Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid - OPTIONAL


The Empress (Diabolic, #2) by S.J. Kincaid, 378 pages. Simon and Schuster, 2017. $18.  

Content: Language: PG-13 (5 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: R.  



Tyrus has gained control of the throne and although it’s not customary for a diabolic to be treated as an equal, he wants everyone to know that Nemesis is to be his wife. As Tyrus tries to maintain control of his government, he also wants Nemesis to be declared human, so they go in search of a holy man who can label her human.  While away from the kingdom, however, the Senator Pasus has other plans for Tyrus and the kingdom. 

I loved the first book in this series, but I had issues with this second installment.  There isn’t as much emotion and heart in the characters, which is strange because in the first book that was the best part, watching Nemesis realize that she had emotions.  The story is told in a robotic, non-emotional way, including a complete disregard for human life by the good and the bad characters.  Interesting storyline, but it was hard to care what happened to the characters. The rules and time spectrum were always changing, making the story hard to invest in, because it felt like anything could happen. The content included casual drug use, a make-out session, gladiator-like violence, gruesome killings, and a large body count. Amazing cover though!

Reviewer, C. Peterson

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