Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff - Review, Guest Post + Giveaway

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Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff – Review, Guest Post + GiveawayBeneath the Fall on May 5, 2016
Pages: 385
Format: Paperback
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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 canopies. 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.

Barra in Den
Barra in Den

Please welcome Aaron Safronoff, author and illustrator of Beneath the Fall (Sunborn Rising #1) to Brooke Blogs.

I’ve been actively working on the Sunborn Rising world for the last few years, and it’s been wonderful seeing all the art, design, and music come together. The end result astounds me on a regular basis. The resulting reviews and scores, and hearing from readers about their experience of the novel from the cover to the final chapter, has had a powerful emotional effect on me.

The business of publishing approaches feedback in meaningful, objective ways. High praise and criticisms coalesce into an image of what a book means to readers collectively. Average star ratings, number of ratings, reviews reduced to key sentiments, and more come together in charts and graphs to illustrate the value of the story and its presentation. Important conclusions are drawn from this aggregated information — like whether or not I have a burgeoning career as an author, or just a hobby ;-). That’s business, and it absolutely matters, but it doesn’t define success for me. I began writing to foster connections, or really, to find connections with others. Once constructed, those individual connections cannot be reduced or aggregated. Each is as unique as the story shared between each reader and the author. Bound and held taut by words. Deeply intimate experiences. Those connections are why I write. The collected data is how I’m able to write for a living.

I’m grateful and lucky to have both working in my favor today: generous and business savvy friends and colleagues who believe in the story, and the numbers to support their continued investment, as well as the priceless, inimitable impact of hearing someone’s experience of the story. So, since this is my last guest post stop on the virtual tour, I only thought it proper to end with a great big THANK YOU! None of this would be possible without you, both collectively and as individuals. You rock. Read on.

I’m so excited to share this book review with you. Not only did I have the opportunity to read this amazing book for review, but my daughter, Keira (almost 14) did as well. We’ll both be sharing our thoughts on Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff.

My Thoughts

Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff is a visually stunning fantasy tale that had me completely captivated from the start. Our fearless main character, Barra, has discovered journals belonging to her father that hint at a problem within her world…one that must be addressed, but that has been hidden by the people in charge. Barra and her friends set off on a fantastic adventure that brings out who they really are.

I loved this book. When I was reading it, the illustrations drew me in so completely that I truly felt as if I was in Cerulean. It was an intricate story, but I didn’t find it difficult to follow. The illustrations are simply incredible. The vivid, rich imagery painted with both the text and the illustrations provides a complete story that I absolutely loved. I am so excited to spend more time exploring the immersive world the author is creating on the website, and I cannot wait for the app to be available. I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next Sunborn Rising story.

I would say this story is appropriate for upper middle grade (or those reading at that level), young adult and even adults. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone who likes a great fantasy story with an incredible visual aspect. This is a book that I recommend you purchase in hardcover or paperback. The illustrations are so wonderful and it is a joy to be able to hold this book in my hands and explore the world of Cerulean up close.

Keira’s Thoughts

Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff is such a great book. I loved the character of Barra. She really came to life through the illustrations. It was awesome to get to see the different characters and settings through such beautiful illustrations. I really liked the fantasy and adventure and can’t wait for the next one.

Characters of Sunborn Rising

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Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Thank you, and your daughter, for your kind words about Sunborn Rising! Just like my guest post says, this is my favorite part of writing: learning about someone’s experience of the book!

    Bit of a clarification… I didn’t illustrate the book 😛 . Several artists were involved, all guided by my good friend, Christopher Chamberlain, Chief Creative Officer at Neoglyphic.

    Woo hoo! So glad you both enjoyed the book!

  2. I’d love to win this because I absolutely adore fantasy and this has been on my tbr list for a few months now. It sounds amazing and the artwork is gorgeous! I’m really excited to read this! 🙂

  3. It looks like such an interesting book! I love how vibrant the colors are and it just looks so uniue and i LOVE reading new unique books with pretty covers!

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