Recently voted the greatest fantasy of all time, after The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun is an extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, on an Earth transformed in mysterious and wondrous ways, in a time when our present culture is no longer even a memory. Severian, the central character, is a torturer, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his victims, and journeying to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner's sword, Terminus Est.
This edition contains all 4 of this four volume novel: The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor, Citadel of the Autarch.
Severian is a torturer, born to the guild and with an exceptionally promising career ahead of him ...until he falls in love with one of his victims, a beautiful young noblewoman. Out of love, Severian helps her commit suicide and escape her fate - no more unforgivable act for a torturer. He is exiled from the guild and his home city to the distant metropolis of Thrax with little more than Terminus Est, a fabled sword, to his name. Along the way he has to learn to survive in a wider world without the guild - a world in which he has already made both allies and enemies. And a strange gem is about to fall into his possession, which will make his enemies pursue him with ever more determination ...Welcome to a world in which nothing is quite as it seems; to an unreliable narrator; to extraordinary, vivid and evocative writing; to one of the greatest genre classics of all time.
Nebula Award Winner 1982 (The Claw of the Conciliator)
World Fantasy Award Winner 1981 (The Shadow of the Torturer)
BSFA Award Winner 1982 (The Shadow of the Torturer)
Locus Award Winner 1983 (The Sword of the Lictor)
Locus Award Winner 1982 (The Claw of the Conciliator)
'..one of the greatest novels ever written' Kim Stanley Robinson
'One of the great science fantasy epics of all time' George R.R. Martin
"Magic stuff...a masterpiece...the best science fiction I've read in years!" --Ursula K. Le Guin
"one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century" The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
"Arguably the best piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced." --Chicago Sun-Times"
"The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping."--The New York Times Book Review
"a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" Publishers Weekly
Gene Wolfe, born in New York and raised in Texas, trained as a mechanical engineer. He began to publish short stories in the 1960s. He has won many awards, including a World Fantasy Award for THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER and a Nebula for THE CLAW OF THE CONCILIATOR. He is a World Fantasy Life Achievement winner.