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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A decent fantasy setting that fails in creativity and follows up with an inability to captivate the audience. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
A pretty decent read. It's written simply and, at times, can seem a bit silly; but, overall, it's fun to read. It has a good story well told and keeps you turning the pages. Read morePublished 11 days ago by R. Bodenstedt
Amazing series! I'm on the 3rd book now and I can't wait to finish these last hundred pages so I can start on the next book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cole Larson
A good beginning to a great dwarvish saga! The first half of the book was a little uneven, but as the author tunneled more deeply into his tale, the sense of adventure grew and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elder Jim
The plot took a while to get started, but overall, it was engaging. Towards the end, it felt like things were too "convenient" for the protagonists, especially for Tungdil. Read morePublished 4 months ago by endless
Someone said in another review that the book starts out slow, and gets better after 100 pages. No, it engaged me from the start and I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Clay Meyer
A really great read, especially if you just finished the Hobbit.Published 5 months ago by Rachel Bell
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