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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