Kirith Kirin

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Kirith Kirin is like no other fantasy that you have ever read.
Jim Grimsley has created a fantasy that could have come right from our world where power and greed can tempt, and sometimes conquer, even the most rightist person and where knowing who your friends and enemies are can be very difficult if not impossible. Yet it is not our world. For in Kirith Kirin's world magic is real, immortals walk the land, and people are sometimes the ...
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Overview

Kirith Kirin is like no other fantasy that you have ever read.
Jim Grimsley has created a fantasy that could have come right from our world where power and greed can tempt, and sometimes conquer, even the most rightist person and where knowing who your friends and enemies are can be very difficult if not impossible. Yet it is not our world. For in Kirith Kirin's world magic is real, immortals walk the land, and people are sometimes the playthings for the dark arts.
The Blue Queen, upon resuming the throne while King Kirith Kirin's eternality is renewed in the Arthen forest, has partnered with a magician of the dark arts. No longer does she need to leave the throne to renew her eternal nature. Swayed by promises of the dark magician, she has claimed the throne forever and is extending her influence to the far corners of the world.
Malleable grey clouds, sidewinding wind, and intelligent lightning bolts made the trip across the vast Girdle nearly impossible. 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. Riding upon two magnificent stallions, one a royal Prince out of Queen Mnemarra, Jessex and his uncle Sivisal reached Arthen despite a deadly storm that reeked of magic.
Thus begins Jessex's new life as he enters Arthen and moves into the royal court of Kirith Kirin.
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Library Journal
In a land ravaged by the rule of the usurper known as the Blue Queen, a young boy fulfills his destiny by entering the service of Kirith Kirin, who seeks to reclaim his rightful throne. Jessex grows strong in his magical studies and fighting skills, finding both companionship and love in the company of the man he serves and discovering his crucial role in the battle against the evil that overshadows his land. Mainstream novelist and playwright Grimsley (My Drowning) crafts an elegant tale of love, war, and magic in the epic fantasy tradition. Most libraries should consider. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Carolyn Cushman
It's both an epic fantasy spanning over 100 years, and a tender, homosexual love story, where the lovers must too often part for battle and duty - a little heavy handed at times, occasionally slow going, but ultimately powerful and affecting.
Locus
David Tedhams
[A] great book. The book has nearly everything to commend it: a completely absorbing and unique story...a rich internal language...masterful characterization, structure, and flow; and in Jezzex, a hero that we come to care about very much.
Lambda Book Report
Kirkus Reviews
Fantasy from the southern playwright and author of Comfort and Joy (1999), etc. Blue Queen Athryn Ardfalla, refusing to yield her throne to the Red King, Kirith Kirin, as tradition and law demand, has allied herself with an evil wizard, Drudaen Keerfax, and has grievously oppressed the people. Kirith Kirin, keeping to the forest of Arthen where the queen cannot go, plots to remedy the situation. His seer, Mordwen, in response to a prophecy, sends for young sheepherder Jessex to tend the lamps at the forest's shrine. But Jessex, the son and grandson of witches, has more talents than are apparent. Three weird sisters—the Fates, in effect—spirit him away to a magical lake, where they teach him magic in a sort of time warp. Then Jessex learns that the queen's witch, Julassa, has killed his family and captured his mother. Kirith Kirin, meanwhile, falls in love with Jessex. Constrained by the sisters never to use his magic, Jessex progresses rapidly, resisting Drudaen's blandishments—until Julassa threatens to annihilate Kirith Kirin and his armies in battle. Jessex kills Julassa, but the sisters agree that this too is part of his development, while they wait for a major-league wizard, Yron, to show up. Finally, the war of liberation gets going and Jessex realizes who he really is. Grimsley's backdrop's and quantum-magic ideas are deeply considered and impressively detailed, but the rest is obvious, overly familiar, and weighs a ton.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892065162
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 456

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  • Anonymous

    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."

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent fantasy

    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. Mallory

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