“Kelly Braffet is extraordinary . . . Familiar yet entirely unique, THE UNWILLING is the sort of story that seeps under your skin and pulses there, intimate and vibrant and alive. Fantasy at its most sublime.”

Erin Morgenstern, bestselling author of The Night Circus
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The Unwilling, a novel by Kelly Braffet

The Unwilling

A novel by Kelly Braffet

The Unwilling is the story of Judah, a foundling born with a special gift and raised inside Highfall castle along with Gavin, the son and heir to Lord Elban’s vast empire. Judah and Gavin share an unnatural bond that is both the key to her survival…and possibly her undoing.

As Gavin is groomed for his future role, Judah comes to realize that she has no real position within the kingdom, in fact, no hope at all of ever traveling beyond its castle walls. Elban—a lord as mighty as he is cruel—has his own plans for her, for all of them.

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4 months ago

Kelly Braffet

Thoroughly bummed (but not surprised) to report that my appearance in Charlottesville with TJ Klune at the Virginia Festival of the Book has been cancelled for reasons you can all probably guess. I am sad to miss the chance to meet TJ, because I truly loved his book THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA. I would post a photo of my ARC with whatever animal I could coerce into sitting still, but I loved it so much that I already passed the ARC on to my mom, which is basically the highest compliment I can give a book. But - good news! I found an excerpt online, which I will post in the comments. Read the excerpt, buy the book, feel happy for once. ... See MoreSee Less

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In this video @DenverPolice appear to shoot pepper balls at a car to move traffic. The man gets out to tell police that his girlfriend is pregnant in the car, and they keep shooting.

He isn’t a threat, or even a protestor. We need police reform now.

I've spent the last week or so nibbling away at this book, which is remarkable in many ways. But I'm not sure I can recommend it, because maybe most people don't want to spend their time reading about humanity's banal acceptance of evil? If that's the case, I HAVE RECS:

An excellent list, being updated!


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reviews & blurbs

  • “Braffet uses graceful prose, astute dialogue, and vivid characters to carry the plot to an unexpected and believable finale.”
    Publishers Weekly