Goblin War (#3)

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If you think it’s hard being a hobgoblin or a human, try living a goblin’s life for a while. In fact, try imagining what it’s like to be the runtiest goblin in the caves, the lone worshiper of a god who’s been forgotten for a good reason, and the target everyone points to at the first hint of trouble. Try picturing yourself as Jig Dragonslayer, and see how you like it…

Despite impossible odds, Jig was still alive. He’d survived an adventurer’s quest against a dragon and a necromancer, a pixie invasion that had ogres and trolls dropping like flies, and, most frightening of all, the threat of being made chief of the goblins. He wasn’t sure how much more he could stand. Naturally, he was about to find out.

War was brewing in the world outside the Mountain, and when the goblin’s lair was invaded by human warriors in search of the Rod of Creation, Jig knew it was just the start of another really bad day…


“Hines’s funny bone is sharp and YA-friendly.”

Publishers Weekly

“Part farce, part parody, Hines’ rip-roaring narrative has us cheering the highly sympathetic Jig on to victory.”


“Hines presents hysterically funny, witty and surprisingly intuitive writing […] The entire cast is disarmingly and charmingly wonderful. This is a definite must read.”

RT Book Reviews

“The characterizations are wonderful. Hines is a phenomenal world builder […] not only inventive, and funny, his people and his world are convincing. That’s magic of the most powerful kind.”

SF Site

“The mixture of heroism and buffoonery combine to put the Goblin series into a fantasy class of its own.”


“GOBLIN WAR by Jim C. Hines – The most recent (and almost certainly not final) installment in the misadventures of Jig the Goblin. I was very taken with the first book in the series, Goblin Quest. Hines did something I’ve seen only rarely (Mary Gentle’s Grunts! comes to mind), which is take hero/monster fiction from the monster’s perspective. That was in a sense the sustaining gag of the first book. The problem Hines has now is that he’s created a likeable (albeit still monstrous) character in Jig, and given Jig a life. Good, funny adventuring ensues in following volumes. Third in a series.”

Jay Lake

“A very good finish to a satisfying series […] a good read for young adults and adults, and I highly recommend it.”

Fantasy Book Spot

“A tale of high fantasy and drama. Of mystical creatures and magic swords and ferocious battles between elves and humans and goblins and orcs […] Enough excitement for a dozen regular fantasy novels […] Laugh out loud funny […] [Hines] showcases his true strength as a writer by never letting his readers stop caring for Jig. As a result, GOBLIN WAR is a top-notch finish to Hines’s trilogy and highly recommended for all fantasy readers.”

Monsters & Critics

“A comic fantasy novel, a clever satire, an epic fantasy turned inside out, or whatever else suits, it’s all there for the taking.”

Green Man Review

“I loved every page […] a standout novel.”

Curled Up With a Good Book

“Hines’ best novel so far […] highly recommended as fun adventure tales, safe for kids, which will also leave many an adult with a smile on their face.”

Grasping for the Wind

Awards & Accolades


#7 Locus Bestseller List


#2 Mysterious Galaxy Bestseller List


Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards Finalist


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