Saturday, 6 September 2014

FANTASY REVIEW: The City of Silk and Steel - Mike Carey, Linda Carey and Louie Carey

Release Date: 15/05/14
Publisher:  Gollancz


This is the tale of a city - like any other city, to begin with - and how it was lost and won, and lost again. This is the tale of an unusual army and its extraordinary leaders: Rem, the librarian, whose tears are ink; wise Gursoon, who defines their conscience; and the silver-tongued thief, Anwar Das, who knows when to ignore that conscience. And it is the tale of the mysterious Zuleika, with her unexpected gift for violence. Without her, the city could not have been taken; because of her, it could not be held. Most of all, this is the tale of Bessa, the city of silk and steel, as much legend as truth: its fate will haunt you for as long as stories are told ...


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 has magic weaving its way through the pages and when added to Mikes wonderfully identifiable style that brings story to the fore with cracking characters all round generated a story that I was more than happy I took the time to savour.

Add to this some great twists, top notch prose and of course dialogue that just rolled off the pages into my imagination alongside a world that was fully formed and all round I was a more than happy reader. Great stuff.

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