Inspired by the legends of the Dark Ages, The Phoenix and the Mirror is the story of the mighty Vergil - not quite the Vergil of our history books (the poet who penned The Aeneid), but the Vergil conjured by the medieval imagination: hero, alchemist, and sorcerer extroaordinaire. Hugo Award winner Avram Davidson has mingled fact with fantasy, turned history askew, and come up with a powerful fantasy adventure that is an acknowledged classic of the field.
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He was a master in arts magical, but not yet Incantor et Magus. Now Vergil Magus, the powerful sorcerer-poet, returns in the long-awaited prequel to Avram Davidson's best-selling novel of fable and magic, The Phoenix and the Mirror. Here, Vergil's extraordinary adventures begin as he journeys into the hideous heart of evil and darkness....
The Last Manuscript of a Masterlt began with an accident, as if Fate had a plan for Vergil Magus.... After his trials in the Very Rich City of Averno but before his crowning achievement of a certain magic mirror, the great sorcerer and alchemist finds himself on a journey nothing short of epic. Sure he is slated for death in Rome, Vergil seeks safety in the far reaches of the Empire - and finds a world teeming with wonders and magical oddities.