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Shadow & Claw by Gene Wolfe
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Feb 27, 2012

it was amazing

I hate Gene Wolfe. I hate him for his creativity and mastery of words. The Book of the New Sun series, of which "Shadow of the Torturer" and "Claw of the Conciliator" compromise the first two parts, is a work of art. Be warned, this is no light read. It's a story about an epic quest in a brilliantly detailed futuristic medeival setting, but there's nothing traditional about it. The book begins with the main character, an apprentice torturer, committing an intentionally fatal act of mercy which sets the tone for the entire series. There's very little to indicate its flawed characters have any chance of a happy ending. It's a dark and sometimes dense ride but it's worth it.

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