Pick up the second book in this gripping fantasy series, or start from the beginning and get caught up on every thrilling and mysterious moment.
The heart-pounding follow-up to Julia Vanishes and next book in the Witch’s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan’s masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine will thrill fans of The Rose Society, Graceling, and Six of Crows.
In this compelling and action-packed novel, Julia and her allies travel to the other side of the world in their efforts to thwart Casimir’s quest for power.
They rescued baby Theo from his fortress once, but Casimir is relentless. He needs this child. Or rather, he needs the magical power that has been written into the child’s very being. And so Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves journey to Yongguo, searching out the witch who worked that dark spell. They must find a way to separate the magic from Theo without killing him—a nicety that Casimir won’t bother with.
Julia is also searching for answers about herself. Her ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown. She can now disappear from her world so completely that it’s like stepping into another one, a dark and fiery world that that feels disturbingly like hell, where the creatures seem to recognize her—and count her as one of their own.
Caught between a web of ruthless, powerful people, and a world seemingly dredged from her nightmares, Julia must decide not just who but what she really is if she wants to survive.
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 that crime pays.
Her latest job is very well paid indeed. Julia is posing as a maid 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, we don’t know.
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 and 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.