The Shadow of the Torturer: Urth: Book of the New Sun, Book 1
Severian is a torturer, born to the guild and with an exceptionally promising career ahead of him . . . until he falls in love with one of his victims, a beautiful young noblewoman.
Her excruciations are delayed for some months and, out of love, Severian helps her commit suicide and escape her fate. For a torturer, there is no more unforgivable act. In punishment he is exiled from the guild and his home city to the distant metropolis of Thrax with little more than Terminus Est, a fabled sword, to his name.
Along the way he has to learn to survive in a wider world without the guild - a world in which he has already made both allies and enemies. And a strange gem is about to fall into his possession, which will only make his enemies pursue him with ever-more determination . . .
Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, 1981
Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1982
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Review: The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1)User Review - Peter - Goodreads
I loved the beginning of this novel. The writing is superb and the pacing was powerful. The first few chapters of this book struck me more than most books I've ever read. But once the narrative ... Read full review
Review: The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1)User Review - Emily (BellaGrace) - Goodreads
I bought this book because I have heard a lot of people raving about The Book of the New Sun. I know it's won all kinds of awards and is something of a classic. However, this book was really ... Read full review