"Tolkien with a dash of Gemmell and a sprinkling of George R. R. Martin . . . an interesting approach to magic."Malazan Empire
"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
"A Tolkienesque fantasy adventure novel needs a solid villain for the readers to loathe, and in Markus Heitz's Righteous Fury, we find a quite impressive one . . . If your bookshelf is already home to Tolkien, Martin, and company, Righteous Fury will find a comfortable spot to fit in."Booklist
"driven by unrelenting action, [the book] springs to life through the vivid, vigorous writing"Kirkus Reviews
"Heitz keeps on delivering ... I would recommend Righteous Fury to everyone looking for exciting Tolkien-inspired fantasy"Upcoming4me12/01/2014
The author of the "Dwarves" series (The Dwarves; War of the Dwarves) now turns his attention and point of view to the Älfar, a race of immortal, casually cruel warrior-artists who appeared as deadly foes in his previous books. Although their name, their immortality, and their finely honed skills suggest a connection to typical fantasy elves, they are actually more similar to the obscenely decadent Melniboneans of Michael Moorcock's "Elric" books or the pride-corrupted emperors who presided over the fall of Numenor in J.R.R. Tolkien's backstory to The Lord of the Rings. Heitz makes it clear from the first chapter that his protagonists are very problematic antiheroes: vain, racist slaveholders, whose lovingly detailed art and architecture, even more than their martial skills, reveal a nightmarish fascination with the infliction of pain, humiliation, and death. The author places the reader inside the minds of his characters "as they see themselves." Readers who are not repelled by the Älfar's nature will find an absorbing tale of battles, quests, Machiavellian scheming, and, perhaps, in the end, the foolishness of shortsighted arrogance. VERDICT Fans of The Dwarves will want to view Heitz's fantasy world from a different perspective, but with so few likable characters it may limit this series' potential audience outside that fan base.—Bradley Scott, Buffalo, MO2014-11-20
From the author of the best-selling Dwarves series (The Fate of the Dwarves, 2008, etc.), a new venture retelling substantially the same story but from a radically different point of view; it first appeared in Germany in 2009.The dark elves, or älfar, are renowned for their uncompromising warrior ethos. Their rulers, the Inextinguishables—an incestuous brother-sister couple so overwhelming in aspect that other älfar cannot behold them without going mad—decree that the elves (for whom the älfar bear a particular loathing) shall be destroyed. First, though, they will need to unlock the gates of the impregnable fortress that bars access. So they dispatch warriors Caphalor and Sinthoras to obtain the support of a mist-demon. Caphalor's Constellations faction believes only in defensive wars, while Sinthoras' rival Comets thirst for conquest. Sinthoras, a great artist, owns Raleeha, a human who voluntarily gave herself into slavery in order to learn to create great art; as punishment for a minor oversight, Sinthoras blinds her. Caphalor, meanwhile, watches in approval as his daughter lobotomizes a potentially rebellious slave. To reach the mist-demon, they brave many perils, including defeat and humiliation at the hands of the gnomelike fflecx, who are expert poisoners, and the gålran zhadar, whose magic and technology is unsurpassed. After many adventures, they return, their limitless contempt for nonälfar races and boundless arrogance somewhat tempered, with the mist-demon's agreement—or so they think. This excellent back story, driven by unrelenting action, springs to life through the vivid, vigorous writing and almost despite characters so unpleasant it's difficult to sympathize with them. The intricate älfar artworks, derived mostly from flayed or eviscerated enemies, both intrigue and repel.Fine for fans of the Dwarves series; others may be in for an uncomfortable visit.