Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
"An exciting novel with magic and serial killers.... One of the hottest books coming out."—Hypable.com
Fans of Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, and Kristin Cashore will be captivated by this stunning first book in a must-have new fantasy trilogy about a spy who can vanish at will and who discovers that monsters, mystery, and magic are also lurking—just out of sight.
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.
About the author
Catherine Egan is a debut fantasy novelist with Shade and Sorceress, the beginning of the Last Days of Tian Di trilogy. Her short fiction has been published in Canadian and US journals. Catherine is a world traveller who has lived in Canada, the UK, Japan, and China. She currently resides with her family in Princeton, NJ. You can find Catherine’s experimental twitterstories – tales told in three tweets a day – by following her on Twitter @ByCatherineEgan.
- Short-listed, Sunburst Award
- Short-listed, Snow Willow Award
- Short-listed, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
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