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Urth: Book of the New Sun

The Claw of the Conciliator

Written By:Gene Wolfe - 1980

  • The Claw of the Conciliator  - Gene Wolfe cover

    Timescape - 4th Printing

  • The Claw of the Conciliator  - Gene Wolfe cover

    Arrow - 1982


Timescape - 4th Printing

In this breathlessly awaited second volume of Gene Wolfe's masterwork, The Book of the New Sun, Severian, a young torturer banished for the sin of mercy is now imbued with the powers of an ancient relic as he continues his mythic journey to the city of his exile in a magical and terrifying world a million years in the future.

Arrow - 1982

In the darkling depths of the fantastical future, the torturer Severian continues his journey of exile to the city Thrax. He carries with him the ancient executioner's sword, Terminus Est, and the Claw of the Conciliator, a gem of extraterrestrial power and beauty which no one man is meant to possess. In a world of magical beauty and awesome terrors, Severian travels and perilous road towards his destiny.


Timescape - 4th Printing

"A masterpiece! Totally original, new, incoparable!" —Ursula K. Le Guin

"Permeated with the compelling narrative power of great writing... it's not difficult to call him SF's best genuine novelist." —Chicago Sun-Times

"Already seems assured of classic status... a work of art!" —Washington Post Book World

"Buy this book! You are holding in your hands one-fourth of The Book of the New Sun, destined to become one of the most important works of the 80s... a prodigious novel by a major talent." —Janet Morris, author of the Silistra series

"Gene Wolfe earns increasing respect as a master orchestrator of the language. His shimmering images, the scents and the sounds of his narrative, the cadence and the sensuous, almost tactile quality of his words, all are virtually unmatched." —Twilight Zone

"One hell of a good read... For instance, I can tell you Gene Wolfe is as good a writer as there is today... Wolfe is astonishingly, marvelously literate." —Algis Budrys

"Informed by Wolfe's intelligence and art, this is much more than a simple science-fantasy... Wolfe's graceful prose lights up every page... makes us glad there are two more yet to come in Severian's story." —Library Journal

Arrow - 1982

"Simply overwhelming" —Algis Budrys, Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Bravo! A moving, subtle, exciting work at the very top of the field" —Gregory Benford

"Every book that comes out seems to have superlatives all over the cover. What can you say to make people realize that this, for once, at last, is the real thing... Wolfe is so good he leaves me speechless." —Ursula Le Guin

"Gene Wolfe is continuing his masterful major work in high style. This is a moving, subtle, exciting work at the very top of the science fantasy field. Wolfe is both craftsman and storyteller par excellence." —Gregory Benford

"A joy... superb... one of the best science fiction epics of all time." —Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine

"Much more than simple science fantasy. Like the illumination of a medival manuscript Wolfe's graceful prose lights up every page." —Publishers Weekly




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