Title: The Battle Sylph
Author: L.J. McDonald
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
He is one of many: a creature of magic, unrelentingly male. He is lured through the portal by pure female beauty, a virgin sacrifice. She is killed, and he is silenced and enslaved.
Such a dark ritual is necessary. Unlike their elemental cousins—those gentler sylphs of wind and fire—battlers find no joy in everyday labor. Their magic can destroy an army or demolish a castle, and each has but one goal: find his queen, then protect and pleasure her at any cost. What would a maiden do if she were given such a servant? What would befall that kingdom foolish enough to allow a battler to escape? Young Solie and the people of Eferem are about to find out.
Solie was just your average seventeen year old girl in the kingdom of Eferem. Only Solie wanted to be different from the other girls, she didn’t want an arranged marriage to a fat, old man. She wanted to be independent like her aunt Masha, and that’s why she was running away to her aunt’s bakery. She knew Masha would understand and support her decision to be independent. Solie never made it to her aunt’s home. Snatched by the king’s guards, Solie is intended to be used as bait to lure a Battle sylph for the king’s only son. The ceremony is thrown into utter chaos when Solie fights back and stabs the prince and ends up bound to the sylph by accident. Knowing only that the girl before him is his queen, the sylph leaves the chamber in ruins. Protecting Solie is his sole purpose now.
I was sooo impressed with this book. I was very reluctant to start this book, because it is somewhat out of my comfort zone and I had never heard of this series. Once I started reading it though, it was like the best surprise I have had in a very long time. This was an utterly fascinating story and completely unique. I kept asking my peers, “Why haven’t I read this before now?”, and I kept getting the same answer. “Keep reading it gets even better!” They were right. It was like I had bought a Hershey bar and found Godiva truffles inside. The young battler “Heyou” was one of the most endearing characters that I have run across. Sylphs are able to adjust their corporeal forms to their masters desires, so he wound up being this short, but utterly gorgeous young man. (I myself pictured Davy Jones from the Monkees) He was innately protective and fierce, but also immature and untested. I loved his limitations and uncertainties. Watching Solie and Heyou evolve from uncertain and sometimes overconfident teens to strong young adults was truly an entertaining journey.
The world building and character development in this book is truly a work of art. There are no details overlooked, even amongst the most minor of characters and they all become connected and important to the story. This book had humor, great dialogue, danger, intrigue, heartbreak, a wonderful love story and was just an all around tremendous read. Do not be fooled by the youth of the protagonists, this is an adult read. While not overly graphic, the love scenes are intense and mature. They also play a minor part in the overall story, but just enough to classify The Battle Sylph as a romance. This is an enchanting world made up of humans and their sylph’s. The sylph’s are as diverse as humanity, and I loved learning about their individual skills and abilities. I can not recommend this book highly enough. Do not do what I did and put it off, start this series as quickly as possible. Don’t get left behind.