I was really surprised about Anguish but I’m really glad that he became such an essential character in this book. It gave Nemesis something more to tether her to herself. Nevini was… phew – something else. She started off as this intimidated girl and grew into a rebellious leader. Her and Nemesis relationship was definitely something else and I’m glad that Nemesis had her – even if it wasn’t always easy. And then Tyrus. What to say about Tyrus except he is just so complicated. How he personally takes everything on himself is just wild. Yet, you never know exactly what he is thinking. Again, I’m so glad this book is told through Nemesis point of view because it would have given so much other stuff away and I really, really enjoyed reading from hers. I absolutely loved these characters and everything they went through, they deserve a break.
Overall, The Nemesis by S.J. Kincaid was the perfect conclusion to this trilogy. With twists and turns around every corner, the plot really thickens in this book. Every action having its purpose still doesn’t make it easier to go through. I loved learning even more about this world and how it ended up the way it did. Again, what a fantastic twist. The characters have developed so much and I could not be happier (or sad, however you want to put it) going through this adventure with them. Kincaid did such an amazing job writing these books and making me feel absolutely connected to them. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a dark, gritty, and fantastic space opera as this one is easy to follow but so investing to these characters.
NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book
I mostly did this whole book on audio. Work was really busy while I was reading this book so I didn’t have the time to physically read it as well. It is a series that I really do recommend on audio. Candance Thaxton does such an amazing job with each book really bringing these characters to life. The whole story is so well done and she makes it easy to follow along with. I absolutely recommend the audio for this.
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