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The Beheading Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense Bearer (クビキリサイクル 青色サヴァンと戯言遣い, Kubikiri Saikuru: Aoiro Savan to Zaregoto Tsukai) is the first book in the Zaregoto light novel series. In English, it is titled The Kubikiri Cycle.

SummaryEdit

It’s the vacation of a lifetime, a trip to a remote island filled with geniuses – and murder.

On Wet Crow’s Feather Island, a tiny speck in the Sea of Japan, lives Akagami Iria, the exiled daughter of a powerful family. Born into great wealth, she was a princess of the highest pedigree – until she was cut off by the leader of the Akagami Foundation. For the last five years, she’s lived on Feather Island with her maids. But she hasn’t been alone. She has invited the best minds Japan has to offer to come and stay with her.

And so nineteen-year-old college student Ii-chan and his best friend, computer genius Kunagisa Tomo, find themselves as Iria’s guests at her elaborate mansion. Surrounded by fascinating women – a chef, a fortune-teller, a scholar, and an artist, not to mention his own friend Tomo – Ii-chan is feeling a little overmatched intellectually. But the sudden discovery of a grisly murder sends the island into shock. And Ii-chan discovers that he does possess a bit of genius: the ability to discover what is real and what is fake...who is who they claim to be – and who is a killer.

ContentsEdit

PROLOGUE

THE THIRD DAY

1. Savant Blue
2. Assembly and Arithmetic

THE FOURTH DAY

1. The First Decapitation
2. The Tragedy of 0.14

THE FIFTH DAY

1. The Second Decapitation
2. Lies
3. A Crow's Wet Feathers

ONE WEEK LATER: Split

EPILOGUE: Crimson Fairy Tale

CharactersEdit

Name Description
Iria AkagamiThe mistress of Wet Crow's Feathers Island.
Akari ChigaOldest of the three maid sisters.
Hikari ChigaSecond of the three maid sisters.
Teruko ChigaYoungest of the three maid sisters.
Rei HandaHead maid at the mansion.
Kanami IbukiGenius painter.
Maki HimenaGenius fortune-teller.
Tomo KunagisaGenius engineer.
Yayoi SashironoGenius chef.
Akane SonoyamaGenius and one of the Seven Fools.
Jun AikawaMost powerful private contractor in the world.
Me (narrator)Tomo Kunagisa's escort.
Shinya SakakiKanami Ibuki's attendant.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Volume 1 (in Japanese). Published by Kodansha.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bunkobon 1 (in Japanese). Published by Kodansha.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Volume 1 (in English). Published by Del Ray.

NavigationEdit

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Zaregoto Novels
Novels 1. The Beheading Cycle: The Blue Savant and the Nonsense Bearer • 2. Strangulation Romanticist: Hitoshiki Zerozaki, Human Failure • 3. Hanging High School: The Nonsense Bearer's Pupil • 4. Psycho Logical (Part One): Gaisuke Utsurigi's Nonsense Killer • 5. Psycho Logical (Part Two): Sour Little Song • 6. Cannibal Magical: Niounomiya Siblings, Masters of Carnage • 7. Uprooted Radical (Part One): The Thirteen Stairs • 8. Uprooted Radical (Part Two): Overkill Red vs. The Orange Seed • 9. Uprooted Radical (Part Three): The Blue Savant and the Nonsense Bearer

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