Title: Queen of the Sylphs
Author: L.J. McDonald
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
It was a dream come true. Solie had her own battler, a creature of almost infinite magic who could vaporize legions in the blink of an eye and would willingly suffer a thousand bloody deaths to protect her. She was his love. More simply, she was his queen.
Many others feel the same. The new-built settlement is a haven for all. Erected by sylphs of earth and fire, air and water, the Valley is Solie’s dominion. But, lovers without peer or killers without mercy, the very nature of their battler protectors means peril. It is not in any sylph’s nature to disobey, and while some are hers to command, others are the slaves of Solie’s enemies—the jealous, the cruel. Those who guard her must not fail. Their peasant-born ruler is not yet safe as…
Solie and Heyou are well ensconced in their valley kingdom, where sylphs are no longer treated as slaves. Life seems to be going along swimmingly for our friends. That is if you don’t count the numerous assassins King Alcor continues to send from Eferem, and the fact that Solie is now longing to get pregnant, but as a sylph, Heyou can not impregnate Solie, but feels compelled to see to her every wish. In addition, someone is killing off the masters of the Battlers, and maybe their idyllic world has a cancer underneath.
Whew! This book brought (sadly) the conclusion of my Sylph marathon, and what an awesome journey it was. I am now a card carrying member of the “fan for life’ club with this series. In Queen of the Sylphs, our characters Solie and Heyou have evolved and matured into confident leaders of their tiny kingdom. They have set up a thriving, and more just haven for sylphs and humans alike in their bucolic enclave. The sylph’s are blossoming under there new freedoms and the citizens are reaping the benefits of their happiness. As with all Edens, there lurks a snake, and there is indeed a nest in Solie’s. This was a tension filled book for me, because the author can throw some serious surprises at you with very little or no warning. In each book, I have been thrown for a major loop, but it still does not diminish the fact that I love this series. How boring would it be if I could predict every page? Ugh. The fact that the reader is aware of the utter emptiness of the main villain, yet can do nothing, was infuriating. I yelled at this book a lot. I also laughed, blushed, and even teared up a little.
Ril, Leon and Lizzy play a huge role in this story. They were the main focus of the previous book The Shattered Sylph. Ril is one of my favorite characters from all three books, so I was glad for his triumphant return. There are now over fifty Battlers in Solie’s kingdom, and I suspect that the number will increase in time. I mentioned surprises earlier. There are two in this book that rocked my world. I will not give any hints, but have tissues on hand. This is a wonderful series to get your feet wet in the fantasy genre. Yes it is an alternate world, but it is not too very alien, and is very easy to follow. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but the reader will definitely benefit from having read all the books. Watching these characters evolve from the start is a gift that should be treasured. I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to L.J. McDonald for letting me tag along with her marvelous characters and for giving me the opportunity to get to know them.