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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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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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By Adnan on 01-20-13

There and back again, a dwarve's tail

Story starts with a dwarf's (Tungdil) journey to complete a chore a wizard assigns to him (Sounds familiar?) Tungdil who is also raised by the wizard from birth knows nothing of his own kin and very curious. This aspect of the story leads into how human perceived dwarves as well as the self image of the dwarves. Tungdil, incidentally, also turns out to be an important player to resolve succession issue within the dwarfish politics. Book is a translation, but it does seem to go through a lot of details of how dwarves might interact and govern themselves as well as their long animosity against elves.

Story has a pretty evil antagonist and turns out that Tungil is the character who is willing to work purely to defeat the evil without any concerns about his own gains. Eventually another journey of adventures takes place to rid of the evil. Party consists of interesting and mysterious characters. Sense of humor is great and delivered expertly by the narrator. Over all though it is pretty standard adventure in the scheme of different books.

Only gripe I had is that in the counsel of dwarves, they knew who the schemer was, but they took no action to stem his action and schemer keep on going about his business. I find that difficult to believe and frustrating to otherwise well written story.


I would pick up the next book in series due to entertainment of how dwarves interacted with each other. Especially the twins : )

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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