The Diminished

The Diminished

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.

The singleborn

A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him.

The diminished

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace.

As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.

Title:The Diminished
ISBN:9781335016416
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About Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson grew up with her nose in a book outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After completing her M.F.A., she moved to South Korea, where she taught English and started writing her debut novel. THE DIMINISHED will be published by HarlequinTEEN in April 2018, followed by its sequel in 2019.


    The Diminished Reviews

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    3 stars for this new YA fantasy, the first half of a duology. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:A shattered moon, broken into two halves, is featured on the cover of The Diminished, Kaitlyn Sa...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    This novel was something unique; the plot idea is unlike anything I've read before and the world building was a class act. The details here, large and small, were truly breathtaking and I commend the ...

  • Carrie

    The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is the first book in what seems to be an untitled as yet young adult fantasy duology. The story takes place in a world known as the Alskad Empire where the vas...

  • Adrienne Young

    This book has everything YA fantasy readers love. Rich world, interesting characters, and epic adventure. The book is incredibly diverse in its representation and the tension is constant. Definitely r...

  • Ashlee » Library In The Country

    4 stars! "I came up feared and hated for a thing I had no control over in a world divided." I thoroughly enjoyed The Diminished and found it to be a solid debut novel that had me on the edge of my s...

  • Cindy ?? Savage Queen ?

    3/10/18Me coming back to this book and wondering why it only has 40ish reviews when it came out in January...but then realizing the release was actually pushed back until April lol. Now it all makes s...

  • Scrill

    Vi has lived her whole life a diminished since her twin died so young. Her whole life she has spent tampering down her temper and envying all the twins, not because of the privileges they have, but fo...

  • katwiththehat

    Thank you so much to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this lovely debut by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson. The world-building in this in debut fantasy novel is unique and complex...

  • A S Moser

    Showing my cards up front: I've read this book several times as a beta reader. But if you like, you may check my other reviews to see that I very rarely leave comments, and very rarely leave 5* review...

  • Megan O'Russell

    I really enjoyed the inclusive nature of this story. Too often when authors try and integrate LGBTQ, it becomes the whole story. The Diminished allows characters to be who they are and allows women to...