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The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey, Linda Carey,  Louise Carey, and Nimit Malavia
Cover Artist: Erik Mohr
Review by Drew Bittner
ChiZine Publications Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781926851532
Date: 13 March 2012 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Bokhari al-Bokhari is well supplied with concubines; he has one for every day of the year. But this kind and rather lazy ruler's reign is cut brutally short by Hakkim Mehdad and his violent zealots. Exiled and left to their own devices in the harsh desert, the women of al-Bokhari's seraglio must become hard as steel if they hope to survive...and retake their home.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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...

(Source: ChiZine Publications)

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