The Friday 56: The Diabolic

It’s Friday, so I’m hooking up with Freda’s Voice for The Friday 56 and Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings. Today, I’m starting The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid.


Everyone believed Diabolics were fearless, but in my earliest years, all I knew was fear. It preyed on me the very morning the Impyreans viewed me in the corrals.

The Friday 56

I’d now experienced weakness, and between hiding my strength or possessing genuine frailty, I vastly preferred to hide.


I love how fear is personified as a predator, when the Diabolic, herself, was built to be a predator. I’m guessing that the Impyreans are a family of some sort – probably the family that commissioned the creation of Nemesis, this particular Diabolic. The use of the word “corrals” suggests that the people of the galaxy equate Diabolics with livestock, penning them up and parading them in front of potential buyers, rather than treating them as sentient beings.

From the beginning to page 56, I’m wondering what circumstances led to Nemesis having to hide who she really is. What happened to her that she had the opportunity to experience weakness, and how much stronger than a “real” human is she? What are the consequences of not hiding her Diabolic strength?

Does the beginning and 56 of The Diabolic entice you? What’s on page 56 of your reading? 
Leave me a link to yours and I’ll check it out.


  1. Great choice this week! I’ve been super intrigued by this book since first seeing the cover, and I cannot WAAAAIT to get my hands on a copy! It just sounds so so good! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing the quotes and your thoughts with us!

    Here’s my Friday 56, if you’re interested in checking it out! No pressure or worries if you’re not, though! Happy book-ing to you in the near future, and happy Friday!

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