The Steel Seraglio by Mike; Carey CareyThe Steel Seraglio by Mike; Carey Carey

The Steel Seraglio

byMike; Carey Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey

Paperback | July 14, 2017

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The sultan Bokhari AlBokhari of Bessa has 365 concubines-until a violent coup puts the city in the hands of the religious zealot Hakkim Mehdad. Hakkim has no use for the pleasures of the flesh: he condemns the women first to exile and then to death. Cast into the desert, the concubines must rely on themselves and each other to escape from the new sultan's fanatical pursuit. But their goals go beyond mere survival: with the aid of the champions who emerge from among them, they intend to topple the usurper and retake Bessa from the repressive power that now controls it. The assassin, Zuleika, whose hands are weapons. The seer, Rem, whose tears are ink. The wise Gursoon, who was the dead sultan's canniest advisor. The camelthief, Anwar Das, who offers his lying tongue to the concubines' cause. Together, they must forge the women of the harem into an army, a seraglio of steel, and use it to conquer a city. But even if they succeed, their troubles will just be beginning-because their most dangerous enemy is within their own number.
Linda, Louise, and Mike Carey are three writers living in North London. Sometimes they write together, sometimes alone. Louise wrote THE DIARY OF A LONDON SCHOOLGIRL for the website of the London Metropolitan Archive. She also cowrote the graphic novel CONFESSIONS OF A BLABBERMOUTH with Mike. Linda, writing as A.J. Lake, authored...
Title:The Steel SeraglioFormat:PaperbackDimensions:439 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 14, 2017Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926851536

ISBN - 13:9781926851532

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed it It's difficult to tell that the book is written by three people - it reads cohesively and is well-written. They take you into a mysterious and foreign world and on an adventure with many twists and turns. It is a book about books and the value of the written word for civilization. But foremost, it is a book about women and their strength and perseverance.
Date published: 2018-07-31

Editorial Reviews

"The Careys nest smaller tales within the larger story and often jump around in time; it's a good approach, backed by fast pacing and great characters . . . a thrilling tale." -Publishers Weekly "The Steel Seraglio is a masterful, engaging and utterly fascinating story by three wonderful writers. One can only hope they will collaborate again, as this project has proven how well they work together. The reader is really the winner here."-SFRevu "With remarkable elegance, the Careys have enriched meta-fictional allegory into furious pop entertainment-full of sex, passion, violence, and magic. The Steel Seraglio is razor-sharp, cutting straight through the bullshit of bigotry to tell a fun, resonant story." -Slant Magazine