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Part #1 of "The Book of the New Sun" series by Gene Wolfe
The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume series, The Book of the New Sun. It 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 -- and follows subsequent journey out of his home city of Nessus.
Part #1 of "Book of the New Sun" series by Gene Wolfe
Recently voted the greatest fantasy of all time after The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit , Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun is an extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, on an Earth transformed in mysterious and wonderful ways. Severian is a torturer, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his victims, and now journeying to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner’s sword, Terminus Est. Won BSFA Award and World Fantasy Award in 1981. Nominated for Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1981.