“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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Book lists: less stressful than impeachment hearings. Herein find many of my favorites, like @ivypochoda, Tana French, @meganeabbott, @sternbergh, @LoriRaderDay, and @LauraMLippman (and, psst, it also includes a notable mention nod for SAVE YOURSELF, which made me happy).

Zachary Wagman@zackwagman

This is a great list! And love the runners-up too (hello @sternbergh @ivypochoda) https://crimereads.com/the-10-best-crime-novels-of-the-last-decade/ via @CrimeReads

On grief, and art, and writing, and how we respond to that as creative individuals. At #terribleminds today. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2019/11/19/swimming-sideways-navigating-grief-as-a-writer-and-an-artist/

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reviews & blurbs

  • “Braffet’s eerie writing will have you hearing footsteps and seeing shadows. Be prepared to contemplate these characters’ fates long after you’ve passed the book on to friends.”
    Marie Claire