Markus Heitz studied history and German language and literature at university before turning to writing. His debut novel Schatten uber Ulldart (the first in a series of epic fantasy novels) won the Deutscher Phantastik Preis (German Fantasy Award) in 2003, and was followed by his bestselling Dwarves and the tie-in Aelfar series, which have made him one of Germany's - and Europe's - most successful fantasy authors. He currently lives in Zweibrucken, Germany.
Markus Heitz has taken an iconic fantasy race and moulded them to fit his own story and successfully brought a new tale of this fantastic race * Unleaded Fuel for Writers on The Dwarves * Deep character description, cool fight scenes, really good read * Between Two Books on The Dwarves * It's a really good read for fans of Dwarves specifically and High fantasy in general. I'll absolutely be reading the next three books! * Internet Book Review on The Dwarves * Heitz's talented story-telling ability draws the reader into the action . . . In the end I was turning pages and eagerly awaiting the next plot twist. I totally recommend this book * Boomtron on War of the Dwarves * Just as talented musicians can create myriad of symphonies with only 12 musical notes, Heitz demonstrates us how talented writers are able to create greatly enjoyable stories based only a few basic, well known concepts . . . The Dwarves was a pleasant surprise. * Speculative Book Review on The Dwarves * The level of detail Heitz has put into creating his world is immersing * Dat Book Reviews on The Dwarves * Engrossing read . . . If only all fantasy was written as well as this! * The Book Bag on The Dwarves * What truly made this epic worthwhile for me however, was Heitz's unique characterization . . . The plot is complexly layered, the characters are well rounded and dynamic, and the conflict builds tension and suspense that I found my heart racing especially during the last 150 pages. While this is not a book for all readers, if you are a true lover of fantasy than The Dwarves is not to be missed * Eating YA Books on The Dwarves * There are epic battles, bloody conflict, treachery, suspense and even a bit of romance as our valiant hero and his friends take the fight to their enemies door. This third book may be the best yet in an already impressive and entertaining series. A great fantasy read. Highly recommended! * Movie Fan Central on Revenge of the Dwarves * There are over 700 pages of fantasy, politics, and hardcore axe combat to enjoy. Like I said, Heitz really loves his short beer-chugging, metal-forging, axe-swinging butt-kickers. I recommend this book to anyone that either rooted for Gimli or those seven dudes that helped Snow White * Velociraptor-King, DeviantArt on War of the Dwarves * High fantasy at its finest . . Four out of five stars, and a recommendation to anyone who likes high fantasy. * The Towering Pile on The Dwarves * An impressive fantasy tale told with conviction and a stunning end to the trilogy. A great fantasy read and thoroughly enjoyable! Highly recommended! * Fortress of Solitude on The Dwarves * But Heitz is a master of the art of creating fantasy worlds, giving his Dwarven race a rich enough history to make them believable, in much the same way as Stan Nicholls has managed with his 'Orcs' novels . . . It's an interesting twist on the usual fantasy tropes that the elf characters are so frequently back-footed and revelation of the magical power and foresight of certain humans may come across as a bit of surprise. A solid piece of fantasy fiction about war, bravery and sacrifice * SF Crowsnest on Revenge of the Dwarves * The prose is sharp, the action sequences bloody and all in this has been a real joy to read. Throw into the mix some cracking double-dealing, some political machinations and all in this series has been a pure joy from start to finish and definitely one I'd recommend to other fantasy fans * Falcata Times on The Dwarves * To pithily, if a little inaccurately sum it up, The Dwarves is just like Tolkien's The Hobbit, if the Hobbit grew up, started wearing a hoody and drinking on street corners. Or perhaps, Tolkien with a dash of Gemmell and a sprinkling of George R.R. Martin. * Malazan Empire on The Dwarves * The prose is sharp, the action sequences bloody and all in this has been a real joy to read . . . pure joy from start to finish and definitely one I'd recommend to other fantasy fans. * Falcate Times on The Fate of the Dwarves * I was turning pages and eagerly awaiting the next plot twist. I totally recommend this book * Boom Tron on The War of the Dwarves * The Dwarves is a well-constructed classic fantasy story that I greatly enjoyed * Speculative Book Review * A gripping read with some very memorable characters . . . this will definitely satisfy * Worlds in Ink on The Dwarves series * Very entertaining . . . [These] books are worth reading * Dat Book Reviews on The Dwarves series * Traces of true magic, wit and secrets untold . . . you will enjoy the story * Fantasy Book Review on The Dwarves series *