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Thraxas And The Dance Of Death [Hardcover]

MARTIN SCOTT
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1 Oct 2005 Thraxas
In the enchanted city of Turai, the royal family is corrupt, the politicians can be bought, and the civil guards have better things to do than guarding. Thraxas may look unprepossessing, being overweight and not quite overbrained, and more interested in pursuit of his next glass of beer than pursuit of justice, but if you're in trouble in Tural this portly private eye is probably your only hope. Turai is no stranger to death in all its forms - except that now a silent and insidious variety of death has entered the city, and no one knows who will die next. What they do know is that everywhere Thraxas goes in his search to recover a missing magical jewel, the mysterious killer has been there first, leaving the dead or dying as its calling card. Thraxas hasn't a clue, but does have a pressing shortage of funds, and if stopping the unseen, unknown silent killer is what it takes to recover the jewel and replenish his wallet, he'll take the job. But will he solve the mystery, or join the dance himself?

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; New edition edition (1 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416509070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416509073
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,612,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THRAXAS was voted Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel of 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Martin Millar wrote some of the best urban fiction of the lates 1980s/early 1990s. Now, under the name of Martin Scott he has, as The Guardian puts it, 'invented a new genre: pulp fantasy noir'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy P.I. in a fantasy Rome 19 Jun 2007
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
An amusing novel in a series of books about a private investigator in a fantasy version of ancient Rome called "Turai".

A little like Glen Cook's "Garrett P.I." series, but this reminded me even more strongly of Lindsey Davis's "Falco" novels about an informer in the real Rome.

This is the fourth and most recent to date in a series comprising

Thraxas

Death and Thraxas

Thraxas & the Sorceres

Thraxas & the Dance of Death.

Like Marcus Didius Falco, the hero of this book, Thraxas, is an investigator with a lot of enemies. Like Falco, he has a lovely associate, though instead of a razor-sharp senator's daughter, Makri is a part human, part Elf and part Orc, lethal with a sword, and sometimes wears a chainmail bikini described as "one of the smallest garments ever seen in the civilised world."

Like Garett but unlike Falco, Thraxas lives in a city where sorcery and magic add their dangers to the usual crop of merely human villains.

In this fourth book in the series, Thraxas is hired to recover an extremely important magical jewel which has gone missing. But every time he gets close to the missing item, he finds a collection of dying or recently killed victims instead. Soon everyone from senators to the press is blaming him for a mysterious wave of murders, and the public are making bets with bookmakers on how many people will get killed before Thraxas's latest case has been resolved.

Meanwhile Makri is falsely accused of theft and Thraxas is falsely accused of cowardice. With his licence to investigate suspended, Thraxas is in big trouble - but not nearly as much trouble as the city of Turai will be in if he doesn't find the stolen jewel before certain other people do ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's as Hot as Ork Hell 17 July 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thraxas returns in 'The Dance of Death' and once more the fantasy PI is in a bad way. In debt and living above a pub he finds himself in desperate need of work. Luckily then that the head of the Sorcerer's Guild needs him to discreetly find a jewel of immense power that has gone missing. Unfortunately, wherever this jewel seems to appear people end up dead! Thraxas must investigate against an ever increasing tide of bodies whilst also looking into allegations against his friend the female warrior Makri. Can he succeed before someone else gets their hands on the jewel?

For the vast majority of the book I really enjoyed 'Thraxas and the Dance of Death'. Thraxas and Makri are great comedic characters and very different from what you usually get in fantasy fiction (even Pratchett). I particularly liked their relationship based on trust and loathing. However, the book did not actually go anywhere in the end and the conclusion felt a little flat to me. I enjoyed the journey only to discover there was no destination. In the end it was a fun quick read that would provide good entertainment for a fantasy fan looking for something a bit different and nothing more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 21 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In a similar humerous vein to Disc World or Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Had to read them all.Word. You asked for 20 more words so here they are.
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