The Unwilling


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.

The story continues in The Broken Tower (The Border Lands, Book 2), out 1/25/22!

Praise for Kelly Braffet

“Kelly Braffet’s Save Yourself is that rare and beautiful thing—a novel that takes us to dark places not just through vivid storytelling but also through keen emotional force… You’ll find yourself breathless, shaken, moved.”

New York Times Bestselling Author Megan Abbott

“This summer’s must-read…with prose that simmers and thrums.”

“Braffet writes beautifully.”

Kirkus Reviews

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

Publishers Weekly

“Braffet’s first novel packs a powerful punch, and readers won’t soon forget the chilling, unexpected ending.”


“Put this on the shelf beside Naomi Novik and George R. R. Martin. Kelly Braffet is a marvel and I’ll read anything she writes.”

Kelly Link, author of Get In Trouble

“What makes this thriller exhilarating is the unexpected strength a clueless but determined mother finds in herself and how much the reader comes to care about her difficult daughter. Each is a missing person well worth finding.”

Mystery Scene Magazine

“Braffet’s skillful portrayal of unresolved grief and shattered relationships will secure the author’s place as a novelist of note.”

Library Journal

“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

goodreads reviews for The Unwilling

The Unwilling, a novel by Kelly Braffet at Goodreads