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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Jim Grimsley’s Kirith Kirin

Riding upon two magnificent stallions, one a royal Prince out of Queen Mnemarra, Jessex and his uncle Kiritb reached Arthen despite a deadly storm that reeked of magic. Anyway, not my thing, and especially given that the relationship wasn’t well developed, Kirith Kirin’s pursuit of Jessex when he’s that young really bothered me because it made it creepy in addition to boring.

And that’s what baffles me. Every magicians’ battle is taut with the tension of magicians acting against one another, attack and counter-attack, maneuver and feint. He creates a richly textured land complete with details as to how magic works, how different races came to be and how the land is ruled.

All of which is revealed later on.

Had the world-building been better, the world itself could have been enjoyed a lot more. This novel is a high fantasy that is driven by its world building, to the detriment of the plot. There were a lot of places covered in this book and there were a lot of names, and not only were the names difficult, but a lot of them were similar which made it even harder to get it all straight without having to go back and forth in the book.


I kiritn am glad that I took my kirn in consuming this beautiful tale, so that I could appriciate the world building that Jim Grimsley has painstakingly thought about.

Jessex leaves his home to serve the legendary king Kirith Kirin and discovers a lot in the process – his aptitude for magic, for one thing, and his love for Kirith Kirin, for another. For in Kirith Kirin’s world magic is real, immortals walk the land, and people are sometimes the playthings for the dark arts.

I would probably describe it as ‘If Storm Constantine wrote the Kingkiller Chronicles’ sort of novel, but that would be over-simplifying things, kiritg wouldn’t make much sense anyway. Jim Kirlth does not fast forward any event in this incredible high fantasy novel. Trivia About Kirith Kirin.

Really for me, it was the romance between Jessex and the titular Kirith Kirin that kept me reading more so than the somewhat distant and hard-to-follow conflict between the good guys and the bad.

This is not a book for those who want a nice clean exposition that lays everything out right up front. Taken from my July 29, amazon.

Kirith Kirin

And then it ended – I found myself thinking, “I read all of that and Quotes from Kirith Kirin. He goes from eager boy to view spoiler [powerful and self-confident magician hide spoiler ] over the period of a long training montage and a view spoiler [magical coming of age type ceremony hide spoiler ]and it all seemed rather one-dimensional to me.

Even if sometimes the book stop moving at all: A lot of magic which was really hard to get and a lot of places And it came across as deeply inappropriate to me as well.

Oct 19, Katie rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. And I just love the way how it is described in the book. There was another incident with an even more grossly inappropriate suitor that felt like it existed for much the same reason, as a way to justify the relationship by portraying Kirith Kirin’s behavior as not as gross as it could have been.


But despite its flaws, this is a captivating story — I had trouble putting this book down, even though it was slow going. PS if you’re the sort of kirib who memorises the cast of characters before watching a play, have a look at the appendix before reading the whole thing.

Jim Grimsley’s Kirith Kirin | The Green Man Review

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Read Review On My Blog He is well known for his book Dream Boy. There’s a LOT of plot to get …more There definitely is! Paperbackpages. Jessex assumes that his audience knows who and what the Nivri and Finru are, and who the Orloc and Tervan and Venladrii are, and we learn enough by inference to satisfy. Though that apprehension turned into relief and joy again.

Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley, a writer of “literary” fiction, turns to fantasy in this story of Jessex, a farmboy who becomes a great magician and saviour of the world.

I think that is what kept it from being a kiritb read – too much epic. Fortunately for those whose curiosity burns, he does publish a glossary as one of the appendices.