By Gene Wolfe
The Shadow of the Torturer is a technological know-how fiction novel via Gene Wolfe, first published in 1980. it's the first quantity within the four-volume sequence, The ebook of the recent solar. Wolfe accomplished the sequence (in draft shape) prior to The Shadow of the Torturer used to be published.
It relates the tale of Severian, an apprentice within the Seekers for fact and Penitence (the guild of torturers), from his early life via his expulsion from the guild, and next trip out of his domestic urban of Nessus.
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