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In the heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Diabolic series, the Empire teeters on the edge of destruction as rumors spread that Nemesis is still alive. 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 f In the heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Diabolic series, the Empire teeters on the edge of destruction as rumors spread that Nemesis is still alive. 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.


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In the heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Diabolic series, the Empire teeters on the edge of destruction as rumors spread that Nemesis is still alive. 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 f In the heart-pounding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Diabolic series, the Empire teeters on the edge of destruction as rumors spread that Nemesis is still alive. 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.

30 review for The Nemesis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I've been waiting for this beautiful beast for almost three years and I'm so glad I got an ARC of it because I was slowly going mad. Sort of like Tyrus! If you've read the last book, then you know there is the hugest of cliffhangers ever, and if you haven't, well, just know that there is! Nemesis was just as awesome as she was in the last two books, and I love how fiercely she loves. The way she loved Donia as a friend, the way she loves Anguish like a brother, the way she loves Tyrus as her belo I've been waiting for this beautiful beast for almost three years and I'm so glad I got an ARC of it because I was slowly going mad. Sort of like Tyrus! If you've read the last book, then you know there is the hugest of cliffhangers ever, and if you haven't, well, just know that there is! Nemesis was just as awesome as she was in the last two books, and I love how fiercely she loves. The way she loved Donia as a friend, the way she loves Anguish like a brother, the way she loves Tyrus as her beloved! I want her as a best friend! And Tyrus! My beautiful boy! Every time I envision you, I think of Eddie Redmayne and I'm going to say that's how you look! You are oh so villainous and oh so mine! You were perfect in this one! There were twists and there were so much wonderfully written words. The only thing I wish we'd had was alternating POV chapters with Tyrus, but I'll let that slide. I don't want to give away too much but the ending was perfect!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carina Rosas

    I WANT IT NOW!!!! NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW I WANT IT NOW!!!! NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    The first book I thought was fabulous and I would have been happy if it was left alone, BUT NOOO. a second book that could crush my heart and soul had to come along. I felt exactly like like Nemesis did at the end of the second book, devoid of emotion, yet with a crushed heart. When I was reading the beginning of the second book I knew it was to perfect to last, so of course that happened. I know that this book will ruin me but it will be amazing at the same time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    3/24/2020 At last a release date! The new cover is alright too lol --- The cover is nice! I might re-start the series once we get a confirmation on the release date for this one. - - - So the audiobook edition says February 2020, like wtf that's so far! I put the second book on pause because I read some reviews that said it had a heartbreaking ending and I was not ready to have to wait a year to find out the ending. Now I am thankful I did because I cannot imagine waiting as long as some people hav 3/24/2020 At last a release date! The new cover is alright too lol --- The cover is nice! I might re-start the series once we get a confirmation on the release date for this one. - - - So the audiobook edition says February 2020, like wtf that's so far! I put the second book on pause because I read some reviews that said it had a heartbreaking ending and I was not ready to have to wait a year to find out the ending. Now I am thankful I did because I cannot imagine waiting as long as some people have been.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra G.

    'always' 5 stars To imagine how I feel right now, right after finishing the book, insert every possible gif of sobbing, devastated people. And a few smiling like maniacs. I was terrified of this book. Full of panic about starting it. And finishing it. Because what if it was awful? And heart-breaking? And devastating? How would I recover from that?!? And it was all that. It was also beautiful. And glorious. And it will always be one of my favorite series'. I cried. At one point my dog came to ch 'always' 5 stars To imagine how I feel right now, right after finishing the book, insert every possible gif of sobbing, devastated people. And a few smiling like maniacs. I was terrified of this book. Full of panic about starting it. And finishing it. Because what if it was awful? And heart-breaking? And devastating? How would I recover from that?!? And it was all that. It was also beautiful. And glorious. And it will always be one of my favorite series'. I cried. At one point my dog came to check on me because I was crying so hard. I also laughed and smiled and gasped in disbelief. Seriously, it was a roller coaster of emotions. And I would do it all over again. I can't even tell you what happens in this book because it's too much. But I will tell you that the ending is amazing. Bitter-sweet and full of hope. If we ever get an additional epilogue about Nemesis and Tyrus it'll be one of the best things that will ever happen to me. I have loved, loved this series. It has one of the most powerful and trilling romances that I've ever read. And the story was full of surprises and unbelievable moments. You absolutely know that a series was perfect when you're equally sad and happy to see it end. would definitely, forever recommend

