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The Scarlet Fig: Or, Slowly Through a Land of Stone (Vergil Magus #3)

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The Last Manuscript of a Master

It 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 th
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ebook, 285 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Prologue Books (first published 2005)
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Sineala
I read this entire book, and I still have no idea what happened in it.

All right, that's not entirely true; the endnotes summarize the major plot arc, and if you asked me to describe the plot I would mention all those things -- Vergil, the Vestals, exile, Carthage, the lotus-eaters (apparently the scarlet fig of the title is the lotus), lepers, Alexandria. And yet it manages to make very little sense.

I don't know if it's that I really know very little about the medieval conception of Vergil as a
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Jgorsky
This is the third book Davidson wrote about Virgil as a magician in Ancient Rome and was published posthumously. Davidson is a great and neglected writer, an orthodox Jewish fantasy writer who is closer to Borges than Asimov. I had wanted to read Fig when it was published a few years ago but it was too expensive--now the ebook costs only 3 bucks. Not the best place to start with Davidson--he is best at short stories and the Treasury is a great collection--after that I would read the limekiller s ...more
Kat  Hooper
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 les
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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 les
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Al
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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, he now seeks safety in the far reaches of the Empire—and finds a world teeming with wonders and magical oddities.

Bob Rust
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third volume, The Ennead: The Romaunt of Vergil Magus: The Scarlet Fig; Or, Slowly Through a Land of Stone (2005) is a fantasy of Thinning set even earlier in Vergil's life.
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A posthumously cobbled-together novel that is best read as a series of vignettes. Has all of the wonderful flavor of his other Vergil novels, but none of the narrative cohesion.
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Avram Davidson was an American Jewish writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche. He won a Hugo Award and three World Fantasy Awards in the science fiction and fantasy genre, a World Fantasy Life Achievement award, and a Queen's Award and an Edgar Award in the mystery genre. Davidson edited The Magazine of ...more
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Other books in the series

Vergil Magus (3 books)
  • The Phoenix and  the Mirror
  • Vergil in Averno (Vergil Magus, #2)