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The Battle Sylph

The Battle Sylph - L.J. McDonald 3.5 stars.What an interesting and unique world!Sylphs are beings that are based on the earthly elements: air, wind, fire, and earth. These beings are bound to humans and serve them in various capacities. Most of the sylphs are female, but the rarest ones, the Battle Sylphs are male. In this world, only males are deemed strong enough to control a Battle Sylph. Battle Sylphs are evil, ferocious creatures that emit hate. In order to summon a Battle Sylph, a ceremony was held and a virgin woman (why, oh why?) was used as bait, then sacrificed once the Battle Sylph crossed over. Our story begins as the young Solie is tied to the altar. The king’s son is about to receive a Battle Sylph of his own when something goes wrong. Solie fights back and ends up with her very own sylph setting off an interesting chain of events. Solie is now bound to the unfortunately named Heyou (Hey, you!) and becomes his queen.It must be neat to have your very own Battle Sylph. He can change shapes, fly, protect, even fight. He can even hunt whale and feed an entire community. In Solie’s case, Heyou changed shape to become the image of her ideal man. I loved Solie and Heyou together. Heyou was completely devoted to her. My only criticism about her character was that I felt she was a little too young and immature to be queen; however there was a lot of potential in her character for growth. I just wish her character was a little older. The book was a lot of fun to read, however a few parts were a little slow. The battle scenes did make up for the slow parts, full of action and excitement. I loved learning about the sylphs and their culture. Once a queen was chosen, the sylphs rallied around a hive and were drawn to their queen. Quite fascinating.This book is a solid start to a series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the books in the series. Thank you Netgalley and Dorchester Publishing for a review copy of this book.Check out my review and more on Badass Book Reviews