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The Legend of Jig Dragonslayer Paperback – July 3, 2012
"The Snow Gypsy" by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
From the bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express comes a haunting novel of two women―one determined to uncover the past and the other determined to escape it. | Learn more
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"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
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- Publisher : DAW; Combined edition (July 3, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 896 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0756407567
- ISBN-13 : 978-0756407568
- Item Weight : 2.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.96 x 2.02 x 8.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved it almost instantly! There's often moments near the first of a book, movie, or television show, where something happens that I just LOVE, and that then makes me go, 'Yep! I'm sold. Whatever happens next, I'm all in.' One of my favorite examples comes from "Goblin Quest". I don't want to give it away, but it has to do with our loveable Goblin Jig's internal dialogue of what he should do to get out of a particular sticky situation. He talks about what a hero would do, and what a hero would most certainly NOT do... (Semi-spoiler alert: Jig chooses the latter option.)
And that's what I love about our little protagonist! Jim C. Hines has said that he wondered why in all of these adventure/hero type quests ("The Lord of the Rings" or "Dungeons & Dragons") it's never from the goblins' point of view. He noted that goblins were always just a nuisance, an annoying obstacle to get through. So not only did he write an underdog story, but he chose the runt of the goblin litter. So (again, this comes from Mr. Hines talking about the conception of the story and character) Jig is the underdog of the underdogs! And that's what makes these stories so much fun—the unique perspective of the types of stories that are so familiar to most of us.
Not only is Jig the underdog of the underdogs, but he is also the most reluctant of the reluctant heroes! I can't tell you how much I loved the almost irreverent nature and self-deprecating humor that fills these books.
Like I've said, I don't read fiction all that much; but, I've read all three of these books—three times—and I think I'm ready for a fourth! ;)
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.