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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Sun Lives beyond the 21st Century!, November 19, 2001
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This review is from: Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' (Paperback)
Sword and Citadel; the 2nd half the New Sun series, (both books) have no equal in literature. The better reviews (see Chris McCallister's right-on review), at Amazon are more articulate and indepth, help you appreciate the scope of this work. Written in a wonderful memoir style prose, the story proceeds with our hero, Severian (an excommunicated journeyman torturer), making an Odyssean adventure to ultimately unravel the mystery that is the instrumentality and power of the supreme ruler, known as the Autarch. Faced with the crises of the sun going extinct, the obstacles of war, unexplained phenomena and the perils of health, life and limb. Our hero unfolds to his destiny, from near death to resurrection (he is a type of Odysseus, the perfect hero for all millenia). The images and symbolism is at times indeed difficult to understand, but the story gets through. The author keeps your attention and makes you think of things you never thought of without being preachy or condescending. In Mr. Wolfe's omniverse, everything is not always as it appears to be so there is subtlety at every turn.
Sword and Citadel answers a lot of questions from the the previous book (Shadow of the Tortuer and Claw of the Conciliator). However, an epic would not be an epic if there is not something to make you look forward to. In this case, the book of the Long Sun series...
I can not say enough that these works bear repeated reading to fully appreciate them. I highly highly recommend.
Thank you Mr. Wolfe!
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