Friday, August 17, 2012
The Dwarves (Novel)
The template for great fantasy novels of course is 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'. Almost everything else after that is a re-imagining or a different version. But that can be good can't it? It can be if it's like this book. The first of 4 novels in a Dwarf series that features Dwarves as the heroes and not as an 'also ran'. Only really one disappointment for me. A very small one really. I got past it very quickly. That was the sort of lame looking map at the front of the book. As a person who works in 'Mapping' and as a former Graphic Designer I thought a better effort could have been made.
Basically though you get swept along in an adventure across a fantasy landscape that involves a quest to save the day that features warfare and combat and intrigue. Awesome! One reason I got this book was that I am still reading out loud 'The Hobbit' to the kid and I wanted a little more Dwarf after wards. I am also waiting for a big bunch of Dwarf miniatures from the Mantic Kickstarter I pledged towards. Reading this book has helped get my imagination into a mood for painting Dwarves going to WAAAAARRR!
In conclusion if you are considering reading this novel then do it.
I give it a 9 out of 10 Dwarven ales.
Cheers from Brendon (The Kiwi)