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.
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)