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The Empress

(The Diabolic #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,500 ratings  ·  977 reviews
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 ke
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Erica Yes, I haven't read the second book yet, but I thought this series was a standalone. It was suitable to leave it the way it was. It was really good an…moreYes, I haven't read the second book yet, but I thought this series was a standalone. It was suitable to leave it the way it was. It was really good and I'm worried there may be a chance that the second book won't be as good to be honest. But we shall see.(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
That ending! What the . . .

"'Doubt thou the stars are fire
Doubt that the sun doth move,
Doubt truth to be a liar
But never doubt I love.'"

I don't even know what to say. Everything changed in a blink of an eye.

Tyrus is the new emperor and Nemesis is to be the new empress at his side. They are having a bit of a problem with the Galaxy not wanting a diabolic to be empress. It seems people are trying to kill them every time you turn around, mostly Nemesis.

Then we are going along, thinking ther
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Simon & Schuster Goodreads
More specifically, this was a 3.5 for me that I decided to round up because of how gripping this book was. When I was asked to review The Diabolic I was under the impression that it was a standalone fantasy novel and wasn't expecting the extension into a three book deal. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed initially, but after the somewhat lack of closure from book one I could see why maybe this should have been slated as a trilogy all along. I usually struggle immensely with the middle ...more
Candace Robinson
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, this book... I was so satisfied with the last book being a stand alone, and I'm still not sure if I still wish it would have stayed that way. I'm torn apart right now... my soul is seriously split in never-ending pieces that keep turning into more pieces. I'm going to be honest here, during most of the book I was like, "What are we doing here?" There was a whole lot of intergalactic politics that I didn't understand. Love, love, loved Tyrus! Nemesis is awesome! I don't want to give too much ...more
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October 31, 2017: Release Day! - *Scrolls through reviews of ARC* ...Apparently, I will be the only one who didn't love this.

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*I've decided not to rate this. Why? The book is good and it's the focus on the politics and religion that turned me off. Okay, well the drama at the end too, but mainly the politics. I'm just not the target audience for the focus here. It is different than the first book was, but I think a lot of it is me. So, t
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
I am deaaaaaaaaaaddddddddd from that ending. I just. I can't. It is too much. My POOR FEEBLE HUMAN BRAIN CAN'T TAKE IT omg what even

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The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
Book Two of The Diabolic series
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now t
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ya-books
The Empress was a fantastic sequel to the excellent Diabolic. The first book actually had the feel of a standalone novel but I'm glad the series got expanded into a trilogy as this sequel proves that there was more worthwhile stories to be told in this world and that S.J. Kincaid had more than enough cool ideas to keep the story fresh and exciting!

This picked up where the first book ended. Tyrus may have rid himself of his evil family and assumed the mantle of Emperor but that is not the end of
Beatrice in Bookland
*I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

1) The diabolic ★★★★☆

If I had a physical copy in my hands I'd tear out the last 70 or so pages and burn them, I HATE YOU S.J. KINCAID YOU BETTER FIX EVERYTHING IN THE LAST BOOK


The problem is still the same: in the first part, we see Tyrus and Nemesis struggling to survive many assassinations attempts while at the same time searching for a way to wed and rule together without the Grandiloquy and Vicars opposing them.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Empress by S.J. Kincaid is the second book in the young adult science fiction/fantasy series, The Diabolic. The first book in the series introduced readers to Nemesis who is a Diabolic. Diabolics are engineered to be human like but extremely strong and powerful and meant to bond to one person and protect them at all costs. Nemesis had been bonded to a young girl, Sidonia, who had been summoned to appear before the emperor. It was thought that Sidonia might be walking into a trap so Nemesis h ...more
Chelsies Reading Escape
Its so rare for me lately to find a book that I have this level of excitement for. It reminds me of those days when I was fangirling over Twilight and the Hunger Games. The days when I first discovered YA and everything was new and exciting. The space setting, the fascinating technology and the politics were all wonderfully done. It reminded me of the things I loved about the Red Rising trilogy.

In the first book we follow a Diabolic named Nemesis who was genetically engineered to be a bodyguard
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
NO. No. NO. No.

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Sheila Goicea
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

THIS COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Talk about betrayal being very prominent in a story. This was a fascinating sequel and I cannot wait for book three to come out! I cannot think of how to write a review without spoiling anything about this sequel so I will just keep it short and say it was a great installment that leaves you waiting and waiting so more for book three!

