Book of the New Sun

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,225 ratings

The Shadow of the Torturer Publisher's Summary

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.
©1980 Gene Wolfe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Shadow of the Torturer

    • The Book of the New Sun, Book 1
    • By: Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,226
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,230

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great writing, won't appeal to everyone

    • By Ryan on 03-20-10

    Regular price: $24.05

  • Book 2

    • The Claw of the Conciliator

    • The Book of the New Sun, Book 2
    • By: Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 679
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 528

    The Claw of the Conciliator 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fascinating world

    • By Riley A. Vann on 06-27-10

    Regular price: $22.46

  • Book 3

    • The Sword of the Lictor

    • The Book of the New Sun, Book 3
    • By: Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 501
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 401
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 401

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best plotless book ever.

    • By Katherine on 09-28-10

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • The Citadel of the Autarch

    • The Book of the New Sun, Book 4
    • By: Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 379

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The strange trip concludes

    • By Ryan on 10-08-13

    Regular price: $24.95