The Unwilling

A Novel
Author(s): Kelly Braffet
Original Publish Date: Feb 11, 2020
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (19.87 hours)
Product Number: Z100153639
Released: Feb 11, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781488208058
Narrator/s: Tia Rider
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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A??Fantasy at its most sublime.A?A??Erin Morgenstern, NYT bestselling author of The Night Circus A penetrating tale of magic, faith and prideA?¦ 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 ElbanA??s vast empire. Judah and Gavin share an unnatural bond that is both the key to her survivalA?¦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. ElbanA??a lord as mighty as he is cruelA??has his own plans for her, for all of them. She is a mere 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 JudahA?¦ 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.

Professional reviews

"This fantasy is flawlessly narrated by Tia Rider. Judah learns to trust herself and battle the unfathomable plan for her future that is being set in motion by the evil Lord Elban of Highfall, the castle where she was brought as a foundling. In the destitute village below, a magus with healing powers is set on putting an end to the lord's brutal rule. Rider lends impressive power to the many female and male characters working together to change their destiny in this graphic and harrowing story. Especially noteworthy is her differentiation of multiple points of view and her sensitivity to triggering topics, including the brutality and ruthlessness depicted in many of the scenes. This epic adventure takes listeners on an engrossing journey full of prophecy. J.O. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"