Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review: The Shattered Sylph

The more I read of this series, the more I like it. 

Six years have passed since the events of The Battle Sylph, but the transition feels seamless.  Solie is still queen of what is now known as Sylph Valley.  Heyou (**cringe**) is still at her side. Lizzie, Leon's daughter, is now 18 years-old. She is still in love with Ril, her father's battle sylph. But he closed himself off to her emotionally after he was injured at the end of the last book. And she believes he has no feelings for her beyond friendship.

Of course, she's wrong. Completely, utterly, wonderfully wrong. When Lizzie is kidnapped by slavers, Ril joins her father and Justin (a young suitor of hers) on a mission to find her. Ril is the only one who can track her, because years ago, he imprinted himself on her in secret. He made her his master out of his love for her.

The slavers put Lizzie in a harem for battle sylphs who need an outlet. But when none of them wants her, she discovers that it is because they see her as mated to Ril. And when the two of them are reunited, it's just spectacular.

The world-building in this series is just enthralling. The sex and sexual tension are awesome, but the book is also wonderfully romantic. There is plenty of action, great secondary characters, and impressive continuity. Ril is a fantastic tortured hero... and I have such a weak spot for those (especially when they're done right.) My only niggling complaints are the same ones I had for the last book... dumb names for the sylphs and the youth of the heroines. Even aging Lizzie six years, leaves her only at 18. These are not YA books... would it kill the author to make the girls 20 or 21?

Again, these complaints are small ones. I really, really enjoyed this book --and I love this series. Almost 5 stars.

The Shattered Sylph
by LJ McDonald
Release Date: March 30, 2010 
Publisher: Leisure Books

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2 Comments:

At Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 1:17:00 PM CDT , Anonymous KMont said...

I'm reading the first book ATM, read your review of that one, too. I agree that Heyou is a pretty ahrd name to accept lol.

And it's nice to see you still are enjoying the series. I'm planning to get book two soon. Totally agree about the age of the heroines. I like Solie, but all her crying and wailing! I find their late teenage ages to be a little hard-to-believe as well. Lizzie's an adorable *little* girl in book 1, will be interesting to see her as a romantic lead.

 
At Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 1:32:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen said...

She actually pulls it off better than Solie, IMO. Plus, the harem and sex slave stuff makes the subject matter much more mature in book two.

Heyou is still officially the worst name, but there are more dumb ones to come... like "Wat" (translation: What?) and "Watno." But I like everything else so much that I am able to just file it away and ignore it at this point.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

 

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