The House of War and Witness
By M. R. Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey
Battle-hardened soldiers, a village with secrets and the lost souls of a timeless house collide in this stunning historical ghost story from the acclaimed authors of THE CITY OF SILK AND STEEL.
In the year 1740, with the whole of Europe balanced on the brink of war, a company of Austrian soldiers is sent to the village of Narutsin to defend the border with Prussia. But what should be a routine posting is quickly revealed to be anything but. The previous garrison is gone, the great house of Pokoj, where they're to be billeted, a dilapidated ruin, and the people of Narutsin sullen and belligerent. Convinced the villagers are keeping secrets - and possibly consorting with the enemy - the commanding officer orders his junior lieutenant, Klaes, to investigate.
While Klaes sifts through the villagers' truths, half-truths and lies, Drozde, the quartermaster's woman, is making uncomfortable discoveries of her own - about herself, her man, and the house where they've all been thrown together. Because far from being the empty shell it appears to be, Pokoj is actually teeming with people. It's just that they're all dead. And the dead know things - about Drozde, about the history of Pokoj, and about the terrible event that is rushing towards them all, seemingly unstoppable.
The ghosts of Pokoj, the soldiers of the empress and the villagers of Narutsin are about to find themselves actors in a story that has been unfolding for centuries. It will end in blood - that much is written - but how much blood will depend on Klaes' honour, Drozde's skill and courage, and the keeping of an impossible promise...
Mike Carey is a comics writer, novelist and screenwriter who lives and works in London. He is best known for his work on the multiple EISNER-nominated series LUCIFER and for a critically acclaimed run on Vertigo's flagship title, HELLBLAZER. He is the author of the Felix Castor novels and is currently writing the monthly series, THE UNWRITTEN, for DC Vertigo. He has also written X-MEN, X-MEN LEGACY and FANTASTIC FOUR for Marvel Comics. His screenplay SILENT WAR, written for Slingshot and Intrepid Pictures, is about to go into production.
Linda Carey, writing as A.J. Lake, authored the Darkest Age fantasy trilogy. She has also written for TV, most notably for the German animation series MEADOWLANDS, on which she shared the duties of lead writer.
Louise's Carey's previous writing includes DIARY OF A LONDON SCHOOLGIRL for the website of the London Metropolitan archive and the graphic novel CONFESSIONS OF A BLABBERMOUTH, co-written with Mike. She is a member of the Chicken Shed theatre company and has acted in their productions of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and GRIMM NIGHTS.
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19 Jun 2014
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It's a compelling, accomplished novel, deft with its characters and interesting with its themes — Strange Horizons
THE HOUES OF WAR AND WITNESS delivered a far more intriguing read than I was even expecting — Fantasy Book Review
It is... a brilliant story, a story about stories, about justice and hope, friendship and love between women — Liz Bourke Blogspot
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