The Brass Queen Review

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About the Book

In 1897, a fiery British aristocrat and an inept US spy search for a stolen invisibility serum that could spark a global war.

Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogue inventors. Selling exotic firearms under her alias, the ‘Brass Queen,’ has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy, Trusdale, saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.

Review

What’s more fun than a period piece? A gaslight fantasy is! I just have always had a soft spot for books like these that bend multiple genres into one. And it’s even better when the book has me giggling throughout reading it, like The Brass Queen did.

I mean, there’s just so many elements to this plot that point to an amazing story. And with excellent writing/storytelling on top of that I easily saw why so many people fell in love with this one. Because I did too. I loved the characters, the setting, and the twisty plot. And I mean, you just gotta read it and fall in love with it just as much as I did.

I left this review a little open ended because I think the story is just so much… fresher without knowing too much about the plot. The synopsis gives you just enough to know what you’re getting into and then the book itself gives you just so much more and so much development. So crack this one open and fall into this world!

About the Author

Elizabeth Chatsworth is a British author and actor based in Connecticut. She loves to write of rogues, rebels, and renegades across time and space.

Elizabeth is a Writers Of The Future winner, a Golden Heart® finalist, a Pitch Wars alumna, and a member of the SFWA. She is the author of THE BRASS QUEEN (January 2021), an award-winning fantasy set in an alternate Victorian age.

When she’s not writing, Elizabeth works at the Westport Library and is also a voiceover actor. There’s a rumor she possesses the world’s best scone recipe.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

A Flame Through Eternity Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

A Flame Through Eternity by Anna Belfrage
Publication Date: December 2, 2019
Timelight Press

Series: The Wanderer, Book Three
Genre: Historical Fiction

It started 3,000 years ago. It ends now. Who survives the final confrontation?

According to Helle Madsen, being the protagonist of a time-spanning epic love story has some things going for it, primarily Jason Morris. Because seriously, meeting up with your fated lover after 3 000 years apart is not bad at all. Unfortunately, where Jason goes, there goes Sam Woolf, yet another very, very ancient acquaintance with the fundamental difference that Sam is not into Happily Ever After. He’s into destruction, more specifically of Jason and Helle.

Helle may believe in second-chance love, but she sure doesn’t believe in reincarnation. Okay, she didn’t believe in stuff like that until she met Jason Morris a year or so ago. By now, she has accepted that sometimes impossible things are quite, quite possible like an ancient princess being reborn as an ambitious financial analyst.

Finding Jason was like finding the part of her that had always been missing a perfect match. But handling Sam Woolf, the reborn version of their ancient nemesis is something of a trial. No sooner do you have him well and surely beat, but up he bounces again. Sheesh, will it take an oak stake to permanently rid their lives of him?

Sam Woolf is a powerful adversary. Too powerful, even. Jason and Helle will need help from unexpected quarters to finally bring this tangled, ancient love-and-hate triangle to some sort of conclusion. Question is, will they survive the experience?

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Review

This series is perfect for all you fans of time travel and soulmates. I feel like the whole soulmate trend in books died a while ago, so I am happy to start seeing it again. I miss those stories on star crossed lovers destined to meet over and over and over again but never really seem to get that happy ending. Plus combining the fantasy elements with some intense romance is always a key factor in a great read.

I definitely recommend you read the other books in the series first. I walked into this book not having read them, and while I was able to follow the story and enjoy it I know that I would have had a completely different experience if I had read the others first. There were some parts of the story where it seemed to lull, but I am excited to see how this differs when I read all of the books in order.

Overall this story was wonderfully unique and it had a lot of elements that I’ve been missing from stories. This was definitely a wonderful ending and I look forward to reading more from Belfrage.

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing.

Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th†century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th†century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment.)

