Having secured his position as the next Emperor, Tyrus and his diabolic Empress, Nemesis, set about strengthening his hold on the Grandiloquy. However, their first attempt is thwarted by Senator van Pasus, who is led by revenge. This disaster leads to the death of many of the Emperor’s supporters. Tyrus and Nemesis head to the Sacred City to find the Interdict, the galaxy’s religious leader who controls the vicars, gives strength of the Emperor, and can force the nobility to support the Emperor or be accused of blasphemy. But there are sinister forces at work, determined to be part of the power of the Domitrian family, that will not rest until Tyrus is a puppet ruler, or better yet, dead.
This sequel to The Diabolic is the space edition of a train wreck. Neither Tyrus nor Nemesis can catch a break, and it is enough to cause whiplash as the control of power sparks back and forth between the true Domitrian heir and the one who wants to be. The lack of communication leads to many events going awry, which can be frustrating, but their intimate moments add a sweetness to the tale. And the conclusion…. Let’s just say the next one better come soon.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
S. J. Kincaid