The Steel Seraglio

The Steel Seraglio

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Cast out of the Arabian city of Bessa by the new tyrannical sultan, a harem of 365 women must forge an army, a seraglio of steel, and use it to take back the city. But even if they succeed, their troubles will just be beginning--because their most dangerous enemy is within their own number ...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 30.48mm | 497g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1926851536
  • 9781926851532
  • 403,762

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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 Schoolgirl 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. 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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Rating details

642 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 40% (255)
4 37% (239)
3 18% (118)
2 4% (24)
1 1% (6)
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