NetGalley Review: Queen of the Sylphs by L.J. McDonald
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Queen of the Sylphs by L. J. McDonald
Series: Sylph #3
Published by: Dorchester Publishing on 2011-09-06
Genres: 18+, Adult, Fantasy
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About the Book:
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
My Take on Queen of the Sylphs:
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.
Not giving away to much of the story, here is a list of characters you can expect to see in the novel (and most are POV characters):
Ril and Lizzie -(Ril is a Battler Sylph and Lizzie is human)
Mace and The Widow – (Mace is a Battler Sylph and The Widow is human)
Unnamed Healer Sylph
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.
4.5 out of 5 Controllers