Red to the elbows with the blood of his people, the Nameless Dwarf's only desire is to save the ones who got away.
The dwarves have gone!
Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe.
The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god.
When Nils Fargin, son of an underworld boss, is hired to find them, he travels with his client to seek the advice of a lowlife mage. With what he learns, he should have asked for more money.
The trail leads them to the domain of the terrifying Ant-Man, who is rumored to eat the flesh of anyone refusing to pay his toll.
And as if that wasn't enough, it turns out Nils' client is none other than the Nameless Dwarf, better known to his kind as the Ravine Butcher.
The Nameless Dwarf is an epic tale of remorse and redemption that pits a whiskerless thief, a guilt-driven assassin, a consumptive wizard, and an amnesiac dwarf against the worst imaginings of a craven mind.
But the companions bring troubles of their own, not least of which is an ancient grimoire that leads them inexorably toward a forest of tar and an evil that threatens the existence of an entire race.
The last hope of the dwarves comes from the unlikeliest of sources: a mythical city beneath the waves, an axe from the age of heroes, and the Nameless Dwarf, in whose veins flows the blood of legends.
The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles contains all five books of the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf.
©2012 D.P. Prior (P)2014 D.P. Prior
"Not Another Lord of the Rings Knockoff"
The author and narrator had me routing for Nameless right from the start. I wasn't too sure if I would like some of the other characters, but just like in life, you can't always judge someone from first impressions.
I have listened to other performances of Mr. Neufeld. This one, like his others, draws the listener in, and makes the characters come alive. I think the swagger in the Nameless character was spot on. I will look for more of his performances in the future.
I am not sure if I could pick one specific moment that particularly moved me, but throughout the book the Nils character did things that showed the growth of his character. This as a whole moved me. Some authors would not have allowed that particular character to grow and I commend Mr. Prior for his choices.
When I read the description and decided to listen to this book I thought it would be a formula fantasy book and I am so happy that I was wrong. The world Mr. Prior has created in these stories is familiar without being stale. There are interesting creature characters with their own backstories that I hope will be revisited in other stories.
"Wonderful imagination! Glitches apparently fixed."
Seeing that one of the reviewers found some repeats and glitches in the last part of Nameless, I waited to listen to it, hoping the producers would see the review and correct the issues. I'm delighted to say that I was right and that the wait was absolutely worth it. I downloaded it again from my library and found no issues at all. More importantly, I loved the book. Prior has a wonderful imagination and created a fascinating universe with full-bodied main characters and inventive bad guys. The plot and action sequences kept me fully involved throughout.
Has to be Nameless. Clawing back from his past sins, he makes both a physical and a psychological journey in pursuit of redemption. He's earthy, funny and powerful.
The last few scenes were especially good, battling with the arch villain.
Go see it! This story and the characters would make a great movie.
I'm looking foward to Prior's other books with these characters.
"Glitch corrected -- downloaded update for free"
The narration is top notch. There was a glitch at location 52 in the original version, but this has been corrected and the error-free version can be downloaded for free.
The characterization by the narrator -- particularly the voice he uses for the Nameless Dwarf himself. Lots of drama, pathos, and humor.
His versatility, characterization, and the timbre of his voice.
There were a number of scenes of strong emotional content that the narrator brought out very strongly, especially the climactic scene.
The reported glitch at location 52 has been corrected and the corrected version is free to download for those who previously purchased it.
"Well Worth A Listen"
Mr. Neufeld has that classic narrative voice that brings the story to life. Fantastic!
Well worth the money!
"Dwarves the way they should be!"
Yes. I would be great for a long business trip on the road.
I love dwarves! That said, I really like the action and descriptions of the battle scenes.
He brings an edge to the development of the characters.
I like listening in parts. It's good that way for the commutes to work.
"Enjoyed! No editing issues."
It's about dwarves. Too often in fantasy the main characters are elves or humans. So far, I have not found any of the editing issues discussed by other reviewers. Perhaps that problem has been corrected.
Nameless. He doesn't fit the typical epic hero trope.
Hard to choose.
An evil weaon forces a dwarf to commit a heinous crime against his own people, now it's time for him to set things right.
Not your typical fantasy epic. Breaks the traditional mold and brings you something different.
"Great dark fantasy adventure"
Bob's narration was really good. It brought the characters to life
Cordy because she is very good, strong female character. You hardly see those in fantasy
When Ilysa jealously watches Cordy and Nameless reunite
"Great epic storytelling"
The character voices were really awesome
Lots of different voices for the characters
Ilyssa on the cliff, doubting herself
"Shogging delicious fantasy meat!"
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I first saw "The Nameless Dwarf," but as a fan of fantasy I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did; it was like getting a heaping plate of fantasy bacon! There are things I love in fantasy like Tolkein or Eddings, and some things I don't. I love the small-group adventure: individual peril, stakes, and relationships. I don't like massive, non-personal, sprawling battles. While this book has its share of big-battle scope (particularly in the last story), it is first and foremost a book about characters, and that is never lost even when the big battle arises.
And what splendid characters they are, too. These are no cookie-cutter heroes. These characters have flaws - serious flaws. Cowardice, avarice, fear, depression, vanity - none of them are cardboard cutouts. They don't even particularly like each other, but each of them has a reason for staying together (or occasionally trying to leave). The author doesn't skip over the motivations why they are together, which happens in some fantasy I've read, and those motivations help make the story.
I think there are 3 important "legs" to a good fantasy book: character, action, and world-building. This book balances all three very well. If you're familiar with fantasy (particularly Dungeons & Dragons) most of the elements found here will be familiar, but the author does put his unique spin on them to keep them fresh. D&D fans - keep your eye out for shambling mounds (though not named such). Where else will you find that?
If I have one complaint about the book, it would be in the world-building part. There are ties to an actual Earth and history in the story. It is treated as a separate (but somehow connected) dimension and the originating point of some of the things in this fantasy realm. It felt both unnecessary and it served to somewhat jar me out of the story when I came across it. It's a minor point but the only thing that kept me from a 5-star rating.
Speaking of high marks, I don't know what else could be said about Bob Neufeld and his narration. Here is a guy who got his start doing audiobooks for free for Librivox, and now gets paid for how well he does it. He gave me not only a quality reading of a story, but some of his interpretations of the characters were better than what I would have heard in my mind. The Ant-Man is a prime example - better his version than what I was thinking in my head. Bob could do with a better recording venue and the maybe an editor/producer (we had some repeating lines here and there) but I loved it just the same.
Overall, this is one of the best independent fantasy titles I've read. Give it a try - you won't be sorry.
this is a great book series. I drive a route at night and this series has enough twists and turns to keep you interested in listening.
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