Jig the Goblin is no warrior. Jig is still the scrawny, half-blind runt he was before he survived his adventure with Straum the dragon. But he had emerged from the dragon's lair with one potent gift: the ability to heal various injuries. Given the nature of a goblin, Jig is kept busy healing others because - to put it bluntly - goblins are stupid. The new goblin chief, Kralk, is under the mistaken impression that Jig wants her position as leader. After all, songs have been written about Jig's battles with wizards, a necromancer, a dragon, and such. But all Jig wants is for everyone to forget he survived those things. Those stupid songs are making it hard for him to keep his head down.
When the ogres come to the goblin's lair and request the help of Jig Dragonslayer, Kralk sends a couple of others with Jig. Braf is a goblin warrior. Grell is an elderly goblin who just wants a break from nursery duty. Of course, Jig realizes that both Braf and Grell have orders from Kralk to kill him once he finishes helping the ogres, but Jig would deal with that later. Following the group at a distance is Veka, a fat goblin female who loves magic and wants to become a Hero. With Veka is Slash, a hobgoblin.
Pixies and their young queen have been exiled from their world and are striving to build a hive in this new world. Their queen is everything to the pixies and all they care about is eliminating every possible threat to her safety. The ogres would eventually be defeated, causing the pixies to turn their attentions to wiping out the goblins. Jig has no choice but to somehow beat the invading pixies and anything their fairy magic throws at his small, pitiful group. Jig's biggest problem is that the pixies have brought a little bubble of their world into this one and the god that Jig follows cannot aid whenever Jig enters that bubble-world. So Jig is pretty much on his own. However, unlike most other goblins or hobgoblins, Jig uses his small brain to overcome or evade whatever is trying to kill him at the time. Hopefully that intelligence - or sneakiness or whatever you want to call it - can help him live through the assassins and pixies that are headed his way.
**** FOUR STARS! Jig the Goblin is one of the most reluctant heroes I have ever seen. Having no height or muscle means that Jig has had no choice but to use his head to figure out ways to live through each day. If Jig ever learns who wrote the stupid song about his adventures, Jig would find a way to make the goblin sorry. That song has made it impossible for Jig blend into the background and be forgotten.
Author Jim C. Hines has another winner on his hands with this (second) adventure of Jig's. Almost all readers will be able to connect with Jig's character somehow. Jig may be a goblin runt, but he deals with many of the same problems we (humans) do in our lives: bullies, peer pressure, etc. This time around, Jig is not only trying to keep himself alive, but also to protect all the goblins in the lair. The author seems to be slowly changing the way Jig thinks so that Jig actually considers how his actions could help or harm others. This is definitely NOT how a goblin should think. Yet maybe, just maybe, Jig and his god can change that. I, for one, have become thoroughly ensnared by this goblin runt and am eager to begin the third story of the trilogy. ****
Favorite Quote: Goblins are a grubby, selfish, violent race, but they have their moments.
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.