Julia Vanishes

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Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection!


“Read the first chapter here!”

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 suspicious 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.

Murder, thievery, witchcraft, betrayal–Catherine Egan builds a dangerous world where her fierce and flawed heroine finds that even a girl who can vanish can’t walk away from her own worst deeds.

“The first book in the Witch’s Child trilogy has adventure, murder, romance, intrigue, and betrayal with a 16-year-old heroine that is both fierce and flawed at the same time. Catherine Egan is an exciting new talent.” —Hypable.com


“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 starred review


“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 Reviews


“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


“Julia’s complexities fascinate. In the suspenseful, action-packed debut of the Witch’s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan spins out a dark and deep world of magic and crime.” —Shelf Awareness


“Following Julia and her comrades makes for a tricky, frightening, relentlessly exciting adventure colored with moral ambiguity and magical intrigue.” —The Horn Book Magazine


“This is a great choice for true fantasy lovers. The worldbuilding is exceptionally done. A truly outstanding first book in what is sure to be a sought-after series.” —VOYA


Sonnet Synopsis
A killer stalks cold Spira City’s streets
Where plague and failed revolt have left their mark
A place of shadows, terrible defeats,
And secret somethings lurking in the dark
Not one to quake at shadows, here’s my girl
A thief and spy for hire, her latest gig
A lark, such thrilling secrets to unfurl
She’s got this in the bag – no job too big
Like nesting dolls, each secret holds one more
They draw her in so deep she can’t get back
To who she was and what she thought before
Then her own secret comes under attack
Magic, love, betrayal, and awful stakes –
Watch Julia ride this storm until it breaks