Sword & Citadel

Sword & Citadel

Book - 1994
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The Book of the New Sun is unanimously acclaimed as Gene Wolfe's most remarkable work, hailed as "a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" by Publishers Weekly , and "one of the most ambitious works of speculative fiction in the twentieth century" by T he Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Sword & Citadel brings together the final two books of the tetralogy in one volume:

The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.

The Citadel of the Autarch brings The Book of the New Sun to its harrowing conclusion, as Severian clashes in a final reckoning with the dread Autarch, fulfilling an ancient prophecy that will forever alter the realm known as Urth.

"Brilliant . . . terrific . . . a fantasy so epic it beggars the mind. An extraordinary work of art!"- Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Book of the New Sun establishes [Wolfe's] preeminence, 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

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, [1994].
Edition: First Orb edition
ISBN: 9780312890186
Branch Call Number: FIC Wolfe 3701 1
Characteristics: 411 pages (2 volumes bound in one volume)
Additional Contributors: Wolfe, Gene


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Oct 07, 2015

After reading Shadow and Claw, I read this book more a means of completion. Did not really have any craving for it since the Shadow and claw was only average. The sword and citadel tries to pace the plot faster with the war and different array of characters. But I felt the book falling short of any real sense of discovery. It was a bit tough to go through the entire book due to how irrelevant some of the portions were.
If you are looking of a good read in the fantasy genre try the "Name of the Wind" and "Wise man's fear" they are awesome books.

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