Series: The Book of the New Sun

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The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe1
The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe2
Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene WolfeOmnibus 1-2
The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe3
The Citadel of the Autarch by Gene Wolfe4
Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene WolfeOmnibus 3-4
The Book of the New Sun by Gene WolfeOmnibus 1-4
The Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe5

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Series description

The Book of the New Sun is a novel in four parts written (1980–83) by science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe. It chronicles the journey and ascent to power of Severian, a disgraced journeyman torturer who rises to the position of Autarch, the one ruler of the free world. Severian, who claims that he has perfect memory, tells the story in first person; the books are presented by Wolfe as a translation of Severian's writings into contemporary English. The series takes place in the distant future, where the Sun has dimmed considerably and the Earth (referred to in the series as "Urth") is slowly cooling.


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