Summary: Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. 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…
Review: 4 stars
I went into this book completely blind. I picked it based on the cover and the fact that some of my friends had read it, but I didn’t read the blurb ahead of time. I had no idea what I was getting into. I found it to be quite good way to start off, because for once, I had no expectations.
The Diabolic was way better than I could have imagined. The plot was very interesting and kept me guessing and on my toes. The pacing was consistent and of a medium pace. I never lost interest as something was always happening, what I mean is, there wasn’t much filler writing.
The world building was done really well. I don’t typically read books set in space because they either lack good world building or go overboard with the descriptions. In this book the world building was done just right. I also understood the different political stances as they pertained to the plot, but once again, they weren’t overly described.
Where this book really shone though, was character development. Nemesis got in touch with her humanity slowly, yet while reading her point of view she never came off as robotic and uninteresting. Relationships and bonds between characters invoked emotions in me that I don’t always feel while reading a book that is packed with this much action. This was a thrilling novel to read. I will definitely be picking up the sequel.