4 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase:
Fifth in the Thraxas series, Thraxas and the Sorcerers is a fun, lighthearted, fast moving traditional swords-and-sorcery fantasy detective story. The plot really moves along and focuses more on humor and action than on the more cerebral aspects of the mystery. The main characters are all well defined and funny; the side characters are more serious, but also decently put together. The setting is well developed by the previous four books in the series and feels very organic and as realistic as a swords-and-sorcery setting can be. There is quite a bit of drug and alcohol abuse depicted, so someone who doesn’t want to see that depicted might want to steer clear, but this is no way a trippy psychedelic 60s or 70s throwback fantasy novel. Overall I would recommend this book as a fun fantasy romp.