BOOK 1: The Battle Sylph by L.J. McDonald
The Shattered Sylph description:
Kidnapped by slavers, Lizzie Petrule was dragged in chains across the Great Sea to the corrupt empire of Meridal. There beneath a floating citadel and an ocean of golden sand, lies a pleasure den for gladiators-and a prison for the maidens forced to slake their carnal thirst.
Despite impossible odds, against imponderable magic, three men have vowed Lizzie’s return: Justin, her suitor; Leon, her father; and Ril, the shape-shifting but war-weary battler. Together, this broken band can save her, but only with a word that must remain unsaid, a foe that is a friend, and a betrayal that is, at heart, an act of love.
A great sequel to the Battle Sylph… it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat with the never ending action, excitement, and the hope that love will conquer all… especially if that love is coming from a centuries old battler… it was nice to see the other kingdoms and how Sylph Valley is interacting with them… but also to travel all the way to a kingdom with a floating island that needs saving just as much as the kidnapped Lizzy they hold hostage there was incredible… Leon and Ril were the more interesting master/battler combo in the first… where most battlers hated their former master Ril both hated and loved his… and in this book you get to see further into their relationship and that was probably my favorite part of the story… you begin to see more of what a relationship for a battler to his master really means… it’s deep and loving and in some ways almost childlike and it made the series all the more real for delving into that… I can’t wait to read the next book that’s for sure…