The Broken Tower

A Novel

by Kelly Braffet

On Sale: 01/24/2023

The Broken Tower

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The Broken Tower

A Novel

by Kelly Braffet

On Sale: 01/24/2023


About the Book

 "An exciting fantasy adventure tale.” –Booklist, STARRED Review

Deeply immersive, this penetrating tale of magic, faith and self-determination is the brilliant sequel to Kelly Braffet’s The Unwilling

Judah the Foundling chose freedom over betrayal when she leaped from the top of the castle tower. Now she finds herself wandering an unknown forest, far from everything and everyone she loves. For the first time in her life, she’s beyond the great Wall that surrounds Highfall castle; for the first time, she’s alone. Away from the Seneschal, the power behind the throne; away from Nate Clare, the House Magus who was her teacher, friend, betrayer. Away from her foster brother, Gavin, with whom she has a mysterious bond that has kept them together—and kept her alive.

But Judah isn’t free. Fiercely sought by those who believe she holds the key to unlocking the power trapped in the world, she must learn to navigate the dangers of an unfamiliar place. She knows that somewhere, Gavin is in peril. To save him, she not only must learn to use the new power she discovers inside herself, she must survive.

The Barrier Lands

Book 1: The Unwilling
Book 2: The Broken Tower

Critical Praise

"An exciting fantasy adventure tale.”--Booklist, STARRED Review

“Braffet expands the world of The Unwilling in her powerful and often heartbreaking second Barrier Lands fantasy...A strong cast and excellent worldbuilding will sell this to epic fantasy fans”--Publishers Weekly


"Fantasy at its most sublime."--Erin Morgenstern, New York Times  bestselling author of  The Night Circus

"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

" Kelly Braffet managed to make an adventure story about empathy.”--Vanity Fair

"Drips with atmosphere and intrigue… Readers who enjoy complex characters will find much to savor here.” –Publishers Weekly


“Braffet has a real gift for dialogue, and Judah’s quick cleverness is a constant joy… Readers will fall in love with the contemplative pace, brisk dialogue and rebellious heroine of The Unwilling.” –Bookpage

"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 Link, MacArthur Genius Recipient, Pulitzer Prize finalist for Get in Trouble


" 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... at once a sweeping epic and an intimate portrait of being trapped in an oppressive regime. Meet your new favorite fantasy writer."-- Gwenda Bond, NYT bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780778333654
  • ISBN 10: 0778333655
  • Imprint: MIRA
  • On Sale: 01/24/2023
  • Pages: 496
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Fantasy / General

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