The Dwarves Paperback
by Markus Heitz
Part of the Dwarves series
For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard.
Until now ...Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men.
But when he is 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 752 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841495729
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Review by C4RO
Excellent read, impossible to put down. It is a translation from German so although 2009 in English it is from 2003. Nicely scaled epic quest storyline with the firm Dwarvish focus but pulling in mages and some fantasy faithfuls like orcs, elves and unicorns. There is the main finding my family story of the chief character Tungdil, plus a rather fun quest for a sword (TM)- ((OK, it's an axe))- there is a threat to the land from a mix of demon magery and lots of battles. When they start racing round the underground mines on the carts it reminded me of a mix of Indiana Jones and the Dwarf mines levels of Dungeon Siege! I did find it a little difficult to keep all the dwarf kingdoms and the mage realms unique in my mind (they overlap all over the place, even the two maps at the beginning don't help with this much). At the end of the book however, there was a dramatis personae which was nice but a little late to be useful.