Today is our stop of the Corr Syl blog tour. Corr Syl The Warrior is a fantasy novel released May 26, 2013 by Garry Rogers.
About the Book
Corr Syl The Warrior
Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Released: May 26, 2013
The adventure takes place on an Earth on which intelligence evolved long before humans appeared. When conflict flares between humans and the ancient multi-species Tsaeb civilization, the Tsaeb send a young warrior named Corr Syl to investigate and recommend a response.
To this point in his life, Corr Syl’s only responsibility has been to obey his parents and his warrior trainer. But now he is becoming interested in the beautiful but aloof Rhya Bright, and he is getting assignments form his local district council. When he begins to investigate the human conflict, he learns that spies have infiltrated his district, and he realizes that many lives are in danger. He catches a glimpse of something truly evil, and with no time to spare, recommends a plan that will end the immediate dangers, but that might start a war.
The district council sends Rhya Bright with Corr. Corr and Rhya work together on the plan and become very close. When the Tsaeb apply the plan, they trigger a simmering hatred that unleashes a massive global strike against the Tsaeb.
Corr Syl is one of the more interesting books I’ve read this year. The premise isn’t unlike many fantasy books: a young warrior has to defend his homeland, mixed in with some adventures and battles. The book was highly thought-provoking and engaging, and although it isn’t for everyone, it is something I rather enjoyed.
Within this story, there are two life groups: those descended from humans and those descended from animals and other species found on our planet. Here’s an explanation from the book’s appendix:
“Danog characters belong to a single species, Homo sapiens. They have all the variability in staure, coloring, and facial features found on our Earth.
Tsaeb characters include numerous intelligent species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and arthropods. Mammals and reptiles have evolved toward similar forms, but they retain some of their original features, especially their coloration and skin covering. Birds and spiders retain their original forms though many have hands, and some are larger than their progenitors.” — Appendix A. People & Places, Corr Syl The Warrior by Dr. Garry Rogers
I wish I would have read this first, because I spent much of the first section trying to grasp the foreign world Dr. Rogers had created. There is a lot of detail in this book, which can make the reading slow and tedious, but I think also lends to a carefully-crafted and well thought out world. The Tsaeb, in addition to being highly intelligent and evolved, have some incredible abilities (like pheromone control to mask the scent of their blood and the ability to manipulate cells to repair themselves) which adds another fascinating dynamic to the tale.
When we begin the story, Corr is a warrior (descended from rabbits) who has just completed training and wants to travel the world, not unlike many young adults on the cusp of adulthood. Instead, Corr is thrust into action (albeit reluctantly) to continue treaties with the Danog. The Danog (a.k.a. humans) didn’t seem to evolve in the ways of consuming the earth’s resources and living in a way that selfishly impacts the environment around them. However, both species have lived in peace on their own parts of the world, that is until there is intrusions upon the border. This action spurs Corr and Rhya (a.k.a. warrior rabbit and girl Corr happens to notice quite often) on their quest.
The story does have a slow start, but once you hit the second part, things begin to pick up and the book becomes very engaging. With the details of the world-building and the complex plot, you will want to refer to the appendix when necessary. There is more than just a story about war or adventure: the book provides symbolism and ideals that will leave the reader digesting the complex layers of the tale. While the author classifies this work as ecofiction (and yes, it very much fits into this classification), I believe fans of fantasy and science fiction will enjoy the book. Be sure to click that link and read a great interview with Dr. Rogers at another tour stop.
In a style reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia and Animal Farm, Corr Syl The Warrior is a powerful allegory of our impact on the world around us.
About the Author
Dr. Garry Rogers (website) has a PhD in Physical Geography. He taught university courses in climatology, ecology, environmental science, geomorphology, and soils, and conducted research on landscape change in the deserts of the western U. S. and on the Atlantic coastal plain. His books, articles, and blog posts focus on environmental problems. Nature conservation is the underlying theme for his debut novel, “Corr Syl the Warrior.”
Praise for Corr Syl:
“A beautifully written YA novel that will captivate environmentalists and sci-fi fans of all ages.”—Kirkus Reviews
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