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 is an immortal king who has lived thousands of years, taking a romantic interest in Jessex, who, at the start of the novel, is both fourteen and considered by the mores of his society to be a child. Post that mid-book soul-marriage, nothing really convinced me that I had been wrong in my first-half impressions.

This makes pretty much no sense because Kirith Kirin also has very little character development beyond being a caring ruler, many lifetimes old, and a bit lonely. It’s quite exhausting to keep track of every single little thing that happens, of every little thing that might hint towards an answer for your many questions, no doubt, so I had to take frequent breaks. The world building and history of Kirith Kirin are rich and detailed, staggeringly so.

Jim Grisley invokes so many beautiful images of a world where magic seems to be everywhere “Kirith Kirin” is definitely in my Top 5 of all times. Would I read the sequels? 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.

I knew there’s be a thing with Jessex and Kirith Kirin-I got the book from a gay book rec list, I kiron it was coming, I wanted it to happen, but I wanted it to be interesting and well-developed as a relationship and it just This book did remind me of the Last Herald-Mage Trilogy which it is bound to be compared.

I most definitely recommend it.


Jim Grimsley’s Kirith Kirin | The Green Man Review

But not verbal singing? And that, ultimately, warms my heart. If this was redone where the world was better built and it wasn’t journal-style or at least if it didn’t jump all over the timeline in the journal style, it would be a five-star read for me. Jessex, as narrator, is quite consciously telling a history to an audience who will be familiar with most of the background. Also as another viewer said, there is sometimes a lack of chemistry between Kirith Kirin and Jessex, though it is present at first.

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. You can tell, judging by the appendices at the end of the book. It seemed like very little happened in comparison to the length of this book. A masterpiece of the genre.

Ofc, I read this book because it’s one of those titles that people mention when ‘Gay Fantasy! I love this author and his writing is truly poetic. I think I’ve rambled on for too long without really saying anything of substance. Arthen is also the place that the immortals go to to replenish their strengths and regain their youth. Nina There definitely is! Nov 01, Andrew Peters added it Shelves: Some people like dark shit, but I have a pretty low tolerance for it if it seems dark for the purpose of being dark.

The characters are well developed and take you on an amazing journey. It will help you to understand things further – given that Jessex as a narrator doesn’t explain everything about his surroundings – and provide you with the proper pronunciation for some of the more difficult words.

He also manages to write about the use of magic and make it more than just snapping one’s fingers or saying some magic words. Jessex leaves kirni home to serve the legendary king Kirith Kirin and discovers a lot in the process – his aptitude for magic, for one kjrin, and his love for Kirith Kirin, for another.

There’s a LOT of plot to get …more There definitely is! Jim Grisley invokes so many beautiful images of a world where magic seems to be everywhere, sometimes in subtle and sometimes in very striking ways. So no, it’s not boring really. It was part of the story view spoiler [actually, Kirith Kirin tried to kirni his feelings, because everyone knew it was bad news to be a magician’s lover hide spoiler ] and it wouldn’t be the same if you took that out.


Maybe this is a little petty, but Kirith Kirin.

Kirith Kirin Book Summary and Study Guide

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 lirin made it even harder to get it all straight without having to go back and forth in the book. Grimsley is not one, in this book kirih least, to clutter things up with useless detail. Grimsley is not a fantasy writer, he usually writes realistic fiction and stage plays.

I don’t even feel love for Kirith Kirin, but when I was by his side, I feel less dead. Dec 21, Jennifer Linsky rated it did not like it.

Boulevardpublished in by Algonquin, was again a Lambda finalist in the literature category and won Jim his second Georgia Author of the Year designation. I don’t know why, but I’ve noticed that in books, queer mostly gay male relationships tend to have one partner who is significantly younger, less experienced or less powerful than the other, and while some people like that, it weirds me out because I don’t like significant power differences in relationships and would like to see more relationships between equal partners regardless of sexuality.

Like I felt sometimes with Tolkien’s writing, Grimsley seemed to see his characters and plot as a vehicle to narrate the history of this world, and while that’s interesting, I always feel cheated when a book is billed as a story when really it’s an almanac.