Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan

Julia Defiant

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...

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Julia Defiant Reviews

  • Soline
    Jul 16, 2017

    Such a good read. I loved that we got to travel a lot more in

    . I wasn't expecting that (maybe because I didn't read the blurb, ahah). The world-building is simply stunning. I love this story and theses characters so much.

    's series is so unique and refreshing. It's not about a princess who lost her kingdom or about a girl who's in love with some guy ; no, it's about friendship, family and magic and I love the complexity of all this. Can't wait to read the final book !

  • Roxanne
    Jun 13, 2017

    Thanks to Netgalley and Knopf Books for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

    Julia and the gang are back, although there are some new characters and new location. Wyn is still on the outs with Julia, but he is hanging around. Julia is searching for Ko Dan in order to get the book out of Theo.

    Of course, assassins are after them because they want Theo and Julia trying to keep ahead of them. Also there has been changes with her ability to vanish, now she seems to disappear completely a

    Thanks to Netgalley and Knopf Books for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

    Julia and the gang are back, although there are some new characters and new location. Wyn is still on the outs with Julia, but he is hanging around. Julia is searching for Ko Dan in order to get the book out of Theo.

    Of course, assassins are after them because they want Theo and Julia trying to keep ahead of them. Also there has been changes with her ability to vanish, now she seems to disappear completely and appear in a hellish world in which the creatures seem to recognize her.

    What does this mean? Will she be able to find Ko Dan? Will she be able to save Theo?

    I was a bit disappointed in this one, I don't know if it was the length of time between reading the first one and reading this one or just the change in location, but I couldn't connect with the characters this time around. I couldn't remember who half of them were to be honest. I really enjoyed the first one, but this didn't appeal to me as much.

    It dragged on without too much happening and was kind of confusing at points. Sigh I wanted to love this as much as the first one, but Julia has some bad luck in the romance department, in fact I feel like the love interests could have just been left out. I did love her relationship with Theo. That was the highlight of the book, but I did get a bit of the mother vibe from that.

    There is supposed to be a book 3 so I will be interested to see how she ties this all up.

  • Stephanie Ward
    Jun 11, 2017

    'Julia Defiant' is an amazing second novel in a thrilling YA fantasy series, and is one that fans of the genre definitely need to get their hands on. A lot of series start off with a great first book, only to fall short on the following books. That is definitely not the case with this one. Every single aspect of the novel was fabulous and just as fantastic as the first installment. I read and loved the first book, Julia Vanishes, so I came into this one with pretty high hopes. I'm so glad to say

    'Julia Defiant' is an amazing second novel in a thrilling YA fantasy series, and is one that fans of the genre definitely need to get their hands on. A lot of series start off with a great first book, only to fall short on the following books. That is definitely not the case with this one. Every single aspect of the novel was fabulous and just as fantastic as the first installment. I read and loved the first book, Julia Vanishes, so I came into this one with pretty high hopes. I'm so glad to say that it lived up to my expectations and surpassed them all. There are so many wonderful aspects to this book that I know I'm going to end up forgetting something, but I'll try to get as much as I can.

    Julia continues to be a great main character. She's realistic and easy to connect with early on in the book. She has lots of positive qualities - smart, loyal, determined, kick-ass abilities, strong, brave, and more - but she has plenty of flaws too. I loved watching her become more comfortable with her powers and her role in the crew she's a part of. She grows and matures quite a bit during the story, and I liked seeing it happen. I also enjoyed watching her relationship with other characters develop on various levels throughout the novel. One huge thing for me is always the writing style. I prefer the first person point of view in most cases, and the author chose to use this for the story. I'm so happy that she did, because it just cemented my love for it even more. I love how the reader gets to really know Julia because the book is told from her perspective. We get to know her on such a personal level that it allowed me to slip inside her mind and her world right from the beginning. The writing style always seems to be a "make it or break it" situation for me as a reader - and I honestly think this was the perfect fit for the book.

