book review

Review! The Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid

The DiabolicNemesis is a Diabolic created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when power made Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has had to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire beings to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’d been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia, and the entire Empire. – Blurb taken from Goodreads.

I gave in to the hype when it came to this book, and I have to say, I disagree with the hype. Unfortunately I didn’t finish ‘The Diabolic‘ and ended up putting it down around halfway through. It started off so promising, I was hooked! But the more I read, the more confused I became, and the more disturbed, and for those reasons, I can only give this book a two star rating.

“Our ancestors sought knowledge, but we, their descendants, glorify ignorance,”

In truth, I didn’t want to write this review, purely for the reason that I knew so many people absolutely raved about this book. For the majority of the time when reading ‘The Diabolic‘ all I felt was confusion. I felt that little effort was made to explain the politics that make up the basis of the narrative, and some of the violence featured was unnecessary. The scene in which ‘beasts’ can be bought and modified (different aspects of different types of animals joined together) was so disturbing to me, and I very nearly put the book down at this point. The ‘beasts’ are trained, just like the Diabolic’s, to be violent and to kill, through the use of electric shocks sent through them to torment them, making for an extremely uncomfortable and distressing read. 

“It’s terrifying to realise your own decisions are shaping your destiny,”

I apologise that this review was so short, I Just could not bring myself to finish reading this novel. Whilst I appreciate that many people really did enjoy ‘The Diabolic‘. it just wasn’t for me and that, combined with the violence and the animal torture, is why I had to give it out of stars.

Keep On Reading!



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