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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So, when about mid-book, Jessex and Kirith Kirin apparently go from 0 to soul-married for life, I just did not buy it. Jun 10, J1B rated it it was amazing. It did take me a few months to get far away enough from the stress of university and to get enough time for myself before I managed to buy Huh. I suggest the Twilight saga. Soon, as the war for liberation heats up, Jessex discovers who he really is in a truly delicious ironic plot development, his role in the struggle against the evil that overshadows the land turning out to be more crucial than he could ever have imagined.

Luckily there is a glossary in the appendix. Jim Grimsley is a successful playwright and novelist who has produced, in Kirith Kirina singular work of fantasy. Jim Grimsley does not fast forward any event in this incredible high fantasy novel.

Jim Grimsley’s Kirith Kirin

I and am glad that I took my time in consuming this beautiful tale, so that I could appriciate the world building that Jim Grimsley has painstakingly thought about. I read a review that says this klrin takes itself too seriously, or something mirin that.


Why did I love this book? Jessex and Kirith Kirin will forever live in my heart. Ofc, I read this book because it’s one of those titles that people mention when ‘Gay Fantasy!

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Well, it is a serious sort of book, and normally I go for the ones with snappy dialogue and snarky characters, but I don’t know. This is complemented by the use of invented words which make it all sound more authentic. 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 emotions are not secondary, and I loved it. It’s epic fantasy and it’s high fantasy.

To ask other readers questions about Kirith Kirinplease sign up. Universe and Other Plays ,was published by Algonquin Books inand was a Lambda finalist for drama. The magic system, the religion, the languages, and the map are examples of the intense thought and planning that went into this book. Even inthe trope was old. One thing I loved about Kirith Kirin is the use of memoir as a framing device. At his side are the king, Kirith Kirin, and the other twice-named. 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.

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. Speaking of my issues with their relationship, two concrete things about it beyond the general “it seemed unmotivated” contributed to me not caring to finish the book.


Not just because I would miss Jessex and Kirith Kirin and their splendid journey of adventure and romance, but also because I would miss the palpable love and attention towards this fantasy world that the author had woven through his words. I stumbled upon a glowing review for it the review itself is not hosted on Goodreads while attempting to search for more fantasy books with gay characters.

A change of pace is okay, but this was excessive. 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.

However, the author’s inability to bring it into clear focus, and his insistence in the latter half of the book in particular on endless tedious descriptions of geographical features during a war make parts of it nearly unreadable.

The maturing of a boy drawn into an adventure that will change everything about the life he has known is presented in great detail. Also, we know next to nothing about him. My God, I almost forgot what a pleasure it is to read about a young character who isn’t written specifically YA and whose target audience is not YA.

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