Published on May 7th, 2018 | by Nature Humphries


Kaitlyn Sage Patterson with The Diminished – Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 5 pm

Young adult author reads and signs debut novel at Off Square Books May 8.

An Ember in the Ashes meets The Queen of the Tearling in this sweeping, imperial fantasy told through dual perspectives by debut YA author Kaitlyn Sage Patterson.

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.

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in Creative Writing before pursuing her MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis. She lives with her husband in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Nature Humphries is Editor-in-Chief of The Local Voice. Nature is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, but moved to Oxford in 2004 after spending time in the United States Navy. She has also worked in the restaurant industry for many years as a server and a bartender. Nature graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a degree in English and Modern Languages.

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