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yusra ✨

    this is BEAUTIFUL. best cover in the series. and I'd be lying if I say I remember anything from book 1 or 2 but I'm itching to read it still!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    ok, someone please explain to me why we haven't gotten any info on this book because I NEED THIS SERIES TO WRAP UP I can't live without this type of closure it's supposedly coming out later this year but that's obviously not happening!!! ahhh!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katerina *Grrrumpy Kat* Kondrenko

    DNF at 7% Please, someone, write a spoiler-ish review 'cause I can't read it anymore. Idk what happened in between i-need-this-book-right-now and i-refuse-to-deal-with-it, but here I am, ditching the final I've been waiting for a year. Of course, I'm a bit curious about the ending, but I already know that Kincaid played you-got-him-wrong-he's-actually-good card and couldn't find anyone else to betray the MC over and over and over but Neveni, soooo not sure what might surprise me in the end. S DNF at 7% Please, someone, write a spoiler-ish review 'cause I can't read it anymore. Idk what happened in between i-need-this-book-right-now and i-refuse-to-deal-with-it, but here I am, ditching the final I've been waiting for a year. Of course, I'm a bit curious about the ending, but I already know that Kincaid played you-got-him-wrong-he's-actually-good card and couldn't find anyone else to betray the MC over and over and over but Neveni, soooo not sure what might surprise me in the end. Space stuff and the book mythology though, ugh, I wanted to learn more, but Nemesis's angst is all over the place... and the writing has changed. It's a 1 start for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    "We'd vowed to make this galaxy better. He'd had such beautiful dreams. How to salvage a dream, when the dreamer himself had been destroyed?" I am speechless. This book made me legit cry 😭 I need time--ya'll are not ready for this devastation. "What good was a fight without something to defend? Even Diabolics needed love to power our hate." The Nemesis took a long time to reach us, but by the gods was it worth the wait. The Diabolic was a good, fun read. It had its moments of devastation, but overall "We'd vowed to make this galaxy better. He'd had such beautiful dreams. How to salvage a dream, when the dreamer himself had been destroyed?" I am speechless. This book made me legit cry 😭 I need time--ya'll are not ready for this devastation. "What good was a fight without something to defend? Even Diabolics needed love to power our hate." The Nemesis took a long time to reach us, but by the gods was it worth the wait. The Diabolic was a good, fun read. It had its moments of devastation, but overall you got the feeling that everything would somehow work itself out. In Empress you soon realized that happiness was not something built to last, as S J Kincaid basically ripped our hearts out. The Nemesis? uuuuf. Empress upped the stakes and Nemesis delivered the punch. All the characters have layers upon layers of complicated histories--Neveni for one; I wanted to literally strangle her on various occasions. She went from a sweet girl/friend, to basically the most hunted terrorist in the galaxy. Talk about a 180! I just couldn't understand why Nemesis kept forgiving her for everything she did, but then that is the burden of a Diabolic, to love fiercely even when they shouldn't and to protect those they love even from themselves. I wouldn't have forgiven her, so Nemesis is a much better person than me. I loved that Anguish is now part of the team! He is a lot of times the voice of reason, and the one who SEES things for what they are. Anguish and Nemesis' brother/sister relationship was just what was needed in this very dark novel. They were a breath of fresh air, and gave each of them someone outside of a romantic relationship to hold on to. "For their young Emperor had turned into a terror, a creature of unpredictable moods and merciless whims." TYRUS--I feel like anything said about Tyrus would be spoilery; let's just say he is one of the most interesting characters in the series and he delivers 1000x times in this novel. I do so hate to place a beloved character in the role of a villain, but it is the complicated kind of hate where I love where Kincaid took the story but it hurts to see them in that position. Oh and Nemesis-I loved that in this book is where we get I think the truest face of Nemesis, not a full Diabolic, not a human, but a blend of both. Which, duh, the title of the novel but it is so true. Nemesis has been struggling with her identity from the first time she had to become Donia, and I think she finally found the balance needed to live her best life. We get to see her suffer a lot, because of Tyrus, a bit because of Anguish. We also get to see her struggle with her love for Donia and how complicated it is since she is the whole reason Nemesis even begun to think she could be more. I would have loved to see a short novella or something of how the Empire looks thousands of years later. What changes Nemesis and co brought to the galaxy. The novel ends on a perfect note, so it is just curiosity. I am so looking forward to whatever S. J. Kincaid writes next!! I love all her books, including her first series Insignia. She is a master storyteller. She writes the first book in a way that makes the reader fall in love with the world and characters, getting you comfortable, only to pull the rug from under you and deliver sequels which are wonderful and layered and gut wrenching but ultimately smart and human 🖤 (view spoiler)[ A few things that I thought were going to be addressed: the question at the end of Diabolic--did Tyrus had something to do with Donia's death? Like I don't think he did, but I thought Nemesis was going to flat out ask him the question while under the truth serum at the end. That would have been satisfying. It might be a line of questioning that the author wanted to drop though, I don't know. (hide spoiler)] PS; I was provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to the publisher!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Klein

