Book of the New Sun

5 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,820 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.
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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 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,819
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,457
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,461

    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
    • "All of you are torturers, one way or another"

    • By Jefferson on 10-21-12

    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 803
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 642

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant Enought to Engage a NON Fantasy Reader.

    • By Darwin8u on 04-11-12

    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 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 579
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Shone brilliant @ times, but muted in the middle

    • By Darwin8u on 01-13-13

    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 560
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 461
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460

    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

  • Book 5

    • The Urth of the New Sun

    • The Book of the New Sun, Book 5
    • By: Gene Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    Listeners return to the world of Severian, now the Autarch of Urth, as he leaves the planet on one of the huge spaceships of the alien Hierodules to travel across time and space to face his greatest test, to become the legendary New Sun or die. The strange, rich, original spaceship scenes give way to travels in time, wherein Severian revisits times and places which fill in parts of the background of the four-volume work, that will thrill and intrigue particularly listeners who enjoyed the earlier books. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yes! Finally!

    • By Niloc Markovich on 06-12-18

    Regular price: $25.51