Thraxas and the Sorcerers (Thraxas)
by Martin Scott
Cover Artist: Tom Kidd
Baen Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416521242
Date: 24 April 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Editor's Note: We're re-running John Berlyne's review, originally published in our November 2001 issue.
When Martin Scott won the World Fantasy Award last year for Thraxas (see John's review and interview with Martin Scott) there were many raised eyebrows and pursed lips. It seemed that the establishment felt that this unknown British writer was something of an upstart and had no right to take such a prestigious award. Certainly nobody was more surprised at winning than Scott himself. To my mind, such shake ups can only be healthy for the industry and it was mostly those who hadn't actually read Thraxas who were up in arms. Since writing that first novel, Scott has gone on to create a series of works centered around this beer swilling, food shoveling, infinitely flawed private investigator and with each book, he goes from strength to strength.From official release/information:
Book Description: Thraxas would rather be anywhere than at the Assemblage of the Sorcerers Guild, but the perpetually indigent private eye badly needs the fee. The Guild is meeting to elect a new head sorcerer and Cicerius, the city¿s Deputy Consul, is determined that the new head of the Guild will be Lisutaris of Turai. Toward that end, he wants Thraxas to be an undercover agent, working behind the scenes, with a temporary appointment to the long-vacant post of Tribune of the People as cover. Aside from the fee, it is not wise to say ¿no¿ to Cicerius. But Thraxas will soon have plenty of reasons to regret taking the case: when he learns that the most deadly assassin in the Assassin Guild is coming to town, reportedly to eliminate Lisutaris; when the sorcerer most favored to win the election is murdered and Lisutaris is the prime suspect; and when it begins to seem very unlikely that Thraxas will live to collect his fee. And even if Thraxas does survive, can Turai itself survive having a loose cannon like Thraxas as a government official?