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Thraxas and the Dance of Death by Martin Scott
Review by Steve Sawicki
Baen Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416521440
Date: 31 July 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

This is the latest installment in the Thraxas series; number six if I am counting correctly. In a sense it is safe to say that nothing has changed. Thraxas is broke, he's still constantly in trouble with authority, the city of Turai is facing destruction, sorcerers are running loose and chaos seems to follow Thraxas wherever he goes. This time, Thraxas is hired by Lisutaris, the Mistress of the Sky, head of the sorcerers council and heavy drug user. Lisutaris has lost a fairly valuable gem and needs Thraxas to find it. Before you know it, bodies are everywhere, rival sorcerers are popping up out of the woodwork and the Prince is likely to want to see the stolen gem in just a few days so Thraxas needs to find it now. As the case goes from hot to cold to hot again, the pressure rises and Thraxas has to use all of his wits to figure out where this gem is and how it got lost in the first place.

From official release/information:

Book Description: In the enchanted city of Turai, the royal family is corrupt, the politicians can be bought, and the civic 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 Turai 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 death has been there first, leaving the dead or dying as its calling card. Thraxas hasn't a clue, but he 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. . . ?

(Source: Baen)

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