The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

Severian is a torturer, born to the guild and with an exceptionally promising career ahead of him . . . until he falls in love with one of his victims, a beautiful young noblewoman. Her excruciations are delayed for some months and, out of love, Severian helps her commit suicide and escape her fate. For a torturer, there is no more unforgivable act. In punishment he is exiled from the guild and his home city to the distant metropolis of Thrax with little more than Terminus Est, a fabled sword, to his name. Along the way he has to learn to survive in a wider world without the guild - a world in which he has already made both allies and enemies. And a strange gem is about to fall into his possession, which will only make his enemies pursue him with ever-more determination . . .

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The 2445th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 78th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun, 1) Hardcover 1026474 $119.99 $61.54 1980
The Shadow of the Torturer Mass Market Paperback 312402 $46.00 $15.99 1981
The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun, Vol. 1) Mass Market Paperback 1475094 $105.22 $2.39 1982
The Shadow of the Torturer Hardcover 4493088 $2,432.64 $24.57
The Shadow of the Torturer (Timescape) Paperback 1405254 $2.72 1982
Gene Wolfe's The Shadow of the Torturer (Volume One of the Book of the New Sun) Number 2 Comic 3949661 $10.00 1991
The Shadow of the Torturer (Book of the New Sun, Vol. 1) Paperback 1037232 $87.87 $25.00 1984