Jig is back - but not because he wants to be. Hines writes about his poor abused little goblin much to Jig's distress. He didn't want to be called Jig the Dragonslayer. He doesn't want to be a hero. But what he wants doesn't count. He's always figuring the odds are going to be against him and he's right. But because he's very smart and ingenious for a goblin - he tends to come out okay. Those around him not so much. This time he gets "volunteered" to go help the Hobgoblins defend against new intruders by the new chief of the goblins because of the new treaty with the Hobgoblins and because the new chief wants to get rid of him. It's a merry old time fighting for his life and that of his companions. Most of the companions are new except for Smudge, his fire spider, who is really one of Jig's best weapons. It is an enjoyable easy read. And the book is well-edited which is a welcome surprise these days. Highly recommended !
A rather raunchy bunch of goblin's who if your not careful will begin to seem very human, manage to produce a thinking hero who is not really happy with that status. Jig the Goblin is very much the "everyman" we look for in fiction.
This is the second book in the Jig the Goblin trilogy by Hines. This one is very much in the style of the first book and makes for another humorous dungeon delving quest.
Jig has been granted the power of healing by his god Autumnstar and would love nothing more than to spend his days healing goblin wounds and being left alone. However the goblin chief sees him as a threat and when an ogre shows up asking for Jig Dragonslayer; the chief is happy to see Jig leave. Now Jig has another quest, against evil pixies to be exact and he has some dubious goblin companions who just may help him if they don't kill him first.
This book goes between two different character viewpoints. Like in the last book we follow Jig, but in addition we hear a lot from Veka's viewpoint (she is a goblin who greatly desires to be a hero). As far as writing style, plot style, character style goes this book is much like the first one. I found the characters humorous but not incredibly engaging. I found the plot interesting but not edge-of-your-seat gripping. This book wasn't quite as funny as the first book. A lot of time is spent with Veka and she is not a pleasant character...she takes herself way too seriously and I didn't like hearing from her as much as Jig.
This is another very classic dungeon crawling adventure; although this book has a more "save the world" tone to it than the first book. The book wraps up nicely and gives a very complete story. You wouldn't have to read "Goblin Quest" to enjoy this book, but "Goblin Quest" does give some nice background on Jig for this story.
Overall another fun and amusing read. I look forward to reading the third, and final, book in this series "Goblin War".