Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
This Fae, Fairy, Pixie, Troll, Human Fantasy was exactly the book I was looking for to jump back into the genre after a brief hiatus... it surely hit the spot. It commanded my attention the entire time and before I knew it BAM, it's 4:00 a.m. and I had blown right through it. I don't want to jinx things but I have been super lucky with my biblio-choices of late and this one met my expectations.
In The Jaded Grove ticked all the right Fantasy boxes. There was action and a slow burn. It had a simple Magic System, decent world building, solid writing plus cool characters. Yes there was a central insta-love BUT the book had a valid explanation for it so that annoying fauxpas gets a pass... this time. The Magic System was a hierarchy of magical power divied up amongst the different species which seems like pretty standard fare but it did have a few one-off aspects of its own like where their power came from, how it was wielded and who possessed the lion's share of it. The story's path was fairly easy to suss out ahead of time in certain areas but it was still fun watching it all play out. There was an easy plot manipulator that helped move the plot along at an accelerated pace requiring little effort from our MCs while allowing the characters to easily traverse some sticky spots... THAT always niggles.
This book was a rather tame (for a book mostly taking place in the middle of a war zone), quick, Fae Fantasy with fun characters, a slightly excusable insta-love, detailed world building and proficient writing.
All in all this read is a solid 3.5 Stars.