Banished for the sin of mercy, Severian, one of the ancient guild of Torturers, flees from exile. In a mountain wilderness he meets the Alzabo, in whom those eaten seem to live on, adopts as son only to lose him in battle, discharges an old debt to vengeance, encounters fanged aliens who hide behind masks of beauty, and helps the people of the floating islands in their unending battle for freedom.
Original title: The Sword of the Lictor
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ World Versions→ End Times