The Dwarves by Markus HeitzThe Dwarves by Markus Heitz

The Dwarves

byMarkus Heitz

Paperback | July 3, 2009

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For countless millennia, the dwarves of the <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_placename _w3a_st="on">Fifthling <_st13a_placetype _w3a_st="on">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 <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_placetype _w3a_st="on">land of <_st13a_placename _w3a_st="on">Ionandar, 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.
Markus Heitz was born in 1971 in Germany. He studied history, German language and literature, and won the German Fantasy Award in 2003 for his debut novel Shadows Over Ulldart. His Dwarves series is a bestseller in Europe. Markus Heitz lives in Zweibrücken.
Title:The DwarvesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:July 3, 2009Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316049441

ISBN - 13:9780316049443

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