miércoles, 14 de junio de 2017

Adelanto de The Empress (Diabólica #2) de S.J. Kincaid

Hace unos días Entertainment Weekly reveló la portada de la segunda parte de Diabólica, el nuevo libro de la autora S.J. Kincaid, junto con una parte del primer capítulo, que más abajo les adjunto para que puedan leer, igual si no leyeron Diabólica no se los recomiendo porque SPOILERS.
Si leyeron mi reseña (Hola) sabrán que disfrute mucho de esta historia, amé la tensión y adrenalina que viven los protagonistas página tras página y me la devoré en horas, pero también sabrán que no me simpatizo mucho el final. Creo que este iba de la mano con la trama y con los personajes, así que por ese lado esta bien, pero me dejo un saber MUY amargo, el fin no siempre justifica los medios, en especial cuando te estas convirtiendo en aquello que odias, pero al saber que iba a haber un segundo libro me dio esperanzas, quizá en esta nueva entrega podamos ver mejor el desarrollo de Nemesis y Tyrus como gobernantes y ver si están dispuestos a cambiar de verdad.
El libro en inglés saldrá a la venta en Estados Unidos en Octubre de este año, así que sera cuestión de esperar un poco para verlo en Argentina.
¿Tienen ganas de leerlo?


Mmmm, no sé qué pensar de esta portada. No me disgusta pero tampoco me gusta, creo que esta muy lejos de la portada de Diabólica y en cuanto a sagas, me gusta que las portadas se parezcan y estas dos... =/ habrá que esperar a ver si la editorial mantiene la original o no.

Ahora si, les comparto el primer capítulo, esta en inglés, y vuelvo a repetir que si no leyeron el primer libro, ¡no lo lean!

"Someone had poisoned me. I knew it with a single sip.
That someone was about to die.
I glanced around the crowded Presence Chamber, hoping to spot the doomed idiot who thought to poison a Diabolic. This was hardly the first attempt on my life in the harried days since Tyrus’s Coronation. There’d been the young Grande Austerlitz, who tried to stab me in a surprise attack. I’d been bemused enough to tolerate his clumsy slashes for a few moments.
It seemed wise to be diplomatic, so I gave him a chance. “Stop this at once,” I told him, dodging his next slash, his next.
He just bared his teeth and dove at me. I side-stepped him and hooked his ankle in mine to flip his legs out from under him. He screamed out as he tried to launch himself back to his feet—so I delivered a kick to his head that broke his skull open.
Days passed before the next attempt. This one had been a fanatical junior Vicar. She gave away her intentions with the shout of, “Abomination!” just before she tried to pull me into the airlock with her.
I tore from her grip and batted her away—knocking her into the airlock shaft. The blast doors sealed closed behind her – clearly some automated timer she’d set up in advance – and I met her eyes in the split second before the door to space popped open behind her and vented her into the darkness.
When prisoners were vented to space for execution, the onlookers were supposed to turn their backs and look away. It was a gesture of deliberate disrespect. The condemned were so unworthy, even their deaths wouldn’t be watched.
For this bold woman who’d so daringly attacked me, I felt a strange desire to watch her float away. It was the least I could do for one of such daring. There were a great many Grandiloquy who loathed me, a great many Helionics who scorned me with every righteous fiber of their being, but few were bold enough to act upon it.
Helionics viewed creatures like me as subhumans. The ‘dan’ in our names meant we were beneath them in status, yet now their new Emperor meant to wed me. They would have to kneel to a creature. A Diabolic.
The assassination attempts weren’t a surprise to me; the infrequency of the attempts was. A mere three attempts on my life in ten days? It was actually somewhat disappointing.
I welcomed the familiarity of feeling in danger. It tightened my focus, made my heart pick up a beat. My gaze swept the crowd as I drew the goblet to my lips, because surely my would-be assassin was fool enough to watch me drink this poison.
Yet I realized in moments that too many eyes were fixed upon me to guess which pair might belong to my would-be assassin. I should have realized it at once. After all, everywhere I went now, I was watched, I was scrutinized, I invited discussion and opinion.
“Do they ever tire of staring?” I’d wondered the first night after the Coronation, when I’d noticed the unnatural degree of scrutiny.
“This is just life as a Domitrian,” Tyrus told me.
So my assassin… There were too many candidates. The crowd for the Day of Pardon was simply too thick, and there was no guessing who’d meant to end my life. Too many of these people watching me probably wanted to do it.
Then, a familiar pair of pale eyes met mine, and Tyrus inclined his head towards the exit, telling me silently that we needed to part ways with this company for the ceremony.
I dipped my head in acknowledgment. We had to go to the Great Heliosphere. The Day of Pardon was a great Imperial holiday, but it was also one of the few aimed at pleasing the Excess who lived on planets rather than the ruling Grandiloquy in space.
On this day, Tyrus would enjoy the Emperor’s privilege of commuting the prison sentences of several Excess who’d converted to the Helionic faith. I aimed towards the exit, knowing Tyrus would meet me there, then my steps stilled as I passed a cluster of revelers gathered before Tyrus’s cousin and her husband.
I always took note of those who flocked to the Successor Primus, Devineé, since she was heir to Tyrus’s throne, and in my eyes, the greatest threat he faced. I’d damaged her mind beyond healing, so she couldn’t plot on her own behalf, but others could use her as a puppet. Had it been up to me, she’d be dead already.
And then…
Then the realization crawled into my mind then: there was a weapon of murder in my hand that could not be blamed on me or traced back to me.
I made up my mind. I walked over to my future sister-in-law. My shadow slid over her, and her foggy gaze raised to mine vacantly.
“Hello, your eminence. Are you enjoying the festivities?” I said pleasantly, dipping down beside her on the recliner.
Devineé blinked at me dully, unable to comprehend me. I set down my goblet seemingly off-handedly, just beside hers. I made a show of unwinding my elaborate twist of currently-chestnut brown hair, then arranging it anew (unnecessary with the hair stilts that arranged my locks in any style, but many women fussed over hair anyway)so I could point to that.
“Well, it was a fine conversation,” I said to Devineé. “I bid you good evening.”
Then I plucked up her goblet, leaving mine behind. And so quickly, so easily, it was done. I headed out to meet Tyrus for the ceremony, hoping by the time it concluded, we’d hear news of it… Confirmation of the death of his deadliest foe."

2 comentarios :

  1. Hola Male!
    Hace un tiempo vi una reseña que ponía muy bien a Diabólica y desde entonces tengo ganas de leerlo.
    No leí el adelanto, porque no soy de spoilearme, pero a mí la portada de Diabólica mucho no me gustaba (a menos que luego de leerlo tenga algún sentido, espero que sí) y en cambio, la de The Empress me gustó un poquito más. Todo mal, no? jajaj
    Gracias por compartir el adelanto, ya que te gustó tanto Diabólica tengo otro motivo para leerlo.
    Besos!

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  2. Hola!
    En mi caso, cuando llego a mis manos Diabólica no tenia muchas expectativas y no esperaba gran cosa. Creo que eso jugó a mi favor y hizo que el libro me encantase tanto.
    Aunque debo confesar que hay algunos pequeños detalles que no me terminaron de convencer. Espero que en su segunda parte se resuelvan.
    Me quedo por aquí para seguir leyéndoos :D

    Un saludo.

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