The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun, Book 1)

By Gene Wolfe

The Shadow of the Torturer is a technology fiction novel by means of Gene Wolfe, first published in 1980. it's the first quantity within the four-volume sequence, The e-book of the hot solar. Wolfe accomplished the sequence (in draft shape) sooner than The Shadow of the Torturer was once published.

It relates the tale of Severian, an apprentice within the Seekers for fact and Penitence (the guild of torturers), from his adolescence via his expulsion from the guild, and next trip out of his domestic urban of Nessus.

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