The stunning first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy! Murder, thievery, witchcraft and betrayal--who could resist?
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.
Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom? Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.
One that will she will be paying over this book and the two to follow.
CATHERINE EGAN grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Since then, she has lived in Tokyo, Kyoto and Beijing; on a volcanic island in Japan (which erupted while she was there and sent her hurtling straight into the arms of her now husband); on an oil rig in the middle of Bohai Bay; 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 www.catherineegan.com.
PRAISE FOR Julia Vanishes:
"Egan nimbly builds a fantasy world resembling early modern Europe . . . and laces it with original mythologies to fuel the story’s action. 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." --Starred Review, Booklist
"Egan’s debut novel sparkles with storytelling that skillfully blends elements of steampunk, fantasy, adventure, and magic . . . A beautifully rendered world and an exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"Egan’s first YA fantasy has inventiveness and action aplenty, but stands out particularly for its focus on character, remorse and moral formation." --Toronto Star