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Kiriath's Quest

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When King Jekoniah of Xandria is kidnapped by evil Grishnaki, the royal family searches for a way to save him. The desired ransom is impossible, and an outright war on the Grishnaki would end in disaster so Prince Kiriath undertakes a secret mission into the Grishnaki s valley. But danger slows the prince's journey, and as the ransom deadline approaches, Kiriath begins to ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Journey Forth (first published May 29th 2002)
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Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Xandria is a kingdom of refugees, formed by the remnant of the mighty kingdom of Illria after its horrendous destruction. But whatever peace the people of Xandria found in their new homes is brief, because in this land of milk and honey they are confronted by the primitive and brutal Grishnaki tribes, who ever tried to enslave or destroy them. War engulfs the two peoples war for many years until finally an uneasy truce asserts itself, and so peace return
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was really boring for the most part
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley
American old times fantasy. Vaguely medieval setting with two antagonistic tribes. Some cases of uncommon language usage such as persistently using "as" for similes where "like" is usual could be an attempt at mythic old-style writing. But in a few cases, this and other examples of unidiomatic writing were so unnatural it seemed like it was incorrectly translated from another language. Golden-maple-trees-fall - West Virginia - ForestWander

Disquieting claims that Grishnaki are evil based on past war. What lesson is to be drawn?

Despite the introdu
Kathryn Svendsen
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Prince Kiriath is just an ordinary guy (albeit a prince) placed in extraordinary circumstances. Rick Barry calls him a reluctant hero.

For generations, the Grishnaki have tried to destroy the people of Shiralla. But never have the Grishnaki penetrated deep into Shiralla territory in great numbers. Then, one morning when King Jekoniah and Prince Kiriath are out for an early morning ride they are ambushed by a large number of Grishnaki warriors. King Jekoniah is kidnapped, and Prince Kiriath is le
Jill Williamson
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Review by Jill Williamson

King Jekoniah and Prince Kiriath are out riding around Castle Shiralla when they are ambushed by Grishnaki. The king is taken captive. The prince returns home to inform his mother and sister of what happened. A Grishnaki ambassador comes to Shiralla to offer the enemy terms. They will trade the man-king back for the secret of crafting steel.

Prince Kiriath knows that this price is too high. If their enemy, who are already larger and live longer, were to learn the secret o
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Prince Kiriath and his father, King Jekoniah, are ambushed by the feared Grishnaki. Kiriath narrowly escapes while his father is taken captive.

The Grishnaki ask for a ransom too great, and time is running out, so Kiriath and his faithful friend Brand set out on a quest to the valley of the Grishnaki to save the king. Will they be able to save Kiriath's father?

An adventure to be sure, though at times I felt there was perhaps a little too much talk as some of the conversations seemed to linger ove
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kiriath is on a secret morning ride with his father, King Jekoniah when they are attacked by Grishnak and while Kiriath falls and is left for dead the Grishnak kidnap the King. Xandria is given seven days to meet the Grishnak demands or the king is dead. Instead of waiting Kiriath and his friend Brand head out to rescue the king in uncharted enemy territory.

Overall this was a well-paced book that left readers guessing as to what was going to happen next. The characters were well thought out and
Bonnijean Marley
This book has action, adventure, treachery, hardship, friendship, duty and strategy. Everything works together to make this book hard to put down. Kiriath's Quest to rescue his father takes him to remote areas of his kingdom and beyond the kingdom into strange uninhabited lands. His journey also brings him to greater knowledge of himself and his responsibilities, greater understanding of his companion and of the people he meets, and a greater appreciation for the history of his people. Kiriath h ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kiriath's Quest by Rick Barry is full of loyalty, treachery, adventure and enchantment. Even a little love story finds its way onto the sidelines for the hopeless romantic to enjoy. Rick Barry jumps in with an exhilarating start and right away there is a sense of foreboding. It was exciting to see how the story played out in the end and on several occasions the suspense had me rushing ahead. I loved the characters in this book--even the scoundrels were intriguing. Barry was able to deliver a rem ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kiriath's Quest
Rick Barry
Copyright 2008

For those who like fantasy I think Kiriath's Quest will fit the bill.

Prince Kiriath and his father King Jekoniah are being attacked by Grishnaki. Prince Kiriath has escaped but King Jekoniah has not fared as well.  Xandria is given a week to meet the Grishnakis demand or they will kill the king.  Kiriath and his friend Brand devide to go rescue King Jekoniah. 

Will Prince Kiriath and his friend be able to rescue King Jekoniah or will they all be killed in th
Christine Barth
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Got a free copy of this book from net galley. Never heard of the author or the title but what a great read! Interesting characters with depth and room for growth. Mysterious lands to explore and well written battle scenes. A few plot twists were pretty obviously going to happen but I still enjoyed them even if they were predictable. Excellent fantasy novel! Wish there were more books from this world!
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The world was masterfully built.
The suspense wonderful.
Interspersed with humor so typical between best friends.
R.M. Lutz
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
A nice middle-grade quest/classic fantasy book. May seem slow to older readers, but I would give it 5/5 stars for middle grade readers.
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Rick Barry is the author of Methuselah Project S.O.S., The Methuselah Project, Gunner's Run, Kiriath's Quest, plus over 200 published articles and fiction stories. In addition to being a World War II buff, he has visited Eastern Europe over 50 times in connection with Christian ministries. He holds a degree in foreign languages and speaks Russian. Visit Rick at these sites:

Website: www.rickcbarry

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