The second book in Hines' Jig Dragonslayer series is a pleasant and easy read. Jig is, as usual, an entertaining protagonist, and his atypical tactics in the face of foes much stronger than he is are amusing and effective. The secondary characters are interesting too, and they bring much-needed depth.
All Jig wants to do is stay in his temple, worship his forgotten god and fix the occasional injured goblin. Unfortunately, his god has other plans for him, and Jig's troubles start when Kralk, the chief, sends him off with two fellow goblins (the oldest and stupidest of the lot) to help the ogres.
Reluctantly, Jig sets out on his new quest with his companions. They're trailed by Veka, a goblin who is obsessed with becoming a hero by rote. Will they manage to defeat the ogre's enemy and return as heroes? (DAW, May, 352 pp., $6.99)