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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, 382 pages
Published 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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John Adams
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I reviewed this recently for the British Fantasy Society. I liked it and felt it was extremely well written, but felt it had a very English tone considering it was set in America.

You can read my full review here on the BFS website:

http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/...
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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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Annie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man is an alternate history epic and the third book in the Map of Unknown Things series by Rod Duncan. Due out 14th Jan 2020 from Angry Robot, it's 400 pages and will be available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats.

This was a compelling read and a beautifully well engineered and plotted denouement to a really enjoyable series. It is ostensibly an alternate timeline fantasy but there are so many more themes
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Melissa
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Will
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.8 / 5 ✪

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I was kindly furnished with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Angry Robot for the ARC! All opinions are my own.

While I was divided on my intro to Elizabeth Barnabus in Queen of All Crowsthe next book in the Map of Unknown Things completely blew me away. The description, the setting, the world-building, the tension all sold me on continuing the series. While the characters changed, two things remained constantElizabeth, and
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Sara Codair
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this. It was the best one in both of the the trilogies aside from The Bullet Catcher's Daughter.
Jess (Iorelyn)
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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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Tricia
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, fantasy, series, have
Audio. I had to brace myself to listen to this as I had been so disappointed by the narrator of the previous book - not a patch on Gemma Whelan. It was marginally better this time - marginally being the operative word in the sentence which is just as well as I would not have wanted to miss the culmination of Elizabeth Barnabus' adventures.

Again beautifully written and well paced with some fabulous new characters - some expected, some not so much. Whilst the redoubtable Elizabeth was the centre
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Annarella
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a bit bizarre starting a series with the 3rd instalment but I fell in love with the cover and couldn't resist.
I can say I'm happy I requested this ARC because I discovered an amazing series and found this book engrossing and enjoyable.
This instalment is character driven, there's a lot going on with lost relation and the need the meet again.
The world building is amazing and complex, the plot is well crafted and the character are interesting and well crafted.
I hope this won't be the last
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Bmeyer
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great cap to this series! While I have enjoyed it from the first book onward, I was delighted to find how well Duncan wrapped up these books. Also I thought he approached his non-binary character very well. Initially I was concerned I would become confused with the use of "they" instead of "he/she" simply because of my own lack of familiarity with the new-ish grammatical usage but in fact I found it very uncomplicated. I'm glad that character was included if only to further widen my own ...more
MichaelK
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-british
I loved this series so much, and am very sad it has come to an end (only temporarily, I hope). I stayed up far too late last night finishing it, despite my very early start this morning, so my mind is in no state to write a detailed review. Take this as a glowing recommendation.
Briauna A.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfection. Twist, turns, the struggle of loving people while defending what you believe is right, loved every page.
Paul Sparks
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a newbie to this author and was pleasantly surprised by this book, its not my usual fare but it kept me engaged and interested ...more
Debby Kean
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! It's book 4 in a series, I didn't read the others but could still appreciate this. Well done!
Sarah
Mar 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth (and perhaps final?) book in Rod Duncans Elizabeth Barnabus series, including the three Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire books which I absolutely loved and the reason why I slogged through the second trilogy, Map of Unknown Things, which I did not like very much but was hoping for better books coming (Queen of All Crows), or absolutely hated (The Outlaw and the Upstart King and this book).

I hated the book before this one (Outlaw and Upstart King), specifically because it did not give
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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.
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
Louise
3 Stars

The more this series moves away from the steampunk crossdressing adventures and supporting cast (more Julia and John Farthing always needed), the more underwhelmed I feel.

Much like the previous entry in this series, I am not invested enough in the second protagonist in this book to care very much about their plot. Which is a bit of a problem as they are basically the primary protagonist while Elizabeth does very little in this instalment.

Still fun though. And a quick read once I broke my
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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.
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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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 The
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