September Sylph Series: Get Up Close & Personal with the Sylphs

In celebration of Queen of the Sylph‘s September release–the third title in L.J. McDonald’s Sylph series–each Thursday this month we’ll be profiling a different sylph from the series! Only choosing five to spotlight kind of feels like choosing a favorite child (if I had any) because there are oodles of quirky, funny, strong, sexy sylphs in this series. But perhaps I’ll write a romantic ballad to the rest of them to make up for it…

Before I go any further, here’s a definition of a “sylph” for those of you who may be new to this paranormal term:

Sylph (n): a mythological creature composed of the elements. The term, which originated in Paracelsus, commonly describes sylphs as invisible beings of air or “faeries of the air.” L.J. McDonald’s sylphs are either fire sylphs, air sylphs, water sylphs, earth sylphs, or battle sylphs. Battle sylphs are unique to L.J.’s original fantasy world; they are creatures of magic, unrelentingly male, who were traditionally bound to a male master in a sacrificial ritual. In L.J.’s debut, The Battle Sylph, everything changes when this dark ritual goes awry and a battle sylph is bound to a woman instead.

So without further ado, here’s a profile on our first star battle sylph, Ril:

  • Name: Ril
  • Species: Battle Sylph
  • Form: A medium-sized, red-feathered hawk. Battle sylphs can generally transform into anything they want, but a hawk was the form given to him by his master, Leon. Cruelly, he was trapped in the shape of a bird, not allowed to speak or act for many years. A battle sylph’s natural form looks something like a cloud of smoke and lightning. In his human form, Ril is a good-looking male; he’s described as tall, lean, around 19 years old, grey eyes, and blonde hair that’s short in the back with longer bangs hanging in his eyes. As he’s perfecting his human form, Ril remarks “He looked like one of the heroes in Lizzy’s favorite storybooks,” so he’s basically prince charming. The cover for The Shattered Sylph is, in my opinion, a very flattering portrayal! Le sigh…
  • First appears in: The Battle Sylph. Ril’s story is the foundation for its sequel, The Shattered Sylph, where he fights for the woman he loves. He also plays a role in Queen of the Sylphs.
  • Personality: Stoic with most, playful with some (children mostly), strong, brave, loyal, intelligent, protective of those he loves, war-ready as a battler, sensitive as a lover.
  • Strengths: He’s a battle sylph. He’s awesome. Specifically, he has battle techniques which some of the other sylphs lack. Leon taught him strategy and critical thinking, so he’s able to think like a human while fighting which gives him an advantage against untrained opponents.
  • Weaknesses: In The Battle Sylph he’s injured badly in a fight which severely limits his ability to use his powers. Just changing from his sylph to human form debilitates him greatly.
  • First Master: Leon Petrule. Middle-aged, well-built, blonde. The King’s head of security and battler master (for a time). Father of Lizzie Petrule, who shares a strong bond with Ril. Although Ril initially believes his master to be cruel, they develop a close relationship as the series progresses.
  • Ril highlights: Read chapters 14-16 in The Shattered Sylph. I love these chapters because you see just how much Ril is capable of, both physically and emotionally.

For more on Ril, read The Battle Sylph, The Shattered Sylph, or (in a week!) Queen of the Sylphs! Check in next Thursday for a sylph profile on everyone’s favorite bad boy: Mace.

Have you read L.J. McDonald’s Sylph series? Leave a comment below and let us know who your favorite battle sylph is. We’ll be choosing one lucky commenter to win the entire series in trade at the last sylph post (09/29)!

The bottom of The Queen of the Sylphs cover showcases the leading sylphs in the series. Can you guess which sylph is which? Read a blog post from L.J. that names them all!


9 Responses to September Sylph Series: Get Up Close & Personal with the Sylphs

  1. My favorite would have to be Battle Slyph named ‘Heyou” I did enjoy reading The Shattered Sylph and I am really looking forward to reading the next one, Queen of the Slyphs! yay!

  2. Estella says:

    Have not read this series!

  3. I read (and loved) the first two and am anxiously awaiting getting my hands on the third. I admit, I liked Wat since we met him (especially how he got his name), but Mace is by far my favorite so far.

  4. drey says:

    I haven’t read this series, but have my curiosity piqued now… Please pick me! 🙂

  5. I’ve read the series, and agree with @Anya – Heyou is my favorite though Mace is a close second.

  6. Debbie says:

    Oh man….I have to read these now!!! I’m so into series it isn’t even funny!!!! LOL

  7. shiderly77 says:

    Mace is my favorite!

  8. Debbie Embry says:

    Haven’t read the series but I’m reading your previews here and it sounds like an interesting premise so I’ll be getting them soon.


    Greetings sylphinians! (or sylphites? sylphalones? Who knows)

    I just wanted to extend a thank you to all you lovely readers for participating in our September Sylph Series! Commenter Sandra Harlow was randomly selected as our prize winner, but I hope that won’t deter you all from delving into these fantastical fantasy romance books!

    Also, be sure to read Sunday’s interview with L. J. McDonald, the author of the Sylph series:

    Thanks again for tuning in!


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