    The plot was awesome. It was full of adventure, suspense, action, and thrills. I was immediately hooked - from the first page - and didn't stop reading until I had finished it in one sitting. I had to keep going to see what was going to happen. Julia and the rest of the crew kept getting into tight spots with so much on the line - it definitely keeps the reader on their toes. Another aspect I adored was the extreme attention to detail throughout the book. The author uses rich descriptions and vivid imagery to bring everything to life in front of the reader's eyes. Every little part of the city was thought out and described to the smallest detail. I loved getting to know everything I could about the city, it's history, inhabitants, the magic and politics - it was all so vibrant and exciting. I wanted more and I hope we get to learn even more about it all in the next book. I very highly recommend this book - and series - to fans of YA fantasy and readers looking for a richly imagined escape into a sensational world full of danger and magic.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Shelley
    Jun 06, 2017

    *Source* NetGalley

    *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.5

    *My Thoughts*

    Julia Defiant is the second installment in author Catherine Egan's Witch's Child series. 16-year old Julia is an orphan who found a home among a group of criminals (Esme, Gregor, Csilla, and her own brother Benedek) after her mother was drowned in the Cleansing for being a witch. Julia and friends live in a fictitious country known as Frayne, where hunting down and drowning those suspected of practicing witchcraft is as norma

    *Source* NetGalley

    *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.5

    *My Thoughts*

    Julia Defiant is the second installment in author Catherine Egan's Witch's Child series. 16-year old Julia is an orphan who found a home among a group of criminals (Esme, Gregor, Csilla, and her own brother Benedek) after her mother was drowned in the Cleansing for being a witch. Julia and friends live in a fictitious country known as Frayne, where hunting down and drowning those suspected of practicing witchcraft is as normal as breathing. After all, if you can't burn a witch, why not drown them?

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Review*

  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    Feb 11, 2017

    This is the second in the Witch Child Series, a sequel to Julia Vanishes, by Catherine Egan. Despite it being part of the same series and by the same author the writing style is different which is a good thing because it shows Egan stretching her literary legs proving she’s got more than the one book in her bag of tricks.

    You have to love a female teenage heroine who has been created to adeptly handle what life keeps throwing at her. It’s wonderful when an author shows a girl fighting for hersel

    This is the second in the Witch Child Series, a sequel to Julia Vanishes, by Catherine Egan. Despite it being part of the same series and by the same author the writing style is different which is a good thing because it shows Egan stretching her literary legs proving she’s got more than the one book in her bag of tricks.

    You have to love a female teenage heroine who has been created to adeptly handle what life keeps throwing at her. It’s wonderful when an author shows a girl fighting for herself rather than playing the helpless victim in need of a guy to fight all her battles. It’s even better when it’s a teenager so young girls can be reminded of the power they have inside.

    It moves at a much faster pace with tons of action packed scenes so it made for a very quick read, shorter chapters also gave the illusion of blowing through it quicker than I did with the first. Her scene development is much better in this one as she has provided much more details about the world the characters live in so you get a better feel for the shape their lives take.

    Even through all the positives it still has a bit of a feel of being a ‘sandwich’ book; you know kind of like Two Towers from Lord of the Rings. The early foundation has been set but you have to string some of the story along before you can get to the juicy meat of the conclusion. It’s not a bad thing because you obviously can’t appreciate the conclusion without understanding the journey.

    Egan has some true writing talent by being able to juggle multiple stories and subplots but making them all feel equally important and fulfilled. Too often when authors try this there ends up being plot holes, inconsistencies or characters contradicting each other. Thankfully she managed to escape the pitfalls by writing a well thought out book.

    Very much looking forward to her third book so I can see where she’s taking us on this journey full of exciting escapades, passion and secrecy.

  • Vicki Sylvia
    Apr 18, 2017

    **thanks to Penguin Random for the ARC**

    Gah, okay. I had high hopes for this one. The first book in this series started pretty slow for me, but really picked up in the end, so I was thinking we were going to follow that vibe into Julia Defiant. Sadly, I had the same problem read this as I did Julia Vanishes. I felt like so much of this book was just filler and nothing really progressed. Until the last 50 or so pages I felt like the plot didn't move. I enjoyed the ending and there were some great

    **thanks to Penguin Random for the ARC**

    Gah, okay. I had high hopes for this one. The first book in this series started pretty slow for me, but really picked up in the end, so I was thinking we were going to follow that vibe into Julia Defiant. Sadly, I had the same problem read this as I did Julia Vanishes. I felt like so much of this book was just filler and nothing really progressed. Until the last 50 or so pages I felt like the plot didn't move. I enjoyed the ending and there were some great moments throughout, Egan's writing style certainly has matured. I'm invested in the story now, so I will continue on with the series. I really do enjoy some the characters, and I'm eger to see where Egan takes them. But, here's hoping the next book won't make me question why I'm reading 300 pages of filler to get to 50 pages of action and plot development.