With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website,†www.annabelfrage.com, You can also connect with Anna on†Facebook,†Twitter,†Amazon, and†Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 6
Review at Books and Zebras

Wednesday, July 8
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Friday, July 10
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Excerpt at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, July 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, July 15
Excerpt at The Lit Bitch

Friday, July 17
Review at andreajanel_reads

Monday, July 20
Review at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, July 22
Excerpt at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, July 24
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Monday, July 27
Review at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, July 28
Feature at What Is That Book About

Friday, July 31
Review at Cover To Cover Cafe

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 2 paperback copies of A Flame Through Eternity! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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Lark’s Labyrinth Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book



Print Length: 674 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461177367
Publisher: The Wild Harp & Company, Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English


The Spear that pierced Christ’s side on the Cross has played a secret, but major role in history. Charlemagne, Constantine, Otto the Barbarian, The Knights Templar and Adolf Hitler all owned it… and believed it gave them the power to rule the world.

What if they were right?

The first time Dr. Cait Monahan ever heard of the Spear of Longinus was the night her husband was murdered because of it. That was when the terror began.

…right before the U.S. Government, the CIA, Neo Nazis, the Vatican and a secret cabal of 13 powerful global manipulators sent their assassins after her and her 9 year old.

 


…just before a lethal secret propelled her across Europe following a riddle that hadn’t been solved since the Holocaust.


…just before Cait Monahan became entrapped in an interdimensional labyrinth that her own husband may have helped design.

Now she’s a player in a game that has led to mystery, magic, mayhem and murder for over 2000 years, and only the help of a tribunal of long dead men may be able to save her.

Vibrant and cerebral, filled with intrigue, Conspiracy Theory and more ancient secrets than the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lark’s Labyrinth pits characters you’ll care about against a mystery you’ll want to solve.

Inside Lark’s Labyrinth is a secret men have killed for …now a woman, her sister, her child and their small band of friends are all that stand between us and the dark, insidious power that’s a hairsbreadth away from ruling the world.


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Praise for Lark’s Labyrinth

“Politics and religion collide as Spellman delivers another fast-paced, suspenseful, and totally enjoyable thriller… The author constructs a blistering story–replete with political and religious intrigue–that never slows down and will keep readers turning the pages of this spectacular thrill ride.” Publisher’s Weekly

Praise for CATHY CASH SPELLMAN

“…Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on…” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings

“…A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime…” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings

“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings

“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind

“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind

“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child

“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child

“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child

Review

Well, what a ride! There is just so much packed into this book. While there is so much in this book the world building is extensive enough to help everything make sense. I mean, this is a tome of a book. It’s the thic bottomed girl that I love to see in books (ignore me being weird, I just really like long books). It makes it even better though when I’m reading a big book that continues to make me want to learn more.

You know, it might be the current events that are making me feel this way (honestly though, I’m just typically like this), but I’m really digging all of the elements in this story. I mean, there’s just almost too many to list. Which I know can sound daunting, but it’s really now because everything just masterfully came together. Plus, I’m going to go back to this, but the book is heavy so there’s time for everything to be woven together. But I can’t even say I know what genre I would classify it as because it could fit into so many different ones.

All in all I really enjoyed this book. Don’t be fooled by it’s size, it really lures you in! And since it covers so many different things I think any number of people would be really intrigued by it.

About the Author


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Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE – REVIEW AND INTERVIEWS
APRIL 13th MONDAY JeanBookNerd GUEST POST
APRIL 14th TUESDAY TTC Books and More GUEST POST
APRIL 15th WEDNESDAY BookHounds INTERVIEW
APRIL 16th THURSDAY A Dream Within A Dream EXCERPT
APRIL 16th THURSDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW

APRIL 17th FRIDAY Life Within the Pages REVIEW
APRIL 17th FRIDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW & GUEST POST


WEEK TWO – REVIEWS
APRIL 20th MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
APRIL 21st TUESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Insane About Books REVIEW
APRIL 22nd WEDNESDAY Books and Zebras REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
APRIL 23rd THURSDAY Author Kelly Riser REVIEW
APRIL 24th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW

APRIL 24th FRIDAY Casia’s Corner EXCERPT

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The Witch of the Wild Beasts Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Witch of the Wild Beasts by Catherine Stine
Publication Date: March 11, 2020
Konjur Road Press
Paperback & eBook; 294 Pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy

When Evalina is imprisoned for witchcraft, will her supernatural bond with animals be her curse or salvation?

