Shadow & Claw The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun'

New Sun

Gene Wolfe

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

416 Pages



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The Book of the New Sun, a series of four novels, is unanimously acclaimed as Wolfe's most memorable work, hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis"—and by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction as "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century".

Shadow & Claw collects the first two novels in this Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning tetralogy: The Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator.


Praise for Shadow & Claw

"The Book of the New Sun establishes [Wolfe's] pre-eminence, pure and simple . . . The Book of the New Sun contains elements of Spenserian allegory, Swiftian satire, Dickensian social consciousness, and Wagnerian mythology. Wolfe creates a truly alien social order that the reader comes to experience from within . . . Once into it, there is no stopping."—The New York Times Book Review

"Arguably the best piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced."—Chicago Sun-Times

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Shadow & Claw
The Shadow of the TorturerA thousand ages in thy sight Are like an evening gone; Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun.IResurrection and Death 
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 mountain paths, remains in my mind now as the symbol of my exile. That is why I have begun this account of it with the aftermath of our swim, in which I, the torturer's apprentice Severian, had so nearly drowned."The guard has gon
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  • Gene Wolfe

  • Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has written numerous books and won a variety of awards for his SF writing.
  • Gene Wolfe