Friday, 15 July 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Sunborn Rising - Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff

Blurb :

"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.

Buy the book: Amazon ~ Author Website

My Musings :

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has any impact on my review.

I will be frank and say that the book cover was what caught my attention the first time. Then when I read the blurb, I was intrigued. I was looking forward to reading a fantasy adventure and I was all for a quest by the protagonists. I am thankful that I was selected for one of the review copies and I can recommend this book for all adventure loving readers. I believe this is one book which will be liked by both girls and boys and by all ages especially the younger generation - 10 years onwards.

The starting of the book is pretty normal almost cliche. The protagonists and the side characters are introduced and the situation is explained via the following scenes in pretty straight forward language. And then the fun began! I thought they would all go on a quest as implied by the blurb but it was quite different. They involuntarily fall into the quest quite literally. The creatures they encounter and the foes they face make for an interesting adventure. As I said earlier, it is more of an anventurous tale than anything else.

The author has created a quite different and a detailed world unlike others. There are so many species and so many creatures to keep track of. I was confused at times since it was a bit hard to pinpoint and recognise them as I read about them. The artwork did help in decreasing the confusion. And the author's writing style is also very detailed and descriptive. And I have to talk about the artwork. They are so beautiful and they add so much colour and character to the story. There are scenes and characters depicted to add delight to the reading. The artwork alone is enough to make me read this series. It will appeal to both kids and adults equally.

And the story is also good enough to keep my attention till the end. I was absorbed into the story easily and I was turning the pages in anticipation of what is going to happen next. There was enough danger to keep me engrossed and I quite literally cheered at the end when they sort of triumph! The only point I found a bit lacking was that the story was straight forward at most points.

And the ending is kind of leading onto the next book. It has piqued my interest and now I can't wait to see how the author will work it out in the sequel. All in all, it was a very good read with a slightly dangerous slant. It definitely had more tension than what I was expecting!

My rating : 4.5/5

Author's Bio:

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.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Sunborn Rising Wins Art Award!


1. Five winners will each receive a signed hardback copy of Sunborn Rising AND a free signed CD of the original musical soundtrack (open to USA only)

2. One winner will also win a 16’x20’ high quality (giclΓ©e) printed piece of the original art on canvas, signed by author Aaron Safronoff as well as Christopher Chamberlain the Art Director (valued at $100) – open to USA only

3. Ten winners will each get a gifted Kindle copy of Sunborn Rising with a $10 Amazon gift card AND a free digital download of the original musical soundtrack (open international)

Giveaway ends Aug 6, 2016.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you! More intense than advertised:-P. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„πŸ˜Ž