Beneath the Fall (Sunborn Rising – 1)
“Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is the best vivid fantasy YA book of the year.” –Entrada Publishing
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.
Cerulean is a world that has a sun at its center, surrounded by an ocean, with trees on the outer edge. Barra Swiftspur lives in the Loft of the Great Tree. She misses her adventurer father and decides to get to know him better by sneaking his journal. But she discovers that her father has found the Creepervine, a fungus that is slowly killing the Great Trees. He had trouble getting the elders to believe him and Barra is finding that she cannot get her mother to listen to her. So Barra meets up with her friends Tory and Plicks to find out more about the Creepervine. But instead of staying around the tops of the trees, they find themselves at the roots with the Creeperville and evil creatures.
Barra is strong willed and that gets her in trouble with her friends and on their adventures. Thankfully Plicks is there to keep Barra and Tory for getting into too much trouble. I loved how they stuck together through the whole adventure, even when things got tough for them.
Then there are the illustrations. The writing is beautiful but there are several sketches and pictures throughout the book that add so much to the story. I just sucked me in and left me wanting to keep reading into the early hours of the night. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and makes this story just that much better.
This is a wonderful adventure story. It is written for mid grade readers but it will easily appeal to any age. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.
I received Beneath the Fall for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.