Beneath the Fall
By Aaron Safronoff
This adventure Sunborn Rising was a little hard for me to get into and not quite what I expected. Credit to the author in creating a whole new world to explore with new types of creatures I have not encountered before. I thought it was a little slow to start which made it tough to get into but once I did I started to understand the complexity of the characters and the story. A real plus is the Illustrations. The full color ones are great and you get to see what these new creatures look like and their underground world.
The most basic premise of the book is three friends going embarking on a great adventure to find and discover the truth about their world of Cerulean and what is happening to it and possibly how to save it.I don’t know if the author did this with diversity in mind but it is kind of cool that these three young friends Barra,Tory and Plicks are all a different species of creature.Which of course is certainly a good lesson to learn that they can all not only get along but care and sacrifice for each other.Of course like most sci-fi/fantasy stories they meet new and interesting people or creatures and places along the way. They soon discover there is so much that they don’t know about their world and it’s history.I don’t really think its for younger readers as it does get a little rough and violent. But 7th grade on up works. I do guarantee they will be riveted to this one till the end and wont be able to wait for book two. The action and adventure just keeps on coming.Its a fantastical world to be sure.
Although Sunborn Rising and it’s characters are great, the writing was at times just a little confusing as I had to go back and reread sometimes to understand a little better. But that’s may just me, I’m a little dense sometimes. Once again the artwork is fantastic.If you were to get this book I would advise you to get the Print version just for the artwork alone. If it interest you this book also has an incredible soundtrack available. That’s right,now how many books do you know that have a soundtrack?
The book is available on AMAZON
On a distant world of forests floating on an ocean around a star,
a blight threatens to plunge all life into darkness.
But three friends seek the light.
Together, they will Fall and be lost.
And at the very Root of darkness, they will find themselves.
But will it be enough to help them find their way home?
The world of Cerulean
Light and water flow from the ocean into the roots of the Great Trees, up through the boughs, and out over the lush canopy. But the once vibrant treescape has grown dim over generations of arboreal life, and the creatures of the forest have forgotten the light.
Barra, a young, willful Listlespur, finds her late father’s hidden journal, and reads about the old world and the mysterious plague her father believed destroyed it. He wrote that he warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words.
Together with her two best friends, Barra will explore every bark, wood, and leaf of the Great Forest to relight her world and complete her father’s story, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.
Aaron Safronoff is author of the Discovery Award winning science fiction novel, Spire. Since his debut, he’s published a sequel, Fallen Spire, and a novella of literary fiction, Evening Breezes.
Safronoff’s diverse background includes the formal study of computer science, bio-chemistry, and culinary arts. However, most of his career has been in the videogame industry in quality, production, and design.
Today, Safronoff is the co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment, and is busy writing his fifth novel, the second installment of the Sunborn Rising series.