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.