The Dwarves by Markus Heitz

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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 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.

About Markus Heitz

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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.
Published October 14, 2009 by Orbit. 752 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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We all know that the races and creatures created and popularised by JRR Tolkien have, over a period of many years, dominated the landscape of epic fantasy: although they sometimes go by other names, orcs, elves, goblins, trolls and of course dwarves have been re-cycled, re-used and re-invented by...

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Ken Dickson 6 Oct 2013

A different perspective to the usual fantasy genre. This book places dwarves as central characters as opposed to being sideshows. A nice easy read.