The Indigo Pheasant: Longing for Yount Volume 2

by Daniel A. Rabuzzi, illustrated by Deborah Mills
ISBN: 9781927469095
eISBN: 9781927469170

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London 1817. Maggie Collins, born into slavery in Maryland, whose mathematical genius and strength of mind can match those of a goddess, must build the world's most powerful and sophisticated machine—to free the lost land of Yount from the fallen angel Strix Tender Wurm. Sally, of the merchant house McDoon, who displayed her own powers in challenging the Wurm and finding Yount in The Choir Boats, must choose either to help Maggie or to hinder her. Together—or not—Maggie and Sally drive to conclusion the story started in The Choir Boats—a story of blood-soaked song, family secrets, sins new and old in search of expiation, forbidden love, high policy and acts of state, financial ruin, betrayals intimate and grand, sorcery from the origins of time, and battle in the streets of London and on the arcane seas of Yount.

Reviews of The Indigo Pheasant: Longing for Yount Volume 2:

The Indigo Pheasant is Dickens by way of C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen, set in a London where literature, history, science, and magic are all real.  The world is fascinating, the language is stunning, and the plot is beautifully maze-like, but it's the diverse and skillfully drawn cast of characters that really make it come alive.  I liked it even better than The Choir Boats, and that's saying something.
—Delia Sherman
Two young women, both brilliant mathematicians in 1817 London, must decide whether to team up to battle the fallen angel that holds the lost land of Yount in this young-adult fantasy alternate-history novel, sequel to the critically praised The Choir Boats.
In newer books, I offer Daniel A. Rabuzzi’s The Indigo Pheasant: Longing for Yount Volume 2, with a beautiful cover piece and intriguing interior illustrations by Deborah Mills.  A history that wasn’t but might’ve been, brimming with mathematics and music, secrets and slavery, angels and engines, this was a dense, dark read, full of unexpected bright spots and with a tendency toward beautiful turns of phrase.
The Indigo Pheasant is a colourful read in more ways than one. There’s a wealth of detail worked into every scene, as well as flashes of intertextuality and nods towards famous writers of the 19th Century. This has the effect of making Yount into a rich and realistic-seeming alternate world, every bit as complete as our own . . . (E)normously enjoyable . . . For a novel that is tentatively pitched at a young adult audience, it is surprisingly complex and worldly. If you enjoy original and authentic fantasy, then this is a book worth reading.
The Indigo Pheasant was a checklist of things I appreciate in my fiction:
  1. Strong and interesting protagonists, for whom I can care...
  2. Interesting world building (aided, in the case of this book, by the inclusion of miscellaneous side matter, like newspaper clippings and letters)...
  3. Authorial tricksy-ness.  The cards are not laid out on the table all at once.
An ambitious chimera of a tale.  Rabuzzi instills his prose with considerable wit, humor and a joyous use of language, his love of literature and history filling every page.
—A Crow's Caw

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Author Info

Daniel A. Rabuzzi studied folklore and mythology in college and graduate school, and keeps one foot firmly in the Other Realm. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Shimmer, ChiZine, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Abyss & Apex, Goblin Fruit, Mannequin Envy and Scheherezade’s Bequest. The Choir Boats, the first volume of his Longing for Yount series, was published through ChiZine Publications in 2009, followed by the second volume, The Indigo Pheasant, in 2012.

He has also had twenty scholarly and professional articles published on subjects ranging from fairytale to finance. A former banker, Daniel earned his doctorate in 18th-century history, with a focus on issues of family, gender and commerce in northern Europe. He is now an executive at a global non-profit organization that provides educational materials to children from under-resourced and traditionally marginalized communities. Daniel lives in New York City with his wife and soul-mate, the artist Deborah A. Mills, along with the requisite two cats.

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