A murderous empire that rules the galaxy uses gruesome atrocities to keep all colonies in line. The wealthiest families secure Diabolics, genetically engineered killers, to serve as ruthless bodyguards. Nemesis is the Diabolic that one galactic senator purchases to protect his daughter, Sidonia. The ruthless Emperor learns of the senator’s support of a rebellion and summons Sidonia to his court. Knowing that Sidonia would be used as a hostage and likely killed, Nemesis is disguised to appear at court as Sidonia. The Diabolic is supposed to be devoid of all emotion except for total love and devotion to the one they are sworn to protect. But Nemesis begins to feel emotions, raising questions about what it means to be human.
Power struggles, betrayals, punishments, scheming, murder and deception all play into the drama of the empire. The question of who to trust is ever present. This exciting science fiction thriller is excellent, but not for the squeamish. The emperor is as brutal as the Diabolics are efficient in their killing. S.J. Kincaid has begun another brilliant series to capture readers. Highly recommend.
eGalley review Publication date 11.1.16