Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.

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Title: The Diminished
Author: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

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.divider_line (1)
Why am I excited?

The premise of this book just sounds extremely intriguing! Everyone has a twin?! I can’t imagine having your life tethered to another person like that, knowing that your fate is tied to theirs. I’m excited to see how this one plays out and if there is a way to stop people from becoming “diminished” and sentenced to death by association with their twin. It also has a lot of political intrigue and apparently a secret that could bring down an empire! Who can say no to that?!

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