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Queen of the Sylphs (Sylph #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  393 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews

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 w

Trade Paperback, 299 pages
Published September 30th 2011 by Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc. (first published September 2011)
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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Sometimes a book grabs you, and places you in the author’s beautifully created world so effectively; you cannot imagine the story ending.

I fell in love with McDonald’s The Battle Sylph (book 1 in the Sylph series) and craved more. I read The Shattered Sylph (book 2 in the Sylph series) and almost immediately began bugging the author for the release dates of the next book in the series. I was like a squealing fangirl when I received an
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Aug 22, 2011 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, fantasy, sylphs
Wow. This book had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning to the very last page. It is somewhat of a departure from the previous installments in the series. Each of the first two books focused on the love story of an individual couple with the backdrop of the rich complicated world the author has created. But not this book. This book features all of the characters we already know and have come to care for, without a central love story. It feels a little different, but I still loved it ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Lulu rated it it was ok
This is the third book in L.J. McDonald's Battle Sylph series and, while I generally liked the first two, I really didn't care for this one at all. The first two were pretty entertaining and the world building was original and creative. In this third book, McDonald advances the timeline by six years and instead of a new hero and heroine, this book revolves around life in Sylph Valley under Queen Solie and catching us up with the changes that have occurred. Generally, I like that kind of thing. I ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Has rated it really liked it
Review crossposted at The Book Pushers

Ever since I read the first book of the series, The Battle Sylph, I have fallen in love with the world of the elemental shapeshifting sylphsm and the humorous and fast pace writing of L.J McDonald. So when I had the chance I eagerly devoured the Queen of the Sylphs which is the 3rd instalment of the sweeping, romantic fantasy series. It is a marked departure from the previous two books because the action and the focus
Dec 04, 2011 Marlene rated it liked it
L.J. McDonald's Queen of the Sylphs is her latest book set in the same world that she began in The Battle Sylph.

As the story begins, Solie has settled in as Queen of Sylph Valley. She has also grown into her new duties and responsibilities. She may sometimes mourn the days when she was a carefree girl who could afford to have simple friendships, but she is confident in the role that she has taken on, and she has every right to be.

The surrounding kingdoms are threatened by Sylph Valley. Their uno
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: September 5, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Sylphs
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Warm

I struggled so much in writing this review, because I wanted it to remain spoiler-free — so much so that I found that I couldn’t even write a good synops
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Sep 23, 2011 Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Wendy *Sebella Blue* by: requested review
There are once more assassins in the Valley of the Sylph. Presumed to be sent from King Alcor, Leon , as the former head of the king’s security should be able to identify them, but Leon and Ril have not returned from their mission to save Lizzie. Without knowing who sent the assassins, Solie is reluctant to kill them. Deception and turmoil seem to be the theme of the day. As someone in the valley is killing battle sylph masters. The peace they had worked so hard to create is now in jeopardy.

I t
Sep 12, 2011 Lizzielvr rated it it was amazing
I love this series and to say I am emotionally invested in the characters would be an understatement. This installment of the series was hard to read. The author takes you on a road full of angst and shock. There were quite a few moments in my head thinking ”What? NO! NNNOOO!”

It was good to finish the book, I didn’t feel happy at the end, but at ease.

I wouldn’t recommend this as a stand-alone, just because I think you need to see where the characters come to appreciate them. But if you like fa
May 25, 2012 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Yet another awesome entry into the Sylph world! I am always blown away by how richly detailed her worldbuilding is, yet how easily the reader is integrated into that world and the story being told. I liked that McDonald doesn't pull any punches - unafraid to transform a good character into a bad one or even kill them if necessary. A/B+
Sep 09, 2011 Lea rated it liked it
I really REALLY love this series - but #3 in the series just seemed so disjointed. I usually have no problem following multiple characters and threads, but this one - it just seemed to be all over the road.
Nov 24, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this installment of the Sylph series. In fact I think I enjoyed this one most of all. The story switches POVs of several different characters as well as a few sylphs, but it doesn't get confusing, in fact I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters much better. We even get a glimpse of what it was like in the hive world where the sylphs were born.

