|The Dwarves is a high fantasy novel
by German author Markus Heitz and is now available in English. High fantasy? Yes, there is
a quest; yes, there is a band of travellers; and yes, there is magic and magic users;
there is even an evil magic overlord.
When I started reading The Dwarves
I had a horrible sinking feeling that I was about to embark on a German pastiche of Lord
of The Rings, but told from the dwarves point of view. Fortunately not. The
Dwarves is both a quest story and a tale of politics and machinations within
the realms of the dwarves. Your persistence will be repaid beyond the opening chapters as
the author takes the crew from central casting and reforges them in the fire of his novel.
The further I got into the book the more I enjoyed it and coincidentally the more complex
the characters and the story became.
This book is quite possibly the first in a series, as the author notes hinted at more.
Certainly, the books ending left ample room for a sequel one which I would be
prepared to read.