The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe

Banished for the sin of mercy, Severian, one of the ancient guild of Torturers, flees from exile. In a mountain wilderness Severian, the disgraced apprentice torturer, has reached his place of exile - Thrax, the city of Windowless Rooms, where he must take up his post as Lictor, executioner and torturer. However, he flees the city and heads into the mountains. There he meets the Alzabo, in whom those eaten seem to live on, adopts a son only to lose him in battle and discharges an old debt to vengeance. As his exile takes stranger and stranger turns, he encounters fanged aliens who hide behind masks of beauty, and meets the mysterious Dr Talos . . .

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The 2444th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 78th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Sword of the Lictor Paperback 1636965 $74.66 $2.61 1983
The Sword of the Lictor (The Book of the New Sun, Volume 3) Hardcover 3186422 $49.02 $5.07
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The Sword Of The Lictor Paperback 4514734 $0.78
The Sword of the Lictor (The Book of the New Sun, Vol. 3) Hardcover 2320967 $19.99 $3.54
The Sword of the Lictor (The Book of the New Sun, vol 3) Paperback 1185855 $55.31 $1.00 1982