Goblin Quest (#1)

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Jig is a scrawny little nearsighted goblin—a runt even among his puny species. Captured by a party of adventurers searching for a magical artifact, and forced to guide them, Jig encounters every peril ever faced on a fantasy quest.


“[A] clever satire […] Reminiscent of Terry Pratchett and Robert Asprin at their best. An over-the-top tale that still manages to be genuinely touching.”

RT Book Reviews

“A series of action-filled, entertaining, and often funny adventures as [the heroes] battle hobgoblins, worms, a necromancer, and various other foes. The book will sppeal to both adults and young adults. Prepare to be entertained throughout and completely satisfied with Jig’s journey by the time you reach the end."

Midwest Book Review

“The humour, mainly based on Jig’s commentary on the quest, is character-driven and nicely done, not laid on with a trowel nor reliant on multiple absurdities. The plot rolls along at a comfortably brisk pace with plenty of unexpected turns, sufficient backstory is revealed without clogging the forward movement. This book […] did make me smile a lot.”

Infinity Plus (UK)

“Jim C. Hines has given us a wonderful adventure from the goblin’s point of view, and it’s fantastic! I haven’t had this much fun reading a book in ages. I can’t wait to buy a copy for my stepson, who keeps asking me what I’m laughing so hard about.”

Wil Wheaton

“The book is funny, poignant, sometimes riffing off quest tales, other times plunging the reader into straightfoward adventure [...] Though this was a quest tale, Hines kept me guessing right until the very last page.”

Sherwood Smith, author of INDA and CROWN DUEL

“A rollicking ride, enjoyable from beginning to end. Jig is a fresh, engaging hero, for a goblin, and takes the readers through a whirlwind of magic and adventure that never once fails to entertain and amaze. Hines has just become one of my must-read authors!”

Julie E. Czerneda, author of the Species Imperative trilogy

“A clever inversion of the epic fantasy adventure tale. Brightly written and very entertaining.”


“A wonderful story that’ll make anybody who’s ever gamed laugh out loud, and even if you haven’t, is still so well-drawn and considered that there’s almost no way it can fail to charm.”

C.E. Murphy, author of Heart of Stone

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