To say that Gene Wolfe is a difficult author is both a compliment and a knock. In Shadow of the Torturer, the first in a four book series known as The Book of the. 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. Overview: The book opens with the protagonist, Severian, barely surviving a swim in the River Gyoll. Severian is an apprentice in the torturers’.

Author: Mezijora Kigall
Country: Jordan
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Photos
Published (Last): 6 July 2004
Pages: 24
PDF File Size: 2.52 Mb
ePub File Size: 5.9 Mb
ISBN: 267-2-44700-131-7
Downloads: 52599
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Zulunris

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The prose is not difficult to read but dense. From here, the book drags like a o stone weight around your brain as our would be torturer becomes obssessed with a captive and eventually leaves wolfr find some other destiny. In the end, the characters become dear, and you keep hoping for their success. As things come to a head Severian leaves the tower to commence a long journey.

Not to clap my hands to my face and get orgasmic because the writer is so very talented and smart. The knowledge that Severian will not only survive, but will become a ruler, doesn’t at all detract from the suspense; it makes us even more curious about how he will get there and what he experiences on the way.

It descends on the characters suddenly and nonsensically, springing to life without build or motivation.

Gene Wolfe is an extremely skilled writer. Shadoe plot owes more to magic and convenience than good storytelling. I have very strong memories of this book.

Gene Wolfe’s The Shadow of the Torturer

That and the feeling that this book didn’t feel tirturer self-contained, but a continuation of reading the next book in the series is a must. A fascinating concept, filled with fascinating settings, creatures and characters.

Severian secures the avern and the group proceeds to an inn near the dueling grounds. But when you string along a bunch of them, I start getting annoyed. It’s a timeless piece of fantasy that, unfortunately, languished in the shadows of Tolkien which came out just before it.


Sure, there were some interesting Vancian moments, where you realize that some apparently magical effect is actual a piece of sci fi detritus: There were interesting ideas and moments in the book, and I did appreciate what originality Wolfe did have, but I found it strange that such a different mind would produce such hidebound prose, tired descriptions, convenient plots, and unappealing characters. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Master Palaemon gives Severian a letter of introduction to the archon of the city and Terminus Esta magnificent executioner’s sword.

Once he begins to remember his life, he cannot forget anything being blessed!?! Well, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Let me just put it this way–Severian would LOVE for people to think he got expelled from his guild against his will for showing compassion to a prisoner.

It traces the tale of Severian, an orphan, apprenticed torturer, an intriguing and yet poignant beginning. He falls in love, but he knows his duty. And I don’t mean “it starts slow but just stick with it and it picks up”. I’d have just been more impressed with Wolfe’s ability to use fancy words which he either makes up or I’m just too stupid to comprehendand been angry with him for wasting my time.

And this leads us to ask, who sets these punishments? Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Wolfe complicates the medievality by allowing glimpses of, for instance, the fliers owned by the rich, which zip through the air like silver tears.

Possibly it was at a time when things were a bit stressful I will say that there was a moment where I felt that the ths was going off the rails, and precisely then, the protagonist chose to mention that he felt like his story was doing the same However my review is primarily on one of the advantages of using a kindle to read it. Shaddow book opens with the protagonist, Severianbarely surviving a swim in the River Gyoll.

WolfeWiki – Summary: The Shadow of the Torturer

Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Webarchive template wayback links Pages to import images to Wikidata. Early on we’re led to understand that there is political unrest in the Citadel, and the autarch and his chief advisor are attempting to quell the former’s principal enemy by abducting the sister of his consort and ensconcing her within the Oubliette of the Torturers, where she will be excruciated and slowly killed unless her sibling betrays her lover. We are also intrigued by Severian’s chance involvement with the lead figure in some kind of civil revolt.


After suffering through the verbal flagellation of The Name of the WindI was really jonesing for some literary fantasy, if such a thing existed. There are all sorts of practises which are commonplace there but our main character and indeed us too don’t know about them and he quickly ends up in all sorts of strange troubles.

This is, what used to be termed “science fantasy” and one of the great examples of it. Urth truly is an alien world, and Wolfe’s gift for arcane language really helps to put you there. And if it falls into the wrong hands it could obliterate m This site uses cookies.

This book had been sitting on my shelf for months, along with other highly-praised works I’ve been looking forward to, but I bade my time, waiting for the mood to strike. It’s the same old story of an awkward, emotionless male protagonist who is inexplicably followed and harangued by women who fall in love with him for no given reason, familiar to anyone who’s seen a harem anime. I leave it to you to try and see what you think As a former economic history student one term only, till I failed the course utterlythese motivations for world-building bother me.