The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid Review

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.


 A Gritty and violent standalone novel, it can be brutal at times and I probably would suggest it’s not for the fainthearted!

I found it to be well-paced in that it kept my attention and it entertained me throughout.  However, I do have to say some of the killings seemed a bit necessary but hey, it’s the authors book and they’ll die if she want them to! 

I’m not sure I’d make comparisons to The Game of Thrones or The Hunger Games as I think every author should be judged on their own merit not on someone else’s so go into this story with an open mind or you won’t let the story whisk you away into the world of political sci-fi! 

I love the plucky young heroine, she’s a fighter and strong, but still relate able despite finding myself questioning whether she was more than super human or even human at all!

What I particularly like about this story is although the heroine comes through it all, it leaves you wondering whether you were actually routing for the good guys at all! The book is so violent that everyone is in someway a little bit bad….I loved that grey area!!

I love that the book ends on a climax, it leaves it up to your own imagination what happens next and I definitely think there’s room for a sequel

Overall, if you’re into Dystopian novels then this is definitely one for you!   

About the Author

S.J Kincaird 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.  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.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest review.  All my opinions are my own

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