The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun, Book 1)

By Gene Wolfe

The Shadow of the Torturer is a technological know-how fiction novel by means of Gene Wolfe, first published in 1980. it's the first quantity within the four-volume sequence, The publication of the hot sunlight. Wolfe accomplished the sequence (in draft shape) prior to The Shadow of the Torturer used to be published.

It relates the tale of Severian, an apprentice within the Seekers for fact and Penitence (the guild of torturers), from his formative years via his expulsion from the guild, and next trip out of his domestic urban of Nessus.

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