The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Posted February 9, 2017 by lockhartbecca in Reviews / 2 Comments

The Diabolic kept me glued to the pages for 5 straight hours. Space, politics and an evil emperor. -

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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way impacted my opinion. The review below is my open and honest opinion.


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s 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…

My Thoughts on The Diabolic:

You know what I haven’t done in forever? Read a book in one sitting. Mostly because I haven’t had time. But this book made me make time. Once I started, there was no way I was putting it down.



Oh yeah. We all know how much I love space. Books like Red Rising, Illuminae and These Broken Stars are my jam. So here’s my confession. I didn’t even know this book was set in space. I have book synopsis amnesia. Also book amnesia… I read the synopsis and then don’t get around to reading the book until months later. By that time, all I remember is that the book sounded good, but I really have no clue what it’s about.


So when I started reading and discovered that we were in a spaceship I was pumped.


I loved the background of this world. People believe that science and math caused humans to have so much hubris that it was our downfall. So they forbid everyone from learning math and science and are just living in the spaceships created by scientists years ago. I’m guessing you can see the problem. What happens when something breaks?? So far machines are fixing things. But what happens when the machines break??


Screwed with a capital S.

The Diabolic kept me glued to the pages for 5 straight hours. Space, politics and an evil emperor. -

Evil Emperor

The villain in this book was awful. No, like a really terrible person. There’s this one thing he does at the beginning of the book that made me shake with rage. He’s conniving and twisted and full of self-interest. He was a villain worth hating. I’m not a fan of sugarcoated villains. No, give me the really truly evil ones. The ones that burn black at their core.


Badass Diabolics

Right. The title of the book. There are these man-made human-esque things called Diabolics that were created as bodyguards. Extremely expensive, but utterly devoted to whoever they are sworn to protect. Our main character is a Diabolic. Who isn’t supposed to exist. Because the evil emperor banned them years ago. But no matter. She exists. In a strange turn of events, she is sent to the capital ship to impersonate the person she is sworn to protect.


Things get interesting real quick.


I loved the messages about equality and humanity. Very reminiscent of the themes discussed in the Lunar Chronicles with Iko being an android. Do these “machines” still have feelings? Should they be given equal rights with humans? Fascinating questions that really make you think. I mean, for all intents and purposes, Nemesis is human. She has human emotions. Therefore, my opinion is that she should be treated as equal.


Lots of exciting action

The Diabolic was a fast-paced, thrill-chasing book. There are lots of twisty politics and crazy things going on. Badass fights. Planet-side craziness. Holes blown in the sides of ships. Really, it’s never ending. Which is probably why I was glued to the book for like 5 hours straight. You will never be bored reading this one.

The Diabolic kept me glued to the pages for 5 straight hours. Space, politics and an evil emperor. -

The Romance

Was okay. I didn’t dislike it, but I wasn’t crazy about it either. I did love seeing Nemesis experience these human emotions for the first time, but I guess none of the characters really resonated with me. Which is why it didn’t quite reach that 5 stars regardless of how riveting it was.


Have you read this one yet? What did you think? Did you love the space setting as much as I did? Did you burn with hatred for the stupid emperor? 

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2 responses to “The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

  1. Ooh nice! I’ve been debating about reading this one. My initial hesitation was because it was in space and all futuristic-y with the robot like people or androids, Diabolics! LOL! I’ve never been good with science, so the fact that science (and math) are banned have me rather interested! Lol! You can so tell I was an English major! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. A little bummed that the romance wasn’t spot on, as for some reason I’ve turned into a romantic over the years! If you would have told me this 10 years ago, I’d have laughed in your face! Lol!! Glad to see it was 4 star worthy though! Definitely going to have to read this one sometime! Great review!

    • lockhartbecca

      See I love science fiction stuff so I am all about space. But there’s definitely not a lot of science in this one. I think you’ll like it!

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