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Girl Versus Girl: Women at Odds in Storytelling

All the best fairy tales are full of bloodshed and cruelty. My personal favorite was the version of Cinderella where the stepsisters cut pieces of their feet off, and the blood drips out of the glass slipper. Then there’s The Goose Girl, where the scheming maid not only steals the princess’s position and bridegroom, but also murders her magical talking horse, Falada, and hangs its severed head over a doorway through which the deposed princess has to walk every day; that one was a little too grim even for me. And of course, there’s a whole passel of evil queens exorcising various levels of baby-stealing, curse-inflicting pique.

Women don’t always come off very well in fairy tales.

[They don’t particularly come off very well in most of the other stories I remember from my childhood, either…]

Read an Excerpt from Kelly Braffet’s The Unwilling

Judah, a foundling born with a special gift, is raised inside Highfall castle along with Gavin, the son and heir to Lord Elban’s vast empire. 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.

Kelly Braffet’s The Unwilling is available February 11th from MIRA—read an excerpt below!

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