  • Take Me Away To A Great Read
    Jun 17, 2017

    Julia Defiant by Catharine Egan

    (Witch’s Child #2)

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Release Date: June 13, 2017

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an early copy of Julia Defiant for an honest review.

    Julia Defiant has mystery, magic and an emotional journey of self discovery! With a new setting and new characters introduced, we get a whole lot more to love in this fantastic series. The world is expanded and the mystery is leading us to more

    Julia Defiant by Catharine Egan

    (Witch’s Child #2)

    Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Release Date: June 13, 2017

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an early copy of Julia Defiant for an honest review.

    Julia Defiant has mystery, magic and an emotional journey of self discovery! With a new setting and new characters introduced, we get a whole lot more to love in this fantastic series. The world is expanded and the mystery is leading us to more questions. While a new journey ends, by the end of the book a new one is about to begin.

    FULL REVIEW GO TO:

  • Michelle
    Jun 16, 2017

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

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    I have been totally loving reading books in a series back to back. This is the summer of the binge read for me. So I decided to do that with books one and two in the Witch's Child series. So this is a combined review for books one and two in the Witch's Child series by Catherine Egan.

    The first two books in the Witch's Child Series by Catherine Egan are Julia Vanishes and Julia Defiant. The books got a beautiful new c

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **

    I have been totally loving reading books in a series back to back. This is the summer of the binge read for me. So I decided to do that with books one and two in the Witch's Child series. So this is a combined review for books one and two in the Witch's Child series by Catherine Egan.

    The first two books in the Witch's Child Series by Catherine Egan are Julia Vanishes and Julia Defiant. The books got a beautiful new cover change for the release of the second book. While I really liked the original covers, I love the new covers. I am a big fan of the cover change and now I want to get both books with matching new covers. #BookBloggerProblems lol The Witch's Child series is a really interesting one for me, because it is one of the few series that I ended up liking the second book way, way more than I liked the first book.

    I found the first book, Julia Vanishes to be an interesting read, but I found it to be kind of confusing in a lot of places and kind of slow at the beginning. The book picked up a bit as it went on, but it was only an ok read for me. That was not the case at all with the second book. I really enjoyed Julia Defiant. The book takes place in a different location than the first book, which I thought was really interesting. I don't know of too many series that do that, but because of the new location, and some new characters, the whole book felt different to me. Even the writing felt fresh and different.

    To be honest, I think Catherine Egan stepped up her game with Julia Defiant...big time. I liked everything about Julia Defiant so much more than the first book. I liked the writing, the setting, and it was less confusing for me because I already had some concept of the world and what kind of witches they were. But there is still so much mystery surrounding the characters that I was continually interested in their adventure. The plot and pacing also felt faster and more exciting in Julia Defiant. You do need to read these books in order, and in Julia Defiant our group of characters sets out to find someone. (I don't want to give too much away.) I really enjoyed the world in created in the witch's child series. You aren't told much, you have to piece together the magic system and who all the players are. That was the tricky, and fun, part of the first book. In this world, most witches cast their spells by writing them down, which I thought was a really cool take on a witch's powers. And witch's are persecuted heavily in this world, so they are all in hiding.

    Fans of stories featuring witches and fans of European adventure stories that have a historical feel to them will really enjoy these atmospheric books. They are plot driven novels, and I have to say the second book was really really great. If you read Julia Vanishes, and you didn't fall in love with it, I would really urge you to continue on in the series because I found Julia Defiant to be a better overall story than the first book. I enjoyed it a lot!

    blue3.5

    Note on the rating: I gave Julia Vanishes 3 stars and Julia defiant 4 stars, which combined is a series rating of 3.5, so far. :)


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