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. It is possible I already had some presentiment of my future. The locked and rusted gate that stood before us, with wisps of river fog threading its spikes like the. Overview: The book opens with the protagonist, Severian, barely surviving a swim in the River Gyoll. Severian is an apprentice in the torturers’.

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I can see where one might. Whilst I can certainly appreciate aspects of this writing, for example Gene has a wonderfully lyrical prose which makes Death sound lovely and Life dismal, or vice versa depending on what he wishes to get across, it’s SO long When a young woman named Thecla is brought to the citidel to be tortured, Severian soon forms a friendship with her. After finishing the four book series, I’m upgrading book one to 5 stars. To stress how slow this book is: The lighting in the Citadel is clearly from something as long-lasting as nuclear power; some of the torture techniques are based on psychotropic drugs; and the Tower of the Torturers is clearly part of a long-defunct and partially overgrown and overbuilt spaceship.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. A book a protean as its author’s talent. Sep 19, Nick T. While on their way, urged by Agia’s bet to a passing fiacretheir driver crashes into and destroys the altar of a religious order, ghe Agia is accused of stealing a precious artifact.


You will not be disappointed. Many torfurer these you can pick up in context, until after the halfway point of the book when context goes out the window.

Thecla’s crime is never made clear, though it is ultimately implied that she is imprisoned for political reasons since Thecla’s half-sister is Thea, Vodalus’s lover. Learn more tortrer Amazon Prime.

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolf

He is given better wolef and more interesting work. Davis’s performance is perfection. I love my magic reading box! I noticed some of the more literary reviewers who also picked up on the mythological references gave this book two stars or so simply because they thought, “oh, dear, yet ANOTHER metafictional story, yawn.

The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession—showing mercy towards his victim. He falls in love instantly as soon as he lays eyes on the woman and despite his ardent desire, he ot hesitate to cleave off the head of his so called love or put a knife in her hand so she can do the job herself.

I imagined something that might evoke Peake or Leiber at his bestperhaps with a complexity and depth gesturing toward Milton or Ariosto.

Severian is assigned to bring the imprisoned woman food and books, and also to provide her with some company, perhaps to create false hope in her until the order arrives for her torture woofe begin. Nevertheless, it’s a crackin’ good book. But when you string along a bunch of them, I start getting annoyed. The author deserves the kudos he was reaching for. Among other annual awards for fantasy or science fiction novels, it placed second for the Locus fantasythird for the Campbell Memorial SFand was a finalist for the Nebula SF.


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We get an early impression that Severian does not necessarily relish the shaow to join the torturers guild, it is just something that he sees as a natural progression of his studies. The guilds that exist in this world are a throwback to the late-medieval, early-Renaissance trade unions that took in people and trained them all their lives for specific duties.

He next encounters and falls in love with Theclaa beautiful aristocratic prisoner. I’m sure we’ll hear about it later wolf I would have appreciated a bit more info. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. His unreliability would have to leave gaping holes that point to another, more likely conclusion. Minor perhaps but speaks to Wolfe’s thoughtful approach as to what may be if.

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Dazed and confused, the woman follows Severian and Agia. Duels are fought among the different varieties of wealthy classes when they aren’t dodging the Autarch, the dictator king and his Guild of Torturers.

They had their high and low points, as fo star ratings indicate, but I won’t take the time to write a detailed review of each.

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