by Jim C. Hines
Review by Paul Haggerty
DAW Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780756404420
Date: 01 May 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Jig Dragonslayer is about as misunderstood a goblin as one can imagine. Yes, he did kill a dragon. But that doesn't make him a hero. Except in the eyes of his tribe, it does. Which means that anyone that wants something dangerous done, comes to him. Anyone in a position of power, wants him dead. All in all, his life expectancy seems to be remarkably short, even for a goblin. Until the pixies show up. That's when things really start to look bleak.
At the end of the first book, Goblin Quest, Jig, the conquering hero and one and only worshiper of the forgotten deity Tymalous Shadowstar, uses a powerful magic item to make the goblins safe forever. It's a pity forever isn't as long as it use to be. Feared by the goblin chief, Kralk, envied by adventurer wannabe, Veka, and sought after by every goblin with a wound (Shadowstar gave him the power to heal), or just a problem in general, Jig is never going to get the rest he's craving.
Then an Ogre from deep below arrives begging for help from the great hero. Can Jig possible refuse? Well sure, he's a goblin after all. Pity that the chief wants him to go, the Ogre insists that he go, and most frustrating of all, Shadowstar wants him to go. In the end, Jig is the leader of a group of three goblins (Veka the wannabe wizard, Kralk, the brainless warrior, and the ancient Grell, on loan from the nursery), Slash the hobgoblin, and Smudge, Jig's faithful fire-spider companion. It's a pity that, except for Smudge, they'd all like to seem him dead.
But down in the dragon's cave, a new enemy has emerged. One that's not only physically or magically dangerous, but one that seeks to warp the very nature of reality until goblins and hobgoblins are the unnatural intruders. Emerging from a secret gate are a foe far more dangerous than hobgoblins, ogres, or even dragons.
Beware the pixies.