To say that Gene Wolfe is a difficult author is both a compliment and a knock. In Shadow of the Torturer, the first in a four book series known as The Book of the. The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume of the four-volume “One expects any book from Gene Wolfe to be a classic — and here it is. Gene Wolfe’s science fiction is neither operatic nor scientifically accurate; his In the early part of the first novel, “The Shadow of the Torturer,”.

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And I think I already mentioned that before. I know most sci fi and fantasy authors seem to love complexity for its own sake, but it’s a cardinal sin of storytelling: Wolfe’s terms pepper otherwise and unremarkable modern style, which hardly helps to throw us into a strange world. This is work of literary fiction as much as it is a fantasy book. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

This story is deeply emotional and introspective and, as usual, Mr. Different cover than shown. My other admission is to trepidation: Master Palaemon gives Severian a letter of introduction to the archon of the city and Terminus Esta magnificent executioner’s sword.

It’s enormous fun picking away at Severian’s ideas about the past of his far future Urth, at the mysteries of his companions Jonas why does he have a mechanical hand? The rest of the novel details the first part of his journey to the town of Thrax, tortturer meeting of two strange women who are not all they seem and a sojourn in the hallucinatory, bizarre Botanical Gardens, where duelists pick poisonous, writhing alien plants with stems as long as maces which they use to fight one another in single combat.


Sep 28, Malum rated it it was ok Shelves: One could write a dissertation on interpreting the meanings of these stories as they relate to the overall themes of the book, and this effort is far beyond me, but Marc Aramini does discuss the implications of tortruer number these stories in his book Between Light and Shadow: I can see where one might.

It goes so much deeper than the review even implies. It’s definitely a fine way of hooking us in and certainly worked for me as I’ve already nearly finished book two, “Claw of the Conciliator”.

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I admit I might be influenced by my expectations in both directions, but it doesn’t change the fact that I liked the novel. I liked the characters and I loved the world, I just hope in future books something All of them are top-notch. This can also be seen as a religious allegory, though his tone is somber and the redemption is subtle forturer hidden in his intricate writi A dark jewel.

There are certain books that can be considered life-changing experiences. Talos, travelling as mountebankswho invite Severian to join them in a play to be performed the same wofe.

What events cause a society to forget all it once knew and regress, other than a lack of industrial quantities of resources?

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Things happen that are foreshadows of events that occur later in the book and also the series. It appears to be addressed to one of the two women: Talos, Baldanders and Jolenta, who are almost ready to perform the play they had invited Severian to the morning before.


I was very worried it wouldn’t because the period of the late seventies and early eighties was a time of Fantasy that I just never really liked. While constantly impressed with the references and allusions littered through the story and the resonance of the world Wolfe builds, snadow book in the end failed to engage my emotions alongside my brain. But then, that begs the question, doesn’t it? Agia attempts to both seduce and attack Severian, fruitlessly.

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolf

The Shadow of the Torturer introduces Severian, an orphan who grew up in the torturer’s guild. When it comes time for Thecla to be tortured, Severian commits the ultimate sin of showing mercy to his victim and assists her in committing suicide to end her suffering. On his way back to the Citadel Severian and several other apprentices sneak into a necropolis where Severian first encounters Vodalus, the legendary revolutionary.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The prose is beautiful.

The chronicles of Severian there are four books in this series, I think were so unlike any kind of fantasy book I’d read that I was really haunted by them, especially the first book.

Scenes of vivid horror and velvet humor, episodes of bravura slapstick and vaudevillian bravery Paris Adrift EJ Swift 9. Nevertheless, it’s a crackin’ good book.

I found this book very difficult to read.