Mike Carey, Linda Carey and Louise Carey

at our London Megastore

MIKE CAREY, LINDA CAREY AND LOUISE CAREY will be signing their novel, CITY OF SILK AND STEEL (Gollancz) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 6th April from 4 - 5pm.

Once, in a city known as Bessa, there was a sultan named Bokhari Al-Bokhari, who was thrown down by the zealots of the ascetic Hakkim Mehdad. The sultan, his wives and children were put to the sword, while his 365 concubines were sent to a neighbouring caliph as tribute, Hakkim having no use for the pleasures of the flesh. But a day after the caravan had departed from Bessa, Hakkim discovered the terrible secret that the concubines had hidden from him. His reaction was swift and cruel.

This is the tale - or tales - of how a remarkable group of women fight together to survive both the fury of Hakkim and the rigours of the desert. It is the tale of Zuleika, whose hidden past holds the key to their future, and of Rem, the librarian whose tears are ink. Of the wise Gursoon, who defines the group's conscience, and of the silver-tongued thief, Anwar Das, who knows when to ignore that conscience.

The list of credits and titles to Mike Carey’s name is as sparkling as it is long – and the publication of his Felix Castor series of novels have proved that he can move format without losing his insight, skill or passion. For City of Silk and Steel, Mike’s wife and daughter have joined him in creative partnership.