Thraxas is a series of fantasy novels written by
Martin Millarunder the pseudonymof Martin Scott. They take place in a mythical, Middle-earth-type World, that includes Humans, Orcs, Elves, and a variety of magical creatures.
Thraxas is a middle-aged private investigator in the city-state of Turai. He had been a failed sorcery student, an able soldier, and a far-travelled mercenary. He also used to work at the Palace of Turai, but was booted out for his drunken behavior. He's still an excellent swordman and a good fighter, and has retained some minor magical ability. Mainly though, he just gambles, drinks a lot of beer and consumes a lot of food. He's always broke and has to live in the poor, rough part of the city above the tavern of his old friend Gurd, a barbarian. Thraxas is overweight, bad tempered, and a keen gambler at the
chariotraces. He is usually helped in his cases by his young friend Makri. Makri is an escapee from the Orcish gladiatorpits, and the best fighter ever seen in Turai. She is part Human, part Orc, and part Elf, and she often suffers prejudicefrom all three races. She works as a waitress at Gurd's tavern, wearing a skimpy chainmail bikiniin order to make the rough-and-tumble working class customers to leave better tips. Her exotic good looks and lithe physique have earned her quite a few admirers, but she also has intellectual aspirations, studying at a Turanian College.
The books - narrated in first person by Thraxas - happen in real time and are in chronological order. They are also linked by the presence of many of the same characters throughout the series. Typically, Thraxas finds himself entangled in dangerous but realistic situations that involve political intrigue and all kinds of conspiracies. Through luck and pluck, as well as a well-honed sense of humor, he somehow manages to pull through against heavy odds.
The series does not really "conclude". Martin Millar's agent and
Baencould not come to an agreement regarding rights of a future Thraxas title. [http://martin-millar.blogspot.com/2007/12/thraxas.html]
# "Thraxas" (winner of the 2000
World Fantasy Award)
# "Thraxas and the Warrior Monks"
# "Thraxas at the Races"
# "Thraxas and the Elvish Isles"
# "Thraxas and the Sorcerers"
# "Thraxas and the Dance of Death"
# "Thraxas at War"
# "Thraxas Under Siege"
The series was being republished by
Baen Booksin omnibus form, two volumes at a time, but stalled: Scott has referred to stalled negotiations between his agent and the publisher [cite web | url = http://www.martinmillar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/thcom/news.html | title = News about Thraxas | month = June | year = 2007 ] which put further development of the series in jeopardy.
* "Thraxas" (ISBN 0743471520) contains "Thraxas" and "Thraxas and the Warrior Monks"
* "Death and Thraxas" (ISBN 0743488504) contains "Thraxas at the Races" and "Thraxas and the Elvish Isles"
* [http://www.thraxas.com/ Thraxas website]
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