The Empress, S.J. Kincaid Book Review

Morning mortals! Am I late to this party? Most probably since The Empress published back in November, but this isn’t the longest I’ve left it to review a sequel by any means! This was one of my anticipated sequels for the year, I enjoyed The Diabolic, giving it 4/5 stars and I am excited to share what I thought of The Empress.

Goodreads Summary:

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?

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So, my main point about The Diabolic was that it was predictable. This book is not at all predictable. In fact, if you had asked me to write down what I thought this book was going to be, I would have been catastrophically wrong.

This book took my dreams for what would happen to the characters with whom I fell in love, crushed them, sprinkled the powdered dreams onto a plate of foods I am allergic to and then made me eat them. My poor heart is broken into thousands of miniscule pieces!

Put simply: it’s great.

This book felt so much more sci-fi than book one did. There’s a lot more space travel and tech-y business, so if that’s something you enjoy you won’t be disappointed. That being said, it also has many of the powerful character moments that made the first book so likeable.

As I say, nothing happens as it ‘ought to’ in this book. All of my expectations were subverted, it was exactly what this story needed. I was especially confused since something in me thought this was a duology, so I couldn’t for the life of me work out how this was going to get wrapped up. To my delight there is another book coming in ‘fall 2018’ so I have another book to look forward to!

My rating: 4/5 stars

By the way, I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What say you? Have you read this? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!


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