Friday, August 17, 2012

The Dwarves (Novel)

I really enjoyed this book. Been a long time since I read a fantasy novel. You know, swords, dragons, magic, pointy ears, Orcs and so on. Prior to this one I have been reading historical based novels. Romans, Saxons and so on. So this was a change from that but a very pleasant one.
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)


  1. I might have to add this series to the pile of books waiting to be read. Thanks for the review!

  2. Thanks for this Brendan, I've been looking at this one
    Did you read the rest of the series? Was it as good?

    1. Read the next book. Was really good. Got to get the third and 4th some day. Cheers