In 1854, Evalina Stowe witnesses the murder of her brother by Dr. Dowdrick, an enraged client at the tailorís where they work. Desperate to stop him, she rouses a swarm of wasps that sting the doctor while she stabs him with scissors, and then flees. At a subsequent job when birds race to her defense, Evalina is declared a witch and sent to Philadelphiaís Eastern State Penitentiary.

While imprisoned, Evalina is horrified not only to learn that Dr. Dowdrick is still alive, but heís experimenting on inmates. Determined to get inside his Eclectic Medical School, to expose his nefarious activities, sheís passionate about protecting fellow prisoners, especially Lewin, a child thief who knew her brother, and Birdy, a kind, resilient Welsh man serving time for a workerís death while blasting granite for the railroad.

Evalina, her friends and her ìwild beastsî work against time to unmask Dowdrickís crimes when she participates with him in a symposium, showcasing Philadelphiaís premium doctors. If they fail, not only will the doctorís evil deeds continue unchecked but Evalina and her crew will surely be hung. Actual historical figures such as Dr. Thomas Mutter and Charles Dickens spice up this fantastical thriller brimming with historical gems set in Philadelphiaís renowned penitentiary. Won a second place spot in The 2019 Valley Forge RWA Sheila contest.

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Review

This book is just so cool! I mean not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story is just so interesting! I love the mix of fantasy and historical fiction along with the setting of this one. I have a thing for books set in either asylums or penitentiaries way back when. They were just such terrible places and I think it is important to shed light on the horridness that was these locations.

The magic system in this book was done really well. It was there but it wasn’t oversaturated throughout the story, which made it fit better. It was honestly such an intriguing story and I couldn’t put the book down. It was a historical and fantasy but also had a little bit of suspense to it. But then again I do love everything gothic.

The characters were all so engaging. There was such a varying cast of good and evil that you were kept on the edge of your seat throughout the read. I would definitely recommend this book to so many different types of readers as I could see it appealing to many different genre lovers.

About the Author

Catherine Stine is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi thrillers and young adult fiction. She lives in Manhattan, grew up in Philadelphia and is known to roam the Catskills. Her most recent novel, Witch of the Wild Beasts won a second prize spot in the 2019 Valley Forge RWA Sheila Contest. Other novels have earned Indie Notable awards and New York Public Library Best Books for Teens. Before writing novels, she was a painter and childrenís fabric designer. Sheís a visual author when it comes to scenes, and she sees writing as painting with words. She loves edgy thrills, perhaps because her dad read Edgar Allen Poe tales to her as a child. Catherine loves spending time with her beagle Benny, writing about supernatural creatures, gardening on her deck, traveling and meeting readers at book fests.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 6
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, April 7
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, April 8
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, April 9
Feature at I’m Into Books

Friday, April 10
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Monday, April 13
Review at Captivated Pages

Tuesday, April 14
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, April 15
Review at Historical Graffiti

Thursday, April 16
Review at The Nerdy Bookworm

Friday, April 17
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, April 20
Review at The Magical Pages

Tuesday, April 21
Review at Momfluenster
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Wednesday, April 22
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review at Foals, Fiction and Filigree
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a signed copy of Witch of the Wild Beasts + an eBook of Witch of the Cards + $40 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

ñ Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on April 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
ñ Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
ñ Only one entry per household.
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ñ The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Witch of the Wild Beasts

Sensational Tour – Review & Mood Boards

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About Spectacle

Spectacle (#1)
by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie’s search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie’s strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer’s identity–and she’ll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

About Sensational

Sensational
(Spectacle #2)
by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 11, 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s Sensational is the thrilling follow-up to Spectacle in which a killer haunts the Paris World’s Fair of 1889.

