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Sword & Citadel

Sword & Citadel
by Gene Wolfe
Published by Orb, 1994
Amazon.com: paperback
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Highly recommended by: Elliot Hanowski
[Sword & Citadel]

Book Rating
Rated 3 (Highly Recommended) by: 6 people
Rated 2 (Recommended) by: 2 people
Rated 1 (Suggested) by: 2 people
Rated 0 (Reviewed) by: nobody
Total Votes: 10 people
Average Rating: 2.35 (Recommended)
Score: 2.35 (Recommended)

Sword & Citadel handily collects the third and fourth volumes of The Book of the New Sun: The Sword of the Lictor and The Citadel of the Autarch. It begins with Severian as lictor of the mountain city of Thrax, and ends with his first deeds as Autarch (this is not a spoiler, since from the very beginning he promises to explain how he has 'backed into the throne.') Near the end he indicates that he intends to leave Urth, to be judged by the Hierogrammates as the representative of his planet. If judged worthy, he will be permitted to bring a New Sun and thus destroy and resurrect his failing world. It is this story which is told in The Urth of the New Sun, the coda which Wolfe wrote several years after The Book of the New Sun's completion. (September, 2006)

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Other Comments:

This four book series, Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, Sword of the Lictor, and Citadel of the Autarch are extremely complex but delightful renderings of a world so far in the future that it is hard to recognize as our own. Yet Severian, the torturer who shows mercy, becomes a strange Everyman, who shows us decency and wonder in a strange, but absorbing place. Christians will not find an obvious tract here: this is a dense literary journey, but it will bless you. – Diane Joy Baker

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