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Posted July 15, 2011
Great story told in beautiful prose
This is unlike any other fantasy I've read, and I've read a lot of them. The atmosphere is lyrical and emotionally deep, the story told from the perspective of a person with great wisdom. Many novels are forgotten as soon as you close the cover. This one has stayed in my memory for years, and I'm looking forward to reading it again soon. It is a stunning start to the trilogy that includes "The Ordinary" and "The Last Green Tree."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2002
Wow Just WOW
Its like stepping into another world. It claims above to be long and somewhat slow- but its part of its charm- I cried when I reached the end because there was no more. It was engaging in a way that few books are- you felt as if you walked beside the charecter in the world. So buy this book and read it, it is awesome. It only see the hardcover here- if it seems dauntingly large the paperback I got at the library was not *to* giant, but it may have been a library edition or something.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2002
Take a Chance on This Novel - It is Worth Your Time!
Jessex is a normal boy who grew up as all little boys do, but he soon was called upon to enter the service of the exiled king. There he fulfilled prophecy after prophecy and was trained to be a wizard or Thaanarc. When his training is complete, he is immediately thrust into battle against an evil wizard who has ruled the kingdom for far too many lifetimes. 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 forever. This is the story of their battle to regain the kingdom of Arthyn for Kirith Kirin. <p> Jim Grimsley does a superb job on crafting a completely different world. 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. The details really make this world come alive and helps the reader understand all of the subtle ramifications that come from one small act. <p> This book is written as a type of personal history that Jessex wrote long after all of this happened and, as such, is written in slightly detached style. This is a bit disorienting at first, but the reader soon adjusts and is captivated all the same. <p> Take a chance on this novel - you will come to love the world and the characters. Hopefully Jim Grimsley will be inspired to write more fantasy novels that seem as real as this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Jessex, a young farmer's son, is taken by his uncle to the exiled king, Kirith Kirin. The Blue Queen has taken over Kirith Kirin's throne while the monarch is away renewing his immortality. Her minions try to slay Jessex and his uncle, but upon the backs of magical stallions, the two are brought safe to the exiled kign. Jessex has no idea of the power inherent in him, but under the tutelage and love of Kirith Kirin, he learns. Jessex's destiny, as the king knows, reaches far beyond the kingdom. Love, hate, magic, evil and good, all will be revealed to Jessex in time. <P>Jim Grimsley's writing contains elements of the mundane and the exquisite. He not only has created magic and fantasy, but he also has built a world, invented a language, and set up an entire race of real, breathing people. He has filled his fantasy world with heroes and villains, earthy realism and divine magic, love and fear. Jim Grimsley has shown himself to be a talented writer of fantasy as well as mainstream literature. <P>Rickey R. MalloryWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.