Title: Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall Author:
Cerulean is on the brink of collapse. The decay wasn’t fast, it wasn’t obvious, but now the world stands on the precipice.
Woven forests floating on an ocean around a star, Cerulean’s 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 his discovery of Cerulean’s brighter past and the mysterious plague he believed has all but destroyed it. He warned the Elders. He urged them to take action. Those were his last words…
Together with her two best friends, Barra will rekindle her father’s legacy and traverse the Great Forest to relight her world, even if she has to travel beneath the Fall.
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Sunborn has great potential to rival the greats in the Fantasy Adventure genre. This story is geared towards the middle grade age, but can be read and loved by all ages. Safronoff has a way with the details and crafting a new world. Sunborn’s world building is extensive and elaborate. The only drawback to drafting a brand new world is the overload of information. Safronoff did well in some instances of not overwhelming the reader, but at times the abundance of information to take in and process pushed the plot away. I ended up lost in the beginning. Fortunately, the plot and action was able to keep the flow. That being said this is a plot-based storyline. The action starts about a third of the way in.
The action in Sunborn Rising hooks its claws in, and doesn’t let you go until you are lost in the beauty of the world. Since I am a character-based storyline lover, this was good because it got me interested in the story, when I was overwhelmed by the characters. Safronoff juggles plot and character development pretty well. Cerulean is engaging and captivating in the details. I love the recurring themes of friendship, family and standing your ground for what you believe in.
SR is centered around 3 bups (Children) and their adventure in the intricate politics and scary underworld. The switch between the three main characters and a couple side characters can sometimes be abrupt and jarring. The transition could have been made a little smooth, so the reader is less lost when suddenly we see things from the villain of the story. But each character was able to hold my attention and show a different motive.
I really enjoyed Sunborn Rising. There was a certain feeling about it, that made it a delight to read. Safronoff has a writing style that is very prosaic and well written. Everything just came together like a dream. There were a few instances that dropped my rating due to my nit-picking. The icing on the cake was the illustrations and artwork interspersed throughout the chapters. It added an extra dimension to the book. I was a little split on what to rate this as. So I give Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall four stars out five stars. I just prefer character driven storylines, but the plot and writing stayed true to the Fantasy Adventure genre.
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