Synopses & Reviews
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.
"(A)n auspicious debut . . . a muscular, Napoleonic-era fantasy that, like Phillip 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
". . . a deliciously convoluted tale. . . .The Choir Boats is a strong opening to what could be a remarkable project. Since it came from a small press without a great deal of fanfare, I particularly urge you to check it out." Faren Miller, Locus Magazine
"[A] fun fantasy that blends many elements into a read that is endlessly entertaining." Midwest Book Review
"(P)romises to be the start of a vibrant fantasy series." K. A. Severson, SFReader.com
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.
About the Author
Daniel majored in the study of folklore and fairytales as an undergradate at Harvard, with a minor in comparative lit and history. An executive at a global non-profit in education by day, Daniel explores a world called Yount by night and on weekends. He is currently working on The Indigo Pheasant: Volume Two of Longing for Yount. He is married to the woodcarver and artist Deborah Mills, who also illustrated his book. They live in New York City.