Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@verykaitlynsage @HarlequinTEEN]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

THE DIMINISHED (#1) by 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.

published April 10th by HarlequinTEEN

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I do love a book set in a created empire or universe, whether it's an allegory to a current or past real place or somewhere wholly original and imagined by the author. When you add in how almost everyone in the Alskad Empire is born with a twin and what it means if they're not or if their twin dies, this sounds very much like a book I will like.

I like that there are gods and goddesses in the book and kings and queen but what has me most eager to read The Diminished is a desire to find out what that long-held secret is!

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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