The Dwarves (Dwarves Series #1)

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For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now. . .

Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the land of Ionandar, the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has...

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Overview

For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling Kingdom have defended the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Many and varied foes have hurled themselves against the portal and died attempting to breach it. No man or beast has ever succeeded. Until now. . .

Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith labors contentedly in the land of Ionandar, the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. Although he does not want for friends, Tungdil is very much aware that he is alone - indeed, he has not so much as set eyes on another dwarf. But all that is about to change.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316049443
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 7/3/2009
  • Series: Dwarves Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 170,194
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Markus Heitz was born in 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 in Europe. Markus Heitz lives in Zweibrücken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2009

    The Dwarves-A MUST READ!!!!

    I picked this up at Barnes & Noble almost by accident. Intrigued with the plot and it's seeming originality I bought it. I had never heard of the book (though it's an International best selling fantasy title) or it's author. I learned that the book was just released in the US and translated from German. Once I started The Dwarves it was so hard to put down. The Characters, the writing style and the battle scenes were all done just right. For any fan of great fiction, great writing and awesome fantasy. "The Dwarves" is a must. The sequel_"The War of the Dwarves" is due in february 2010. I look forward to that!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    an exciting sword and sorcery saga

    In the Fourth Kingdom Tungdil Bolofar the dwarf was found as an abandoned infant and raised amidst the long-uns. He works for master magus Lot-Ionan the Forbearing ruler of the enchanted realm of Ionandar, who is one of the great sorcerers protecting the Girdlegard Valley; a land also defended by mountains on all sides with five passages watched over by the five tribes of dwarves.

    However, all is not well in Girdlegard in the 5199th Solar Cycle. The evil ones want to breach the natural and species fortification. The alfar, gnomes, trolls, orcs, and others have apparently found an egress through the deserted Fifthling Kingdom while the sorcerers are busy trying to prevent the spread of the Perished Land where those who die reanimate as tormented revenants. However, a traitor from within has placed Girdlegard in jeopardy. On an assignment for his master, Tungdil meets dwarves especially a female he is attracted to; but the mission comes first.

    The incredibly deep vivid descriptions of the five kingdoms is a two edged sword as readers become fully versed with the Heitz fantasy realm but also can slow down an exciting sword and sorcery saga. The cast is strong as the culture of with long-uns, magus, and dwarves come across as genuine. Fans will enjoy Tungdil's escapades as he goes from a blacksmithing ward to adventures to save the world as he knows it; ironically his quest changes that world because he begins seeing it differently. With a nod to Willow, DWARVES is en entertaining well written quest fantasy that at time times slows down with the mountains of detail.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    The epicness is overwhelming!

    I wasn't expecting much when I first came into the book, and because of that, I had no idea it would be so overwhelming. Keep in mind you're getting into something huge when you read this book. Do not, under ANY circumstances, underestimate it! Time is precious, after all, and this book is worth it! It was designed with political intrigue and TONS of hack-and-slash action in mind, and I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. I hope I've persuaded you. Now, go out and read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

    I have been reading fantasy for decades, but I was getting bored

    I have been reading fantasy for decades, but I was getting bored with the current offerings in this genre. It had been a long time since I ran across a fantasy that reminded me why I like epic fantasy so much. Dwarves did that for me. I loved the story, the writing, and most of all the characters. It has long been a rule of thumb for me that I will read the first 100 pages of a book, and then evaluate whether I will continue or not. My criteria is that If I don't really care what happens to the characters in the book, I stop and move on to the next book. To be honest, in Dwarves, I breezed right by page 100 and never looked back. I loved all the characters, good and evil.

    I definitely could tell that this book was translated from the original German. Some of the phrasing made that obvious, but for me, it did not detract from the book at all. I don't know if any book will ever deserve 5 stars, but this is as close as any book has ever come for me. I am moving on to book two as soon as possible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    The Dwarves

    The cover piqued my interest and from the beginning to the end it held and captivated me. Would definitely recommend. I am drawn to reading about Dwarves and this didn't let me down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Good read

    I liked it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    gets your mind working

    This book has you captivated thru the whole book. I loved reading this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Dwarves finally get their voice and Markus does it right

    I am absolutely enthralled by this series. I have just finished the second one and starting the third.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Finally, getting their due

    Most excellent book in the fantasy realm. The Dwarves is a solid adventure, highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Great read

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Full of action. The author mixes characters that are from different cultures together to make the story good. I didn't want to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

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    Very good read! I couldn't put it down for 2 days.

    Very good read! I couldn't put it down for 2 days.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Highly recommemded

    This is very hard to put down. I first saw it on a table at my local Barnes and Noble and was intrigued by the cover. I did"t pick it up right away as I thought it would be yet-another-poor-retelling-of-The-Lord-Of-The-Rings. I'd gotten away from fantasy fiction just because of that. The book stayed with me and, when it became available, as a nookbook i bought it. I wasn't disappointed. Tungdil is a very "real" character, not an empty stereotype. I have to read the others now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

    Amazing

    Its better than you would think its written really well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Riveting

    Amazing start to what i hope is a great series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    The besr fanrasy book i ever read

    Nothing more to say then amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Poor writing & editing!

    Very disapointed in the level of writing. Author clips from paragraph to paragraph, and thought to thought without any build to drama or sceen. Editing errors are present, ie, chapter starts with "no fire.....to dangerous" short character dialogue, and they are " toasting cheese" on the fire! Main character goes "home" for a brief period finding death & destruction, author wraps up family, friends in one sentance tagged at the end of a paragraph. 9.99!! SAVE YOUR MONEY.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Great fantasy novel. Dwarves have always been my favorite fantas

    Great fantasy novel. Dwarves have always been my favorite fantasy race.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Tries too hard to be epic

    Has all the ingredients to be an epic adventure and I think that's where it goes wrong. It is almost great but at times I found myself flipping past whole sections because it was that predictable. Other times I caught myself going through a mental "epic adventure" checklist and marking off items. I liked the characters, good read overall. I will not read book two.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Just shy of recommendable

    Written fairly well but not quite at the level of the Sci-Fi and fantasy authors that I commonly read all the time. I won't read book 2.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Best book ever!!!!

    Good book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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