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The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man

(The Map of Unknown Things #3)

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Ladies and gentlemen, for the very final time, Elizabeth and Edwin Barnabus will perform the grand illusion of the Vanishing Man.

Elizabeth Barnabus is a mutineer and a murderer. So they say. The noose awaits in Liverpool as punishment for her crimes. But they'll have to catch her first.

Disguised as a labourer, Elizabeth flees west across America, following a rumour of her
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Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by Angry Robot
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Daniel
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5

***WARNING -- POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK***

Oh, wow. Rod Duncan wraps up the Elizabeth Barnabus series with a tale that is wild, tight, beautiful, and heart-wrenching in so many different ways.

Elizabeth Barnabus, who, despite being an enemy of the Gas-Light Empire, is a strong supporter of the peace and stability that the Empire brings. Although she's given up all the information she can to the
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As soon as I received this, I dropped every other book I was reading and then binge-read through the entire night to finish. This has been one of my favorite series and although I am sad that it is definitely ending the second trilogy and is perhaps the last in the Elizabeth Barnabus books, it was a deeply satisfying and engrossing read. I have to applaud author Duncan in that each of the 6 books was very different and
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Mike
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galley
Elizabeth Barnabus, our intrepid adventurer, having made it to the Free States of America, is pursued, caught, and eventually escapes the custody of Gas-Lit Empire agents. She flees to a kingdom in Oregon, where a power-hungry monarch has plans for eastward conquest. Only a grand illusion and an assist from a long-lost ally can save her skin and keep the world from falling into ruin.

This is the sixth and final(?) adventure for Elizabeth and these books have been really enjoyable. This specific
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Paul Sparks
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a newbie to this author and was pleasantly surprised by this book, it’s not my usual fare but it kept me engaged and interested
Michele
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing end to this series. Unlike all the previous books this one features very little action - it is very focused on the protagonist, Elizabeth Barnabus, and reveals a great deal of her back story that's previously only been hinted at.
Star Bookworm
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
An entire review can be found at In Pursuit of My Own Library

The series is finally over. "Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire" occurred in an England torn in two with recurring characters and a unity of purpose. They flowed from one to the other even if I liked one book over another.

That cohesion and unity of world didn't turn up in the second trilogy of Elizabeth Barnabus. In fact, she is the only string tying the three books together. And she wasn't a very good string, unfortunately. Her charm seemed
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Jacey
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Elizabeth Barnabus, also sometimes known as Edwin in her manly disguise is wanted for capital crimes back in England. Leaving her lover, an agentn of the dreaded Patent Office, far behind, She searches acvross America into the wilds of the Oregon Territory in search of the brother, the real Edwin, she barely remembers. Politics and prophesy mesh as Elizabeth finds Edwin embroiled in court intreague with a king who believes he's destined to conquer the world – and he has the weapons to do it. The ...more
Michele
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an intriguing end to this series. Unlike all the previous books this one features very little action - it is very focused on the protagonist, Elizabeth Barnabus, and reveals a great deal of her back story that's previously only been hinted at.
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Rod Duncan worked in scientific research and computing before settling in Leicester to be a writer. His first novel, Backlash, was short-listed for the John Creasey Memorial Award (now the CWA Debut Dagger).

After four crime novels he switched to fantasy. The Bullet Catcher's Daughter was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. He is currently writing a series of alternate history books, called ‘
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