- File Size: 4603 KB
- Print Length: 106 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013M7U8HW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sylphide (La Sylphide Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I’m not sure of the genre; there are elements of romance, and fantasy and SF along with some dystopia to keep the reader engaged, though I think romance and fantasy dominate. As befits a story of this length, the plot doesn’t take many (any) side trips.
Still, I hoped for a more explicit resolution of a couple of plot threads (read: It wasn’t long enough!). This likely says more about me than the story, so I’ll avoid spoilers.
Ms Gorman’s characters seem true to me. I liked all of them, even Telemut, but Allish and Seth particularly struck the mark. Her descriptions are lush, even when chronicling the more dystopian scenes.
I read La Sylphide using the Kindle app on my MacBook; the formatting was fine. The cover evoked Allish as both dancer and sprite; I liked it, but didn’t check how my greyscale Kindle rendered it. The characters use real language.
I noticed a couple of typos which may by now have been corrected, but probably would interfere with no one’s enjoyment.
I recommend La Sylphide to anyone looking for a striking mélange of romance and fantastical elements.
The main character is named Allish, which I choose to pronounce like Alice with a slurred ending, though I'm not sure how the author actually intended it to be. The setting is close enough to modern day tech to fool the reader into thinking of it as an Urban Fantasy set in a modern, English-speaking country. But then we get to describing the names of countries, which are unrecognizable (and unmemorable) and you realize it's a complete fantasy world after all. It would have made more sense to me if the native characters names were more conventional while the mages who were supposed to come from a different world had different names, or if both were different but in noticably different ways. Anyway… these things are fairly minor but this is why I can't give it the full 5 star rating.
I only noticed one typo (author says "conscious" when she meant "consciousness") which is better than most books I read. (There was one other that turned out to be intentional as the character spoke that way, so that doesn't count).
In the story itself, the world was just like ours (excluding political borders) and had no magic until recently when a number of magic using refugees from another world showed up. The other world was being destroyed so they came to settle here. All of this is background and isn't shown in the story itself, that's just the world as it is. There are some details that never do get explained too. This is just the story of one woman (from the normal world) who gains magic in her own way, and it turns out to be very different from how the alien mages have theirs.
It's a nice little origin story for a character. Well written, fast paced, and with a decent mix of action and character development.
Another reviewer I saw called this a romance. That's simply untrue. Yes, she is married. She lives with her husband and they are in love. But there's no part of the story that had anything to do with that. There's no "romance" tropes involved at all. So I'm not sure where that reviewer got that impression.
Overall, I liked this story a lot and definitely recommend it to any modern fantasy readers out there. Especially if you're also a comic book fan — while the story had almost no similarity to a superhero story I think it will appeal similarly to supers origin stories. In fact, I would kinda love seeing this translated into graphic novel format. That would be pretty awesome actually - now I hope the author actually reads this.
I was thinking perhaps this book was written by someone whose first language is not english, or some other reason; but whatever it is, I just can't connect with this book. It was like looking in on something going on and not having a clue what.
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