Goblin War

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Jig the Goblin #3

Jim C. Hines

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


While I enjoyed this book overall, I found my enjoyment to be less than what I had from Goblin Hero, which in turn wasn’t as good as the first book, Goblin Quest.

And I didn’t care for Libriomancer either.

Jig has been a good read as a trilogy, but I think I’m done with Hines. Goblin War wrapped up the storyline, but it seemed to focus as much on Shadowstar and another goddess as much as it did on the goblins. Old hasbeen gods can be a good trope, but it has to be done right and Hines didn’t work the magic for me.

Jig and the side characters. Jig is almost exactly the same as he was when we met him. Which considering he’s a goblin, isn’t surprising. But that as well as the “new set” of side characters for each book indicates to me that Hines can’t flesh out and grow his characters. He should stick to stand alone books so that weakness doesn’t show through.

I DO recommend this Jig trilogy, as it is funny, completely off beat, whacky and a nice change in the fantasy genre.

Goblin Hero

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Jig the Goblin #2

Jim C. Hines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


As much fun as the first book was, this wasn’t quite as fun, but it explored another goblin character almost as much as Jig.

A fat gobliness who wanted to be a magician and hated Jig because he wouldn’t teach her magic. And pixies, those evil little balls of light. I mean, who DOESN’T hate pixies? Grrrrr. Bad pixie, bad!

All in all, even though I didn’t find this as “fun” as the first book, I did enjoy it just as much. Definitely have the 3rd and final book in my TBR pile…

Goblin Quest

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Jig the Goblin #1

Jim C. Hines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a lot of fun to read.

Take your typical “hero on a quest to kill a dragon, blah, blah, blah” and completely turn it on its head.

We follow Jig, a runt of a goblin, who is nearsighted. He just wants to have enough to eat each day and to not be bullied about by the bigger goblins.

Unfortunately, for Jig, he is thrust into the company of aforementioned adventurers. Who are vile scumbags who simply want to use Jig and then kill him.

Jig ends up being the hero, and the leader of his people.

Where Libriomancer felt like a Dresden clone, this was original. It toed the line between humor, dark humor and sadness, as we see how other races are treated by humankind.

We are also introduced to the the firespider who is part of Libriomancer.

Overall, I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.