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Product details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841495727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841495729
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 5.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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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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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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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By FallenGrace TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2016
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The Dwarves main protagonist is a dwarf named Tungdil who was raised among humans acting as a smith. Sent on an errand by his foster father, the Magus Lot-Ionan, Tungdil is soon swept up in much larger events to help stop the spread of the perished land, the orcs and their nefarious allies.

I really wanted this book to be good but it simply isn't. I do wonder if this is partially due to the translation from the original book which was written in German but the writing is just awful. It feels more like something someone would write in secondary school, not what I expect from a fully published novel. There is no character development to be seen of any of the characters, this is especially true of Tungdil who may as well be a slate his personality is so threadbare. All of this is compounded by the fact that it's pacing is terrible. The book is extremely long but is surprisingly boring, even during fighting scenes where three dwarves seem capable of killing 100 orcs, but barely get any detail on how this really happens. Outside of battles it's even worse with Tungdil and allies seemingly traveling from place to place almost pointlessly. I only got through 64% of the book before I gave up. There are a few good ideas here and there, a couple of potentially nice senarios even amongst the cliche ridden cast and setting but they are buried with the dull writing and poor pacing.

Not recommended.

+ Some nice ideas here and there.

- Poor writing.
- Very little character development.
- Terrible pacing throughout.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2009
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Published for the first time in English, this offering from German, Makus Heitz, is sure to hit all the right buttons with the readers, its got a tale that will suck you in with it's classical fantasy elements of Dwarves (as the title suggests), Elves and Magicians both good and evil. What also is worth bearing in mind is that its part of a Quartet to date with the second part due to follow shortly for the modern reader. Add to the mix a tale that's well told, gripping characterisation and a mindset of sheer determination that has won Heitz an audience the world over. This book, I feel, will top a number of lists towards Christmas as word spreads of the authors talent coupled by an excellent translation from the original language. Remember who gave you the nod when you finally get round to discovering it.
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The greatest criticism that can be lodged against this book is simplicity. The morality is simple and the story treads a path familiar who's read fantasy. That being said this is also a strength because modern fantasy seems to have gotten a bit too real. Now I wouldn't say the books are bad but you leave them feeling not at all like you've escaped your life and travelled to a happier or more exciting place. This book is a return to form and as such it winds up standing out rather than being lost among the crowd were it return at any other time period.

The dwarf perspective is great and whilst some of the characters are stereotypical they're suitably fleshed out that they feel understandable. A number of questions that I had about dwarfs are answered namely how hirsute female dwarfs are.

I would recommend this book if you wanted to read fantasy from a dwarf perspective. Pratchet and D. A. Adams do dwarfs better but Pratchett doesn't have any dwarf as a novels POV and D. A. Adams Brotherhood of the Dwarves series has incredibly slim books so whilst gripping they won't last long before you're done.
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