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 Description Random House, New York, NY, U.S.A, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Very Good Hard Cover with very good cover boards. Binding is solid, text is tight, pages are clean. Very Good dust jacket. ALMOST LIKE NEW BOOK - 35. Bookseller Inventory # 005525
Book Description Sidwick & Jackson, 1981. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 1st UK edition. Bookseller Inventory # 013180
Book Description Sidgwick & Jackson, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine: No signs of wear. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Cover Art: Bruce Pennington (illustrator). 1st UK Edition. © 1980: 1st in the 'Urth: Book Of The New Sun' series of books. 1st printing of 1st UK edition:- Synopsis: In a stunning blend of the lyric extravagance of fantasy and the keen edge of science fiction Gene wolfe begins his chronicle of Severian the Torturer, in this the first volume of 'The Book Of The New Sun'. One is not born into the torturer's guild, one is selected from the children of its victims and adopted. In the great Citadel built of unsmeltable grey metal, young Severian and his fellow apprentices study to achieve the rank of Master Torturer, learning the ancient mysteries of the guild, sworn to torture whom the Autarch says to torture, and to kill whom he says to kill. But with the coming of the Chatelaine Thecla, a woman of rare beauty who has lost her place in the inner circle of concubines of the Autarch's House Absolute, life changes for Severian, for he disobeys the rules he has been raised to follow. The young torturer expects to be killed for his crime; instead he is exiled from the City to serve as a simple executioner in distant Thrax. Before he leaves, his master gifts him with the ancient executioner's sword 'Terminus Est', the Line of Division. So armed, he sets forth into the vast City to begin his journey north, to the land of the mountains, and it is at the great gate of the City Imperishable that the first volume of 'The Book Of The New Sun' closes:- Review(s): "The first volume of a masterpiece. Totally original new, incomparable; the beginning of something great, the first exploration of a new world" - Ursula K Le Guin / "One expects any book from Gene Wolfe to be a classic - and here it is. Dark, daunting, and thoroughly believable" - Thomas M Disch / "No one who values intelligence, strangeness, and beauty in the same piece of fiction is likely to finish 'The Shadow Of The Torturer' either dissatisfied or sated" - Michael Bishop:- (original cost £7.95). Bookseller Inventory # 17.999.00075