The Battle Sylph is the debut novel by L.J. McDonald. This is one of those books that you read expecting one thing and get something else entirely. It is a great blend of fantasy with a tinge of romance. The romance doesn’t overly dominate the book and this is the beginning of a series. The idea of using sylphs as the author does is definitely unique and interesting. Sylphs are like magical manifestations. This title also touches on some issues dealing with the right to enslave another. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and recommend it for fans of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel series and those who enjoy a stronger fantasy romance over regular fantasy.
THE BATTLE SYLPH
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.