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
It was decent. Not spectacular. Sometimes it felt like the plot twists were written by a child. It was also very predictable on many occasions. Not sure if I will go on to the rest of the series.
Some very good characters
My favorite is a dwarf with a temper problem
Very good performance by Matthew Wolf - easy to listen to, and does the characters well. :-)
I never read the book but the narrator was very good.
The personalities if each character.
BOOK LOVER IN THE DESERT SUN....
yes it would it is well written and excitting
the main charater
he peformed well with out over doing it
it made me laugh
Yeah, It needs a bit more but you still want to turn the pages.
Committed, Dwarf Like, Not distracting
wanted more...I mean they are Dwarves..make it so.
Probably at some future date. I rarely re-read or listen to books unless it has been quite some time since my last listen. But when a book is entertaining and the narrator is well spoken and good at his job then it makes the listening all the more fun.
I enjoyed them all. Matthew was able to give each a voice, and thereby a life of their own. Which is essential when keeping a reader interested.
I enjoyed this listening experience. I cannot wait for the next three books in the series to become available on audio.
I love SciFy and Fantasy Novels History is my second love especially the Dark ages through the Renaissance and The American Civil War
Love the spin on Dwarves and the character development is outstanding.
The intrigue keeps you on your toes and the action is written beautifully.
I highly recommend this book!
I hope we find more of Heitz writings here soon!
This book moved to the top of my list due to a performance that was simply fantastic due to the writing. The narrator was great at the voices and gave the character each their own, but the writing made each character easily distinguishable and unique to each other as well as being refreshing in the land of fantasy with many Dwarven forefathers. I couldn't stop listening to this book because I didn't want to say g'night to them!
I want to compare it to dragonlance as far as memorable characters, but as far as story, I think this book just blew Dragonlance away. I still love Tanis and Tas, but they seem like hand puppets in comparison to the richly made characters in this book. It's not that the story lines are different, it's a quest and there's companions ect...just, the details captured in each personality made me visualized being the fly on the wall along with them. I feel that this tops even the LOR trilogy.
There are so many, but I loved the play within the novel. It was a brilliant way for heitz to tell us why the wizard has turned like a worm in an apple. It's rich detail allowed for a moment of doubt in the reader. At that point, I knew I didn't know exactly where the story was going. Which, with my voracious reading list, is saying a lot.
No crying...yet, this is just the first book. It looks like audible doesn't have the next one yet :( but I laughed like a loon many times. The humor in here is excellent. And each character had his/her own sense of humor, rather than the group sharing all the same tastes or one being a hater of the joviality. There are times that the characters have to take a moment out figure out why something may be funny. It's great because it makes it all the more funny as you, the reader, get it before the character. I felt like I was around the campfire or in the tavern with them haha
It's a long book and worth every minute. If you like epic fantasy, you will enjoy this. I liked the Game of Thrones, but it didn't make me laugh as much as this. I like the LOR, but it didn't make me feel the epic character development this one did. I LOVE the stone of tears, but I have to admit that this was richer. Give it a shot.
Funny, action packed,
The characters need development
The best books need to be savored, like sipping on a glass of wine. Dwarves is a particularly good vintage. Not to be rushed.
This was one of the best stories Ive read in a while and iv been reading good epic fantsy for over 30 yrs...This is equal to tolkein and mckeirnan..
too many to note
belundil one of the dwarf twins who wanted to fight everyone
When tongil found out he was a 3rd linging and the axe glowed in his hand and he new he had the power to kill the magus
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