Jim Grimsley is a successful playwright and novelist who has produced, in Kirith Kirin, a singular work of fantasy. The story revolves around Jessex, a boy of. At his side are the king, Kirith Kirin, and the other twice-named. The twice-named can be killed, but if they are not killed in battle, poisoned, etc., then they live. Kirith Kirin. Weesam 11/6/ Email. Jim Grimsley usual writes gay literature, and wins awards for it. This makes you wonder what made him decided to.

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Kirith Kirin and his followers, staying in the forest of Arthen, a place where the queen cannot go because of its powerful protective magic, plan to remedy the situation. No longer does she need to leave the throne to renew her eternal nature. It is more than words and some gestures with a wand.

Thus begins Jessex’s new life as he enters Arthen and moves into the royal court of Kirith Kirin. Kirith Kirin and Jessex barely interact before view spoiler [Jessex becomes a magician hide spoiler ] and yet Jessex is constantly thinking about how he cares about Kirith Kirin and other characters keep telling Jessex that Kirith Kirin, in turn, cares about him.

So if there’s any one thing you might want to take away from this “review” of mine, it’s this – please purchase and read this book. Jim Grimsley, a gay mainstream southern novelist, playwright and professor of writing, has produced kiroth first genre novel — an epic fantasy set in an invented world of multi-cultural pre-industrial civilizations lovingly depicted and carefully conceived as the appendices and glossary devoted to this imagined land’s history, calendar, magic-system and language can attest.

It takes reading through a lot of other things to finally find a gem like this novel and I do not regret it one bit.

I understand that he’s King and kriith, but even Jessex continues to call him kiriht despite being the man’s lover! I’m not an all-consuming fantasy fan myself but this book somewhat clicked with me from the beginning, and even though I spent days reading it I normally read much fasterI didn’t want to hurry, or 4,5 stars.

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The twice-named can be killed, but if they are not killed in battle, poisoned, etc. There’s an XKCD comic strip linking a surfeit of made-up words to a decline in quality in fiction, and There he fulfilled prophecy after prophecy and was trained to be kitith wizard or Thaanarc.

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Ikrin is breathtakingly powerful, and the novel is worth kirim just to for the stunning battles. I and am glad that I took my time in consuming this beautiful tale, so that I could appriciate the world building that Jim Grimsley has painstakingly thought about.

Yes; that would be sarcasm. Kissing, sex, love in a prominent way? The world building is complex and it can be overwhelming at times.

Like I said, I didn’t really understand the magic, but I think I’m really just sick of reading “the one” tropes. And it came across as deeply inappropriate to me as well.

Books by Jim Grimsley. Maybe this is a little petty, but Kirith Kirin.

Detailed Review Summary of Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley

But like I said, I know all about Jessex except when the book actually takes place, because as I recall, Jessex and Kirith Kirin technically weren’t even together at the point of him writing his dissertationbut we know almost nothing about the title character! And the payoff in the end didn’t fully seem worth it. I’m in the kirij boat as you in terms of reading ikrith, and it’s something I’m wary of too.

The history krin pretty interesting, which makes sense given that I think the author liked it more than his actual story, and I did want to know how it ended up, but not enough to slog through another few hundred pages. However, the book would only be about a third of it’s size if Grimsley was just writing plot. I began reading it, enjoying the prose, and the excitement of the beginning. When Jessex kirigh that Julassa, a sorceress allied with the queen, has killed his family and captured his mother, this tragedy is ameliorated somewhat by the love Kirith Kirin has come to feel for him — an attraction that is mutual and tolerated in their culture.

I love queer relationships, but I want them to be given the same development and justification as any other relationship and kirkth as rom com couples seem to fall in love because they’re the main dude and main girl and that’s just how it goes, Kirith Kirin and Jessex’s romance seemed to be there simply to serve the purpose of making this a gay book like all the author’s other books.

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This is not a book for those who want a nice clean exposition that lays everything out right up front. The story revolves around Jessex, a boy of fourteen when the story opens, who narrates the tale of his entry into the service of Kirith Kirin, the Prince who lives in Arthen Forest, awaiting the call from the Queen, Athryn Ardfalla, to fulfill the next round of the Cycle and succeed her as King.

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After all, despite its brilliance, it’s dense and sometimes hard to follow, with an incredibly slow start – despite my eagerness to read the book, it was quite hard for me to get through that first chapter – and so many of its own infuriating historical context that all, eventually, flew over my head.

Jessex and Kirith Kirin will forever live in my heart. Post that mid-book soul-marriage, nothing really convinced me that I had been wrong in my first-half impressions. Jessex is kind and gentle and fights the battles that he must through a complex command of magic involving sacred songs and the manipulation of time and space.

Jim Grimsley does not fast forward any event in this incredible high fantasy novel. It is NOT your average fantasy tale; nor is it, in my opinion, anything close to Mercedes Lackey’s Last Herald Mage trilogy as another reviewer stated – Kirith Kirin is a far more expansive, mature, in-depth work than it.

Out of nowhere, the Blue Queen’s Patrols made haste to kill the boy and the warrior before they could safely reach the deep forest of Arthen. I can’t say it was necessarily an interesting one, but I can’t say it was a boring one either. Kirith Kirin is the coming-of-age story of Jessex, a normal shepherd boy who is called by prophecy to serve Kirith Kirin, an immortal king whose rightful throne has been kept from him.

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