Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Debut Showcase: The Choir Boats

The Choir Boats: Volume One of Longing for Yount
(Amazon USA - Canada)
by Daniel A. Rabuzzi
ChiZine Publications
Prologue and First Five Chapters
Interior Illustrations
Trade Paperback

London, 1812 | Yount, Year of the Owl

What would you give to make good on the sins of your past? For merchant Barnabas McDoon, the answer is: everything.

When emissaries from a world called Yount offer Barnabas a chance to redeem himself, he accepts their price—to voyage to Yount with the key that only he can use to unlock the door to their prison. But bleak forces seek to stop him: Yount's jailer, a once-human wizard who craves his own salvation, kidnaps Barnabas's nephew. A fallen angel—a monstrous owl with eyes of fire—will unleash Hell if Yount is freed. And, meanwhile, Barnabas's niece, Sally, and a mysterious pauper named Maggie seek with dream-songs to wake the sleeping goddess who may be the only hope for Yount and Earth alike.

ChiZine is long known in Fantasy circles as a magazine, so it interested me to learn that they were now publishing books. The author had a nice book launch at WorldCon in Montreal, to which he was gracious enough to invite me, and which I would have been happy to accept had it been possible for me to go. This may appear to be another blend of Christian elements, but judging from the reviews I've read, probably not.


Hagelrat said...

i love this book! You need to give it time and savour it, can't be rushed, but it's wonderful.

Chicory said...

I love the front cover, but I spent the whole blurb going `so... exactly WHAT is he trying to redeem himself from?'

Tia Nevitt said...

Wow; Hagelrat; that's a great endorsement!

Yeah, you don't know quite what his sins are. That's probably a doozy of a secret that's revealed at the end of the book. That would be my guess, anyway.

Raven said...

Oh, I hope we don't have to wait till the end to find out. I like learning the characters' sins early on and watching them angst over them.

Yes, I'm a sadist when it comes to characters. :D

Anonymous said...

I was hung up on wondering what his sins were, too.

It felt like there was a lot going on in the blurb but without a really clear direction.

However, it sounds intriguing enough that I want to read it just to satisfy my own curiosity. :)

Rachel Heston Davis
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