first, i am dutch and i read in dutch ,so i dont know the titles of series in english. But if you want to read about dwarfs, there's german writer named Markus Heitz who wrote 6 books about those bearded guys. i'm pretty sure in english the series will be called The Dwarfs ( if it exists in english). further, i'm a big fan of Joe Abercrombie. his books are fast paced and has a lot of dark humor in it. noone mentioned Brent Weeks yet. I have 3 books written by him. The series is probably called the angels of the night ( or something simular). Kinda same commend as Abercrombie. fast paced, humor, but also gruesome at times. ( so there's no wizzard who just can wave his wants and all is well again.) Lately we've found David Hair. series is called the moontide Quartet. Lastly, there's Elizabeth Haydon. Her bopks about Rapsodie are both by me and my wife read at least half a dozen times by now and still we love reading them again.