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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For readers who don’t want to be bothered by allegory and symbolism, or don’t want to risk scorching their synapses, there’s still much to admire in The Book of the New Sun, for though it wallows in weirdness, all of it is tied loosely together by Wolfe’s lovely language, detailed world-building, smart ideas, and astounding imagination. Freya Stark 7 years ago.

But I warned you this was going to take some time.

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

The Book of the New Sun and The Citadel of the Autarch urge the reader to never cease interpreting the world and the self and to ever embrace uncertainty and faith. I have assuredly missed things. Just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishers.

But what you have not known until now is that these chasms have their counterparts in the White Fountains, from which matter and energy rejected from a higher universe flow in endless autarc into this one. I was completely dumbfounded every time I was able to solve the inner puzzle of some of the many masterfully hidden truths in this text.


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The story, setting, plot and characters break standards and expectations of creativity and complexity and charm. Although it is a very engaging tale, it does fail the Bechdel test miserably. Comments feed for this article.

And then I come to another conclusion and the cycle continues.

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Book Review: The Citadel of the Autarch

The spaceship is the ship he rode to his testing in Urth, but it is also the castle where he was raised as a torturer. July 19, at 5: Severian the torturer did not really evolve as a character over the 4 books. The Book of the New Sun: Views Read Edit View history.

Wolfe is simply too good. It is as though the worst hints of manipulation that we’ve seen in the earlier volumes have come to fruition in this rather decent person who cannot speak in more than platitudes that his homeland forced his people to adopt.

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The Black Sun, in the context of the book, may represent Saturn and delusion. 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. The idea is absurd. We have reviewed fantasy, science fiction and horror books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, and films.

You will almost certainly doubt it more than once while you are reading, but the novel, taken as a whole, does tell a coherent, linear story. There were surprises, but nothing shocking. Severian himself speculates about explanations for some of the things he never found definite answers for, and sometimes his speculations made me question things I had thought I knew the answers to.


With the completion of “The Book of the New Sun,” a new world has been opened and history made. Cancel reply Or login to FanLit with: He now lives in Barrington, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. While the underground audience has grown, authors and reviewers alike have hailed Gene Wolfe’s masterpiece: Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

citzdel It can be overly dry and constantly digresses, and the plot-driven parts of the book suffer for it. Penny Hueston 1 week ago. Thea and a group of Vodalus’ men ascend on the crash site and rescue Severian from the Ascians. My eyes and hands were his, I knew the work of the hives of the bees of the House Absolute and the sacredness of them, who steer by the sun and fetch gold of Urth’s fertility.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The style of Gene Wolfe is the biggest asset of the book. You are commenting using your Twitter account. That this process is so rich and seemingly interminable is what makes The Book of the New Sun a great work of literature.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. I’ve read many books that beg for a second reading, but this is the only one I’ve read where the narrator literally instructs you to go back and read it again. I think he does it intentionally, and three cheers for him too.