The Claw of the Conciliator

  • by Gene Wolfe
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Claw of the Concillator continues the saga of Severian, banished from his home, as he undertakes a mythic quest to discover the awesome power of an ancient relic, and learn the truth about his hidden destiny.

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Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1982

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A very twisty tale and gothic

The second part in this series of 4 books picks up some point after the rather sudden ending of the first, leaving me with the feeling that I was missing something.
After the story continues...I think. It's kind of difficult to tell, since the story of the series is very well hidden behind, seemingly endless side plots, sub stories and digressions.
It is a story told in the class gothic tradition.
While the story is hard to follow I have to say that that the actual words are handled beautifully. The language is rich and textured and again the narrator plays the part of the our torturer 'hero' brilliantly.
However, after two books of the endless twisting of this tale and I still don't really feel I know where the story is going, I am not sure I will be getting the 3rd or 4th books.
In fact the author seems to understand the story will be difficult to follow and he warns us through the voice of our 'hero', that we might not want to continue following him! That's advice I may well follow.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-12-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios