Three years ago, Tyrus Domitrian shocked the galaxy by killing the woman he swore to love forever. The woman for whom he upended the Empire. The woman with whom he wanted to build a new and brighter future.
Now, the once-idealistic heir apparent has become the cruel Emperor Tyrus, wielding his authority with an iron fist, capable of destroying planets with a single word, controlling all technology with a simple thought. He has bent the Grandiloquy to their knees, and none has the power to stand against him.
But there is a muttering among the Excess. They say that Nemesis is not truly gone. They whisper of her shadow spotted in distant star systems. They say that Nemesis lives. That she will rise, and rally the people to topple the man who was once her truest love—and is now her fiercest enemy.
I waited almost three long years after finishing the second book in this series, The Empress, which nearly destroyed me. To say I was thrilled upon receiving an ARC of The Nemesis doesn’t even begin to touch my level of excitement.
I’m a voracious reader, and it’s rare I’m surprised by plot twists, but this series is full of them. Surprises that ripped my heart out, made me want to throw the book across the room, and even kill the characters at some points. For me, that’s the sign of a crafty, clever writer, and a big reason why Diabolic will always be one of my favorite YA sci-fi series.
Nemesis’s character arc has been fascinating to watch as she learns to believe she’s more than just a killer created in a lab. Her strong bond with Anguish, a fellow Diabolic, is one of my favorite aspects of this story. As much as I love her, Tyrus has always been the draw for me. No matter your intelligence, he’ll always be ten steps ahead of you and can out-strategize anyone. He’s delightfully wicked in this final novel and has an abundance of thought-provoking ideas in that head of his. Both he and Nemesis are pushed to their breaking points, so be prepared for some nail-biting moments.
It takes a few chapters to find its stride, but the author delivers an intricately plotted, thrilling story loaded with political maneuvering – and a perfect ending in my opinion. This is a series I’ll absolutely go back and read again.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.