By Avram Davidson
He used to be a grasp in Arts Magical, yet now not but Incantor et Magus
Now Vergil Magus, the robust sorcerer-poet, returns within the long-awaited prequel to Avram Davidson’s bestselling novel of fantasy and magic, The Phoenix and the Mirror. the following, Vergil’s awesome adventures commence as he trips into the hideous center 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 interior sancta of this historical and heartless inferno, he reveals, too, the fiery mattress of Poppaea, the gorgeous spouse of the city’s such a lot influential Magnates. With this forbidden excitement comes forbidden wisdom, and Vergil is drawn right into a internet of intrigue that threatens to show the poor 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 useless . . . and to forged Vergil, now an outlaw, into the burning pits of the death empire.
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Kahlan scooped up the leggy bundle and returned it to its tail-wagging mother. As she lay down beside Richard, Kahlan saw the dark shape of Jennsen curl up by Betty and collect the twins in the tender bed of her arms, where they quickly settled down. Richard leaned over and gently kissed Kahlan's lips. " He laughed softly and kissed her forehead before lying on his side, away from her. She had been expecting an intimate promise, or at least a lighthearted remark. Kahlan curled up behind him and rested a hand on his shoulder.
He passed a suspicious look among the three women as they approached, but apparently thought better of saying anything. As Kahlan sat close at Richard's side, Tom offered him the first chunk he sliced from a long length of sausage. When Richard declined, Kahlan accepted it. Tom sliced off another piece and passed it to Cara and then another to Friedrich. Jennsen had gone to the wagon to search through her pack. Kahlan thought that maybe she just wanted to be alone a moment to collect herself. Kahlan knew how harsh her words had sounded, but she couldn't allow herself to do Jennsen the disservice of coddling her with pleasing lies.
Chapter 5 As tired as she was, it was a marvelous sensation being beside Richard and letting herself go, letting her concerns and worries go for the time being, and so effortlessly sinking into sleep. But the sleep seemed only just started when she woke to find Cara gently shaking her shoulder. Kahlan blinked up at the familiar silhouette standing over her. She ached to go back to sleep, to be left alone to be so wonderfully asleep again. " Kahlan asked. Cara nodded. " Kahlan glanced over her shoulder as she sat up, seeing that Richard was still fast asleep.