Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’

By | October 7, 2017
Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' Author Gene Wolfe
ISBN-10 0312890184
ISBN-13 9780312890186
Year 1994-10-15
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Orb Books
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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 Sword Citadel brings together the final two books of the tetralogy in one volume The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe s remarkable epic chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny as he carries out a dark mission far from his home The Citadel of the Autarch brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will forever alter the realm known as Urth Brilliant terrific a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind An extraordinary work of art Philadelphia Inquirer The Book of the New Sun establishes Wolfe s 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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