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Goblin War (Jig the Goblin) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jim C. Hines
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books (1 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404932
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,278,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim C. Hines' latest book is LIBRIOMANCER, a modern-day fantasy 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 40 magazines and anthologies. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on CODEX BORN, the second book in the MAGIC EX LIBRIS series. Online, he can be found at http://www.jimchines.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jig the Goblin, Book Three 21 July 2012
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It has been two years since Jig the Goblin had been captured by Prince Barius Wendelson, his wizard brother, Ryslind, and a dwarf named Darnak. Two years since Jig had gone on his involuntary quest. Two years that Jig has been a follower of a god who's been forgotten for good reason. Despite impossible odds, Jig the Goblin is still alive.

Relka is a kitchen drudge. Previous the goblin had attempted to assassinate Jig. Now she follows Jig around singing and praising him and his god, Tymalous Shadowstar, non-stop. When the goblin lair is invaded and Jig is one of the goblins taken out of the mountain as their prisoner, he thinks that his ears may at least get a rest from Relka's chatter. Unfortunately, Relka insists the invaders take her too. Jig soon learns that the leader of the human invaders is the sister of the adventurers from a couple of years ago. And by her side is a familiar dwarf. Darnak.

Genevieve Wendelson, Princess of Adenkar, has been charged by her father to restore the city of Avery and see to its defense. The humans are preparing for war. Coming their way is an army consisting of thousands of monsters. The creatures are led by an orc, Billa the Bloody. Genevieve has her prisoners rebuilding and fortifying Avery.

Fleeing his captors and reaching the other army is no better for Jig. When Jig meets Billa, he comes to understand that he is not the only one with a forgotten god by his side. Jig's god and Billa's goddess have a rocky history together. The real danger to Jig's people is not from the humans and elves. If Billa's goddess succeeds in her pans, everyone will die - no matter their species.

***** FIVE STARS! In this, the last story in the Goblin Trilogy, readers will finally have all their questions about Tymalous Shadowstar answered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better! 22 April 2009
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The third volume of Jim Hines' goblin trilogy was too good to put down. Many modern trilogies lose steam and start grasping for ideas by book three, not this one. Jig's adventures are just as fresh as they were in the first book, and I for one am sorry to see him drift off into the sunset.

Perhaps after the new series (which I will certainly have a look at) is completed, we can twist Jim's arm and get him to write more in his goblin world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third in the Goblin Trilogy. 6 Mar 2008
By SciFiChick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jig has bested a dragon, necromancer, and pixies; but now he's up against a powerful orc and her army. To make matters worse, Jig has to deal with an army of humans as well. As a long-lost secret is revealed about Tymalous Shadowstar's forgotten past, can Jig trust his benefactor enough to stand against the most powerful being Jig has ever encountered? Humans and the "uncivilized creatures" lives all may hang in the balance as armies clash and a dark plot unravels.

As a fan of the first two installments, I had high expectations for Goblin War. And I wasn't disappointed. There is plenty of adventure, humor, and magic contributing to make this a fantastic fantasy. Jig's character has been slowly developing over the course of the trilogy. And big questions are revealed that have been looming since the beginning. The humor is the most wonderful aspect of this unique series, and this latest had me laughing out loud (especially a certain reference to a Shel Silverstein story). Each of these books has been better than the last. This series is a must-read and one of my all-time favorites!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Conclusion 17 May 2008
By John Ottinger III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Goblin War is a completely different novel from the first two novels in the Goblin Series, Goblin Quest and Goblin War. Those two books were constrained by the small world of the lair and its surrounding caves. The goblins never left the caves under their mountain, for all the adventures that they had. This meant that the second novel, while having a different set of circumstances, was much like the first in plot and style, and didn't add too much that was new to Jig the Goblin's story. But in Goblin War, author Jim C. Hines has Jig and many of his fellow goblins leave the cave for the wider world, a world that pretty much wants to destroy them.

In Goblin War Jig's god, Tymalous Shadowstar, plays a much more significant role in the story. Each chapter begins with a history of how the forgotten god came to be forgotten, and why his worship was never picked up by some cult or other. It was wonderful to watch how Tymalous Shadowstar is revealed throughout the book, and he becomes a truly three dimensional character, not just an occasion for a disembodied laugh.

All in all, I think Goblin War is Hines' best novel so far. He has stepped out of the small confines of the goblin lair, and opened up a new world for Jig to experience. This novel has more elements for humor, more action, and more plot threads. Hines is growing as a writer. This growing skill and comfort with writing is allowing him to write more complex and funny novels. It is sad to think that for now, Jig is on a well-deserved hiatus. Hopefully Hines will return to Jig's world, or in some way connect the novels he is currently writing now to Jig's story. Either way, I would like to see more of Jig.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars going for the Jig-ular [no spoilers] 10 April 2008
By Oscar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jig Dragonslayer's adventures (possibly) conclude in "Goblin War" nearly one year after the prior novel. The greatly improved storytelling relates an outstanding piece of Tymalous Shadowstar's past with each chapter. The Jig saga consistently amuses and entertains without any explicit elements or gruesome contents.

The backstabbing Relka returns as a spirited promoter of Tymalous and devoted believer in Jig's powers, singing entertaining poems in their names. Together with Relka, Jig and goblin warrior Trok are captured by a small war party lead by Prince Theodore and Princess Genevieve, siblings to the Prince brothers from "Goblin Quest". Darnak the dwarf reappears accompanying the two royal youngsters in their quest.

There are some interesting revelations about Jig's parentage and Tymalous's interest for Jig and the goblin race in the short pieces of his divine history. Veka the wizard is briefly mentioned but otherwise absent.

A detailed map of the significant terrains would have been useful.

I highly recommend this series to any fan of the fantasy genre.

Thank you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion 13 Mar 2008
By Michael S. Bloss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We return for the third, and possibly final time to the tale of Jig the Dragonslayer ( also, Pixies, Princes, and one Necromancer ).

The novel by itself would make a good read, but I think it would best be enjoyed after reading the first two in the series Goblin Quest and Goblin Hero.

As for the story itself, we pick up with Jig some time after the events of Goblin Hero. We meet old and new characters, some questions are answered, and others aren't. Hines nicely wraps up the series with an ending that should satisfy fans old and new. The action moves along nicely, Hine's humor is as always well done, and as always there are characters who are a lot deeper than they first appear.

Hine's has taken the "always leave them wanting more" idea to heart, I'd love to read more about Jig and the others, but if this is where he wants to end the story, I'm glad he ended it here so well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed, I Cried, I Wanted to Be a Goblin 21 April 2008
By J. T. Glover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jim Hines has done it again, and then some. This book, as other reviewers have said, is a send-up of all the stereotypical creatures of fantasy, from angry trees to 2HP kobolds. In-jokes abound for fans of fantasy and gaming alike, well balanced with heaps of action, drama, and the tale of the battling powers that drive the plot.

If you enjoyed Jig's previous adventures, you'll enjoy this one at least as much. If you haven't, it's going to be easy to pick up on what's happened previously. The story in this novel is captivating, and the jokes will keep you laughing, from the gentle to the pointed.

The thing about these novels, though, is the magic the author works in making us care about the wretched of the earth. Goblins, orcs, and kobolds are the nameless walk-ons of fantasy, whose typical role is to die. Here they find some measure of nobility, and we get to see their own special brand of courage as they fight everything from arrogant, racist (specist?) humans to great powers. If you've ever been bullied or pushed around in any way, you'll enjoy the story of Jig, Relka, Gratz, and all the rest.
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