The 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris is full of innovations, cultural displays, and inventions. Millions of visitors attend over the course of several months…so no one would notice if a few were missing, right? Maybe—but someone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the guillotine with a display of their own: beheaded victims in some of the Exposition’s most popular exhibits.

Nathalie Baudin’s ability to see murder scenes should help, but she’s suffering the effects of her magic more than ever before. Fortunately she has other Insightfuls to team up with—if they can be trusted.

Review

Ah Paris, how I love it! The drama! The fashion! The culture! The food! I mean, I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. It is actually the only city I could ever see myself living in. When I visited I just instantly fell in love and felt right at home. So, as you can guess, I always love to read books set in Paris! There’s just something so magical about the city, and I love when the books add in their own sets of magic to one of my favorite places.

I have come to realize that I actually really love duologies. It’s probably because they always leave me wanting more. I like feeling like I need more over feeling like the series is dragging on and on. I also extra love when these duologies are set in one of my favorite settings AND involve magic. I also really love how well Zdrok interwove the history of the times into the story. It makes it seem more plausible and really brings to life the characters and themes.

I also loved all of the pettiness in Sensational! I’m a petty person myself so I enjoy the snark and pettiness when characters start to let it eek out. The second book takes a little bit to take off compared to the first, but once it does the story really starts to come full circle. And I love that aspect about the duology, it makes it more impactful when elements from the first book begin to affect the characters in the next one. It’s just so much more realistic to life.

Tour Schedule

April 6th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post
Bookish Looks– Spotlight
Back Shelf Books– Review & Favorite Quotes
A Dream Within A Dream– Review

April 7th

Beckybookstore– Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads– Review
Bookishly Nerdy– Review & Favorite Quotes

April 8th

Kait Plus Books– Interview
Gwendalyn’s Books– Review
A Bookish Dream– Review

April 9th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me– Interview
@momfluenster– Promo
Books Over Everything– Review
Grownup Fangirl– Spotlight
Ya It’s Lit– Mood Board

April 10th

Utopia State of Mind– Guest Post
Here’s to Happy Endings– Review
The Reading Corner for All– Review & Favorite Quotes
The Reading Life– Spotlight

Mood Boards

About the Author

Jodie Lynn Zdrok holds two MAs in European History and an MBA. She enjoys rooting for Boston sports teams, traveling, doing races (to offset being a foodie), and posting cat photos to Instagram. She works in technology and lives in North Carolina by way of Massachusetts.

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Spindle and Dagger Review

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About the Book

This rich literary novel follows Elen, who must live a precarious lie in order to survive among the medieval Welsh warband that killed her family.

Wales, 1109. Three years ago, a warband raided Elen’s home. Her baby sister could not escape the flames. Her older sister fought back and almost killed the warband’s leader, Owain ap Cadwgan, before being killed herself. Despite Elen’s own sexual assault at the hands of the raiders, she saw a chance to live and took it. She healed Owain’s wound and spun a lie: Owain ap Cadwgan, son of the king of Powys, cannot be killed, not by blade nor blow nor poison. Owain ap Cadwgan has the protection of Saint Elen, as long as he keeps her namesake safe from harm and near him always.

For three years, Elen has had plenty of food, clothes to wear, and a bed to sleep in that she shares with the man who brought that warband to her door. Then Owain abducts Nest, the wife of a Norman lord, and her three children, triggering full-out war. As war rages, and her careful lies threaten to unravel, Elen begins to look to Nest and see a different life — if she can decide, once and for all, where her loyalties lie. J. Anderson Coats’s evocative prose immerses the reader in a dark but ultimately affirming tale of power and survival.

Review

I love a good historical fiction, especially one that takes me way back. Wales 1109 was a time of war, fear, and destruction. Spindle and Dagger takes us back to this time and gives insight into the horror Elen, the main character, had to face. Elen is a survivor, while she may not always be the most fearless individual, she still perseveres.

One thing that I often find hit or miss with historical fiction, especially one that takes you this far back in time, is readability. As soon as I started Spindle and Dagger I was struck with how “easy” (for lack of a better term) the story was to get into. The prose was simple yet elegant and I wasn’t struggling to find myself interested in the story, like how I sometimes feel with historical fiction.

