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The Diminished

(Alskad Empire Chronicles #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  571 ratings  ·  159 reviews
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
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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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 Sage Patterson’s debut YA fantasy novel. It’s an apt symbol for the world created in this novel: the vast majority of people are born as twins, with a mystical emotional tie between them. The chapters alternate between the points of view of two sixteen year old characters at opposite end of society: d
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 author for shining a light on so many overlooked themes, like platonic relationships and normalizing non-traditional families. The representation was really well done, and although the story was quite slow for awhile, it picked up after the first half and I zoomed right through. The cover is simply ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
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 vast majority of births result in twins with the very rare singleborn birth.

Bo Trousillion was a singleborn which has put him in the running to take over the thrown one day. Any singleborn would be eligible to be chosen but since the current queen is Bo’s great-aunt he knows he will be the chosen one a
Adrienne Young
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 recommend!
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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. Vi and Bo grow up in very different situations on a world where nearly all births are now twins. Even the MOON has split in half with its own twin staring down at you from the sky. Bo is celebrated as a singleton birth and a future king. Vi, whose twin died, is a Diminished, cast out and forced in ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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 for the wholeness they have. Bo is a singleborn and soon to be named heir to the throne of Asklad. Their lives somehow intertwine despite the fact that Vi is headed to a life of servitude and Bo a life of luxury.

The Story
This story wasn’t much like anything I read, however, that doesn’t mean it was th
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 seat by the final chapters!

The Diminished follows two main characters, Vi Abernathy and Bo Trousillion. Vi is one of the diminished, having lost her twin at a young age and raised in the temple amongst other diminished and orphans. Bo, on the other hand, is single-born, destined to be named h
A S Moser
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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* reviews. I could've given this 4*, said nothing, and the author would've been pleased.

But this isn't a 4* book, for several reasons.

The world building is phenomenal, a riff on colonialism that combines and recreates in interesting ways (the Alskad empire is resonant of the Austrian empire circa 1850, the
Megan O'Russell
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, fiction
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 succeed in traditionally male roles without making a fuss.
The mix of steampunk and fantasy got a bit convoluted at times, but mostly because I just wanted more. Are there other solar vehicles besides the steamships? Do some born differently really have magical powers? The mixture of genres didn't p
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One word to describe this book would be..........  Perfection!

This is a debut novel that shines the light on platonic, sibling relationships, which is rare to find in YA. The Diminished is a very inclusive story, and the author doesn't turn the entire story to revolve around that; instead, she integrates it into her storyline pristinely.


The Alskad empire might be an imaginative world, but it lowkey takes jabs on the society that we live in today.  We get those who are privileged, just because th
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in a giveaway and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

This is a really cool and interesting book. I love the fact that unlike a lot of fantasy novels, we aren't given a whole lot of backstory and history. Instead, we are expected to be fully immersed in the world, the story, and the types of challenges that these characters face on a day to day basis. But it really worked. I thought that it was a little long but only because this entir
Megan Hawley
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just LOVED this book! The characters and plot are well developed and I just couldn't put this book down! I read this book in less than a day! In my opinion, this is going to be one of the best books of the year! Kaitlyn Sage Patterson, well done! I'm a fan now!
Lara Lillibridge
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow- I love this book so much! I was completely sucked in to the story. In a world populated by twins, Vi is "diminished" meaning the sole surviving twin of her pair, and the world waits for her to succumb to grief or murderous rage. Twins who have lost their other half make up the most hated and feared members of society. Stories of outcasts and people on the fringes are always my favorites, so this was right up my alley.

I loved how casually same-sex relationships were treated, like it was an
Kelly deVos
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE DIMINISHED is an incredibly rich, imaginative fantasy debut that I loved. It's set in a world where almost everyone has a twin. Those born alone, the Singleborn, lead of life of exceptional privilege. Those whose twins have died are the Diminished – the permanent servant class of the Alskad Empire. The story follow Bo, a Singleborn heir to the throne struggling to accept his destiny, and Vi, a Diminished, desperately trying to escape her fate. From adventure on the high seas to romance and k ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: electric-18s
I don't read a lot of high fantasy but DAMN. The unique premise of this one sucked me right in, and the wonderfully rendered POV characters kept me reading. There truly is something here for everyone -- high stakes action, jaw-droppingly beautiful world building, hints of (queer and hetero) romance, gorgeous writing, and deep emotional beats and character development. And also -- OMG, you guys -- the food porn. I want to eat everything in this book. Seriously, hand me a knife and fork. I'll just ...more
Arielle Walker
Hovering somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.
Nannette Demmler
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by publisher for an honest review.

