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 in the Del Ray release and Decapitation: Kubikiri Cycle (The Blue Savant and the Nonsense User) in the Vertical release.
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.
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
|Iria Akagami||The mistress of Wet Crow's Feathers Island.|
|Akari Chiga||Oldest of the three maid sisters.|
|Hikari Chiga||Second of the three maid sisters.|
|Teruko Chiga||Youngest of the three maid sisters.|
|Rei Handa||Head maid at the mansion.|
|Kanami Ibuki||Genius painter.|
|Maki Himena||Genius fortune-teller.|
|Tomo Kunagisa||Genius engineer.|
|Yayoi Sashirono||Genius chef.|
|Akane Sonoyama||Genius and one of the Seven Fools.|
|Jun Aikawa||Most powerful private contractor in the world.|
|Me (narrator)||Tomo Kunagisa's escort.|
|Shinya Sakaki||Kanami Ibuki's attendant.|
|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|