The Dwarves

The Dwarves

I have just finished reading Markus Heintz’s The Dwarves. A rousing good epic fantasy tale about my favorite kind of fantasy folk – dwarves. The tale centers around the typical threatening evil and the epic quest to obtain a weapon which will defeat it. Markus states in his notes that he did not set out to completely reinvent the typical fantasy fan’s interpretation of dwarves. He instead takes the standard fantasy trope of dwarven hood (mines, underground cities, axes and hammers, and ale) and adds a few of his own twists to fit his tale (guardians of the gates of the land, five “clans” of dwarves with one clan bent on the destruction of the others, etc.). Gems for longtime gamers also make it into the text with answers to the age-old dilemna of whether female dwarves have beards and mages that seem very derived from Ars Magica’s covenants. Props also must go to Sally Ann-Spenser for doing a very good job with the translation. The story moves at a quick pace. Though some of the naming conventions are a little awkward, most of them tend to work quite well and are consistent across the races. My biggest complaint outside of the not very relevant maps are the predictability of some of the events in the book.

I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a good fantasy read.