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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.
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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.

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 third person instead of the more active first person. This is a bit disorienting at first, but the reader soon adjusts and is captivated all the same.

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Jim Grimsley, a writer of "literary" fiction, turns to fantasy in this story of Jessex, a farmboy who becomes a great magician and saviour of the world. 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. Eventually, Jessex must use his abilities to free his land from a reigning tyrant - and, in the process, risks losing everything that is important to him.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Romance    -   Yes Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl    -   telekinesis    -   mind reading    -   mind control    -   clairvoyant    -   can cast many different spells    -   is very quick


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   general past A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript. of private male anat. How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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