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.
“[Rabuzzi exercises] an exuberance, an ebullience, a delight in language.” —Mythopoeic Society
“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.” —The Crow’s Caw
“(A)n auspicious debut . . . a muscular, Napoleonic-era fantasy that, like Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series, will appeal to both adult and young adult readers. There’s a Dickensian vibrancy . . . to Rabuzzi’s book; it’s filled with outsized characters, colorful slang, outrageous coincidences, buried secrets, stunning revelations, and star-crossed lovers.” —Paul Witcover, Realms of Fantasy Magazine
“The Choir Boats mixes all the best elements of folklore, Georgian romance, and fantasy to produce an eloquently crafted tale. . . . The tale is a significant contribution to the field of fantasy. . . . The Choir Boats is Gulliver’s Travels crossed with The Golden Compass and a dollop of Pride and Prejudice. Rabuzzi has a true sense of wonder. . . . I cannot praise Daniel Rabuzzi or The Choir Boats enough. This story is unique (and) an instant classic of fantasy, and perhaps even the co-progenitor (with Novik, Clarke, and a few others) of a new subgenre in speculative fiction.” —John Ottinger, Grasping for the Wind
“It’s clear that Rabuzzi had an immense amount of fun writing the book, and I think most readers who enjoy a fantastical and playful yarn will have as much fun reading it. It’s a story that can be read aloud or to oneself, breezed through quickly or slowly savored a chapter a night. The novel will appeal to both young and older readers.” —Katherine Petersen, The Specusphere