Corr Syl the Terrible


When Corr Syl’s friend and fellow warrior Rhya Bright is betrayed by the lynx descendent Able Remington, Corr tracks Rhya to the heart of the enemy Taoso nation ruled by the ruthless Minister Ya Zhōu, a Human who commands a secret network of Tsaeb spies and assassins. Reactivating an ancient warcraft known as Z99, Corr sets out to save Rhya, who has her own plans for escape. As he scours the planet and sees the destruction caused by carelessness and selfishness, Corr realizes that he wants to be more than a fighter. Corr Syl the Terrible is the story of a brave young warrior who must decide if he is more than the swords he carries.

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Our Review…

There were several things I enjoyed about this book. The cover is a work of art. I was also happy to see a map in the early pages. In a different land or world, it’s always nice to have something to reference too if you’ve gotten yourself turned around or lost. The author also shared with the reader how to pronounce Tsaeb. I’m sure some would have scratched their heads on that word.

I also got a little giggle about the aircraft. Is anyone else old enough to remember the show Mork and Mindy?

As for the writing, there was a component that was somehow missing. Corr and Rhya are both trained warriors. So they are thinking strategically, I get that. But somehow the ‘why’ was emotionally missing for me. Had they dedicated themselves to this life because of duty to their families, for honor, a cause they believed strongly, for the adventure? Maybe this foundation was in the first book in the series. I didn’t feel it in this one. And honestly, maybe teens and young adults don’t need that to enjoy this adventure.

Especially since this is for a teen and young adult audience, I was appreciative of the environmental view point. The idea that other creatures had become more evolved than humans could give pause for thought. What was our undoing?

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About the Author

Author Photo Garry RogersGarry Rogers is an advocate for wildlife and nature conservation. A former professor at Columbia University in New York City and author of the award-winning Arizona Wildlife Notebook, Dr. Garry Rogers has appeared on NPR and PBS, and he is often invited to meet with library and school reading groups to discuss his work. His first novel, Corr Syl the Warrior received the Kirkus Star, and won Arizona Librarians’ OneBookAZ contest (2014—teen category).

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17 Responses to Corr Syl the Terrible

  1. Mai T.

    What is your biggest failure?

  2. Mai, there are so many: Sherry’s frustrating refusal to pucker up in 6th grade, Dianne’s cold rejection in 7th grade, Claire’s stunning preference for Bobby in 8th grade, Waverly’s . . . No more! You can see how it went.

  3. Victoria

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book.. I’ve read some pretty good reviews and I’m looking forward to checking it out and forming my own opinion 🙂

  4. Rita Wray

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  5. Eva Millien

    I enjoyed following the tour and learning about the book, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing! Thanks for sharing your review.

  6. Betty W

    A great review and I agree the cover is a work of art! I really enjoyed learning about you and your book! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Cathy

    Like the reviewers, I appreciate if there is a map giving me a visual of a different locale. I also like a glossary, with pronunciation guide for those unusual proper names.

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