By: Jim C. Hines
I’ve been looking to read this book for some time now, so I was delighted when it showed up on my doorstep as a birthday gift. Having read The Stepsister Scheme, I knew that I liked Hines’ writing style. And, besides, it’s a book about a stumbling, bumbling, Goblin hero!
Hines has admitted to the fact that his fiction isn’t necessarily “serious” fiction. It’s meant to be taken lightly. Which, I think, is why I like it as much as I do. After reading books like Gardens of the Moon that take themselves overly seriously with their immense world building and plot twisting and deep cast of characters, good fiction like that of Hines’ is a welcome break. Please don’t get me wrong, however. Hines still has world building, plot twisting, and a fairly good cast of characters. But, it isn’t so over done and analyzed to need 1000 pages to elaborate on it. Which, again, is why I like it.
With Goblin Quest, Hines drops us into the world of Jig the Goblin. He’s a runt among runts. We quickly learn his place in the Goblin society, and then he is dragged from it and into that of a rag tag group of adventurers who seek a tool of great magical power. We follow Jig and his group as they delve even further into the caves and into a world made of magic. Hobgoblins, giant bats, animated dead, necromancer fairies, and a few ogres and dragons stand in their path. Throughout, we are privy to Jig’s realization that his is a race of cowards and as he grows.
This is a fun book! It’s a quick and easy read, and I quickly found myself sucked into Jigs story. It has all the elements of a great fantasy book, but without all the pretentiousness of many “epic” fantasy novels.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for a book that’s well written and that is an entertaining, good read, you should pick up Goblin Quest. I’ll be picking up the sequels as soon as I can.