    Ok....... I'm severely irritated now! The release date was pushed back again!!!! Now it says that the release date is 8/25/20. I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG!!!!!!! I'm dieing here!!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maggie [storme reads a lot]

    A cover 😭❤️✨💕

  12. 4 out of 5

    CF Dracarys

    Wow, I LOVED this book and this series. It had a perfect conclusion in my opinion. It probably would've been even better had I reread the first books because I'm sure some of the sentiment was lost for some of the characters I had forgotten about. These books are worth the read, especially now that they're all out. If this series is in your TBR, do yourself a favor and move it to the top!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chelsies Reading Escape

    Why isnt there more information about this????

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    What. A. ROLLER COASTER. Being the third and final book in a trilogy, I went in with certain expectations: action, death, more action, love, overthrow evil government, happily ever after. And I got most of that, but not in the way I expected. This book began with a time jump that saw Nemesis and Tyrus separated as enemies. Now typically when prep-for-action sequences happen I tend to get quite impatient because I just want the main characters to be back in the same room. In this book however, I f What. A. ROLLER COASTER. Being the third and final book in a trilogy, I went in with certain expectations: action, death, more action, love, overthrow evil government, happily ever after. And I got most of that, but not in the way I expected. This book began with a time jump that saw Nemesis and Tyrus separated as enemies. Now typically when prep-for-action sequences happen I tend to get quite impatient because I just want the main characters to be back in the same room. In this book however, I felt that Kincaid did a wonderful job of keeping the plot moving swiftly and kept the main couple *just* close enough to maintain their relationship (read: animosity). Along with fast paced battle scenes and ridiculous upper class displays of frivolity, this book was packed with so much feeling. Nemesis, once an unfeeling creature, experiences such a deep range of emotions, and Kincaid brings us along with Nemesis as she experiences doubt, disgust, hatred, hope, love, and terror toward and for the man she loves. Maybe it was just me (I'm a weeper), but I found Nemesis' emotional struggle throughout the novel particularly strong. In moments when it felt like the main relationship was unbalanced and one character was making decisions for the other, for the sake of the other without consulting, the characters actually addressed it. This was a surprisingly refreshing development in the Nemesis/ Tyrus relationship. Their love was flawed, and they knew it and tried to work within it without totally sacrificing their ultimate cause. Love was second, because it had to be. While some of the characters' schemes and plots got a little convoluted at times (plans on plans on plans on plans - and all of them are secret because communication is completely unnecessary when one is trying to overthrow the government apparently) this was a great conclusion to the Diabolic trilogy. It both thwarted my expectations, yet left me satisfied with the ending. And of course, I've been left wanting more. I'm looking forward to returning to this world in a reread. *Digital ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Series authors take note, this is how you end a series! I will obviously be keeping this one vague/short because series finale and all, but if you hadn't started because you've been let down by series in the past... yeah, this was one of my favorite series enders of... well, ever. So let me tell you all about what was awesome! ►Such high stakes! The whole series is full of high stakes You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Series authors take note, this is how you end a series! I will obviously be keeping this one vague/short because series finale and all, but if you hadn't started because you've been let down by series in the past... yeah, this was one of my favorite series enders of... well, ever. So let me tell you all about what was awesome! ►Such high stakes! The whole series is full of high stakes, and this book is no different. The fates of our main characters are always in question, but that too of the universe around them. Add to it, the author isn't exactly shy about killing characters, so no one is like, guaranteed safe here. ►Morally gray, my fave! You all know how much I love an "impossible decision" by now, yeah? Well, they are aplenty in this series, especially in this finale! ►The characters go through a lot of change and development and growth. Again, I have to be vague (series are so hard to review, right?) but the characters have all changed so much from when we first meet them. Add to it that even more minor characters are really well developed, so it makes the reader care and connect for so many characters! ►I had so, so many feels. My emotions were amped during this book. And, all over the place! Which, I think is a huge win for any reading experience. ►I was not, for one minute, bored. The pacing was spot-on for me, a great balance of action and character-driven plot points, I absolutely never wanted to put the book down. At the same time, I loved it so much that I didn't want the series to end, and frankly that is the best way for a series to end! Bottom Line: Honestly, the best of the series right here. It was so engaging and exciting and full of intense emotions and equally intense character development.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aurora