I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. Some of the plot is somewhat predictable, but overall the world building and the characters kept me coming back for more.

The story is told through alternating chapters between Bo and Vi. I enjoyed both of their stories, although I found Bo to be a little bit whiney and frustrating at times. They both have grown up under very different circumstances, but they have some similarities. They are both s
Sara (sarabara081)
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars!

The concept of this book was one that really drew me in. Here we have a world where twins are the norm and singleborn are the rare occurrence. The twin dynamic is quite fascinating. They play a huge role in each other’s lives and build such a strong connection to each other. When one dies, it completely devastates the remaining twin, eventually leading them to succumb to a violent grief. They are know as the diminished. The story is
Samantha Clark
Kaitlyn Sage Patterson has built a rich and troubled world in THE DIMINISHED that's as real and troubling as our own. The story is told in the dual POV of Vi and Bo, who are from very different parts of the same world: Vi is a servant trying to survive her harsh reality; Bo is the heir to the throne trying to become the best ruler he can. Both live without twins in a world where twins are the norm. Bo is a treasured singleborn, but Vi's twin died very young, making her a "Diminished." And it's t ...more
Taylor Parker
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5/5 Stars

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

Bo and Vi are two people forced to face the world alone. Bo is the heir to the Alskad throne, Singleborn, and blessed by the gods as morally whole and able to rule the empire. Vi is Diminished, doomed. Her twin died in infancy and she has waited for the day that grief steals her mind and causes her to do unspeakable things. When Vi finally breaks, the Shriven, serva
Tracy Banghart
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. The world building is so rich and thoughtfully done, and the characters captured my heart. Sweet, sweet Bo and scrappy Vi. I JUST WANT TO HUG THEM. I can't wait to read the sequel! If you find the first couple of chapters slow, stick with it! The world building is great in those early chapters, but the action really takes off around chapter 5. Final thought: Can I please just travel by sunship from now on?
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In the world of The Diminished, everyone is born with a twin, except those who are singleborn who are destined to rule. If a twin dies, the remaining twin becomes ‘diminished’ – cursed to go insane, they are shunned by society. This is the story of a young singleborn man named Bo and a dimi
Rachel Shannon
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! This is the first book I've read in a hot minute. I didn't put this book down unless I was in class. All of my free time went to reading this book. It was absolutely amazing! It kept me on my toes the whole time! The world in this book is amazing! The characters are also amazing! absolutely wonderful! I really hope and wish this book will become a series! Or at least have a part two! (spoiler) I love Vi and Quill! I hope if there is a second book their romance grows! They are a ...more
Kimmery Martin
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Diminished is compulsively readable. It’s the story of Vi and Bo, both born into a post-cataclysmic, earth-like world where nearly everyone has a twin. The interconnectedness of twins is such that if one dies, the other almost always grieves to death within a short period of time; most people cannot survive the loss of their other half. I say ‘most people’ because in the rare case that a bereaved twin doesn’t simply pine away, they eventually become unstable. Prone to gruesome and unpredicta ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
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Candy Borjas
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I completely adored this book.

So we read about one of the main characters by the name of Vi. Vi is one of the diminished and that means that she was born with a twin who died and unlike the majority that die after their twin's death, she survives. Having been abandoned for that fact at a temple, she spends her days with her close friend until they move away. Being diminished, she is not treated fairly and is constantly looked down due to the fact that the diminished are expected to fall into ra
Sydney ✨
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So I got an ARC of this from my local library and I was thoroughly impressed. I didn't really know what to expect walking into it but it offered such a different story than what I have been reading lately.
I like that it is told in the dual perspective of Bo and Vi. I loved both of them for so many reasons. I also LOVE the male/male romance in here, 10/10 support shipped that. I also really loved the whole motley crews camaraderie. They were such a cool cast to have along on this wild adventure.
Melanie Mcghee
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, I was hooked. Entering this world of mystery, intrigue, love and corruption was deeply satisfying. I fell in love with Vi and Bo -- can't wait to read of their adventures in book 2! AND, how refreshing it is to read a book where one of the main characters is gay and it's just no big deal.
Trinity Dj
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. I received the ARC for it, but i can't wait to own the final copy :>

This would've been a quick read.... But i kept stopping because of all the emotional scenes. I think I cried so many times. It took me a whole week just to finish the last 4 pages ( i was dreading the ending).
Totally suggest reading
Dana Mele
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Argh I just wrote a super long review and it didn't save and now I'm in a bad mood. Full review to come later, but this is gorgeously written book with plenty of action, romance, and suspense set in a vibrant world. Add to your list right now and keep a steady eye on the release date.
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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.

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