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Goblin Hero

(Jig the Goblin #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,174 ratings  ·  139 reviews
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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by DAW
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Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
You know that thing in books and movies, where the sequel isn't as good as the first?

Does not apply here. I wanted to stand up and cheer every time a pixie got squished. The book started out a bit slow, and I was suspicious of this Veka goblin, and was she really even necessary, but after I got to the halfway point, I had problems putting it down.

Now I have to pick up Goblin War.
Paul Weiss
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, comedy
Hilarious humour and true fantasy CAN stand side by side!

Jig is a shy, retiring, runty, near-sighted goblin, anything but a fierce goblin warrior, who wishes to quietly live an ordinary goblin life - out of sight, out of mind and below everyone else's radar. But, having earned the moniker "Jig Dragonslayer" by surviving his adventure with the Necromancer and the Dragon in Goblin Quest, Jig finds himself unwillingly in the spotlight and under everyone else's magnifying glass. Kralk, the current goblin chief, wa
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This early work from Jim C Hines, a follow up to Jig the Goblin, is a nice fun read. It isn't the best thing ever, it isn't Terry Pratchett, but he does get some nice moments from his Goblin Horde and manages to say a few things about human nature whilst raising a smile. Worth a look for some harmless entertainment. Should be read in order in the series.
Lolly's Library
Jig the goblin, now known as Jig Dragonslayer from his exploits in the first novel Goblin Quest finds himself back in the goblin caves, although now, instead of a lowly muck maker, he's a healer, gifted with that magical talent by his god, Tymalous Shadowstar. It's not as prestigious a position as it sounds, considering some of the injuries Jig is required to heal; however, he's content to hide in his cave, worship Shadowstar and play with his pet fire-spider, Smudge. However, the new goblin leader, ...more
Zel Polev
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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J.L. Burger
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Gotta give this the thumbs-down, I'm afraid.

After loving Goblin Quest, I eagerly dove into this book (reading aloud to my kids). I laughed aloud at one of the first scenes where Jig has to heal a moronic goblin with a particularly humorous injury.

However, the fun for me stopped there. This book was more violent than the first one, and just seemed to me like a hack-and-chop dungeon story with none of the interesting intrigue or social commentary of the first book. Several
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Genre: comedic fantasy

This novel didn’t quite live up to its predecessor. I’m not sure exactly why – I think its partially because it’s a straight-forward “save-the-world” quest story rather then spoofing D&D-type quests. This time Jig’s surrounded by goblin (and a hobgoblin) companions. One of whom, Veka, has a serious case of hero-worship/rivalry going with Jig (who barely notices). Veka shares the point-of-view narration for at least a third of the book, which is the other big
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Super fun book! In Jig's first adventure, he gets kidnapped by a party of adventurers. In the second episode of the trilogy, he is coerced into reprising his role as a Hero. He's saddled with slightly more helpful companions than the first time around and has a much more complicated problem to deal with than a wannabe paladin.

The Veka side-story was very well done and intertwined beautifully. Her growth through the story made sense and did a lot for the pacing of the narrative.
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: goblin lovers, fantasy lovers, anyone
Recommended to Cindy by: fantasy critic
Shelves: read-in-2008, fantasy
This book is the second in the adventures of Jig the runty Goblin! If at all possible this book was better then the first! I loved the first book and couldn't put it down. But this book had me captivated. The story line moves quickly so you aren't stuck in a rut at all. There were cute and funny parts which is what I think makes this book such a good book. Even though the book ends with you waiting for the 3rd book. It is a great stand alone book!
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun book, and still entertaining, but with less interesting characters.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Loved goblin quest. However, maybe it was headspace I was in at the time, but I just couldn't get into this goblin hero at all. Might try it again another day.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Go Goblins!

Go Common Sense!

Smash them Pixies!

Squish that Queen!

Long Live Fat Golbins!
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok but I liked it. 2-1/2 stars on the bubble. Too much from supporting characters and not enough from Jig. I still want to listen to the third book so that is a good sign.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, z-2018, fantasy
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Jig’s life has gotten better since he returned from his adventure in the previous book. He is known as Jig the Dragonslayer. He is still worshipping his god, Tymalous Shadowstar, forgotten god of the Autumn Star. He talks with Shadowstar and the god helps him heal the goblins when they injure themselves. Jig still just tries to hide, but now he is hiding in his temple. He is still a runt, so he doesn’t want to tangle with larger goblins. He does have better c
Raechel Henderson
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GOBLIN HERO returns to the story of Jig, the runty goblin who got kidnapped by adventurers, killed a Necromancer, defeated a dragon and returned to tell about it. While Jig is useful to his fellow goblins for his healing ability, he's viewed as a threat by the goblin chief. So when an ogre shows up looking for Jig the Dragonslayer to battle a new threat to their mountain home Jig has two choices: go and face somewhat certain death, or stay and face much more certain death at the hands of his dec ...more
Jim C. Hines' 2007 novel "Goblin Hero (Goblin Series Book 2)" is not as good as the first book in the series ("Goblin Quest (Goblin Series Book 1)"). Where that book is all about Jig and a satirical comparison of his viewpoint with the norm in these kinds of tales, this book splits itself between Jig and another goblin and is more farcical than satirical. My biggest complaint, though, is that the new goblin is far more self-centered and egoistic than Jig. So, being in her viewpoint is not anywhe ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the phenomenal audio book of this novel, and it was even better than the first one (which I didn't think could be topped!). I read a lot of reviews saying that this sequel wasn't as exciting as the first. There might not have been a battle around every corner, but there were more characters that were fleshed out so wonderfully. I found myself with a literary crush on Braf within the first five minutes, and his development had me near tears at the end of the book---All the character ...more
Andrew Guerreiro
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Continues the fun and unexpected adventures of Jig. The story does a great job moving things along in a way that truly makes sense! The characters all had really nice distinct personalities. A real page turner full of unexpected moments!
Jonathan Lupa
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Light, enjoyable. No meat here, just a fun diversion.
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I loved reading this book. Jig and his god were funny the escapes were also very cool.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fun read, loving this series so far. One to go.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-but-read
Good and crazy plot, like the first one funny and nice storewise. Jig is a great likable caracter.
Olawale Adesina
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
More of the first but entertaining all the same
Sam Criswell
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall a good second book. I liked how Jigs character showed some growth. My favorite character is the old lady goblin. She was funny to read.
Bram Slaats
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I like how this story manages to improve upon the first story without becoming very flawed.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid second Jig novel.
Morgan Gariepy
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Not as good as the first, but still an interesting tale.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-and-sf
An amusing and entertaining sequel to Goblin Quest.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice light read..enjoyed it
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, pretty interesting story. It is what it is, light reading.
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Jim C. Hines is the author of the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. His latest novel is Terminal Uprising, book two in the humorous science fiction Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan ...more

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Jig the Goblin (3 books)
  • Goblin Quest (Jig the Goblin, #1)
  • Goblin War (Jig the Goblin, #3)
“That is a trial I must face," Veka said.
"No, that is a multiheaded snake thing, Jig snapped.”
“Watch your step," said Slash.
Jig stopped, fully expecting to be shot, poisoned, crushed, or maybe all three at the same time. "What is it now?"
Slash pointed to a pile of brown, slimy goo in the center of the tunnel. "Hairball.”
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