There’s not a whole lot to say for the intro to this book. This is the sequel to Jim C. Hines debut novel Goblin Quest, and it’s every bit as much fun as the first book was. Since I don’t have anything else constructive to say here, I’ll just start the review.
Sequel to Goblin Quest
Jig is back in this book, and he’s much the same as he was in the first book: paranoid, cowardly, and smarter than most of the goblins that he deals with on a daily basis. This book also deals with several other goblins, who were also a lot of fun to read about. It’s interesting that in this book Jig’s companions are polar opposites from those he traveled with in the first book. In the first book the adventurers were smart and capable warriors, and in this book his companions are Braf (a very large, very stupid goblin), Grell (an old goblin who worked in the nursery for years), Veka (a wannabe magician who works making muck), and Slash (a hobgoblin who is just as likely to kill the goblins as help them).
Under the mountain, the same as the first book, although the area around Straum’s cave has been changed due to the pixies who recently moved in.
About a year after the end of the first book, Jig is just trying to live a quiet life and be ignored by all of the other goblins, which of course really annoys Kralk (the current Goblin chief). So when an ogre comes seeking the help of Jig Dragonslayer, Kralk insists that Jig helps him out. This of course leads Jig on another adventure that he wants absolutely nothing to do with, especially since this one ends up with him fighting against an army of pixies.
The biggest selling point of the first novel is the way that it took your standard fantasy story and turned it on it’s head. This book does much of the same thing, and goes one step beyond the first book in that it constantly makes references to standard story tropes. Veka finds a book detailing the journey of a hero, and constantly quotes from the book and tries to figure out where every step of her adventure fits into the classical heroic myth (the in-world author is named Josca, but it’s a very thinly veiled parody of Joseph Campbell’s work discussing The Hero’s Journey). The idea of having a character analyze her journey (as well as Jig’s) as she’s going through the story added another layer of humor into the story, especially if you’re a fan of the fantasy genre and read a lot of books with similar stories.
Another wonderful parody of common Fantasy tropes with a lot of great characters.