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Publisher's Summary

For countless millennia, the dwarves of the Fifthling 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 Kingdom of Fifthling 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.

©2012 Markus Heitz (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rhonda L. B. on 04-28-13

Welcom to Girdlegard

I actually started to listen to this a few months ago and set it aside but boy am I glad I gave it another shot! It is seldom that fantasy stories revolve around Dwarves, in fact they are usually just background characters or a token drunkard or some other cliche. In this story we get to explore dwarves as a race. I cheered for them, I laughed out loud and I even teared up. For me it was about the characters that I couldn't help but want to hear more about them.

It is an adventure story and there are several points of views that you need to keep track of but I believe it was done very well and I eagerly await the next in the series.

If you are interested in high fantasy, this is definitely worth listening to with a clear resolution to it. Yes there are more books in the series but you aren't left hanging.

The narrator was good, giving different voices for the various characters and not once was he distracting but instead pulled me in deeper into the story.

All in all I do believe I will even give this another listen in the future.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Arjun on 07-23-13

Please Get the Next 2 Books on Audible!

I love Dwarves! Always a fixture in fantasy, yet mostly a side character. Finally they get a series of their own....and guess what!?!...it is awesome!

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