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The Shadow of the Torturer

(The first book in the Urth : Book of the New Sun series)
A novel by

John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Recently voted the greatest fantasy of all time after The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun is an extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, on an Earth transformed in mysterious and wonderful ways. Severian is a torturer, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his victims, and now journeying to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner's sword, Terminus Est.

Genre: Fantasy

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