- File Size: 3307 KB
- Print Length: 285 pages
- Publisher: Prologue Books (August 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008MMV0GQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Scarlet Fig: Or, Slowly Through a Land of Stone, Book Three of the Vergil Magus Series (Prologue Fantasy) Kindle Edition
|Length: 285 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Then recently I was searching for Avram Davidson in the Kindle store, and found out that book and the 2 sequels I had never heard of were available!
This is probably the least accessible of the 3. And it's not finished. Start with "Phoenix", continue with "Vergil in Averno".
The Kindle is ruined, it won't do anything any more because it's been 'improved' until it became useless.
I loved The Phoenix and the Mirror, the first book in Avram Davidson’s trilogy about the mage Vergil in ancient Rome, but the two sequels are disappointing. The first sequel, Vergil in Averno, is a travelogue of Vergil’s visit to Averno, a place that ancient Romans thought might be the gate to Hell. (It’s not nearly as interesting as that might suggest, though.) It had little plot, but at least it displayed Avram Davidson’s amusing sense of humor.
This second sequel, The Scarlet Fig, has even less plot. The story starts as Vergil encounters a condemned man who is pardoned by a Vestal Virgin on his way to be executed. Something happens to the Vestal Virgin’s carriage and in his attempt to keep her from falling, Vergil accidentally touches her arm. Vergil’s intentions were honorable, but touching a Vestal Virgin is a crime, so he must flee Rome. The rest of the story follows Vergil around the world as he tries to keep ahead of the men who want to escort him back to Rome. Along the way he visits random real and legendary places (Naples, Corsica, the Island of the Lotus-Eaters) and meets random people and creatures. Vergil often gives us information and backstory about all these random places and people, though it has nothing to do with the plot (because there is no plot). He also recounts many childhood memories that are somewhat interesting but also mostly irrelevant.
But there does seem to be a purpose to The Scarlet Fig.Read more ›