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The Dwarves [Kindle Edition]

Markus Heitz
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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    Book Description

    The international bestselling fantasy epic now available in English for the first time.

    About the Author

    Markus Heitz was born 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.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1147 KB
    • Print Length: 756 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316049441
    • Publisher: Orbit (26 Jan. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0035YDM3U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Axes, dwarves and Orcs - Khazad 1 Dec. 2011
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    A good enjoyable read. I brought this book as holiday reading and for that it was perfect. I am a real fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and wanted to read something more about the dwarves. At times the story lacks a little depth (its closer to the Hobbit than LOTR) but overall it's a great tale. It took a bit of time to get going but once it did it was hard to put down. This is dwarves as I expected them dirty with food in their beards, but reckless, fearless and joyful in battle, axes whirling as the hurl themselves into packs of orcs. A thoroughly satisfying easy going read.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A giant in its genre 29 April 2010
    Format:Paperback
    After having read Orcs, I was a little suspicious of Dwarves. However, it far exceeded the (rather low) benchmark set by Stan Nicholls' book.
    The book is a little clunky in places and the action jerks around a little too much but there is much to redeem it. The principal character, Tungdil, is believable and likable and the supporting cast of characters who stay in the story become more than just wallpaper.
    The story really picks up when the group run in with various human (and non human) characters about half way through the book. The humour is occasionally a little forced and stereotypical but at other times is genuine and brings life to the tale.
    Marcus Weitz says that he wanted to present his dwarves to follow most people's expectations of what dwarves in fantasy should be and to add a few twists and qualities that he felt they needed. Mission successful!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change 7 Jan. 2010
    Format:Paperback
    Well that was a refreshing change to the genre, not a human or an elf or boy wizard (sorry couldn't resist) but a dwarf as a main character, ok not a surprise when you look at the title, but a very different outlook, dwarves are nearly always the sidekick and not the hero, on the down side it is a typical fantasy, hunt for magic weapon with plucky band of disparate group who win out in end whilst losing a couple of antagonistic characters who come together in the end, but its fantasy thats what i want, and boy did i get it in spades. Is it against a religion to say an englishman enjoyed a german book, highly looking forward to next one, i wonder if the characters are based on people he knows, because both german and dwarf alike like there beer, and boy there is some wonderful drinking in this book.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good all round fantasy read 8 April 2010
    Format:Paperback
    I really enjoyed this book, although I put it down in the bookshop at least 3 times before I bought it. It's a classic rollicking adventure with some slight departures from the norm in the main characters being dwarves - as other reviews have said the main character is humanised having been brought up by humans, however this does give a good opportunity for the author to introduce the main elements of dwarven society and culture to the narrative quite comfortably. For a fairly standard storyline it was engaging and I read it in a few days and would recommend it as a happy return to traditional sword and socery.
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    26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story 30 Sept. 2009
    By DeeDee
    Format:Paperback
    I was in Waterstones Bookshop for 30 minutes before I choose this book and am so glad I did - although it is very much cheaper at Amazon but I would not have been able to read the first 10 pages! The story is enthralling and entertaining... the characters seem really real and draw you into their stories. This is an excellent read and a good first book to cut your teeth on if this genre is new to you... as it is not as heavy as George RR Martin Books (also brilliant) or the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I can't wait for the next book from this author - The War of the Dwarves but will have to as it is not out until 2010! Fantastic read all round.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 21 April 2012
    By gazmack
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Always looking for a good fantasy book to rival Raymond Feist and I think I have found it
    Read good reviews previously and they do not do it justice.
    Good character depth and room for expansion
    Looking forward to books two and three
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    24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good book 19 Oct. 2009
    Format:Paperback
    I'm always a little dubious of new fantasy books as they can often be very comparable to Lord of the Rings. However I'm so glad I bought this book. The characters were well developed and enjoyable, and the story was entertaining and engrossing. Very rarely am I unable to put a book down, but I read this book in only a few days despite its size.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre. The next installment (and I'm very happy there is to be one) will be eagerly anticipated.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible writing - TERRIBLE 28 Feb. 2013
    Format:Paperback
    Now I like a good fantasy novel. After reading the book cover I was intrigued. The story had potential. Lots of potential. A few pages in I start to notice that the writing is pretty basic. The more I read the more I start to notice how terrible it truly is. The thing is the underlying story, plot and the basic characters are good. It's just a shame that there is zero character development and that the dialogue is so poor it makes you embarrassed to read it...read it if you wish, but you will spend most of your time going "how in the hell did this get published"
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars not the same but highly recommended! The story flows really well and...
    Always have been fascinated by Dwarves as a Middle Earth fan, not the same but highly recommended! The story flows really well and not bogged down with too many nuances.
    Published 11 days ago by SMAC
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great price, fast delivery. A fantastis read, I couldnt out it down.
    Published 1 month ago by Anthony Ainsley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good quality and great time of delivery
    Published 1 month ago by Lina
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good story well told but a little long
    Published 1 month ago by Tim Mulcahy
    4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, if you loved the LOTR you will ...
    An excellent read, if you loved the LOTR you will love this. Currently reading the second book and have already ordered the 3rd & 4th.
    Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
    Amazing book, Highly recommend
    Published 3 months ago by Luke
    1.0 out of 5 stars boring and not very inventive
    Long, boring and not very inventive.
    Published 4 months ago by Dave B
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 4 months ago by gillian panter
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but dont get excited!
    It is a simple story that tends to avoid detail, perhaps intentionally. Will you want to read the next one - possibly
    Published 4 months ago by Tom
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    Great story, really got into your m ok nd and made you care about t he characters

    If you liked Lord of the rings read this
    Published 5 months ago by PAUL LEONARD
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