Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

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Goodreads: Mighty Jack and the Goblin King
Series: Mighty Jack #2
Source: Library
Published: 2017


Maddy has been taken by a giant! Now it is up to Jack and Lilly to save her. But, when the two get separated, Jack will have to figure out how to complete his mission on his own.

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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke jumps right into the adventure where book one left off. Jack and Lilly journey across worlds to find Maddy and save her from the clutches of a giant. Along the way, they meet new allies and face new enemies. This action-packed read is sure to thrill readers who love fantasy adventures.

What I love most about the Mighty Jack series is perhaps how classic the books feel. They remind me of curling up on a summer day to read tales of heroes and monsters. They pay homage to fairy tale and fantasy tropes, while creating an original adventure. This is the kind of read that you wish would last just a little bit longer, always just a little bit longer.

My one critique is that Lilly remains a far more interesting–and capable–character than Jack, the titular hero. While Jack is off rushing headlong into fights, and failing to achieve much as a result, Lilly likes to step back, assess the situation, and create a workable plan. She ends up saving Jack more often than not. She also proves to have the true heart of a hero, demonstrating self-sacrificial love in moments when Jack remains focused on his own mission. Truly, the series ought to be named “Incredible Lilly and That Guy She Keeps Saving.”

If you can get past the feeling that the series has been inaccurately named for an incapable male instead of his amazing female friend, the Mighty Jack series is truly enchanting. It contains all the wonderful fantasy elements one could want, from goblins and dragons to magical portals to other worlds. If you enjoy stories like Narnia or King Arthur or fairy tales, the Mighty Jack series might just be for you.

4 stars

6 thoughts on “Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

  1. Faith E. Hough says:

    Thanks for the review! My daughters absolutely love this book. And I don’t know… I think the title works. I have one son and six daughters, and I’m always telling my little boy, “A strong boy helps and protects; he never hurts or tears down.” The way Jack always strives to help and protect–but also lets Lily shine and use her skills–is pretty mighty, in my opinion.But I agree that Lily is just the best. I think the fact that the author has five daughters (his youngest died tragically a year ago almost to the day), definitely gave him insight into the strength and potential of free-spirited girls!


    • Krysta says:

      The series does seem to be really popular with its target audience! And I can certainly see why! I didn’t know that about Hatke’s daughter, though. That’s really sad.


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