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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 ...

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Overview

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…

QUEEN OF THE SYLPHS

 

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428512160
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Series: Sylph Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

L.J. McDonald is a fresh new voice in Fantasy Romance. Her first book, The Battle Sylph, was published by Dorchester in 2008. It was quickly followed by its sequels: The Shattered Sylph and Queen of the Sylphs.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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    LOVED IT

    What a fabulous end to a fabulous series. I am hoping for more. This is a well thought out world with rich complex characters and good solid plots. This story kept me enchanted the entire time. The plot starts with a typically selfish woman trying to figure out how she can be queen, the politics and maneuvering that result are solidly interesting. This book is for those who like more traditional fantasy, with a light and engaging plot.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    4.5 Out of 5 Stars, A Wonderful Book!

    Every so often a book will come along and sweep you off your feet, capturing your attention from the first sentence until the very last page. It will magically transport you to a world you desperately want to hold on to, and never want to leave. For me, that novel was Queen of the Sylphs. It was a shockingly beautiful tale of creatures that I have come to love, and one new queens struggle to protect a kingdom and provide peace and prosperity to its people.

    As a new reader to this series (and reading them out of order), I really had no inkling of what this story would be about. I had a general idea of what a Sylph was, and the back blurb made the book sound somewhat interesting so I decided to give it a shot. Immediately I was intrigued by the description of the Sylphs, their powers and abilities, and how they interacted with one another. McDonald is not overly descriptive, however the words she picks and chooses to paint her characters left just enough room for my imagination to run wild. The fantastic world building in this novel, along with the amazing rollercoaster ride of a story, left me in awe chapter after chapter.

    Sometimes as a reader it is hard for me to connect with a story if the story is told from more than three points of view. Generally to me, three is a good number of POV's because there are only a handful of writers who can actually pull of a story from multiple view points and still make the reader care about all of the characters. Unlike any book I have read recently, Queen of the Sylphs is told from the view point of a multitude of characters. And each character adds a certain amount of depth to the story without overshadowing any of the others.

    The most intriguing feature of Queen of the Sylphs is that the author switches between multiple POV's throughout a chapter. In my opinion I think this works out beautifully. The characters are all unique, likeable, and relatable, and they all move the story along never hindering the action. Even while reading from the POV of the villain in the story, I could find some attribute to connect with. I never felt lost or thought that my attention was drifting, and often times I could not put my Nook down for more than a minute without wondering what each characters was going to do next.


    I also like the fact that McDonald held no punches in this book. With the string of "coincidences" or "accidents" that occurred throughout the novel, no one was safe. Tensions were high and readers were made aware that at any point and time one of their beloved Sylphs or humans could die (and quite a few did). This tension alone kept me biting my nails and reading intently to see who was going to make it until the end. Although I picked up on who the villain was early on, it was still refreshing to get his/her take on what was transpiring. There was a lot of manipulation from the villain to many of the other characters and I loved seeing whether each scene would play out in his/her favor.

    Queen of the Sylphs is a passionate story of love, betrayal, heartbreak, murder, manipulation, loyalty and honor. Don't be afraid to dive into the story because you think that you will be lost in the sea of characters. If you truly crave an action packed novel that may leave you crying and screaming, then this is the book for you. And if you are like me and have not read the previous novels, then this book will leave you demanding, begging, and downloading the other books for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Detailed and well plotted

    This is the third book in McDonald's Sylph trilogy and like the previous two, exciting and hard to put down. The world building continues to be intricate but understandable and the dialog engaging without getting bogged down by so many characters. This seems to end at a point where further books would be unnecessary but I hope I am wrong. If you're looking for a fantasy series that doesn't pull any punches - this is it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love the book and the other two that gose with it

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Great Book!

    This is a great book! Well written and very new and interesting story. Other two before this are also very good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Love the series

    Can't wait for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    sylphs

    OMG! I ADORED this book Fave one of the series cannot wait for the next one!

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Getting better and better

    The world L.J. McDonald created in 'The Battle Sylph' keeps expanding in new directions. Battle sylphs were lured from another dimension and trapped in this world, tied to masters they hate. In 'The Battle Sylph', we were introduced to Heyou and Solie who went from a normal young girl to a queen who unwittingly upends the existing social structure and sets herself against tyrants. In 'The Shattered Sylph', we were introduced to Lizzie and Ril and a whole new world of battle sylphs that was even darker. In 'Queen of the Sylphs', we are brought back to Solie's kingdom, which has grown and prospered, and she has matured into her role as the queen. But then dark forces begin to move against them, spreading murder and mayhem, especially when Solie is at her most vulnerable. I loved how the focus shifted from external enemies to one within, teaching these sylphs that danger doesn't always come in outright attacks. Beloved characters die, and I was on the edge of my seat until the last page, not knowing who might be next, and whether they'll successfully foil the evil. Happy to say that all ends well - they are bloodied but stronger - and can't wait for the next installment in the series.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Recommended

    Started off a little slow for me at first but then picked up, don't want to give anything away, some parts were sad for me but overall enjoyed reading and looking forward to the 3rd book.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Fantastic Read!

    This book made me angry, and I wanted to screech and stomp my feet and battle someone, anyone just so I wouldn't feel so helpless anymore. I have never gotten so hyper from a book that I couldn't sit still, I couldn't stop thinking about it and I even smacked the top of my desk, hurting my hand, when a very unexpected and horrid thing happened that totally shocked me. I screamed, NO!!!" This is not an easy story to read, it cannot leave a reader unaffected and it most certainly is so well crafted that it drags emotions out from the dark and makes a person pay attention.

    Right up front, I'm saying this is not a standalone read. No way. What happens in this story to some of the protagonists will only make you sweat and tremble in fear if you've gotten to know the characters from the first two books like I did. I care about them, I am amazed by them and they've been through so much. For what happens to them in this book I simply say, NOT FAIR!

    For all of my railing and ranting, the only reason that the Queen of the Sylphs made me react so strongly was because of the pure genius of the writing. L. J. McDonald has crafted a world that is both breathtaking in its beauty and horrifying because of the harsh realities of their world. The rules are different than anything I've ever come across and the dynamics and structure of the society is complicated, intricate and truly unique. It's absolutely fascinating. And for all its differences, the thirst for power and the corruption of the mind in pursuit of it remains the same. That's the major conflict. Someone is out to grab the riches that Queen Solie and her cabinet have forged out of a desolate land. How it came to be is amazing in and of itself and those readers who have read the previous tales know well of what I speak of. That is why this book has the power to horrify and to make a reader weep. For every power play, innocents pay the price, sometimes, with their very lives.

    The evil and twisted villain in this piece was easy for me to figure out. But that's all. Everything that came later was like a bombardment, shock after shock. There was one scene with Wat and Claw that almost made me puke. I was so astonishingly and negatively affected that I had to write a friend of mine who also likes books just so I could have some venting therapy. Why did it affect me so? Because I like Wat and I have always been worried for Claw. Again, readers know how tortured his character is, so for the author to have done what she did, it totally floored me. I repeat that this story would, in no way, have dragged such emotional extremes from me if the writing wasn't as good as it is. If the author hadn't been effective in making a connection between the reader and her characters, then I wouldn't have felt much, most assuredly not this passion that tortures me.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Great Series Continuation!

    This series is so different from anything else I have read. Its very imaginative and hard to put down. This is the third book in the series and it did not dissapoint.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    No longer romance genre

    No romance in this book and way too dark for me i loved author's previous books and the world she built but i am not happy the direction this series is headed She continues to tell a great story but it has moved into more hard core fantasy with killing off characters and such

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