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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Read all four books straight through. Often Severian offers multiple answers, as about the Claw of the Conciliator’s occasional power to heal and resurrect.

Book Review: The Citadel of the Autarch

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The only item that Severian has carried with him from the beginning to the end of his road to the Autarchy has been the old brown book of tales he fetched for Thecla from the great library of the Citadel, and he is writing his own life-history so that it may be put into that library.

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Layers upon layers of obfuscation. His journey feels totally fabricated. Penny Hueston 1 week ago.

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

I put my hand upon his chest to feel the faint stirring of his heart. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. Jun 22, Palmyrah rated it it was amazing. Feb 03, Fuzzball Baggins rated it really liked it. Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel and Sean. The expansion of potential bit includes the ability to forecast the future i.


The writing is almost of the level of Shakespeare. The small stories within the main narrative there are many of them scattered throughout all four volumes are also very relevant to the main plot, and even more relevant to the subtextual ‘under-story’ mentioned above. So long, and thanks for all the books 3 years ago. We see not just touching elements such as Severian’s discovery of a dead soldier’s letter perhaps intended to hark back to a similar scene in Erich Maria Remarque’s classic World War I novel, All Quiet on the Western Frontbut also encounter soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

One forum’s list of Top Books. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Exiled from his guild he is an outcast, but his travels are woven with strange portents.

The dwellers in the deep waters, beautiful and deadly, offer him a kingdom under the seas. She is no saint. So he ignores what he’s told and continues to carry on as if his own beliefs were true. No plans for that so far, though.

Grimwood, Jon Courtenay Jonathan. Why are they doing these things? Severian Terminus Est Ascian language Inhumi.

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Jack Kerouac, The Unknown Kerouac: I’ve got to read this. As the last book of Gene Wolfe’s four-volume masterpiece, The Book of the New Sundoes The Citadel of the Autarch tie up all the loose ends and explain all the mysteries from the first three books?


Don’t expect the satisfaction of an ending at the conclusion of every volume. What struck autzrch on the beach and it struck me indeed, so that I staggered as at a blow – was that if the Eternal Principle had rested in that curbed thorn I had carried about my neck across so many leagues, and if it now rested in the new thorn perhaps the same thorn I had only now cotadel there, then it might rest in anything, and in fact probably did rest in everything, in every thorn on every bush, in every drop of water in the sea.

You have the violence, you have the aktarch, you have Severian getting it on with the babes. Posted by Larry Nolen at 2: The religious symbolism of the story is both explicit and complicated. Cancel reply Or login to FanLit with: As Peter Wright writes in this review http: Don’t disturb the Seal of Pas. Everything in The Book of the New Sun is a subtlety. This series as a whole would have been a lot better if it hadn’t been written by someone like Gene Wolfe. Forgot to add it to my latest post, since I had already posted about it on wotmania, but needless to say, I’ll preorder it the day it’s available for orders.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The green man opens a passage through time in which Severian is then visited by an alien who takes the form of Master Malrubius and Triskele.