The Citadel of the Autarch is the fourth and final volume of the Book of the New Sun, which is itself the first part of the twelve-volume “Solar” or. The Citadel of the Autarch by Gene Wolfe. The Citadel of the Autarch is a satisfying conclusion to Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun. (A fifth book, The Urth. : The Citadel of the Autarch: The Book of the New Sun, Book 4 ( Audible Audio Edition): Gene Wolfe, Jonathan Davis, Audible Studios: Books.

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The Citadel of the Autarch by Gene Wolfe

I’ve never read anything else quite like this — an epic sci-fi fantasy told entirely from the point of view of a character whose perspective is radically autwrch from ours, leaving it to us to piece together the contours of his universe as well as, often, the details of the plot. It was clear from early on that this was really science fiction, and that becomes increasingly apparent as the series progresses, but the setting feels more like a fantasy setting and the story-telling method makes it feel more like an epic fantasy story.

It is a baroque fantasy world filled with mysterious terms such as archon, carnifex, cataphract, chalcedony, fuligin, hipparch, lazaret, monomachy, optimate, pelerine, psychopomp, quaesitor, thaumaturge, and uhlan.

You need to read all four volumes to appreciate what Gene Wolfe has painstakingly crafted. Everything you read, however irrelevant it may seem, is part of that story and vital to the plot. This is magic stuff! While some might make the argument that the Ascian prisoner, Loyal to the Group of Seventeen is little more than a caricature of Cold War era representations of Soviet propagandists being like puppets parroting phrases learned over the course of a lifetime under an inhumane regime, I would counter by noting that this person, who in the story he tells “as translated” demonstrates quite a bit of awareness of the world, albeit shaped in a way that is very difficult for us to fathom.


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Book Review: The Citadel of the Autarch

The Citadel of the Autarch First edition. What’s more, unless you’re ths supremely careful reader, most of your questions about the Book of the New Sun won’t actually be answered by this novel and you’ll have to read the fifth one, The Urth of the New Sun, to really see what’s going on.

And yet throughout autsrch story, Severian himself is a naive and conflicted character, one who struggles first to set aside his training as a torturer and executioner, and later as a man fighting to understand his role as a possible bringer of redemption and resurrection to a corrupt and dying world.

The Claw of the Conciliator, relic citade, a prophet and promise of a new age, flames to life in his hands. He recalls to the reader his complex path from lowly apprentice to the Autarch of citdel Commonwealth, the most powerful ruler on far-future Urth. I read the first novel twice the first time a couple of years ago, before I wrote about everything I read and the second time through it made a bit more sense.

The Citadel of the Autarch

lf The dice in this game are heavily loaded. The Book of the New Sun is not an easy read, but it’s what speculative fiction is all about — it’s brain-bending, it makes the reader consider and question, it stretches the intellect and opens the mind to new ideas and experiences.

Now, if you recall, during his adventures Severian participated in a citadep where he ate his dead girlfriend which was spiked with a drug allowing her consciousness to reside in his mind.

And those inside him, of course. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. After returning to the United States he earned a degree from the University of Houston and became an industrial engineer. The fairest women and the most learned men — all are dead. It’s pretty awesome, but not quite up citavel the level of mindfuqery that I was prepared to expect based on all the multiple time-travel and memory-cannibalisms that we’ve been subjected to.

The Citadel of the Autarch: A measuring rod for excellent fantasy literature

You are commenting using your WordPress. The series also feels far too constrained and dictated.


Father Inire in particular seems to control the power to travel between the stars via the sinister power of mirrors and labyrinths an obvious nod to Jorge Luis Borgesbut does not demonstrate to what end he autarc use them. Thoughts on the full New Sun set here: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Sep 13, Bart Everson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Citael God can’t be supernatural from His own point of view.

Feb 27, Mitchell rated it it was ok Shelves: In religious history, the name Severian belongs to a notoriously hateful and evil Bishop, a rival of Saint Chrysostom. The rose I forget – wasn’t it mentioned in connection with Valeria, his queen? I particularly loved the first half of this book, while Severian convalesces after a particularly severe fever, he is called upon to adjudicate between several suitors who are trying to win over a woman and Cihadel so concludes one of autarcn strangest fantasy series I’ve ever read.

Who are these people? Saturn is the planet that creates what we view as reality and anchors you to it. To ask other readers questions about The Citadel of the Autarchplease sign up. Until the New Sun comes, we have but a choice of evils. Ex I am by no means competent to review this literary masterpiece, but — having read the litany of confusion on the review pages of this volume and its companions — I wish to state the following, simply in order to be helpful.

Enjoying the Wolfe posts; looking thd to more. The Book of the New Sun.

Well almost — we skipped the “play” chapter in the second volume.

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