The other aspect of this story that I greatly appreciated was the parts where I could gleam how much research the author did for this story. You could tell that this book had a great historical context even though it is a fictional story.

So in essence, if you like historical fiction and gorgeous covers then don’t hesitate and snag a copy of Spindle and Dagger!

About the Author

J. Anderson Coats has received two Junior Library Guild awards, two Washington State Book Awards, and earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, the Horn Book Review, and Shelf Awareness. Her newest book is The Green Children of Woolpit, a creepy middle-grade fantasy inspired by real historical events. She is also the author of R is for Rebel, The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming, The Wicked and the Just, and the forthcoming Spindle and Dagger.

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The Unwilling Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Categories: Historical Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy
On Sale Date: February  11, 2020
Publication Month: February 2020
ISBN: 9781488055393


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 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 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 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.

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Praise for Braffet

“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Starless Sea and The Night Circus

“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, MacArthur Genius Recipient and and of Get in Trouble

“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, author of Roses and Rot

“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, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Suspenseful, magical, wonderfully written, and never predictable, Braffet’s first foray into speculative fiction is an essential addition to all epic-fantasy collections.” —Booklist, STARRED Review

“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, award-winning editor and anthologist

Review

This book is haunting. There’s no better way to put it. I read it slowly and thoroughly and even when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. And this is a big volume of the book, so I mean it when I said I took my time. It’s almost a feat for me that I didn’t binge a book for once. But this isn’t something you can binge. It’s dark. It’s a lot. And it’s difficult. But, I mean that in all the best ways!

As I was reading this I was distinctly reminded of another favorite author: Stephen King. And then once I finally realized that Braffet is his daughter in law (I should really get better at reading the full blurb and/or the author profile) it all made sense. Much like when I read King I found myself taking my time reading this (as I’ve mentioned). But also, much like with King, there are scenes that are brutal and difficult to get through. Scenes that are extremely graphic and gruesome.

So, as you can probably tell by my review so far: this isn’t a happy book. The characters are all on the verge of being unlikeable. The plot is dark and full of sadists. You’re going to be uncomfortable while reading it. And all of this is why I love this book. This is going to be a very polarizing story and going into it blind will not be a good idea for everyone. Not everyone will appreciate the dark nuances and snail pace of the story. But for me they all worked together. Once I reached 200 pages I found myself saying, “I feel like nothing has happened.” Yet at the same time so much happened and I was so enamored with the story. I know this sounds weird, but this book is such an atmospheric read. It hovers on the line of multiple types of fantasy while also not seeming fantasy at all. And the heft of the book just added more. As you were reading you could literally feel how much of the story was left.

Well, based off of my rant you can see I have a lot of feelings for this book. And based off of that ending I hope that I can have more of this story to have feelings for (second book please?). In the meantime I guess I’ll just have to gorge myself on Braffet’s other works.

About the Author

Photo Content from Kelly Braffet

Kelly Braffet is the author of the novels The Unwilling, Save Yourself, Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. Her writing has been published in The Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and several anthologies. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University and currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, the author Owen King.

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE  REVIEWS/INTERVIEW
FEBRUARY 10th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
FEBRUARY 11th TUESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
FEBRUARY 12th WEDNESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 13th THURSDAY Here’s to Happy Endings REVIEW
FEBRUARY 13th THURSDAY MetalPhantasmReads REVIEW
FEBRUARY 14th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT
FEBRUARY 14th FRIDAY On My Bookshelf REVIEW 

WEEK TWO — REVIEWS
FEBRUARY 17th MONDAY BookHounds REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 18th TUESDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 19th WEDNESDAY Gwendalyn’s Books REVIEW
FEBRUARY 19th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 20th THURSDAY Book Briefs REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 20th THURSDAY Adventures Thru Wonderland REVIEW
FEBRUARY 21st FRIDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW

Giveaway

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
–  4 Winners will receive a Copy of THE UNWILLING by Kelly Braffet.