The first two volumes of Gene Wolfe's magnificent, award-winning The Book of the New Sun.
An extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, in the time of a dying sun, when our present culture is no longer even a memory.
Severian, a torturer's apprentice, is exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his prisoners. Ordered to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner's sword, Terminus Est, Severian must make his way across the perilous, ruined landscape of this far-future Urth. But is his finding of the mystical gem, the Claw of the Conciliator, merely an accident, or does Fate have a grander plans for Severian the torturer . . . ?
This edition contains the first two volumes of this four-volume novel, THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER and THE CLAW OF THE CONCILIATOR.
One of the great science fantasy epics of all time - George R.R. Martin
A masterpiece. Totally original, new, incomparable; the beginning of something great. - Ursula Le Guin
The first two volumes of one of the greatest novels ever written - Kim Stanley Robinson
Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) Gene Wolfe was born in New York in 1931 and raised in Texas. After serving in the Korean War he graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston and worked in engineering until becoming an editor of a trade periodical, Plant Engineering, in 1972. Following his retirement in 1984, he wrote full-time. The author of over three dozen award-wining novels and story collections, he is regarded as one of modern fantasy's most important writers. His best-known work, the four volume far-future Book of the New Sun, won the World Fantasy, BSFA, Nebula, British Fantasy and John W. Campbell memorial Awards. He won the World Fantasy Award four times for his novels and collections and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award for his extraordinary body of work. Gene Wolfe lived in Illinois with his wife, Rosemary, until he passed away in April 2019.