Daniel A. Rabuzzi, who first graced our pages in September 2008 with Four and Twenty and again in March 2009 with Before St. George Came, saw the release of his fantasy novel The Choir Boats in 2009. Published by ChiZine Publications, The Choir Boats was selected by January Magazine as a Top Ten Young Adult Novel for 2009.
The Choir Boats explores issues of race, gender, sin, and salvation, and includes a mysterious letter, knuckledogs, carkodrillos, smilax root, goat stew, and one very fierce golden cat. Reviewers describe it as “Gulliver’s Travels crossed with The Golden Compass and a dollop of Pride and Prejudice,” and “a muscular, Napoleonic-era fantasy that, like Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series, will appeal to both adult and young adult readers.”
For just a few more days, The Choir Boats is available as a free download from Wowio, where it was selected as their July Book of the Month. This special edition of the novel includes bonus illustrations by Deborah A. Mills. It’s also DRM-free, so it can be read on any device compatible with PDFs, and shared with friends just like a regular book. There is no excuse to miss this spectacular read!