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 Article /
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. From official release/information:
From back of book: They call him Jig Dragonslayer--and who is he to deny a legend. After all, common sense--something in very short supply among goblins--has a lot to do with Jig's continued existence. Though he's been captured by adventurers and dragged unwillingly along on their foolish quest, he's survived both the Necromancer and the Dragon. If people want to insist he's a hero, he isn't going to fight about it. But the trouble with being labeled a hero is that everyone expects you to keep doing heroic things. And all Jig want to do is worship his forgotten god, hang out with his pet fire-spider, and heal humiliating goblin injuries.
But to Kralk, the current head goblin, Jig is a threat to her power. So when an ogre comes to seek Jig Dragonslayer's help against an unnamed enemy that's destroying or enslaving all of ogrekind, Kralk insists he accept the challenge. With a large, exceptionally dumb goblin and an ancient, crotchety goblin who can barely walk as his unwanted sidekicks--and pursued by a goblin who's certain that she's meant to be the true goblin hero--Jig sets out for ogre territory.
After all, being killed by a magical enemy that can terrify an ogre is probably no worse than being killed by your "friends...."