Severian of the Guild

Severian of the Guild : Shadow of TheTorturer; Claw of The Conciliator; Sword of The Lictor; Citadel of The Autarch

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Severian is a torturer, born to the guild and with an exceptionally promising career ahead of him ...until he falls in love with one of his victims, a beautiful young noblewoman. Out of love, Severian helps her commit suicide and escape her fate - no more unforgivable act for a torturer. He is exiled from the guild and his home city to the distant metropolis of Thrax with little more than Terminus Est, a fabled sword, to his name. Along the way he has to learn to survive in a wider world without the guild - a world in which he has already made both allies and enemies. And a strange gem is about to fall into his possession, which will make his enemies pursue him with ever more determination ...Welcome to a world in which nothing is quite as it seems; to an unreliable narrator; to extraordinary, vivid and evocative writing; to one of the greatest genre classics of all time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 40mm | 1,182g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575081309
  • 9780575081307
  • 301,117

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"There are some books you have to have read if you want to claim to know science fiction. This is one of them." -- Liz Holliday SCI FI NOW
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About Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe, born in New York and raised in Texas, trained as a mechanical engineer. He began to publish short stories in the 1960s. He has won many awards, including a World Fantasy Award for THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER and a Nebula for THE CLAW OF THE CONCILIATOR. He is a World Fantasy Life Achievement winner.
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3 14% (414)
2 6% (160)
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