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The Diminished

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.

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Hi, I'm kaitlyn


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 on April 10, 2018, followed by its sequel in 2019. 

When she's not staring off into space and trying to untangle some particularly troublesome plot point, she can be found in her kitchen, perfecting the art of the macaron; or at the barn, where she rides and trains dressage horses; or with her husband, spoiling their sweet rescue dogs.

Kaitlyn is represented  by Brent Taylor of Triada US Literary Agency.

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Pre-Order The Diminished


Let me give you presents!

I am so excited to share THE DIMINISHED with y'all. And I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to give all of you presents. And I DO MEAN ALL OF YOU! (At least while supplies last!) I'm also a huge fan of indie bookstores, and I want to do everything I can to support them. So! Without further ado, my pre-order campaign.

All orders from my local indie, Novel. will be signed and personalized! 

Order from ANY indie bookstore to receive:

  • Sticker sheet featuring characters from THE DIMINISHED
  • A full set of 6 character cards
  • A signed bookplate
  • A bookmark
  • A postcard
  • A chance to win the GRAND PRIZE!

Order from ANYWHERE to receive:

  • One of the 6 character cards at random
  • A signed bookplate
  • A bookmark
  • A postcard
  • A chance to win the GRAND PRIZE

The GRAND PRIZE includes all of the above PLUS a Kindle Fire and a Lithographs scarf featuring several chapters from THE DIMINISHED!

To enter, just send proof of purchase to preorderthediminished@gmail.com! 

IMPORTANT: After you send in your proof of purchase, I'll email you back with a link to a mailing address form. If you haven't gotten a confirmation email by April 10th, please pester me!



  • You MUST send in a proof of purchase to receive the pre-order incentives. If you do not have a proof of purchase, provide some other proof that it is pre-ordered.
  • The pre-order IS International -- but THE DIMINISHED itself is only available in the US, so it's only available through international companies such as Amazon (or an independent bookstore that is willing to ship to you).
  • The pre-orders will be mailed out about a week after April 10th.