    It’s coming out this year right? RIGHT?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annabelle ✨

    JULY 2019 YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME /cries/

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    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, 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 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 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Bound to Love YA)

    So...I'm getting the vibe this isn't actually coming out in 2018... Any updates on my favorite, highly dysfunctional Empress and Emperor?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN THIS IS COMING OUT?!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dinjolina

    Well that was... not good. Review to come, when I gather my notes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Due to the long three year wait, I went into this finale with the highest of expectations. Kincaid did not disappoint. The was plenty of action and countless twists and turns. I've had such a love/hate relationship with Tyrus, and he lived up to his antihero, but you love him regardless, persona. I can't wait for whatever Kincaid delivers next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Three years ago, Tyrus Domitrian shocked the universe 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 galaxies with a single word, controlling all technology with a simple thought. He has bent the Grandiolquy to their knees, and none have the power to s Three years ago, Tyrus Domitrian shocked the universe 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 galaxies with a single word, controlling all technology with a simple thought. He has bent the Grandiolquy to their knees, and none have the power to stand against him. But there is a muttering among the Excess. They say that Nemesis is not truly gone. They mutter of her shadow spotted in distant galaxies. They say that Nemesis lives. That she will rise, and rally the people to topple man who was once her truest love—and is now her fiercest enemy. Art by Vivien Gintner at https://evilienne.tumblr.com/ “I saw love on his face. It was real. A villain could love. He loved me. But love was no reason, no justification, no excuse.” What a roller coaster this series has been! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this one, especially after the second book in the trilogy broke my heart into a million pieces. The wait for this book was long, but worth it! This trilogy was inspired by I, Claudius and I think the author did a fantastic job weaving that inspiration into these books. I don't want to say anything else about the plot, or too much about Tyrus, or anyone's motivations, but I had hopes that my heart would be mended by this book. I'm not going to say whether it was or not, you'll just have to read the book. I will say that I was impressed, even though things got rather convoluted at times, and I'm not sure the lengths one particular character went to were necessary, but I enjoyed it anyway. My only real complaint is that one character, who is basically a terrorist never has to suffer consequences for some of the things she did. I would put this in the older teen category, as there is quite a bit of violence, and depravity in this trilogy. Think of the hedonistic Roman empire. If you like space opera, lots of political machinations, and are looking for a YA trilogy that has a more intricate plot, then you might like this. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    For being the finale, it might have been the weakest in the series. I enjoyed the first two books! But this one was... lackluster. It boiled down to: run here, experience betrayal, run here, experience betrayal, run here, experience betrayal, run here. Even though Nemesis had trials and struggles to overcome, my heart was never pounding with uncertainty. Each situation had a convenient resolution. Whether it was passing out and being saved by someone who just happened to appear on the scene, or b For being the finale, it might have been the weakest in the series. I enjoyed the first two books! But this one was... lackluster. It boiled down to: run here, experience betrayal, run here, experience betrayal, run here, experience betrayal, run here. Even though Nemesis had trials and struggles to overcome, my heart was never pounding with uncertainty. Each situation had a convenient resolution. Whether it was passing out and being saved by someone who just happened to appear on the scene, or by throwing around the "I'm a Diabolic, you can't kill me" excuse, Nemesis powered through everything. Blasted by a ship's laser? No problem. Burning alive? Easy. Inhaling deadly toxins? No worries. And, for goodness sake, why not just kill off Neveni? Each time she reappeared and Nemesis decided to fall in with her, wow, what a surprise, Neveni betrayed her. Again. And again. And again. And again. Wow. Who would guess. Nemesis, why are you surprised? Nemesis. Really. Again? I don't know. Compared to the other two, the finale just wasn't as good.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vivien Gintner

