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The Dwarves: Book 1 by Markus Heitz
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841495729
Date: 06 August 2009 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

When last month's Gemmell Award was won by Polish author Andrej Sapkowski (whose work I have covered here on Sfrevu) for his novel Blood of Elves, 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 at least on next year's Gemmell longlist. 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!

"For countless millennia, no man or beast has ever succeeded in breaching the stone gateway into Girdlegard. Until now ...Abandoned as a child, Tungdil the blacksmith is the only dwarf in a kingdom of men. But when he is 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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