by S. J. Kincaid
Diabolics are bred to be ruthless killing machines, fiercely loyal and bonded to the person they serve to protect. In the Living Cosmos, they are not considered human. Nemesis is a Diabolic bought by the Impyrean family to protect their only daughter, Sidonia. Nemesis’ sole purpose in life is to protect Sidonia, no matter the cost. When Diabolics are banned, the Impyreans fake Nemesis’ death so she can continue to protect Sidonia.
When Senator von Impyrean angers the Emperor for his scientific thought, the Senator is not punished directly. Rather, his only daughter is summoned to the Imperial Court of Chrysanthemum as a political hostage. In order to protect Sidonia, Nemesis goes in her place, undergoing physical alterations to hide her true nature. But can a Diabolic, unfeeling, cold and calculating, and devoid of human emotion, fit in at the Emperor’s court? Sidonia’s very life depends on it.
The Diabolic is full of intrigue, murder plots, and a cast of great characters crafted by S.J. Kincaid. Among these are a brutal Emperor who is trying to quell a scientific rebellion among the Excess, Tyrus, heir to the throne and a lunatic, and of course, Nemesis herself, who must fool the Imperial Court into thinking that she is Sidonia. Who can Nemesis trust in a world where every man is out for himself? A very original retelling of The Prince and the Pauper, The Diabolic is set in a post-earth world, where space reigns supreme and power-games abound at the Imperial Court. Fans of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will enjoy this fast-paced story that will have readers holding their breath.