Book of the New Sun
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  • 1
    The Shadow of the Torturer | Gene Wolfe

    The Shadow of the Torturer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    (78)
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    The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Gene Wolfe's classic masterwork

    Gene Wolfe's 4-volume 'Book of the New Sun' (5 volumes, when you add 'The Urth of the New Sun') is arguably one of the finest works of 20th century fi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 August 2010 by Peter (Lymm, Cheshire, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    The Claw of the Conciliator | Gene Wolfe

    The Claw of the Conciliator

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    The Claw of the Concillator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    A very twisty tale and gothic

    The second part in this series of 4 books picks up some point after the rather sudden ending of the first, leaving me with the feeling that I was miss..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 March 2014 by mark (Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    The Sword of the Lictor | Gene Wolfe

    The Sword of the Lictor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
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    The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

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  • 4
    The Citadel of the Autarch | Gene Wolfe

    The Citadel of the Autarch

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Citadel of the Autarch brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion, as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will alter forever the realm known as Urth.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Simply stunning.

    This series is probably one of my favourite in all of fantasy /speculative fiction. I encountered it years ago, and have never understood why it is no..Show More »

    Reviewed on 04 September 2016 by Ian Jamison (UK)