Beautiful Pictures Help Tell This Fantastical Adventure

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Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall Aaron Safronoff

I’m not quite sure where to start with Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall. It was an unsolicited review request that came in via email that caught my eye. After a bit of research, I felt I had to give it a shot and the publisher, Neoglyphic Entertainment, Inc. was kind enough to send me a copy.

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Once I received my copy, I was blown away by the quality of the book. For a paperback book, it’s heavy. And then you start fanning through the pages and see all the glorious illustrations. There are single page four-color images and two page spreads. Plus line drawings throughout the chapters. I’ve seen short picture books of this quality, but never a 300+ page novel. I had to immediately jump in…

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Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is a strong Middle Grade book. It teaches lessons about the environment, friendship and family. However, for me without the amazing illustrations, I would have struggled to understand the world of Cerulean and its flora and fauna. The world is a complicated system of trees, water and light that is never fully explained. In fact, until I watched the book trailer I don’t think I truly understood how the world was built and functioned.

Sorry for the crappy pictures. I read this on a business trip in May and then I loaned my copy to my sister before taking better quality pictures.



Understanding how the ecosystem of Cerulean is key to the task at hand for our heros, Barra, Tory and Plicks. So I do wish the author has spent more time explaining this outside of the reference to a seal that Barra was examining at one point early on on the story. (I can only assume this was some analogy to how the symbiotic relationship between the trees, light and water, but it was totally lost on me.)

I did fall in love with the three main characters, Barra, Tory and Plicks. I identified with all three as they worked together to solve the problem plaguing Cerulean. I laughed with them and sympathized with them. Their journey through the depths of their world was filled with death defying and heartwarming moments. Each of them, in the end, learned important lessons.


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As the publishing world has started producing more eBooks, Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is a rare gem in its physical form. The combination of story and pictures brings Cerulean and all its amazing inhabitants to life. Fans of fantastical new worlds and fans with young readers in their lives will enjoy this adventurous tale.


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Beautiful Pictures Help Tell This Fantastical Adventure

Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall

Author: Aaron Safronoff
Published on: April 15, 2016
Pages: 385
Genres: middle grade, fantasy, action & adventure
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fellow blogger, Nicole, over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction has a wonderful review of this book as well.

About Aaron Safronoff

Aaron Safronoff was born and raised in Michigan where he wrote his first novella, Evening Breezes. In his early twenties, he moved to California to attend culinary school. He fell in love with the Bay Area and has never considered leaving, although he did eventually leave the school.

During his ten years in the games industry, he worked at various levels and for several disciplines including quality assurance, production, and design. All the while he was writing a novel, short stories, plays, and poetry. His career in design introduced him to amazingly intelligent, fun, and creative people, many of whom he considers family today.

Safronoff self-published, Spire, in 2011, and won the Science Fiction Discovery Award for the same in the summer of 2012. By the end of that year he decided to drop everything and free fall into fiction. In the following three months he completed work on the sequel to Spire, Fallen Spire, edited Evening Breezes, and published both.

Today, Safronoff is co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment and working on his fifth novel, the second book of the Sunborn Rising series. In his spare time, Safronoff enjoys reading a variety of authors, Philip K. Dick, Cormac McCarthy, and Joe Abercrombie among them. He enjoys living near the ocean, playing and watching hockey, and video games. He has a deep love of music and comedy.



4 responses to “Beautiful Pictures Help Tell This Fantastical Adventure

  1. I got an e-copy of this book for review and I really enjoyed it, the artwork was so pretty and I was so happy that even in e-format the pictures were included and looked awesome. The world is quite intricate and at first the new amount of words for creatures and such was a tad confusing. The pictures helped a lot with visualizing how everything looked. I liked the main characters as well and I enjoyed how they all were different. Great review!