I still felt that Solie and Heyou (the main characters of the first book) were still a bit too immature to be rulers, but I fe
Nov 25, 2012 Anja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it took me a while to finally read the 3rd part simply because I read beforehand what the book was about and what might come and I didn't want any bad drama for the people in Sylph Valley.

Anyway, I finally started reading it and I barely couldn't put it away. I still like the world that was created and whole bunch of characters, but there were also a lot of characters that I found highly annoying, e.g. Justin, Gabby and her Sylph, Sala ... I guess it's great when an author creates a chara
Melanie S.
Sep 03, 2012 Melanie S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Als Leser wünscht man sich immer, dass ein Autor an seinen Büchern wächst und die von ihm erschaffene Welt mit jedem weiteren Band erweitert und vertieft. Solche Erwartungen hatte ich auch an Schattenmacht, den dritten Band dieser Reihe, denen er leider nicht ganz gerecht werden konnte. Denn dafür unterscheidet sich dieses Buch viel zu sehr von seinen Vorgänger. Zum einen ist er der dünnste Band der Reihe, womit ich aber kein Problem gehabt hätte, wäre die Geschichte aussagekräftiger gewesen und ...more
Dec 31, 2012 R.G. rated it liked it
it took me a while to read this book and it wasn't that it was bad i think it was just that i'd read so many of this series in a row i needed a break... and honestly the reason i rated it low is probably one of the things the author did almost too well... the villian was probably one of the worst i've ever read about and i've read several evil villians... but i couldn't help it, it kind of made me want this book to hurry up and be done... in many ways i see the battle sylphs like over protective ...more
Once Upon
Oct 27, 2011 Once Upon rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book of the series, and should not be read as a standalone, reading the previous installments will be a great help following the characters. I haven’t read the others books and there were some sections that I had to really use my imagination to sort of guess where it was coming from. Through the whole book there a lot of ripples arising from the previous stories. Reading the previous books reviews, I get that this one is different since it relates events and activities for the wh ...more
Melies Buchlounge
Aug 05, 2012 Melies Buchlounge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liebe und Verrat,
Ehre und Hass
Mitten in einer kargen Einöde ist das blühende Reich Sylphental entstanden. Doch das junge Land unter der Führung der mutigen Königin Solie und ihren magischen Kriegern wird von den Nachbarreichen nicht anerkant. Besonders die Königin hat viele Feinde... und ihre Feinde haben viele talentierte Attentäter!
Niemand in Sylphental war wirklich glücklich übder die Idee, jeden auszusperren, der nicht aus dem Tal stammte. Aber sie hatten keine andere Wahl, außer sie wollten
Jan 06, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley, arc
There Is No Utopia
Six years ago, a young girl named Solie was brought to a castle to be a sacrifice, to die at the hand of a pompous king's son so he could enslave a battle sylph, a magical creature from another dimension. Things didn't go so well for the son or the king. They went much better for Solie, who named the battler and became his love and master.

He made her his queen.

For six years Solie has ruled as queen of Sylph Valley. The battle sylphs protect their queen and the hive above all th
This is the third book in the series. The first two focused on the romances of Solie/Heyou and Lizzy/Ril respectively. There is no single romance in this book. We do see those previously established romances grow, as well as get insights into several other battle sylph/sylph master pairings.

Instead of a romance, the strongest plot thread in this book is threats to Solie's life, in terms of assassins, and a series of sylph masters all being killed in odd ways. All that serves to have the battlers
Jan 07, 2014 Georgia rated it really liked it
Well, I have to say, this was again, another pleasant surprise. At this point, if you're reading this, you should have read the first two books in the series, but I won't give any spoilers away.

