The City of Silk and Steel Paperback – 15 May 2014
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There's an intriguingly playful approach to the storytelling. There are rewards to be had for the patient reader. (SCI FI NOW)
A captivating book that carries you along on an entertaining journey. (SFX)
If you like classical feeling fantasy tales with modern complexities, which is enchanting, captivating and enjoyable then The City silk and Steel should be top of your list. (Gavin Pugh GAV READS)
An ARABIAN NIGHTS-style fantasy by the acclaimed author of the Felix Castor novels - and his wife and daughter.See all Product Description
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The fact that a new edition is currently available goes a little way towards making up for my taking so long to get around to reading this remarkable book.
The story, of a group of 365 concubines, plus servants & children, banished after a religious fanatic stages a coup and kills the Sultan and his family, is told in the style of the classic Arabian Nights stories, often featuring stories within stories, all told with a modern sensibility which never jars.
The main characters include: Rem, a librarian, who disguised herself as a boy to get the job; Zuleika, a pragmatic 14 year old girl who becomes a trained assassin; Anwar Das, a silver-tongued thief who seems to be able to lie his way out of anything and Gursoon, an older concubine who becomes the mother figure of the group.
The tone varies widely from dark to light, and back to dark, as the authors take us through each character's personal story. The telling of the way Hakkim, the fanatic, and his followers gradually builds their power base, and persecute those they perceive as corrupt and impure, slightly reminded me of scenes from the film, 'Cabaret' (adapted from the writing of Christopher Isherwood) detailing the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany. That this is melded perfectly with this Eastern influenced fantasy tale is impressive. Despite the fact that the book was co-written by three people (mother, father and daughter) I could spot little evidence of any sudden style changes. I'm told the current edition has been tweaked a little to make that transition between styles even smoother.
I really can't recommend this excellent book highly enough.
I'm not going to go into the plot here, but suffice to say that I read this about a year ago and the imagery it conjured still lingers in my mind to this day.
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An interesting read. These are engaging characters which are well developed and the setting is intriguing. An allegory of human behaviour, good and bad.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Big fan of Mike Carey(especially Felix Castor), but this was rubbish. Had to stop reading it part way through as nothing was happening apart from what various members of the harem... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark L
The latest Mike Carey and that has been written alongside his wife and daughter. Whilst a multiple author title is often hard to get into, this one is not only smooth but one that... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
A wonderful book, inspired by folklore and fairy tales - notably, the Arabian Nights.
It's told as a collection of independent stories, mainly told in flashback and each... Read more