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"Part farce, part parody, Hines' rip-roaring narrative has us cheering the highly sympathetic Jig on to victory." —Booklist

"The characterizations are wonderful. Hines is a phenomenal worldbuilder...not only inventive and funny, his people and his world are convincing. That's magic of the most powerful king." —SF Site

"The mixture of heroism and buffoonery put the Goblin series into a fantasy class of its own." —SF Revu

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Combined edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756407567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756407568
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on July 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Goblin Quest (Book One)

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.
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This is generally a fairly typical "unlikely hero" plot. Many of the characters are (intentionally) one-dimensional.

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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Really cute and funny story, with the main character similar to Bilbo from the Hobbit. If you like the Hobbit more than Lord of the Rings (I am referring to the books here, not the movies), or if you like any of Terry Pratchet's books, then you will like this story. And I do highly recommend you read the full trilogy. Its cute, entertaining and gives a funny point of view.
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For any one who has played D&D, or been close to those that have, the Goblin series are laugh out loud books that are well written to boot. If there are no D&D gamers in your life you will still enjoy it. We plan on buying the audio-books too as soon as we can save up the heafty price tag.
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Any book that gets a laugh from me on the first page has to be good. I think it is so hard to write funny and the fact that Hines chooses such a forlorn character as Jig, a goblin even his own kind detest, makes it even better.
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A fantastic, hilarious, engaging trilogy! I read it as fast as I could, and felt disappointed when it was over. Long live Jig!
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