Review: ‘The Book of the New Sun, Volume 2: Sword and Citadel’ by Gene Wolfe

The second volume of this series, containing ‘The Sword of the Lictor’ and ‘The Citadel of the Autarch’ (the third and fourth books, respectively), carries on where the other left off (previously reviewed here). The quest continued – and so did my enjoyment of this fantastic and fantastical quartet (or ‘tetralogy’, if that is your bent).

The characterisation and world-building continued in their excellence, and even the writing’s delivery kept me looking forward to the re-read I was already anticipating.

Mixing deep, philosophical musings with some great fight scenes, poignant pathos with light humour, this series was a genuine pleasure to experience and I simply cannot recommend it enough.

Whether you like SF or Fantasy, or both, this is one to get in your eyes.

I’ll stop now, or I’ll start giving spoilers in my enthusiasm.

Brilliant – in every sense of the word.


Book of the New Sun Vol 2


An extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, in the time of a dying sun, when our present culture is no longer even a memory.

The torturer’s apprentice, Severian, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his prisoners, is now the Lictor of Thrax, a city far distant from his home. But it is not long before Severian must flee this city, too, and journey again into the world. Embattled by friends and enemies alike, pursued by monstrous creatures, the one-time torturer’s apprentice must overcome hitherto unimagined perils, as he moves closer to fulfilling his ultimate destiny.

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I do not get paid for blog tours or reviews, and this is my honest feedback.

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