The Claw Of The Conciliator
Urth: Book of the New Sun Book 2
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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 . . .
Winner of the Nebula Award for best novel, 1981