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The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly, and "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century" by The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Shadow & Claw brings together the first two books of the tetralogy in one volume:

The Shadow of the Torturer is the tale of young Severian, an apprentice in the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession -- showing mercy toward his victim.

Ursula K. Le Guin said, "Magic stuff . . . a masterpiece . . . the best science fiction I've read in years!"

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.

"Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced [is] the four-volume Book of the New Sun."--Chicago Sun-Times

"The Book of the New Sun establishes his preeminence, pure and simple. . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . once into it, there is no stopping."--The New York Times Book Review

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Shadow & Claw
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4.6 / 5
July 31st, 2014
I had heard of this book online and figures I'd give it a shot. I was not disappointed in the least. The first Book of the New Sun is incredibly well written and stretches ones imagination. The imperfection of the narrator combined with what could be described as a journal or diary sent back from the future make this one of my favourite books of all time. Five stars from me, I recommend this book highly. I can't wait to read the next book.
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February 11th, 2014
Quite weird this approach to science fiction/fantasy but poetic beautifully. This are the first two parts of the book of the new sun. An reinterpretation or inspirational taken from the Dying Earth. It works on a low pace but for me it's hypnotic.
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February 17th, 2013
Was good, but hard to understand what I was reading at times as the book doesn't explain much. Except a few things at the end. And I had a 29 yr olds level of reading in gr. 3. Definitely something that can and might need to be read twice.
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