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The Fate Of The Dwarves [Kindle Edition]

Markus Heitz
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The concluding novel in the international bestselling Dwarves series

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For the last time, the dwarves are going to war - and the outcome will decide the fate of their race. There has been no word from the brave warrior Tungdil since the vicious battle at the Black Abyss. Dragons, magicians, and the malevolent älfar have advanced far into the kingdom of Girdlegard, ruthlessly seizing vast areas of land. The dwarves seem to be facing their next battle with little hope of survival.



But then the inexplicable happens. A dwarf dressed in black armour returns from the abyss with a formidable army in tow. He calls himself Tungdil, and for his most loyal friend Ireheart and his allies, this means a new hope. But soon doubts begin to arise . . . Could this really be Tungdil, or is this warrior following his own dark agenda? It is a question of the future of Girdlegard - and the future of all the dwarves.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1745 KB
  • Print Length: 796 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FY2R2VO
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499369
  • ASIN: B00846RTEM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Please be warned this review will contain spoilers

What works:
- We're never quite certain whether Tungdil is the true Goldhand or a clone until the very end and even then the really sceptical still have some ground to stand on
- The humans introduced in this book are more interesting than those in the old books. Mallenia is more interesting than Mallen, Rodario the 7th is more interesting than Rodario and Coira is far more interesting than Namora
- The battles are a whole lot more gory and magical
- There was little romance in the book and what was there wasn't given any serious time and is more along the lines of young people having a good time than soul mates

What doesn't work:
- The new dwarf heroes get horribly overshadowed by Ireheart and Tungdil and Goda's famuli seem really unimpressive. I'd have liked the new dwarfs to show they could take on the role of their aging and tired forebears
- Tungdil's doubters start to sound a bit crazy in about the last third of the book whereas they had only a normal degree of scepticism before
- Too many question are left unanswered. Especially about Tungdil, his armour and the dwarf from the Dark Abyss
- We never get a scene involviing Balyndar and Tungdil dealing with their relationship and we only get teased with the possibility that his first son survived.
- Some of the Alliances Tungdil makes seem to just fall into his lap and they seem very heavily favoured by good fortune.

On the whole a good book and it's faults aren't so bad and could even be good things from a certain point of view. I wanted more but I got enough to keep me sated
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put down 9 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the best series of books I have read if you are into sci fi fantasy you will love it hero's and villains galore , highly recommended,
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. 13 July 2012
By Dejan
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning and have been patiently waiting for the release of this book for what seems an age. I can tell you now, that if you are a fan of Markus Heitz creation "The Dwarves" then this recent addition will not disappoint.

Tungdil and Ireheart are at again! Filled with gory battles, wonderous magic, deadly foes and so many clever twists and turns that you never really feel safe in assuming what is going to happen next. This story is good enough to stand alone, but to get the full benefit of the world Heitz has created, i would advise reading the previous 3 in the series before going on to the exciting finale of the tale.

A grand adventure and i shall miss not reading about my little dwarwen friends. Don't let this one pass you by!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Axes forward 12 July 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I've been a huge fan of Markus' inventive world, I've loved spending time there as the world has unfurled with the characters fates being played out in the great scale of things and when added to the wonderful descriptiveness alongside solid world-building has been one of the series that I've had to have as soon as its out.

The prose is sharp, the action sequences bloody and all in this has been a real joy to read, throw into the mix some cracking double dealing, some political machinations and all in this is a solid title. All in this series for me has been a pure joy from start to finish and definitely one I'd recommend to other fantasy fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Awful end to a great series 7 Aug. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If not for the ending of this book, I would have given it 5 stars, but it was so horribly disappointing that it made the rest of the book look bad. This started off great, with a lot of mysteries and adventure somewhat reminiscent of the first book, but the story just jumps around too much and leaves way too many untied loose ends. It's difficult to go into detail without spoilers, but the main mysteries that are built up throughout the entire book are never answered and it just ends suddenly and bitterly. There really should have been another book after this, because this isn't a conclusion at all. It just felt rushed and half-assed.

One thing I liked about the book is the characters - The central focus seems to be upon Ireheart, which is great because he's easily the most entertaining character. Mallenia and Rodario's chapters were very interesting at the start, and I found Coira to be a very relatable and realistic character. That said, it felt like they lost their plot relevance to a boring and ridiculously unrealistic romance throughout the book - Mallenia went from being a formidable fighter to being absolutely useless, which was a waste of a good character imo. I also didn't like the 'new' Tungdil - I understand that he's supposed to be hardened, but he just comes across as a dick. The dwarf banter is good, and it has a cheerful and comedic feel despite everything that's going on in the world around them. I've always loved that about these books, and this one doesn't disappoint in that regard. Tungdil's new attitude spoils it a little, though.

The main problem with this book is the multiple plotlines which are just never finished.
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Format:Paperback
The last book in the quad about the Dwarves is different from the previous three: The POV switches from Tungdil to Boindil Doubleaxe, Tungdil has a very different character, the timeline has suddenly been shifted 250 years into the future, which for the first time shows the dwarves' longetivy vs the humans'.

It has none of the 'archaic fantasy' feel that sometimes made itself known in the first book, and while it has brutality, it doesn't come as suddenly or carry as much impact as in the first book.

It is a very interesting yarn and it is quite nice to see a different Tungdil, but Lot-Ionan appears underdeveloped, and while I really liked the Coira and Mallenia and Rodario the 7th part the main story is one yard of hints and the ending is inconclusive.

Several key things are not explained and the end seems sudden and somewhat premature. I did not feel that the main question got answered and I wonder if it wouldn't have been wiser to stop at 3 books. That's in hindsight however; before the end I quite enjoyed this book.
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