The Battle Sylph by L.J. McDonald is a hidden gem. Literally. I’ve had this book on my shelf for months hidden between ones I’d already read. This is such an imaginative, creative, heart-warming story.
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.
I absolutely loved the idea of a battle sylph, a being with vast amounts of power for destruction but also a willing spirit to serve a queen. What a unique world McDonald created! I’d never read or heard anything about sylphs before, let alone knew how to pronounce it. I was immediately drawn into this well-crafted novel. The sacrificial ceremony gone wrong was a nice touch and I loved the main character, Solie. What a realistic young female lead, brave yet unsure and smart enough to realize she doesn’t know everything. I found her to be a very likable character.
There was a lot of clever lines and wit throughout the book which made it that much more enjoyable, especially the way Heyou got his name. Heyou was adorable. I will say at times he was a little too lusty teen when I wanted sexy battler but I’ll take what I can get. The other notable battlers, Mace and Ril, are the ones to watch. Yummy! I hope to see more of them in the future. The next book in the series, The Shattered Sylph, is on my to-be-read list. I’m hoping for a little more steamy action. There was a lot of fighting, but with only one sex scene, the book was lacking. I want details!
This book was a treat with very promising characters. I want to see what happens next!