I received this book at no cost from the publisher or author.Julia Defiant (Witch's Child #2) by Catherine Egan
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on June 13th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
About the Book:
Title: JULIA DEFIANT (Witch’s Child #2)
Author: Catharine Egan
Pub. Date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Fans of The Rose Society, Graceling, and Six of Crows will thrill to the masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine in this heart-pounding follow-up to Julia Vanishes, book two in the Witch’s Child trilogy.
Adventure, murder, romance, intrigue, and betrayal with a 16-year-old heroine that is both fierce and flawed at the same time. Hypable.com
Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves have crossed the world searching for a witch. But for all the miles traveled, they are no closer to finding Ko Dan. No closer to undoing the terrible spell he cast that bound an ancient magic to the life of a small child. Casimir wants that magic will happily kill Theo to extract it and every moment they hunt for Ko Dan, Casimir’s assassins are hunting them.
Julia can deal with danger. The thing that truly scares her lies within. Her strange ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown: she can now disappear so completely that it’s like stepping into another world. It’s a fiery, hellish world, filled with creatures who seem to recognize her and count her as one of their own.
So . . . is Julia a girl with a monster lurking inside her? Or a monster wearing the disguise of a girl?
If she can use her monstrous power to save Theo, does it matter?
In this riveting second book in the Witch s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan goes deep within the heart of a fierce, defiant girl trying to discover not just who but what she truly is.
Praise for Julia Vanishes:
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. Booklist, starred review
Julia’s a wonderful, fully realized heroine. . . . For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu’s The Rose Society, a well-realized page-turner in the same vein. Kirkus
Haven’t started the series? Make sure to grab the Paperback of JULIA VANISHES!
|My books: JULIA DEFIANT, JULIA VANISHES, Shade & Sorceress, The Unmaking, Bone, Fog, Ash & Star
My superpowers: high-kicking, list-making, simultaneously holding two opposing opinions
My weaknesses: fear of flying, over-thinking and then making bad decisions, excessive list-making
My allies: my made-for-walking-in black boots, Mick, the English Language
My enemies: decaf, low blood sugar, the passage of time
My mission: the coexistence of ambivalence and joy.
photograph by Isabel Chenoweth www.icportraits.com
The Story picks up a few weeks after the first book, Julia Vanishes, ends. I enjoyed reading about Julia’s world and her friends now providing security for Mrs. Orche and baby Theo. Once the world building got a strong foothold, the story really takes off on a magical adventure where you will encounter witches and other creatures in a deadly, secret war.
The race to the ending is quite exciting and leaves room for another book in this series. In some ways, it reminded me a bit of Marie Lu’s fantastical Los Angeles and Egan really does write beautifully but sometimes the descriptions were a bit too long for me. I am much more of a dialogue person and that really worked for me. The story also contains recaps so you won’t be lost if you haven’t read Julia Vanishes yet.
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