The Dwarves: 1 Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
+ Some nice ideas here and there.
- Poor writing.
- Very little character development.
- Terrible pacing throughout.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very tolkienesque and very much high fantasy. It is solid but also predictable in it's traditional sense of narration. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James S
Great first book of the series.
I am not much of a reader but have always liked fantasy novels and have always enjoyed when books delve into the race of Dwarves, because... Read more
If you loved the Lord of The Rings character Gimli and wished to delve more into the world of Dwarves then this is the book for you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lel
Super read. Couldn't put it down. Heitz has captured the Dwarf tradition started by Tolkien and developed it fully. They spring onto the page fully formed and engageable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by carowat