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 Kingdom of Fifthling 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.
©2012 Markus Heitz (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I really wanted to like this book but I never felt "immersed" in the story. All of the necessary parts were there but it lacked "heart". I would like to know if others felt the way I did or if it was just me. It was "OK"
Creative tale with enjoyable characters. not a deep read read but a very pleasurable summer read. This is a good fantasy book.
I really liked this book. Good story and never a boring moment.... A little insight into Dwarves was great since we don't read or hear much about them.
let's get this out of the way, the narration is ASTOUNDING on this one. He really brings each character to life with a myriad of accents and voices.
Like the title suggests, this is an action packed adventure with some slightly clichéd characters. When I say cliché I need you to understand that it isn't necessarily a negative. Yes the archetypes have been done before, but the reason they get retold is because these archetypes are enjoyable to follow on journeys. It's a good read/listen that a recommend to any fan of high fantasy action adventures.
P.S. My kids loved it so if you're looking for something to listen to in the car on a road trip or just as something to enjoy as they slip off to dreamland, this is a kid safe book.
This book rates very high on my list of all time favorite books. The story and voice acting mesh wonderfully and I became fully immersed in the world.
Not to give anything away, but as the protagonist builds his party of diverse adventures there are very fun character conflicts and situations.
He has an amazing range of "dwarfy sounding" voices so that the cast of characters is diverse and yet still dwarfing.
Yes. the length of the book is about 22 hours, but even so, I wanted to listen as much as I could.
This is no fantasy novella or fan fiction knock off. Dwarves is a fully legitimate stand alone novel with heaps of good writing and excellent story. I can't wait for the next book to be done on audio book!
The first entry in Marcus Heitz's "The Dwarves" series is a simple sword and sorcery tale that could appeal to everyone who has ever loved The Lord of the Rings, World of Warcraft, or any other fantasy story of similar themes. In a world where fantasy stories are often caught up in sociopolitical messaging or overly technical world building, The Dwarves is much like its subject matter, rational and traditional. In the world of Girdleguard, the power dynamics are easy: dwarves good, elves bad, humans good, sorcerer's bad. It is just the right level of geeky fantasy to appeal to the inner Dungeons and Dragons fan.
In trying to explain the plot of the book, I found myself saying things like, "Tungdi Goldhand, the long lost heir of the dwarves, has to travel with his intrepid companions to the lost Fifthling Kingdom to forge Keenfire in order to stop the evil wizard Nudin the Knowledge Lusty from turning the other magi to stone and taking over the realms of Girdleguard with the power of the Alfar and the Perished Land."
Honestly, after slugging through a parade of modern science fiction and fantasy works caught up in crafting ludicrously complex new worlds and promoting some kind of message, the comparatively simple dwarves eschews technicality for pure story. In this work, the story is at the center, not the world. The narrative takes precedence and all details about the world are tastefully introduced via the conduit of the characters who are experiencing it.
Chief among them, Tungdil, is a great character who provides a fine fence for the audience as his curiosity about the realms of Girdleguard translates flawlessly to the reader. The rest of the cast is equally fantastic, providing us with a diorama of battle hardened dwarves, mysterious giants, wise wizards, flamboyant showmen, and devious dark elves, all narrated quite impressively by Matthew Wolf.
This book holds true to every fantasy trope I could have asked for, and I couldn't love it more for that very reason. Hours and hours of dwarves facing down improbably sized armies of orcs, Alfar and wizards was a truly fun experience, which is the main appeal of the novel in general; it is fun. The reader doesn't have to get lost in stony philosophizing and world building. You just sit back and have a good time. In a landscape of heavy handed modern fantasy, The Dwarves is a breath of fresh air.
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