|The War of the Dwarves is an
immediate sequel to Dwarves by Markus Heitz. With that sequel
status in mind Herr Heitz (these books are most ably translated from the German by
Sally-Ann Spencer) dives straight into the action.
Where the first novel started out as
a Lord of the Rings-light story before finding its own metier, the
sequel is only concerned with what went before in the unfolding story of the dwarves and
their longstanding struggles and internecine feuds. Tungdil and the twins BoÔndil and
BoŽndal are back and are asked to carry the weight of defending Girdlegard on their
shoulders once more.
Whereas I found Dwarves a story that I took a while enjoy, I
was immediately drawn into The War of the Dwarves. In part this
was due to familiarity with the characters, but it was also reflective of the author not
needing to set the scene or introduce all the characters afresh. However, do not take
these comments as meaning that The War of the Dwarves requires you
to read Dwarves first; it does not. The War of the
Dwarves is a standalone story, and while knowledge of Dwarves
helps this knowledge is in no way essential.
This was a story in the tradition of high fantasy, but it never forgets the day-to-day
hopes and aspirations of its central characters and that is what makes it so much better
than most books in that tradition. Herr Heitz is to be congratulated on producing such a
grand sequel. I hope you read it and get the enjoyment I did.