The Claw Of The Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
The torturer Severian continues his journey of exile to the city Thrax, carrying with him the ancient executioner's sword and the Claw of the Conciliator, a gem of extraterrestrial power and beauty which no one man is meant to possess . . .
The 1858th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 78th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)