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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The details really make this world come alive and helps the reader understand all of the subtle ramifications that come from one small act. There are huge infodumps about the setting’s history. This book combines both adventure and fantasy into an interesting novel. Even inthe trope was old.

I understand that he’s King and all, but even Jessex continues to call him that despite being the man’s lover! The maturing of a boy drawn into an adventure that will change everything about the life he has known is presented in great detail.

So, when about mid-book, Jessex and Kirith Kirin apparently go from 0 to soul-married for life, I just did not buy it.

Unlike similar books in the genre, the magic system kirij well developed and we are allowed to glimpse the training that Jessex undergoes as he advances from level to level.

Maybe it’s just me considering I have a krin time with metaphorical and metaphysical stuff. I understood them rarely interacting at first because Jessex is just the shrine boy and Kirith Kirin is off doing princely things, but I expected that after things changed and Jessex got older, they’d get to know each other, but instead view spoiler [as soon as Jessex comes into his power they basically declare their love, get married and have sex.

I think I’ve rambled on for too long without really saying anything of substance. Kirith Kirin is adorable too, even if everyone tends to treat him more like an errant schoolboy than an immortal king. Dec 10, Zoey rated kirim liked it.

By all rights, I would’ve ordinarily rated this book just four stars. Unfortunately, I don’t think I would read the next two books.

Jun 03, Juxian rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was part of the story view spoiler [actually, Kirith Kirin tried to fight 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. This isn’t a good or bad point, just something I wanted to raise because I really enjoyed this book and it was good to be reminded of the breadth within my chosen genre. For in Kirith Kirin’s world magi Kirith Kirin is like no other fantasy that you have ever read.


Fortunately for those whose curiosity burns, he does publish a glossary as one of the appendices. Loneliness Kirith Kirin is repeatedly described as lonely is not an excuse for such behavior. It took me a month, korith I did it. There were places where it was dragging, sometimes almost unbearably, but when I finished it, I felt good, and I don’t feel like rating kiritu lower.

When Jessex learns 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. Eventually I told myself that if I was going to finish the book — and I really wanted to finish the book — I was going to have to accept that Jessex and Kirith Kirin were a thing.

And speech is very direct, almost jarringly so in the beginning, until the reader begins to understand that these people are very direct and sometimes almost terse, and that the dialogue fits the flow of the narrative beautifully.

Stalking Darkness Nightrunnerbook 2 Lynn Flewelling. From the start, people start implying that Lirith Kirin has a special interest in him; it’s not overtly romantic or sexual but given that we know where it’s going and Kirith Kirin is He also manages to write about the use of magic and make it more than It’s odd, because in some ways this isn’t a very well-written book: But kiriith I said, it’s a brilliant book, in jirin of all its flaws, and it took me two full weeks to finish this book because I kept having to put it down after a while; many chapters left me emotionally exhausted not just from the secrets unfolded, but also from the emotions the character felt.

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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.


Am so glad I picked this book to read as I know I will never forget it. I will admit that if it weren’t queer, I probably would have stopped reading. Jessex is only when he’s chosen to be Kirith Kirin’s lamp-lighter. I don’t count this as a spoiler since it is mentioned a little over halfway through the book but never actually happens in the book, but I was really upset when it was mentioned, in passing, that Kirith Kirin was dead.

Also, we know next to nothing about him. Mar 26, D rated it really liked it Shelves: As a narrator, Jessex is very matter-of fact, and sometimes almost laconic. Like, you can probably retell in two paragraphs everything significant that happens to the main character. 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.

Kirith Kirin Book Summary and Study Guide

He and his followers reside in the mysterious and dangerous forest of Arthen. Okay, well, here, bad guy dies, then this thing happens, then that happens, and then and oops, out of time, can’t wrap up THAT part of things, so here’s the end”.

Skip to the last one in the post if you’re not interested. It is understandably hard to write a fiction book without confusing the reader as much of the characters and settings are made up, yet Grimsley managed to introduce a completely unrealistic and complex world without confusing the reader. I loved Jessex so much. It is a journey of discovery and love that fuels the progress of this story.

Maybe only three stars? I began reading it, enjoying the prose, and the excitement of the beginning. Tilendis lives a deceptively quiet life.