Needless to say, this was just as enjoyable a read as the previous Sylph books. This one though, went in directions I was not ready for emotionally and it was heartbreaking to say the least in more than one place. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen and how this story was going
Sep 11, 2011 Diayll rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who love romance novels with a fantasy setting
Shelves: netgalley, arc
4.5 out of 5 Stars

ARC provided by NetGalley

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 peop
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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A Long and Short of It "BEST BOOK"

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
Jan 08, 2013 Theresa rated it did not like it
Okay, yikes. Now, I'm prone to leave reviews if I feel that a book was especially good (5 stars out of 5) or horrendously awful (0 stars out of 5) - and I'm going to have to say that Queen of the Sylphs was ESPECIALLY BAD.

How bad? After all, this book has an over all high average based on the cumulative score of over 100 voters - how bad can it be? Well my friends, let me start by saying that this book was so painful to read that if goodreads allowed for us to rate 0 or less, I would have been o
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Oct 15, 2012 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Book 3 overlaps just slightly with The Shattered Sylph. We see all the major and secondary characters in this one. This story is told in multiple points of view; major characters are killed/severely injured (both physical and emotional). While there is a lot of death in this one; it also spurs personal growth with those who survived. They learn what their greatest weaknesses are and also their greatest strengths. The sense of family also plays in the the storyline; family is the family you make, ...more
Pat Patterson
Jan 12, 2012 Pat Patterson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-again
Amazing book! This is one of the best series I've read. It's a perfect trilogy: leaves you with a very satisfying feeling. But, since we heard of letters from a citizen who traveled to another hive, we might get his story in a future book.

LJ McDonald is just a wonderful writer. A great gift of hers is the ability to write an evildoer that's mean, nasty and evil without making it so creepy that it ruined my enjoyment of the book (hint hint, JR Ward!). Romance, fantasy, politics, idiots and geniu
Kelsey Mitchell
Mar 10, 2015 Kelsey Mitchell rated it it was ok
This book was pretty good - engaging plot line but it was kinda creepy/strange and made me feel sort of uncomfortable reading it.
Coyora Dokusho
May 05, 2015 Coyora Dokusho rated it really liked it
Well, it was hard to read it, emotionally, but I got through to the end!!! And it was great!!!
Nov 26, 2011 Enjee rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this latest in the series, but it was decidedly different from the first two. The plot was rather simplistic and the stupidity of some of the characters was not believable and I assume was used to further the plot. Meh. Some things dragged out too long, like how many times did the sylph look through the gate, and how many times did the villain get away with murder. Why weren't the sylphs still checking everyone that got close to the queen? Jeez.
Still, I liked the ending, particularly C
Jul 03, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
The third title in this series brings the entirety to a higher level. LJ has not only created an intriguing world, she has made it a very cohesive world. With the continued growth of the characters and the strong delineation of the various personalities of the Sylphs, LJ has retained the integrity of her world allowing a real attachment by the reader to the characters. This makes it stand out from many other 'world building' paranormals, fantasy romance, etc.
Feb 25, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, keeper
Wow. Poor Claw. Poor Wat. If Wat hadn't been so stupid, and his Master only scarce smarter, a lot could have been avoided. But then, there would have been no book. As it was, 'twas a near thing.

At least that obnoxiously whiny arsed boy finally was shut up. Too bad he hurt Ril before being blown to bits. Too bad indeed.

Funny though how Solie was the only one truly suspicious of Sala.
Sep 15, 2011 sheepasleep rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I could not put it down because I had to know what happened next. I really love the world L.J. McDonald has created, its very original. The Battle Sylph will always hold a special place in my heart being the first, but this book was amazing!

I can't wait to read what L.J. McDonald writes next!
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Sylph (6 books)
  • The Battle Sylph (Sylph, #1)
  • The Shattered Sylph (Sylph, #2)
  • The Sylph Hunter (Sylph, #4)
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