Milda Page Runner
Intense, adrenalin and action packed, 'edge of the seat' gripping book. Even better than the first one. So many twists and betrayals, so much destruction and mass murder. No one is safe and no one can be trusted. If you like action packed high-octane thriller - couldn't recommend more.
My only quibble - it ends if not on complete cliffhanger but certainly without conclusive ending. May be worth waiting for the release of the third book.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was beyond excited to get The Empress as an advanced read. I loved, loved, LOVED the series starter, The Diabolic, and couldn’t wait to read its sequel. Not mention that both covers are just downright gorgeous, #coverlove! I will admit I was a bit nervous to read The Empress because in some cases the sequel to an amazing book is not nearly as good. I should not have even worried; The Empress was AMAZING in its own way! Oh, the feels from start to end! I did not know what to expect when I start ...more
Veronica ⭐️
The Empress is the second book in the Diabolic series however you could probably read The Empress on its own and still be in for a really good read. But if you truly want to understand and care about the characters reading “The Diabolic” first is my recommendation.

Tyrus is now Emperor and with Nemesis by his side they plan to bring back science and knowledge. There are many that oppose the young Emperor and especially the idea of a diabolic becoming the next Empress. There are many attempts on t
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“Half a lifetime of dedication, love, and effort, and it was demolished in a second. The universe was so cruel. What a fool I’d been to forget it.”

I’m actually kinda sad, because I didn’t really love this one as much as I wanted to. It kinda felt like all the parts I loved about The Diabolic were shifted away from to focus on the politics. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE politics in SFF stories, but I felt like the characters were really given the short stick because of all the political
I've tried, retried and tried again but I can't get past all the religious stuff. I adored the first installment but have, after much deliberation, finally decided to treat the Diabolic as a standalone.

Sorry Nemesis, I sincerely hope it turns out alright for you and your emperor in the end...

Jan 02, 2017 marked it as to-read
EDIT (06/13/17) : Entertainment Weekly revealed the cover and I'm here like : WTF?
It's not particularly ugly or anything but yeah, what the actual fuck?


#sorrynotsorry for the caps, I'm just so excited for this book i can't even

PRE-REVIEW : YESSSSSSSS!!! While I liked the fact that The Diabolic was *supposed to be* a standalone, I can't deny the fact that I'm all in for one or
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Yes, you should read this sequel. No, you are not going to be grateful for my recommendation .
Nikki (Book Allure)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
This universe was so cruel.
What a fool I’d been to forget it.

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review


Honestly, I have to commend SJ Kincaid for being able to manipulate my emotions time and again in this book alone. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I had no idea what to feel while I reading it. I felt all the emotions–joy, sadness, anger, shock, dread, excitement, betrayal, you name it. I felt them all. An
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh my. That ending!! I WANT BOOK 3 NOW!!!! 😱

I enjoyed reading book 2 the same as the first one. There are a lot of twists in the story, and I came to loved Nemesis, as she is special and unique. Can’t wait to see what book 3 will bring! ❤️
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Oct. 2018)
This book’s ratings are lower than the first in the series, but I found it quite a satisfactory sequel.
If you are expecting the non-stop action of the first, you might have to adjust your expectations, simply because we are at a completely different point in the story line — but if you stick with it, I think you won’t be disappointed.

There are a lot of unexpected turns of events, The MCs go through a lot and I think the way they deal with it and how they emerge from it all adds a lot
4.25-.5 stars!

"I must be cruel only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind."

Lords above THAT ENDING!! Varied of things that transpired in this whirlwind of a plotline is unexpected, twisted and so complicated I can't even. And Tyrus oh my beloved Tyrus, what should I make of you after what you did in the end?? (view spoiler) I honestly don't know if my heart can take what is gona happen in the third bo
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-btr
The second book in the diabolic trilogy, it was fun to reinteract with these characters, here we found Nemesis as empress ready to change the world in which she was born , but she will learn that old hierarchies don’t die easy and sometimes humans are the ones that act the less humane. There are some interesting parts on this book but the overall feeling of it was it over ? , maybe it was me and maybe it wasn’t the right time for me to read but I wasn’t awed by it . I liked this book but i ...more
Mike and Becca  (Books and Looks)
I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

While this world building was FANTASTIC, the Empress took every likable character from the first book and turned them into awful annoying villains, making this infuriatingly frustrating & unsatisfying to read.

The Empress takes place shortly after the events in the first book, the Diabolic (a book that I must preface saying that I ADORED) with Tyrus and Nemesis figuring out how to rule.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, sci-fi
This book! I’ve read a lot of YA Fantasy this year, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Six of Crows, The Grishaverse, Gilded Cage, etc. Of those I’ve read, there have been very few I truly loved.

The Diabolic was one of those few. When I learned there was a second being released, in just a few short months nonetheless, I was really excited! So as soon as I was able, I began tearing through this one, obviously... and I was not disappointed!

The Empress picks up almost immediately where The Diabolic left
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Still reeling from the events of the last quarter of the book. I'm angry and frustrated...but I suppose that's to be expected? Definitely looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

The Empress started off awfully slow. It was mostly politics and setting the stage, but I see now that it was meant to build up to the end of the book. It picks up halfway through, and becomes very difficult to put down. The author has a way with suspense and shocking surprises.

Nemesis is badass...but only a
Yusra  ✨
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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