Saturday, December 21, 2013

Goblin Hero, by Jim C. Hines

Rating: 4.5/5
279 pages
Publisher: Daw
Source: My collection

Description: After barely surviving an adventure he never wanted, the scrawny little nearsighted goblin called Jig is now known as Jig Dragonslayer, and has the power of healing, thanks to the forgotten god he worships. But being a hero isn't all it's cracked up to be. Not when the goblin leader wants him dead, and everyone else actually expects him to keep doing heroic-and incredibly dangerous-things. (From Goodreads)

Review: I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did the first book. There's no "humans, from a goblin's perspective" aspect to this book, which was one of the things I really enjoyed about Goblin Quest.

That's not to say this book isn't full of amusing observations on Jig's part, as he tries to deal with hobgoblins, ogres, pixies, and other goblins. Its just that most of these things aren't really new to Jig, so the observations don't feel as fresh.

We also get part of the book told from the point of view of a new character, Veka, who really wants to be a hero. Her perspective, and rather bumbling attempts to follow a guidebook to becoming a hero, adds a nice layer of slightly different humor to the book.

This a good sequel. It tries to do something different enough to hold the reader's interest, without going too far away from what they probably liked about the first book.

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