I know that the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 caught me tangled in different things and I was not able to write a top of my favorite 2011 readings or a list of my most anticipated titles of 2012. However, I will say today that one novel that I am looking forward to read this year is the result of collaboration between Mike Carey, Linda Carey and Louise Carey and due to be released by Chizine Publications next week, “The Steel Seraglio”. There are plenty of reasons for my interest in “The Steel Seraglio”, my love for Mike Carey’s Felix Castor novels, the publisher’s name, because Chizine is one the strongest small presses present on the market and is an almost guarantee for great quality in published fiction, and last but not least a very intriguing, but equally appealing, synopsis. There are a couple more, but let’s resume only to these ones. Well, maybe one more, the book trailer that fulfilled its role and increased my interest in “The Steel Seraglio”.
The sultan Bokhari Al-Bokhari 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 camel-thief, 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...
Thanks for posting about The Steel Seraglio. I did not notice the book before.
The blurb sounds really interesting.
Indeed sounds very interesting. I am looking forward to read it as soon as possible :)
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