House of War and Witness

House of War and Witness

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1740. With the whole of Europe balanced on the brink of war, an Austrian regiment is sent to the furthest frontier of the empire to hold the border against the might of Prussia. Their garrison, the ancient house called Pokoj. But Pokoj is already inhabited, by a company of ghosts from every age of the house's history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 30.48mm | 482g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1771483121
  • 9781771483124
  • 2,620,941

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Praise for the Careys

"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 . . . [The Steel Seraglio is] a thrilling tale."
--Publishers Weekly

"The Steel Seraglio brings its alternate world of struggle, politics and magic very much to life, transcending the more labored construct of symbol and metaphor in a fairy tale or fable retold only to make some kind of point."

"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

"The Steel Seraglio is not a work of feminist or utopian theory. Nor is it a historical fantasy, a romance, a thriller, a poem, an allegory, or an epic. Rather, somehow, it is all of these things, mixed with a handful of gnomic utterances, a generous splash of the comic, and permeated by a deep understanding of what it means to weave a fairytale through with vision, to tell stories as a way of making meaning and making change, and to let those stories hang and fall. . . ."
--Neon Magazine

"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."
--SF Revu
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About Mike Carey

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 SCHOOL GIRL for the website of the London Metropolitan Archive. She also co-wrote the graphic novel CONFESSIONS OF A BLABBERMOUTH with Mike.

Linda, writing as A.J. Lake, authored the Darkest Age fantasy trilogy. She has also written for TV, most notably for the German fantasy animation series MEADOWLANDS.

Mike has written extensively in the comics field, where his credits include LUCIFER, HELLBLAZER, X-MEN, and THE UNWRITTEN (nominated for both the Eisner and Hugo Awards). He is also the author of the Felix Castor novels, and of the X-Men Destiny console game for Activision, and as M.R. Carey he is the author of the novel THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS. He is currently writing a movie screenplay, SILENT WAR for Slingshot Studios and Intrepid Pictures.

They share their crowded house with two other writers/artists, a cat, and several stick insects.
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212 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 32% (67)
4 47% (99)
3 16% (33)
2 6% (12)
1 0% (1)
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