Sword & Citadel The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun'

New Sun

Gene Wolfe

Orb Books



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416 Pages



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Sword & Citadel contains the second half (that is, volumes three and four) of Wolfe's Book of the New Sun epic.

The Sword of the Lictor, the third volume of the tetralogy, chronicles the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim Severian. Driven by a powerful destiny, our hero must carry out a dark mission far from his home.

In The Citadel of the Autarch, the fourth and concluding book, Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch. This great conflict is the fulfilling of an ancient prophecy, one that will alter forever the realm known as Urth.


Praise for Sword & Citadel

"Outstanding . . . A major work of twentieth-century American literature."—The New York Times Book Review

"Wonderfully vivid and inventive . . . [Severian] is the most extraordinary hero in the history of the heroic epic."—Washington Post Book World

"Brilliant . . . Terrific . . . A fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art."—Philadelphia Inquirer

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Sword & Citadel

The Sword of the Lictor,
Into the distance disappear the mounds of human heads. I dwindle--go unnoticed now. But in affectionate books, in children's games, I will rise from the...

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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.