Corr Syl the Warrior

Fiction - Science Fiction
262 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2013
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Author Biography

Author of the Arizona Wildlife Notebooks and former professor of physical geography at Columbia University in New York, Dr. Garry Rogers advocates for wildlife, and writes science fiction adventures set on an Earth where all animals are intelligent. He lives on a small farm where he spends his time writing and hanging out with left over cats and skittish squirrels.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Corr Syl the Warrior, there is a rising conflict between Tsaeb, a primeval multispecies, and Danog, the Homo sapiens descendants. We follow a young Tsaeb warrior, Corr Syl, a descendant of rabbits, as he investigates threats from a neighboring Danog community. Together with another warrior, Rhya Bright, Corr reluctantly undertakes the task entrusted to him by the council, in which his skills will be tested. This story is richly layered with fascinating scientific visions.

As a sci-fi novel, Corr Syl the Warrior has the most interesting and multifaceted premise I have read so far, which subsequently leads to a brilliant plot. The beings in the story are varied, and I did find it quite a lot to learn at first. The main species are Homo sapiens and evolved animals. Readers would instantly gravitate towards the protagonist Corr Syl, the youngest fully trained warrior of Wycliff District. The Tsaeb are intelligent creatures who evolved far in the past, both physically and culturally. Tsaeb believe in Immediacy, an ethical system that strives for balance in all conditions, concepts, and creatures.

Garry Rogers has meticulously crafted this multi-layered fiction and the result is outstanding. Readers will definitely appreciate and be blown away by its detailed and well-thought complexity. What happens between Corr and his childhood friend, the mountain lion Allon Trofeld, is mournful. Yet, in the end, Corr gives Allon what he needs. This is undeniably a commendable story, one that sci-fi and fantasy fans will definitely love and talk about for a very long time.

Jean Hall

A future vision for the earth is seen through the eyes of the warrior rabbit Corr. Author Garry Rogers crafts a battle for the earth where species are mixed together in Corr Syl The Warrior. This furry tale for young adults makes the case for natural resource preservation with a bit of scientific information and innocent humor. Corr is an outstanding warrior and he has been asked by the government council to defend Tsaeb land against the human Danogs. His mission takes him into foreign lands with his traveling companion Rhya Bright. They both work for the enlightened goals of Tsaeb society as they begin a romance. Corr and Rhya are gray-furred rabbits who have some human abilities and features. Evolution has created intelligence and supernatural powers that all living creatures can use. The benefits of knowledge and responsible use of the earth's resources are part of Tsaeb society's treasured values. There are human-sounding and acting creatures which are furry, scaly, and feathery.

The creatures of this future world become magical friends or foes. Excellent illustrations of fossils, earth, and topography showcase plot points and ideas. The cover image implies an epic battle with two prominent crosses over the fragile earth below. The map of the home Wycliff district is attractive and detailed to give the reader a sense of place. Each section of the book begins with a gray or blurred image and a quote of wisdom. These section headings give the plot depth and an air of mystery. Corr Syl The Warrior by Garry Rogers is a fun adventure with a serious purpose. It promotes a destiny where individual creatures and precious resources are valued.

Maria Beltran

In Corr Syl The Warrior, author Garry Rogers creates a fantasy world that will surely stir your imagination. Corr Syl is a warrior and he belongs to the Tsaeb race. This is a race that evolved from mammals, birds, reptiles, and arthropods. They are a highly intelligent species with the ability to disguise the scent of their blood and direct their cells to repair themselves. The story begins with Corr completing his warrior training and wanting to travel the world. This plan has to take a back seat when a border dispute develops between the Tsaeb and the Danog, a species that evolved from Home sapiens. The Danogs are notorious for harming the environment for their selfish needs. When the young warrior is sent on a quest to investigate the Danogs' actions, he discovers the evil and danger that are about to happen to his world.

Reluctantly thrown into acts of courage, Corr Syl is a character that many young people can empathize with. He dreams about his plans of traveling the world and his feelings for Rhya, a warrior rabbit who has taken his fancy, until he is sent on an investigative quest that will test his courage and stamina. This novel has a well thought out plot and very interesting characters. It also sends a very clear message to its readers without sounding preachy and righteous. Engaging and entertaining, it has all the literary ingredients of a successful novel. Indeed, this is more than just a story about a young warrior’s adventure but is also a reminder of how humans are abusing the environment. This is a concern that has been expressed in very many ways but this one is certainly one of the most imaginative.

Melinda Hills

Animal species with advanced intelligence and physical skills live side by side with humans in this science fiction story by Garry Rogers. Corr Syl, the modern warrior descended from the great race of warrior rabbits going back many thousands of years, must devise a plan to hold back the threat the humans have made to the Tsaeb way of life. Throughout Corr Syl the Warrior, members of all different species use their highly developed sensory and physical abilities to counter the effects of human encroachment, pollution, and overpopulation. With the support of the Wycliff District Council, Corr and another warrior rabbit, Rhya, travel to the Tsaeb embassy in the human town of Mountainview to identify the reason for recent military movement over the border and take action to stop it. Many factors come together, posing a much larger problem than anyone had suspected. It takes all of Corr and Rhya’s efforts to keep the situation under control.

A tremendous amount of creativity and story development make this an excellent book. In a fascinating narrative, Rogers illustrates important concepts such as the stewardship of resources, the balance of nature, the role of each individual in promoting the good of society, and much more. The capacity of the mind to overcome physical and mental restrictions is also a key point and Corr provides a great example of the effects of training, determination, and dedication. This book is a starting point for excellent discussion about the little things everyone can do to help improve life in small and significant ways around the planet.

Bil Howard

The conflict between humans (Danog) and the multi-species Tsaeb civilization is raging in Garry Roger’s science-fiction thriller, Corr Syl the Warrior. Upon an earth where intelligent life evolved long before the human species appeared, there is a struggle for dominance. As the Danog invade Tsaeb lands, a young warrior, Corr Syl, is called upon to use his special skills to act as a scout and recommend a course of action. The green warrior is assigned several unwanted assignments which impede his romantic intentions toward Rhya Bright, who remains just out of his reach. When he discovers that spies have infiltrated his home and placed her life and others in danger, he is forced to step up to the duty before him or face the possibility of losing everyone and everything that he loves.

Corr Syl the Warrior by Garry Rogers is something of a coming-of-age novel as a young warrior wins his spurs and is forced to grow up in the face of conflict. The characters, their special skills, and their talents are well developed. The action is full of suspenseful twists and turns as the plot unfolds, revealing not only the fate of the inhabitants of Tsaeb, but the fate of the young warrior as he is transformed. This is an imaginative work which does not lack in detail as the reader is drawn deeper into the story. The truly hardcore, sci-fi fan will be delighted and entertained by the pace and deep thought involved in this novel. A must for the serious sci-fi reader.