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The War of the Dwarves (Dwarves 2) by Markus Heitz
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841495736
Date: 04 March 2010 List Price 8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

When last year's Gemmell Award was won by Polish author Andrej Sapkowski (whose novel Blood of Elves I covered previously), it woke a lot of folks up to the fact that fantasy is not just the province of writers working in English.

I'll be very surprised if we don't see Markus Heitz's German bestseller The Dwarves and it's sequel The War of The Dwarves, which is released this month by Orbit on next year's Gemmell longlist at the very least. Published by Orbit in smart B format, this is the kind of solid fantasy that the market thrives upon - great storytelling set against a solid genre background. Sometimes we don't want the wheel reinvented! And particular mention should go to Bob Lea and Peter Cotton for the cover illustration and design respectively - brilliant, eye-catching stuff!

"The dwarves have gone to battle and they have been victorious. But outside the realm, dark forces are working ...A secret army of Orcs, made immortal by the hidden powers of the Black Water, now marches towards Girdlegard, set to unleash its fury upon the kingdom. Sooner than they realise, Tungdil and his comrades will need to summon all their courage to do battle against this bloodthirsty horde. The Orcs are not the only threat. An unspeakable new power is growing and threatens the very existence of the dwarves. But both enemies have forgotten one very important truth: a dwarf is never more dangerous than when total obliteration seems inevitable ..."

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