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Product Details

  • Series: Goblin Series (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404420
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. He’s published more than forty short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.

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Jim C. Hines' latest book is CODEX BORN, the second in his modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He's also the author of the PRINCESS series of fairy tale retellings as well as the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on REVISIONARY, the fourth (and final?) book in the MAGIC EX LIBRIS series. Online, he can be found at http://www.jimchines.com.

Customer Reviews

The humor is constant, relying on situations and characters' emotions to provide genuine laughs.
J. T. Glover
This is a great sequel to the first book, Goblin Quest, taking us further into the life and adventures of our Goblin hero Jig and his wonderful firespider, Smudge.
Kari Gritzan
Over the course of the book the characters grow from roughly sketched stereotypes into finely drawn personalities.
Raechel Henderson

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raechel Henderson on May 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
GOBLIN HERO returns to the story of Jig, the runty goblin who got kidnapped by adventurers, killed a Necromancer, defeated a dragon and returned to tell about it. While Jig is useful to his fellow goblins for his healing ability, he's viewed as a threat by the goblin chief. So when an ogre shows up looking for Jig the Dragonslayer to battle a new threat to their mountain home Jig has two choices: go and face somewhat certain death, or stay and face much more certain death at the hands of his deceitful fellows. Going and getting killed will at least free him from having to watch his back, so off Jig goes.

GOBLIN HERO is an enjoyable follow up to GOBLIN QUEST. Hines has managed to create a world and characters that keep the reader guessing. Instead of heroes-with-a-capital-H his characters are just trying to stay alive and (with one exception) have no delusions of grandeur. This is a world where one could as easily be stabbed by one's companions as by the enemy (and friendly-stabbing happens more than once in the novel).

The book takes a lot of stabs at heroism-with-a-capital-H, adventurers in general, notions of fair play, and who someone is and who someone pretends to be. At one point a hobgoblin who has no compunction eating another hobgoblin, goblin or ogre (cannibalism isn't really a matter of ethics in this world as one of survival) complains about adventurers bringing their pets into the mountain only to be killed leaving their pets to fend for themselves.

The real strength of the book, however, is the gradual revealing of each character as more than just your typical fantasy monster. From the amorphous concept of goblin Hines pulls out individuals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on July 13, 2008
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In shades of The Hobbit, Jig Dragonslayer is once again called upon to save his world, an onerous task when all he wants to do is relax and stay safe. But when ogres are scared, what's a goblin to do? And to add more problems to his already heavy load, his companions are a really, really stupid warrior goblin, an ancient and crippled nursemaid, and a female goblin who thinks she should be a powerful wizard. In this light-hearted, sometimes disgusting tale, Jig must once again fight the powers of evil - in this case, a horde of pesky faeries from another world.

While I didn't care for so much time being spent on Veka, the female wizard-goblin in the first half of the book, this was still an excellent read. The last half was most entertaining and read much faster than the beginning - which still read pretty fast! Even though I haven't read the first two books in the series, I had no trouble figuring out exactly what was going on and who was who. You can believe that when I get the chance, I'm going to read the first two and more from this inventive author.

The characters are fun, well-developed and believable. The plot moves along at a rapid pace and the dialogue and descriptions are witty, and apropos. Don't look for your typical human heroes here - these characters dwell in the realm of fantasy. but that doesn't make their problems less real or less fun - if anything, it's better than if they had been human.

This is a great story and fun for teens and adults alike. If you love a good high fantasy with a twist and a shelf full of humor, definitely pick this one up - and the others while you're at it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kari Gritzan on June 26, 2007
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This is a great sequel to the first book, Goblin Quest, taking us further into the life and adventures of our Goblin hero Jig and his wonderful firespider, Smudge. This time he's joined by some of his goblin family, as well as other denizens of the mountains in which they live. This time, they're fighting against an invading horde of nasty pest-like faeries from another world. Jig continues on his reluctant path of heroism, yet continues to prove what a big hero he is! This is a hugely delightful story, one which young adults and grownups won't be able to put down. Excellent fantasy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Reynolds VINE VOICE on March 16, 2008
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Second in the "Jig the Goblin" fantasy series, featuring the reluctant hero: runty, heavily bespectacled Jig the Dragonslayer. I like this series because it's different--Goblins aren't usually a fantasy race that you think of being the hero of a story, but the author pulls it off very well, baldly admitting to the faults of the goblin race in general and Jig in particular, but using those foibles to make Jig all the more endearing.

In this book, Jig once again has to set out on a dangerous mission at the behest of Kralk, the new goblin chief, when an ogre breaks into the goblin's lair to seek Jig's help in fighting 'something' that has charmed the ogres. He takes with him just a few cohorts--Grell, an ancient goblin who has been in charge of the nursery; Braf, a big and especially stupid warrior; and Veka, a wanna-be heroine and wizard who is jealous of Jig's notoriety. Along the way, they meet other characters of other races who feature in the story, too, and help them in their battle against what turns out to be pixies from another dimension!

A humorous and well-told story, Goblin Hero manages to dispel that `second book curse' in which the middle book of a trilogy often fares poorly and ends up being a rather ho-hum setup for the finale. This book stands on its own very well, and I enjoyed it just as much if not more than the first in series. Looking forward to Goblin War!
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