One of my most anticipated releases of 2018 is The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson. I've read early drafts of this novel and am so ridiculously excited to finally hold it in my hands.
That's why I'm thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for The Diminished today. What you see above is an aesthetic for Vi, one of the main characters. Vi is a brave, tenacious, fierce creature and I can't wait for you to meet her
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"Like the goddesses and gods, who are complete without a twin, a blessed few shall be singleborn. You shall know them as our chosen ones, for our divinity runs undiluted through their veins. Raise them up, and let the wisdom that is their birthright illuminate this world."
-from the book of Magritte, the educator
"When my earth was rent apart by the mothers and fathers who came before, I spilled my fiery fury upon my land, already so broken by the shards of the moon. Steward this second chance well. Use and care for the gifts of my earth, for you will find no mercy in my arms again."
-from the book of Dzallie, the warrior
In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone.
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.
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.
The Diminished will be published by Harlequin TEEN, expected April 10, 2018.
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