In 1817 a young slave, Maggie Collins, is born with a mathematical genius rivalled by no other mind. Her fate is to build the world`s most sophisticated machine in order to free the lost land of Yount from a dark angel, name Strix Tender Strum...a powerful force that Sally McDoon knows all too well. Both must choose to either help or hinder the other in the hopes of achieving independence for those that have been trapped in Yount since their ill-fated journey in The Choir Boats. Much pain and darkness befall the House of McDoon, yet all the eyes of London and some from other worlds, are watching...waiting.
I was very excited to put my nose into The Indigo Pheasant as I`ve been waiting since 2010 for part 2 of The Choir Boats adventure. I have to say, however, that this second instalment didn`t entertain or fascinate me as much. Though Rabuzzi has a way of writing that`s so lyrical in nature it captivates you, and even through the story itself is slow moving, you still feel as though it`s rushing by and before you know it, you`re closing the book cover and wishing you had one more page. But the plot itself left me a bit underwhelmed. Many of the characters that I fell in love before with were simply mentioned and had no major role, certain storylines especially that of Sally`s, were darker than I would have like, especially for YA fair.
The story crawled by which frustrated me. Only in the last couple chapters did the story really pick up and give me some entertainment and the old characters that I was used to seeing all the way through The Choir Boats. I could tell that Rabuzzi struggled to keep up the complexity of story and aside from a couple jaw-dropping moments, the only thing that kept me going was the amazing writing.