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Title: Thraxas of Turai
Series: Thraxas #11
Author: Martin Scott
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
From the Publisher
Thraxas, perhaps the doughtiest warrior ever born within that city’s walls, (as he describes himself) is almost home. The army led by Lisutaris reaches Turai, ready to retake their city. Thraxas begins the book in some trouble, having been flung in the stockade following a disreputable brawl, but will soon be back in action, investigating a politically awkward murder while making ready for battle. At his side is Makri, whose mathematical skills are called upon for some complicated sorcerous calculations designed to bring down the walls. There are dragons in the sky, hostile forces ahead, and, worst of all as far as Thraxas is concerned, a general beer shortage. When this is all over, Thraxas intends to spend the rest of his days sitting comfortably in his favourite tavern. But first, he has a city to retake.
I just re-read my review for the 10th Thraxas book (Thraxas and the Oracle) and most of the same issues apply here. This book ends with Thraxas being the first soldier back into Turai and then just ends. Scott is obviously leaving himself openings for more books but really, who is going to read any more of this series? I won’t be.
Thraxas as drunken, bumbling Private Investigator just isn’t funny any more. Even though it has been 3 years since I read book 10, it felt like it was just yesterday and that I hadn’t had any break from the infantile behavior of Thraxas. He’s moved from grouchy and curmudgeonly yet still amusing to just plain old annoying. I won’t be reading any more Thraxas books.
At 175’ish pages, Scott could have written another 50 and wrapped the series up. At some point an author needs to accept that his creation has run its course and it’s time to finish the story. Do yourself a favor Martin Scott/Milar, end the series and stop embarrassing yourself.