    I have a very simple rating system. If a book makes me cry ,than it deserves 5 stars. And I have cried like a baby. I feel like the ending was pretty rushed but I don’t really care. I loved the book. I love Tyrus and Nemesis . And which book is my favourite in the series ? Definitely Book 1.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I’ve been following this series since the beginning and absolutely loved this finale! It absolutely CRUSHED ME THOOOOO!!!! Like aaahhh! I’m glad there’s a third book but still... way to rip out my damn heart

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ariadne

    This whole trilogy is stunning. Plot twist after plot twist fools you into thinking you know what’s going to happen, but just as you’re resigned to a fate, a new one comes along. Worldbuilding, characters, plot - all marvelous. Don’t read if you don’t want to break your heart at least eight times. This trilogy made me feel the deepest hate, love, and sorrow.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Barry

    It’s hard to describe how absolutely terrified I was to read this book. I picked this series up on a whim, and it very quickly turned into one of my favorites. S.J. Kincaid managed to communicate so much longing and tension and heartbreak in Tyrus and Nemesis’s relationship, and they’ve become one of my favorite literary couples of all time. So I’m sure you can imagine my fear after the ending of The Empress. If the long wait was the price we had to pay to get this incredible book, then I’m thank It’s hard to describe how absolutely terrified I was to read this book. I picked this series up on a whim, and it very quickly turned into one of my favorites. S.J. Kincaid managed to communicate so much longing and tension and heartbreak in Tyrus and Nemesis’s relationship, and they’ve become one of my favorite literary couples of all time. So I’m sure you can imagine my fear after the ending of The Empress. If the long wait was the price we had to pay to get this incredible book, then I’m thankful for it. I don’t know why I ever doubted Kincaid; this was a beautiful conclusion to such an emotional series. I ugly cried a lot while reading The Nemesis, and at one point actually had to set it down for a moment to compose myself. This series reminds me a bit of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air in its gradual build in tension, incredible romance, and twisty plot. But where the final book in Holly’s trilogy fell through, Kincaid’s conclusion shined. The Nemesis was every bit as surprising and convoluted as the previous books in the series. There were really no wasted words in this story. Each reveal was carefully built up, but never obvious. The style of writing was action packed, but still managed to convey the intense emotions experienced by the characters, perhaps because it didn’t linger in overly purple prose. The content of the book itself is heavy as well. This story, while it heavily lingers on Tyrus and Nemesis, is at its heart about the kinds of injustice that can be perpetuated when all authority is invested in a single individual, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. The Nemesis examines the struggles of those who hope to overturn that system in favor of one that is more resistant to corruption and works more effectively to help its citizens. This is a topic that is already fairly impactful on its own, but becomes even more so when viewed through the eyes of Nemesis, Tyrus, Neveni, and Anguish – people that have been hurt by the system and forced to make impossible choices that place the good of the many over their own hopes and love. Which brings me to Tyrus and Nemesis. It’s incredibly difficult to discuss their relationship without revealing anything about this book, and I think that this is a book best experienced with no spoilers. So please, don’t open the following spoiler unless you’ve read the book. (view spoiler)[ I went into this book braced for Tyrus to become a tyrant that Nemesis struggles to depose. I was certain that Tyrus would be a megalomaniac, but that he would retain his love for Nemesis, so that she would be forced to kill the one she loves in order to save everyone else. Maybe others won’t be surprised that Tyrus orchestrated most of the events the occurred in The Nemesis, but because I was so fearful of the outcome I described above, I wanted to make sure I was ready for it when it inevitably happened. When Tyrus died, I cried. And when his plot was revealed to Nemesis I sobbed. I lived in a state of fear after his survival was revealed, and terrified hope for the remainder of the book. The slow progression of their relationship, and their final understanding that to truly love someone is to let them decide their fate for themselves, is such a pure message. At the end of the book, they’ve truly accepted each other for who they are, flaws and all, and I could not be any more in love with their relationship. (hide spoiler)] There’s a bittersweet sort of agony that comes with finishing a favorite series. I desperately want to know the ending, but reaching that point means that I can no longer experience new adventures with the characters that I love. I could not be any happier with how this final book unfolded. And while I will always want more of this series, it stands as a perfect whole as is.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kalyn

    I want this book so bad. Haven't been able to find a release date anywhere.

  30. 4 out of 5

    mith

    that cover's awful :(

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