The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: So i bought a condo today… It’s my last final step into adulthood… or at least i hope so. Since I don’t plan on getting married or having kids, i think this is it. Save your judgement kids, i really don’t want to fight with you about that. HOWEVER i want to celebrate being a homeowner. So i took the day off, signed my life away, and then got hammered wiht my friends (virtually, because this is 2020 and those are my options). I’ve had champagne (naturally), a shot of tequila, and a fuck ton of wine.
It’s a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward—one where they don’t have to hide or scheme or kill. One where creatures like Nemesis will be given worth and recognition, where science and information can be shared with everyone and not just the elite.
But having power isn’t the same thing as keeping it, and change isn’t always welcome. The ruling class, the Grandiloquy, has held control over planets and systems for centuries—and they are plotting to stop this teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who is considered nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.
Nemesis will protect Tyrus at any cost. He is the love of her life, and they are partners in this new beginning. But she cannot protect him by being the killing machine she once was. She will have to prove the humanity that she’s found inside herself to the whole Empire—or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne. But if proving her humanity means that she and Tyrus must do inhuman things, is the fight worth the cost of winning it?
Drunk Overview: This is the sequel to The Diabolic and I listened to it on audio. That was the only way i would continue with this series. So, the guy who’s the heir who pretended to be insane fell in love with a genetically modified body double, Nemesis. Then decided to out her so cool. These are the reprocusions (I can’t spell sober and thats how that came out drunk sofight me).
Spoiler-free Thoughts: It was… fine. Not fab but fine. and it came up on the library. I wanted this to be better than it was and it wasnt and now i’m upset that i have another book to finish out the story. I want to know how it ends but not how we get there if you know what i mean….
Characters: I finished this less than a month ago and I remember one thing and one thing only. These dumb fuckers don’t know how to lead. They literally will do anything for each other… i only love that when they’re not responsible for an entire empire. No way should a leader of the free world’s choices be dependent upon the status of their, and let me be completely condescending here, their *one true love* GAG ME PLEASE. That’s it. That’s all I remember of the characters.
Plot: Yo, this was wild aaaaahahahah. It made no sense at all. At one point, it became so glaringly obvious what was going to happen, i turned to Ginny, told her what was going to happen and then HALF A BOOK LATER it happened. There’s no reason I should be able to predict to the letter what happens in a book like this. If I can it’s too formulaic.
Writing Style: Was there one?
World Building: So, this is scifi right? There’s the whole bit about time slowing down when you get to black holes. That’s a fact and I get it. What I don’t get is why the literal god sits just outside one and how we’re only hearing about it now. What else is going to be thrown into the story to make it work in book 3? Only the gods can know.
What to pair it with: What is the most predictable drink you’ve ever had that also doesn’t taste good. Bud Light? lets go with that.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,