Avram Davidson - The Phoenix and the Mirror - Orion Publishing Group

The Phoenix and the Mirror

By Avram Davidson

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The compelling historical fantasy of Virgil: poet, adventurer, alchemist ... magus.

Legend has it that Virgil, author of The Aeneid, was more than a mere poet. Legend has it that he was an adventurer, an alchemist - a magus.

Driven to do the bidding of Queen Cornelia of Carsus, who has taken hostage part of his soul, Vergil embarks upon an attempt to create a virgin speculum - a magic mirror - so that Cornelia can locate her kidnapped daughter.

Virgil's quest to assemble this artefact takes him across the ancient world to encounter powers and prophecies, gods and monsters - all the myths and legends of a time that never was. The time of Virgil Magus.

Biographical Notes

Avram Davidson (1923 - 1993)
Avram Davidson was born in New York in 1923 and was known as a writer of crime, fantasy, science fiction, as well as many stories that defy easy categorisation. He won two Hugo, two World Fantasy Awards and a World Fantasy Life Achievement award; he also won a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Although best known for his writing, Davidson also edited The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1962 to 1964. He died in 1993.

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  • ISBN: 9780575130395
  • Publication date: 12 Dec 2013
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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