Goblin War

This is the third book in Jim C. Hines Goblin series, and it’s just as much fun as the first two were.  While I’ve labeled each of the books as Satire as well as Fantasy, the books are a lot deeper than simple parodies of familiar Fantasy tropes.  Much like with Christopher Moore’s books, Hines has serious skill as a writer and tells very interesting character driven stories.

Book Stats

336 pages

Fantasy, Satire

Sequel to Goblin Quest and Goblin Hero


Jig is back for his third adventure, and once again he has more “help” from the other goblins he lives with.  He is accompanied by Trok, a fairly mindless warrior who has aspirations of being Goblin Chief one day, and Relka, who is kind of a fan-girl of Jig’s.  Relka was a lot of fun to read about, and her fearless attitude that Jig can do anything is a welcome change from the usual stupidity or cowardice that the other goblins all show.


Unlike the first two books, this book takes place largely outside of the goblin lair, and has Jig and friends exploring the wider world and coming across human towns.


After Shadowstar’s warning at the end of the second book, Jig reopens the lair to the outside world.  This immediately causes problems when Genevieve, the younger sister of Barius and Ryslind (the two princes Jig guided in the first book) comes back in search of the Rod of Creation.  I was worried early on that this book was going to be mostly a reprisal of the first book, but it quickly turned this into a larger story where Jig works to stop a huge war between the humans and an army of monsters.


Aside from my initial fear that the book was going to cover the same ground as the first story, this book worked out just as well as the other books in the series.  The characters are just as much fun, and Hines consistently does a good job of building a deep world while keeping the story focused on the characters involved.  I liked how he was able to bring in flashbacks from events both before and during the first book to give you more backstory about Jig and Tymalous Shadowstar.  Again, I said the same thing about Christopher Moore’s books – it’s easy to dismiss these as simple parodies, but if you do that you’re missing out on a great story.

Overall Grade

Another fun story, and a fitting end to a trilogy.