The Shadow of the Torturer is the first volume in the four-volume epic, the tale of a young Severian, an apprentice to the Guild of Torturers on the world called Urth, exiled for committing the ultimate sin of his profession - showing mercy towards his victim.More
World Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1981
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Gene Wolfe's classic masterwork
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