By Avram Davidson
He was once a grasp in Arts Magical, yet now not but Incantor et Magus
Now Vergil Magus, the strong sorcerer-poet, returns within the long-awaited prequel to Avram Davidson’s bestselling novel of fantasy and magic, The Phoenix and the Mirror. right here, Vergil’s remarkable adventures commence as he trips into the hideous middle of evil and darkness . . .
Enter the Very wealthy urban of Averno and find a position on untold riches and untamed lusts, of orgies and drunken revelries, of insanity and human corruption. here's a decaying city of wizards and warlocks, the place previous crones spin webs of cruelty and deceit, and hell lurks in a labyrinth of underworld caves. Vergil has come to Averno to discover the key of its everlasting fires, the very heart of its wealth and prominence. yet as he explores the internal sancta of this historic and heartless inferno, he unearths, too, the fiery mattress of Poppaea, the gorgeous spouse of the city’s so much influential Magnates. With this forbidden excitement comes forbidden wisdom, and Vergil is drawn right into a internet of intrigue that threatens to show the negative energy of Averno opposed to him.
For centuries, the lords of town have thrived at the bloody sacrifice in their personal humans. Now they're decided so as to add yet one more identify to the scrolls of Averno’s lifeless . . . and to solid Vergil, now an outlaw, into the burning pits of the loss of life empire.