The stunning first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy! Murder, thievery, witchcraft, and betrayal - fans of Marie Lu, Leigh Bardugo, and Kristin Cashore take note!
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.
"A beautifully rendered world and an exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)
"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)
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Yes. The world-building is rich enough to repay a second listen at least.
Mrs. Ock (sp? So hard to know when you listen!) steals the show with her kindness.
Erin Spencer knows exactly how far to press a characterization. Her voices are distinct, but never distracting, though her tonal range is truly impressive. Will Damron has a much smaller role, but brings the detached creepy with aplomb.
- Liberal Artist