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The Dwarves [Kindle Edition]

Markus Heitz
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now. . .

Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the land of Ionandar, the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

Sent out into the world to deliver a message and reacquaint himself with his people, the young foundling finds himself thrust into a battle for which he has not been trained. Not only his own safety, but the life of every man, woman and child in Girdlegard depends upon his ability to embrace his heritage. Although he has many unanswered questions, Tungdil is certain of one thing: no matter where he was raised, he is a true dwarf.

And no one has ever questioned the courage of the Dwarves.

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About the Author

Markus Heitz was born in 1971 in Germany. He studied history, German language and literature, and won the German Fantasy Award in 2003 for his debut novel Shadows Over Ulldart. His Dwarves series is a bestseller in Europe. Markus Heitz lives in Zweibrücken.

Product Details

  • File Size: 982 KB
  • Print Length: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SS58HC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Let me start with the negative. I found the book to start very slowly, and struggled for some time getting going. It is a large book and I'm not sure if some of this, as well as some of the dialogue problems owe to the book being writting originally in German and translated for us to English. However, once past the first 100 pages or so I literally couldn't put the book down. It was a quick, enjoyable, action packed, and at times humorous story, with great backgrounds and backdrops.

Is it the greatest piece of fiction ever written? By no means will it be mistaken for that. However, it is an exceptionally enjoyable ride to read it. Maybe akin to the summer action flick blockbuster, that is never going to win an Oscar, but may give you the most enjoyment for your dollar all year. That is this book. Flaws aside, the characters are captivating, the ideas though common enough to fantasy have their own unique and interesting twists, and the book is just darned hard to put down once it gets going.

I couldn't recomend it highly enough, it sits in a treasured spot now in my collection.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm reading War of the Dwarves next! September 17, 2010
The main heroes in fantasy novels are usually the special human 'chosen one', magicians and elves - so a story where the dwarves take center stage totally got my attention. The story is set in Girdlegard, an enchanted land wherein for hundreds & hundreds of years, the dwarven kingdoms have protected the borders against evil. I started reading the first chapter (prologue) on a whim and just couldn't quite put it down afterwards. This one was a winner - a really well-written prologue about how the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom fell victim to the evil of the Perished Land, thus opening up Girdlegard to invasion by evil creatures. That first chapter had heroic dwarf characters and epic battle scenes marked by betrayal and grand tragedy. Sucked me in for sure!

Then the novel goes into the present story proper, and we are introduced to the hero, the scholarly blacksmith dwarf and human foundling Tungdil. He ends up on a mission to save not just his fellow dwarves, but also all the good men and elves of Girdlegard. Markus Heitz doesn't really try to break new ground with his fantasy creatures - elves are elves, dwarves are dwarves, orcs are orcs... same as in 'Lord of the Rings'. He does add new evil creatures like the alfar (twisted elves), and he also give the dwarves a complex and well-structured society & culture (including politics) that hasn't really been delved into that much. And since Tungdil has grown up only amongst humans & knows as little about dwarves as we do, we discover dwarven-society with him as he goes about his mission.

Tungdil is a really likeable character, and I've always had a soft touch for the outsider / nerd turned hero.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising - but that's about it June 21, 2012
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I approached this book with some anticipation, thanks to a friend's recommendation. Indeed, as other reviewers note here, the first chapter sets up what could be a brilliant story...and that's where it stops. The characterization is tissue-paper thin, the main character is moronic and the plot is inconsistent. One irritant that crept up on me was the way the author introduces convenient plot devices so often to work his way out of corners. For example, early on, dead characters re-animated by the perished land are soul-less and flesh-hungry zombies, whereas later examples show complete personalities, conscience and goodwill which allows them to intervene in positive ways to help the protagonists. In fantasy, there seems no reason for this inconsistency since the author has the opportunity to embed the seeds of the later story early in the plot. In this case, so often it feels as if Mr Heitz simply sat at his desk and started writing whatever came to mind, without a clear idea of plot development.

As for Tungdil; what can I say? He's just not believable. One is told he feels pain, sorry love and lust, but the author is so journalistic in these descriptions that the reader cannot really feel the emotions. Tolkein, Donaldson, Brooks and others are so much better at immersing us in their characters...perhaps I've been spoiled.

That said, the great shame of this book is just how much potential it has. So many of the incidental characters could have been worked into viable plot drivers. Likewise, descriptions of cities leave the reader yearning for more detail, more history, more intrigue, but the author's seemingly destructive bent sees these jewels wiped from the story before such development can happen.

By all means, if you can't get enough fantasy in your life, read The Dwarves. It won't kill you...but if it does, unlike some of the characters in this story, I wouldn't bother coming back.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Oscar
"The Dwarves" begins an exciting saga following Tungdil Bolofar, an orphaned dwarf raised by humans. The German translated novel presents a phenomenal story packed with great characters, a rich history, and a fun adventure. The blend of excellent political maneuvering and kick "axe" battles in the name of questing generates an instant classic.

The notable secondary characters are Lot-Ionan, magus and father figure to the blacksmith Tungdil, and the giant warrior Djerun, a mysterious guardian to Andôkai, another maga. The magic system though somewhat vague requires great attention from a magus. The dwarven attitude and comments are very entertaining.

An enhanced map of the significant terrains and a more comprehensive appendix would have been useful.

I haven't enjoyed a storyline as much in over a year and highly recommend the series to any fan of the fantasy genre.

Thank you.
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Interesting, but a little hard to follow at times. Ready for the third one.
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I have been reading the series since it first came out in English. one of the best plots I've ever read however it would be 5 stars if I could fully immerse myself in the culture... Read more
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Re-reading this one...still a classic tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good characters, gets better as it goes.
This book starts a little slow, it develops some characters that never play a roll and his grasp of combat at times is a bit far fetched. Read more
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My Son Real Like This Book.
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Markus Heitz was born in 1971 in Germany. He studied history, German language and literature, and won the German Fantasy Award in 2003 for his debut novel SHADOWS OVER ULLDART. His Dwarves series is a bestseller across the Continent. Markus Heitz lives in Zweibrucken.

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