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“Fantasy at its most sublime.”—Erin Morgenstern, NYT bestselling author of The Night Circus

A penetrating tale of magic, faith and pride…


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
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Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by MIRA
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    Jen Layton
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: worst-books-ever
    Disclosure: I received an advanced readers copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program.

    The entire time I was reading this overly long book, I would think, "Just get on with it already!" It just slogs on & on & on. Nearly all of the characters are horrible people. The whole time, all you want to know is what is it exactly that makes the main character Judah so special? When will we finally know? When will Judah finally know? So on & on I read. It's a lovely tale of constant
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    Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    Where do I start? After 572 pages of wandering storyline, unlikable characters, child abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse, plotlines that don’t make sense, a prolonged death scene involving a deer and some hunting dogs, the murder of a pregnant woman by same hunting dogs, an abortion performed on an unconscious and nonconsenting woman, a caning, and an ending that threatens the probability of a sequel, I threw this book down and simply said, “No”. I had no other words.

    From the beginning
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    Emilie
    Dec 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I read an ARC of this book.
    This was a very dark, depressing book with hardly any redeeming qualities. Four children are forced to grow up together in a fortress in an oppressive totalitarian state, and are neglected at the best of times and horribly abused at the worst (and that abuse is often depicted graphically). If some relief or respite from the horrific mistreatment of these characters occurred, then perhaps the book might have been better. But it seemed that no matter what, life would
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    Lindsey
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
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    Bonnie_blu
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: sf-fantasy
    If you enjoy a book that drags on for hundreds of pages with virtually no development, contains totally unlikeable characters, and is full of graphically sadistic people and events, then this book is for you.

    I, however, was completely put off by the story. I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy and have rarely come across a book that was so bad as to make we want to scream. It also made me resent the time I spent reading it. And no, graphic violence does not bother me. I am a fan of
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    Aly
    This book just drags on and on and on... After the first hundred pages I was especially worried. I felt no connection to the characters, the story, and I honestly wanted to DNF it. I kept going since a long book like this may get better more towards the middle. It did eventually catch my attention, but it was much too late by that point. I say this is a definite skip from me.
    Nicki Markus
    Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Full review to follow in Feb 2020.

    I received this book as a free eBook ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Kelly Braffet writes stories about unhappy people making bad decisions, occasionally with magic. She is the author of The Unwilling (available 2/20 from Mira Books), Save Yourself, and Last Seen Leaving; her first novel, Josie and Jack, has been made into a feature film starring Olivia DeJonge, Alex Neustaedter, and William Fitchner, and directed by Sarah Lancaster. Her writing has been published ...more
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