23 July 2010

Choir Boats

Just a quick mention of a book I discovered yesterday. The Choir Boats by Daniel Rabuzzi is a dark fantasy set in Napoleonic London. This is what the blurb has to say about it:
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.
I have only read the first couple of chapters so far, but my first impression is that it is very good indeed. I am certainly enjoying it more than Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Even better, until the end of the month you can download a free copy of it from Wowio.

1 comment:

Deborah said...

Thanks so much for posting about The Choir Boats!

The free ebook is available until July 31, 2010 as Wowio's July Book of the Month:

http://news.wowio.com/2010/07/book-of-the-month-choir-boats/