20 January 2017

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

After realising that I hadn't reviewed as many books as I thought when looking at what I read last year, here is a review of the very first book I finished in 2017: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid which I received a proof of through work (and I got it so long ago I can't remember if it was sent to me personally or just to work and I was the first one to grab it). What made me choose this book? It had been likened to Star Wars and The Hunger Games which to me screamed dystopia but set in space. I was not wrong.

"Nemesis 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 the power-mad 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 to hide her true abilities or risk everything...." (Goodreads)

Going in knowing it had been compared to Star Wars may have influenced me at the start (there is an empire, an untouchable emperor, a galaxy with complicated politics and senators etc) however it's easily not a replica of the beloved franchise. I was enthralled by this world. Told from the point of view of a Diabolic - a creature created to protect a person capable of leathal force - who will do anything for her kind master but put in many situations where she has to choose what to do with options that are neither right nor wrong.

There is a lot of plot, one of the things I appreciated most was the struggles Nemesis had to undergo just by making a choice - something a Diabolic does not usually have to do. I was forever curious as to what the Diabolic would do; being an analytical character she could weigh her options and the consequences easily but there were times when conflicts arose and her choices weren't simple.

Absorbed in the relationships, politics and characters I did not want to put this book down. But this book isnt' all talk. There is action, there is bargaining, risk and even scatterings of gore. The Emperor and his family are an interesting bunch with a mad nephew as heir to the throne, cousins that take advantage of important people travelling alone and a man in charge of a galaxy who will make rash decisions at the drop of a hat. I've read some reviews where his brutality hasn't gone down well but I think his brutality likens him to characters like Joffrey of Game of Thrones, where it is done with purpose as well as shock value. I do not approve of his actions, of course, and found myself talking to the book ("What did he just DO" "Oh God WHAT") but evil exists even in a galaxy far, far away.

One of the only downsides, that I'll put in the least spoilery way, is that the author didn't seem happy to leave relationships platonic. It wasn't a major problem, but for me personally books about friendship don't always have to lead down a romantic path (a good example being Radio Silence by Alice Oseman). It wasn't enough to dampen my rating, I gave The Diabolic 5 stars because it was so epic, so intricate, with an ending that wrapped up beautifully.

I'm still unsure whether or not this is a one off novel or if it will become a series. I do hope it will become a series. By the end of this book this galaxy and the characters within it mean a lot to me and I think there is so much more to tell and if there is a sequel I will definitely be reading it. 

What 5 stars mean on my system

Finally, I'm going to hit you with some stats; in 2014 I reviewed 50% of the books I read, 39% of books were reviewed in 2015 and only 19% in 2016. I'm not promising that I'll review every single book but I do hope to bring you more reviews this year. 

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1 comment:

  1. A good review just as one should be. Not too many pictures or meticulous details regarding the story but a thorough analysis of the blogger and "their" opinion.