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Daniel A. Rabuzzi

Daniel A. RabuzziDaniel A. Rabuzzi studied folklore and mythology in college and graduate school and keeps one foot firmly in the Other Realm. 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 soulmate, the artist Deborah A. Mills, along with the requisite two cats.

Longing for Yount

Longing for Yount — (2009-2012) Young adult Publisher: 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’ 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.

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The Choir Boats: Did Not Finish

The Choir Boats by Daniel A. Rabuzzi

The Choir Boats is set in an alternate 1812 London in which famous fictional characters exist alongside historical personages. As the novel begins, we meet a small cadre of Londoners who are all dissatisfied with their lives in one way or another, and their interest is piqued when they learn of the fantasy world of Yount, where they may be able to find their hearts' desires.

A common device in fantasy literature is the misdirection spell. A sorcerer casts this on a person or object, and while it doesn't technically become invisible, people's eyes just slide away. You try to look, and suddenly feel a mysterious compulsion to look somewhere else. My experience with The Choir Boats was much like I imagine such a spell might manifest. I would settle into my chair and try to read, and five pages later, my attention would slide away from the book. I... Read More