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The Unwilling

(2020)
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She has no name and no history, but she has a power greater than the Empire has ever known.

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. She is just a pawn to him, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

But outside the walls, in the starving, desperate city, a magus, a healer with his own secret power unlike anything Highfall has seen in years, is newly arrived from the provinces. He, too, has plans for the empire, and at the heart of those plans lies Judah... The girl who started life with no name and no history will soon uncover more to her story than she ever imagined.

An epic tale of greed and ambition, cruelty and love, this deeply immersive novel is about bowing to traditions and burning them down.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Gorgeously told, The Unwilling is at once a sweeping epic and an intimate portrait of being trapped in an oppressive regime. Meet your new favorite fantasy writer." - Gwenda Bond

"Wow...The characters, the world, the magic and greed and politics and pain--all of it adds up to something wonderful. I love it." - Ellen Datlow

"Kelly Braffet's The Unwilling is a viscerally powerful book. Full of complex and compelling characters, this is the story of the corruptions of power and the strength it takes to resist. This is an incredible, brilliant story." - Kat Howard

"A juggernaut of an epic fantasy novel with ingenious, thrilling twists and turns. 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

"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


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Used availability for Kelly Braffet's The Unwilling

Hardback Editions

August 2020 : UK Hardback

Title: The Unwilling
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
ISBN: 0-233-00637-0 / 978-0-233-00637-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2020 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Unwilling: A Novel
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
ISBN: 0-7783-0940-1 / 978-0-7783-0940-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: MIRA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2020 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Unwilling: A Novel
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
ISBN: 0-7783-8824-7 / 978-0-7783-8824-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: MIRA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Unwilling
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
ISBN: 1-09-409778-0 / 978-1-09-409778-7
Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Unwilling Lib/E
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
ISBN: 1-09-409777-2 / 978-1-09-409777-0
Publisher: Mira Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2020 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Unwilling
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
ISBN: 1-09-409779-9 / 978-1-09-409779-4
Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Unwilling: A Novel
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Unwilling: A Novel
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Unwilling
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
Publisher: Andre Deutsch
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


February 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Unwilling: A Novel
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
Publisher: MIRA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA