The Sylvan Horn

Book One of The Sylvan Chord

Fiction - Fantasy - General
220 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2010
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Author Biography

Born in New York City, award-winning author Robert Redinger studied theater and film at Hunter College where he received the Bill Sherwood Award for Most Promising Filmmaker. He has been a student of mythology for most of his life. His fascination with trees and the creatures of the wood have led to the creation of his sylvan heroes. His first novel, The Sylvan Horn, is a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner. He is currently writing Sword of the Sylph: Book Two of The Sylvan Chord. He lives and writes in Manhattan. Visit his Web site at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

The elves were once exceptional beings; their very existence brought indescribable joy and beauty to the world. However, men in the east use sorcery from carved Runes and unleash terrible forces that are slowly destroying the earth and the once immortal elves. Efkin, a young elf lord, embarks on a quest to find a horn with the power to break the Runes before his kind and all hope disappear for good. The Sylvan Horn is the first installment of The Sylvan Chord series by Robert Redinger.

To start with, a praise to Carol Phillips for the beautiful cover art. It certainly captures the story and the ethos of what a good, classic fantasy cover should look like. The Sylvan Horn’s world-building encompasses familiar ground. Even so, it has all the necessary elements that fantasy enthusiasts always enjoy: ethereal beings, sorcery, sword clashing actions, heroes, and most important of all, a noble quest to save the world. It even has light humor, which I think is a bonus. Author Robert Redinger is highly adroit with his prose which propels a well-thought plot. The protagonist, Efkin, is given more than enough room to grow throughout the story, adding vital depth to his character.

Efkin has his group of friends who are equally fascinating. I find the Elders and the druid intriguing as well, which leads to the only issue; I desire more elaboration for some characters and some aspects of the story from this highly accomplished fantasy novel. Nevertheless, I believe Mr. Redinger saves them up for Book Two, and I absolutely look forward to it.

Kirkus Discoveries

"Redinger is skilled at building up enough suspense to keep the reader turning pages."

ForeWord CLARION Reviews

"Readers will delight ... The Sylvan Horn is a solidly entertaining start to what is sure to be an intriguing series."

Jack Magnus

Robert Redinger's The Sylvan Horn is classic epic fantasy complete with elves, trolls, wizards, and dark forces. The elves have traditionally lived apart from the other races and are concerned about dark happenings taking place on their isle at an alarming rate. One faction of the elves believes that the race of man is at fault and wants to go to war with them. The Queen is not convinced that this is the wisest course of action, and the druid who counsels her is in agreement. Efkin is a young elf who has just come of age. He's not quite sure why he sees visions and is somewhat overwhelmed by the new responsibilities placed upon him, along with the gifts he receives as he comes of age: the leaf pendant which hides his true being and Harbinger, a magic sword that hums when a demon is near. As the evil events intensify, Efkin and his companions must find a way to save the Elvish Isle from the dark forces of Mor and the runes that are destroying the world's balance.

The Sylvan Horn is both an epic fantasy and a coming-of-age tale. Redinger creates a credible world peopled with fantastic and heroic beings and threatened by dark forces that prey on weakness and gullibility. This is a fast-moving story that gets the reader involved from the very first page. The author endows the characters with unique traits and characteristics that make each of them come alive. There's sword and sorcery galore and a rich mythology in The Sylvan Horn that seems perfect for a sequel or continuing series. I enjoyed The Sylvan Horn and will be watching for the further adventures of Efkin and his elven kin.

Bil Howard

Prior to the time when men came to dwell upon the earth, there were elves. Those first earth dwellers brought the first light and music to the world and they were great and powerful. The breezes that stir and the waves that roar and crash against the rocky coast still echo with the wonder of the ancient fairies. The Sylvan Horn by Robert Redinger is a novel about how those first powerful beings and specifically a young elf lord named Efkin helped prevent earth's destruction.

There was something sinister stirring in the east and its source was from men who practiced the art of sorcery. They conjured up dreadful powers and unleashed a horrendous force over the entire planet. Those forces were slowly eliminating the race of elves from the world, though they had once been immortal. Knowing that all sorcery comes from the Runes that were created in an ancient era, Efkin sets out to find and demolish the hidden Runes before everything is lost. In order to accomplish his task he must first recover the horn of his forefathers, which had long since brought forth the magic that shaped the world. Only the horn has the power to break down the Runes.

The Sylvan Horn is a suspenseful account that will have the reader on edge while following Efkin on his quest. The characters he meets come to life and, turning each page, the reader will discover the role that each one plays as antagonist or protagonist in Efkin’s inner and outer quest. This is a well developed story which will capture your attention and keep it in its grip from the time that Efkin sets forth until the final note of the horn sounds. Great reading for the Fantasy Fiction enthusiast!