This book is not what I originally expected. For one thing, the goblins aren't evil. Okay, fine, maybe a tiny bit. But it's not like they would kill you.... unless you insulted them. So yeah, they are kinda evil. But not as evil as I expected. Another thing, the elves are basically Victorian, except, well, more barbaric. (there's this whole chopping-fingers-off thing with the king and one of his subjects) So basically, neither side is all that great. Add in the fact that there has recently been a goblin-elf war, and a bunch of people were killed, and you get a LOT of prejudices. Both sides think the other is totally evil. So when Brangwain Spurge is sent to bring a gem to the goblin king, things do NOT go smoothly. Then Spurge goes spying, and is caught. Spurge finds himself running away with his former enemy, whose life he has just ruined.