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The Battle Sylph by L.J. McDonald


Cover art: The Battle Sylph Reviewer: Jillean Key
Title: The Battle Sylph - 1st in the Sylph series
Author: L.J. McDonald
Publisher: Dorchester
ISBN-13: 978-0-8439-6300-7
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: City of Eferem and Shale Plains
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
L.J.'s Website/Blog: www.ljmcdonald.ca

Solie is a young girl from a small town and is running away from home. Her father is trying to arrange a marriage for her to a much older man so that she will be well taken care of. Solie wants no part of this arranged marriage and is off to her auntís home in the next village. What she does not expect is to be taken by the kingís men to the castle to be part of a ritual. They must have a virgin to sacrifice in order to attract a battler from another world. Once the battler has come through the portal, the virgin must be sacrificed and the man who will be its master must bind it to himself so that it can be controlled and used to defend the castle. The king and his priests are unprepared for what happens next.

Solie is able to get rid of her bonds and binds the battler to her, in effect making her its master. The battler then takes Solie and races out of the castle. Solie must learn what to do with this battler because no woman has ever had one. The two of them traverse the nearby towns looking for a place to hide and come upon a small settlement and are welcomed into their community. Solie sits and wonders what will happen once the king gathers what she has done and starts sending men for her and her battler.

This book was a fairly good book. Typically this isnít the type of book that would catch my eye but I liked it nonetheless. I felt for Solie and her situation. Here is a young girl who is to be married to someone she doesnít know and who is much older. She is never given a choice in the matter and so she goes to her aunt who feels much the same way she does. She is then caught and bound in order to be a sacrifice for more men so that they may get a powerful weapon. Then she is empowered when she fools the men and binds the battler to herself. This book turned out to be a wonderful story and I was intrigued throughout the whole thing. I am hoping that this will turn into a wonderful series.


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