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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
Political machinations are gathering momentum in the Diamond Alps but all roads lead to the Weeping Grove in the gripping third installment of Nicholas Rinth’s Heartstone series, The Weeping Grove. Guided by Dalis and Phillip, Tiv and the other practitioners freed from Hermit’s Hovel arrive at the Grove, where both magic and discontent run thick in the air. Hunters Dwyn and Myrhh also converge on the Grove, with Ethil in tow, to investigate the source of unrest in the wake of the decision to dissolve the esteemed institution’s Potentate Union. Jack and Sylvie’s dramatic arrival triggers these subversive players into action, sparking chaos within the Institute and providing a convenient distraction for the pair to unearth answers about the disturbing Orivellea crystals manufactured in the Weeping Grove.
Nicholas Rinth delivers a stunner in The Weeping Grove. Layered world-building with fascinating mythology and history creates a convincing sense of setting while Nicholas Rinth weaves an intriguing plot through the complex political and social landscapes of the institutes where magic practitioners live and learn to use their abilities. The witty dialogue and wry observations in the evocative prose make for a read that’s as fun as it is absorbing, despite some jarring changes in points of view. Jack and Sylvie’s delicious slow-burn romance heats up as outspoken and hot-tempered Jack struggles with his feelings for the calm and controlled Conjurer. The Weeping Grove will captivate YA fantasy readers with its thrilling magical battles, swoon-worthy romance, and an intriguing plot packed with shocking twists.