Julia Vanishes: Book summary and reviews of Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

Julia Vanishes

by Catherine Egan

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Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
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The stunning first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy! Murder, thievery, witchcraft, and betrayal - fans of Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, and Kristin Cashore take note!

Julia has the unusual ability to be ... unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses.

It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned - crime pays.

She's being paid very well indeed to infiltrate the grand house of Mrs. Och and report back on the odd characters who live there and the suspicous dealings that take place behind locked doors.

But what Julia discovers shakes her to the core. She certainly never imagined that the traitor in the house would turn out to be .... her.

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"Starred Review. Egan's debut novel sparkles. A beautifully rendered world and exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Readers will find themselves immediately immersed in the narrative and invested in the fate of Julia, who is both feisty and flawed. There is a richness to this inaugural volume of the Witch's Child trilogy, and readers will be hard pressed to put it down." - Booklist

"This reads like a steampunk novel with some advanced technology and takes place in a mostly Victorian world. There are references to drinking and sex, although they are handled with a light touch. The story ends with a cliff-hanger." - School Library Journal

"Julia's a wonderful, fully realized heroine with moral dilemmas aplenty. For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu's The Rose Society, a well-realized page-turner in the same vein." - Kirkus

"A fast-paced, deftly written fantasy with a complex and memorable protagonist. I can't wait for the next installment!" - Juliet Marillier, author of Wildwood Dancing

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Catherine Egan

Catherine Egan grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Since then, she has lived on a volcanic island in Japan (which erupted while she was there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now-husband), in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Beijing, on an oil rig in the middle of Bohai Bay, then in New Jersey, and now in New Haven, Connecticut.

She is currently occupied with writing books and fighting dragon armies with her warrior children. You can read more about her at catherineegan.com.

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