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Corr Syl the Warrior Paperback – May 27, 2013
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"A beautifully written YA novel that will captivate environmentalists and sci-fi fans of all ages" Kirkus Reviews (starred review).
"Unique and highly original. It drew me in and was difficult to put down, encouraging the reader to finish it in one sitting" BozBozo (5 stars) Goodreads.
"There is really nothing more you can ask of a story than is found here in Corr Syl the Warrior" (Paula H, Amazon).
"This is undeniably a commendable story, one that sci-fi and fantasy fans will definitely love and talk about for a very long time." -Lit Amri, (5 stars) Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
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. -Bill Howard (5 stars), Readers' Favorite Book Reviews.
From the Author
Science fiction is about possible realities. In my stories about the Tsaeb, I assume that higher intelligence appeared early in the evolution of life on Earth. Science has not explained the origin of intelligence. Thus, there is no explanation for the lack of advanced intelligence in higher organisms such as rabbits, sparrows, and puffer fish. Intelligence could have appeared 500 million years ago when evolution produced the first complex creatures. As intelligence evolved, wouldn't the age old enemies of peace--desire, anger, fear, and pride--have caused wars between intelligent species. With many intelligent species competing for the Earth's resources, wouldn't the wars have spread across the planet? With intelligence evolving and expanding, wouldn't the wars have grown like fire blown by a hard wind? How could they ever be stopped, and by whom?
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Animals have evolved once again. Our main character, Corr Syl has come from a line who evolved from rabbits. To me, there were sometimes I asked, "Why rabbits?" But that's what added part of the intrigue of the novel in it of itself. There was collaboration of many characters to the point where sometimes I had to re-read some of the passages but that was ok. The first book is very well developed and planned out. Those who are looking for a new series to dive into regardless of age, choose this one!
- Pat Frayne, Author of the Tales of Topaz the Conjure Cat series for preteens
Watership Down it ain't. It's a futuristic story with the humans (Danog) and intelligently evolved animals who call themselves Tsaeb (beast spelled backwards) and they all live together in semi cooperation. After the strong prologue the first chapter was a little confusing, I didn't understand whether I'd been reading about a battle or a dream that Syl had. It also had a lot of characters. And I have to admit I did struggle with the sample and put the book down several times, but the original concept of evolved animals (humans came from primates, so why not a human type person evolving from rabbits, or other animals?) made me pick it up and persevere. And I'm glad I did. I thought I was reading a child's book until I got to part one and then something sinister began to take place (Dean Koontz took over the writing - or so it seemed!), the writing and storyline really heated up!
The Tsaeb stopped becoming 'silly little animals' and became REAL people. People I could relate to and like. In part one a spider called Lactella was able to control a Danog by sinking its fangs into the flesh and injecting venom. It was able to 'listen' to thoughts and 'speak' through the said human. It was an interesting turn, but the hook could be too long in coming for some. Corr Syl and his co-warrior, Rhya (and a bunny love interest) are investigating the Danogs who begin to take an unusual interest in the Tsaeb community. The Danogs have practically ruined Earth, they are stupid (in comparison to the Tsaeb) and are ruled by their desires and when Lactella takes over the body and mind of Ivan Johns the new Mountainview City Manager of the Danogs things begin to hot up and we see Corr Syl battling against a great evil.
Over all, I found Corr Syl the Warrior over written in parts with far too many characters, but it was fascinating to read (from part one). I wouldn't go as far as to say gripping, but it's close enough. I think people who love fantasy will really enjoy this book.
Rogers has a large, well developed cast of very diverse characters that stay clear and well defined throughout the novel. Also, even though he has a large number of characters, no one gets bumped to the wayside as the story progresses. I appreciate the fact that this cast has characters of all ages. Rogers doesn't keep himself to any particular age range. Everyone has a chance to prove themselves in this novel.
Overall, this unique novel is fun for all ages. It hooks you from the beginning, pulling you through this fun tale that will leave you with a smile.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.