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The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer Paperback – July 3, 2012
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If you believe it is hard living the life of a human, try living the life of Jig, the runtiest goblin in the caves. Jig's only true friend is his pet fire-spider, Smudge, who has accidently burnt off Jig's hair. When Jig is sent to scout the tunnels for danger, he ends up getting captured by a small group of adventures. The group is in search of the Rod of Creation which is said to be hidden deep within the mountain and protected by Straum, a dragon. They insist that Jig be their guide. But before they can confront the dragon they must battle their way through deadly traps, a necromancer, untold minions, and more. Yet while Jig is wandering around lost with a dwarf, an elven child, an arrogant prince, and a wizard teetering on the edge of madness, Jig learns much from the group. By watching them fight Jig realizes just how stupid goblinkind is. Goblins were incapable of working together or devising strategies. All goblins would do was charge into battle and get themselves killed.
Jig also learns about many gods from the dwarf, Darnak. Darnak's god is too busy to give the dwarf much help, but after witnessing Darnak heal the wounds of his team, Jig decides that a god would be handy to have around. But Jig needs a god with few worshippers, who would not be busy answering other prayers. One who could devote his full attention to people like Jig. One who might be grateful even for a goblin follower. Jig chooses to become a follower of a god who has been all but forgotten, Tymalous Shadowstar, God of the Autumn Star. And surprisingly, Tymalous agrees.
***** FIVE STARS! This author has a winner on his hands. Because Jig is the runtiest goblin, he has to use his brain in order to simply survive.Read more ›
Those sound like critiques, but in the case of this trilogy it works, and works very very well. The story is hilarious and engaging. Despite being fairly certain that I always knew where the story was going, I still couldn't wait to turn the page and find out what happened next. The characters may be one-dimensional, but it's very easy to form either a love or hate bond with them right from the start. You genuinely want certain characters to get ahead and others to die horrible painful deaths within paragraphs of meeting them. In a lot of ways it was very similar to the tone and pace of a Discworld novel. You should realize how high of a praise that is.
I very much enjoyed this book. I got my wife to read it as soon as I finished and have since loaned it out to a couple friends. Noone has said a bad word about it yet.
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Fun book! Bought it for my grandnephew and ended up getting a second copy for us.Published 18 days ago by K. S. Wilson
I found following that little goblin a tremendously entertaining endeavor. Loosing oneself in this kind of adventure is a balm to the soul.Published 12 months ago by TERRY W FREDERICK
The Author did a great job in invoking a readers feelings, made me laugh and root for the little guy!Published on October 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer