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Beneath the Fall

(Sunborn Rising #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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 roo
Paperback, 383 pages
Published April 15th 2016 by Neoglyphic Entertainment
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Aaron Safronoff
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Review from the Author
Well, I wrote it ;-) , so I strove for high stars. I don't know for sure that we made it -- far too close to the material for that kind of judg(e)ment -- but I like to think that we wouldn't release the book if we didn't at least believe we made it ;-) .
It's been an amazing experience working on this novel. So many friends and family helping to manifest this tale, a bedtime story for adults — I'm not sure that first audience, that expanding core group, knew at the time th
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

The first time I heard about this book I was immediately intrigued, it sounded like a fun book. I looked around a bit more and found the sunborn rising website and from that moment I was sold, I knew I had to read this book. The website showed a sample of the beautiful artwork included in this book and I love the idea of including artwork in a book. And I am so glad I managed to get a review copy of this book as it surpassed my expectations and a
J.M. Storin
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to describe this book in three words, it would be whimsical, imaginative, and delightful. The world that Aaron Safronoff has created is unlike anything else I've ever read. The atmosphere and setting throughout the entire novel was lush and the book itself was very well-written. I'm so impressed! I would say this leans middle grade in terms of target audience, but it's something any age can appreciate and enjoy! My only issue was not feeling as connected to the characters as I wanted to ...more
Blueink Review
"Stunning. Awe-inspiring. Revolutionary. Superlatives can’t aptly describe the immersive experience of reading Aaron Safronoff’s lavishly illustrated fantasy fable for the first time.

The story is set on the world of Cerulean—essentially a star at the center of a vast ocean covered by a massive, multi-leveled floating forest inhabited by diverse sentient creatures. It revolves around a trio of heroic young Arboreals who set out on a quest to find out why the Great Trees are dying and, ultimately,
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is truly incredible. I had the pleasure of being around the author and artists as it was being created. It is so much more than a book. The world Aaron created here is astoundingly beautiful, rich, deep, novel and accessible for most anyone. If you love fantasy you'll love this book. But it's definitely not your typical fantasy fare, so others who think they don't like the genre may just be surprised! Added to the wonderful story are many pieces of vivid full color art, and also countl ...more
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
**I received a free copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Cover: Stunning
Rating 5 Stars
Overall: Magically Delicious ;D
Characters: Cool, Unique, and Interesting
Plot: Original in how it's handled, and well written
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes!
Recommend Yes!

I'm so glad I got the chance to read and review this book! Where do I start? Well the art...yeah, it's gorgeous! Although I loved the book, the art just..made it all the more real, bringing the characters, and setti
Loren De Leon
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The moment I laid my eyes on the cover of "Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall", I was ecstatic and got this feeling that I'd become a part of a journey I'd jump on and never want to part from anymore. Well, this Dystopian/Fantasy novel did not disappoint and offered so much more than one can imagine.

Welcoming the readers in a world layered with mystery, scenic landscapes and brave souls, Aaron Safronoff intricately weaved an engaging tale about three young explorers in an arboreal land called "The
Pam Truax
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sunborn Rising - Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff is about a world of fantasy. Barra lives in a place of light, trees, ocean water-a place that was once as bright and green as anyplace had ever been. Time had been cruel over the years and the light was no longer in the forest. Those living there had forgotten about light.

Barra finds a journal-her father's. Barra's father is dead and maybe the journal will reveal answers about their homeland and her father's death. The journal gives Barra a d
Elizabeth Beadles
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Beneath the fall, there exists a world, wrapped in infectious Creepervine and shrouded in darkness. The Arboreal’s clinging to the light of the Umberwood, nested in the canopy of Cerulean’s Great Forest, have learned to fear the mysteries living below them. Once the Creepervine and the destructiveness that follows it begin to invade the Umberwood, Barra Swiftspur and her companions find themselves fighting to save Cerulean in its entirety. As their journey takes them beneath the fall, they find ...more
Melissa Souza
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Omgosh!!! I have no words to describe this book. Just Wow! A brilliant and immersive fantasy read. It's definitely going on to my favorites list. The characters were exceptional. They had so much heart and the worldbuilding was phenomenal. Aaron Safronoff is a master storyteller. Right off the bat, I was sucked into the world of Cerulean. The illustrations sprinkled throughout were just gorgeous and it helped to visualise the setting and creatures even more vividly. I'm a huge romance fan and al ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant Story!

This story truly tugs on my heartstrings! With a young female adventurer as the main character, I found myself cheering Barra along. All of her emotional highs and lows, I too felt with her.

The beautiful world in which Barra and her friends live is simply not to be missed. Author Safronoff vividly paints an impressive picture of the flora and fauna of Cerulean.

Lastly, and arguably most impressive, this fantasy novel is filled with beautiful and imaginative full color artwork!

Sean Beeson
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am reading through Sunborn Rising now! It is a great book for young adults, adults, and even children. The world of Cerulean is full of vivid and unique imagery that sets it apart and makes it truly exciting.

Once you get about a 1/3rd the way though the adventure kicks in full blast and I can't put it down.
Carlos Montero
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So much more than just a book! The rich, beautifully imagined world and the wonderful, fun characters sucked me in right from the beginning. I loved my adventure through cerulean with this cast, and I would highly recommend it to fantasy fans of any age!
Regina Foo
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is a creative and innovative young adult fantasy novel that combines texts, graphics and music in storytelling. The series is going to create a new era in bringing whole new reading experiences to the readers.

Disclaimer: I received the ARC from the publisher in exchange of my honest review.

Barra Swiftspur is a Listlespur living in the Loft of the Cerulean. The story started with Barra secretly reading her late father's journal on his findings about a deadly fungu
Timea B
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Breaking into the world of fantasy with a meaningful contribution is not an easy task, but Aaron Safronoff managed to do just that with Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall. Actually, this is only the first book of the series and it’s the key to the gates of a magically fresh universe. This YA fantasy thriller is but a part of the Sunborn Rising experience, which stretches far beyond the colorful pages of the book.

A world that bares a slight resemblance to ours is on the verge of darkness. At the ce
Laura Thomas
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
First off, I have to confess that the cover was the original reason I wanted to read this book. Tell me that twinkling tail isn’t luring you in.

The plot doesn’t seem that complex in the beginning. Three young friends set off to save their world from a creeping vine. Then, you enter the world of Cerulean with it’s flotilla forests, venture from the safety of the loft, into the midden, and down below the Fall, where creatures beyond imagining dwell, not all of them cuddly like our three young frie
Lynne Charlesworth
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Sunborn Rising is a wonderful story. From the very beginning you fall in love with Barra the adventurous, fun loving main character and want to join her interesting new world that is full of unique, distinct characters. Her inquisitive nature keeps you turning pages as she meets new friends that join in her journey. If that isn't enough there are beautiful illustrations that draw you in and fuel your interest in figuring out the mysteries the story holds. Once you start you won't want t
Matthew Kapfhammer
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the first half of the book with the usual amount of gusto, but kept getting sucked into the illustrations and questions about the physics required for a sun to sustainably exist in an ocean. However, I have a more distinct memory of sitting down to start that second half - mostly due to the fact that I didn't get off the couch until I had finished. I've only had that happen to me a few times in my life.

Aaron Safronoff, where's the second book?? You're killing me here...
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Sunborn Rising is a fantasy of truly epic proportions – it may feature characters in roughly the middle grade/young adult age range, but it will appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages!

The story follows Barra and her two best friends, Plicks and Tory. They find out about a threat to their world via Barra’s father’s journals and decide to try to gather evidence on their own (when some of the adults in their community don’t
Tonja Drecker
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the most beautiful middle grade fantasy books I've ever held in my hands. To finally find a novel which packs in not only an adventure, which satisfies even the upper end of the middle grade, but remembers that an audience of this age also still appreciates colorful illustrations is simply a treasure in itself.

The story takes place on a lush fantasy world, with creatures so amazing that they can only originate from dreams. There are three friends, each very different not
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 b
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle grade
Recommended to Elizabeth by: youtube
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that kept popping up in lists from time to time and I eventually made the plunge and got it. I was expecting, as the description says, a fantasy book for "all ages," but I should have known that if it's meant for all ages, it's not entirely a grown-up book. So, while this is certainly a four- or even five-star read for maybe 5th through 10th grade, for older readers it definitely falls short. So I averaged what I would have given it back in junior high with what I woul ...more
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds

I was very lucky to have received a physical review copy of this book, so first off, I want to thank the author for being so kind and generous to send it to me. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I think most of that is because of the artwork in it.

This is an original story and I greatly admire all the work that was put in this book. From what I understand there is even more to come so the readers can really dive into this world. And that's good, because t
Janie Whitehead
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is a book that draws you into another world.

The unforgettable characters consist of creatures with human personalities and emotions, sea type creatures, swarms of bugs, good guys and bad guys. The story takes the reader on an adventure through trees and the ocean. The main character named Barra wants to know more about her deceased father and sneaks off to read his journals. She goes on to follow in his footsteps and explore the places that he was researching. B
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new fantasy!

As a fantasy lover I have been waiting for something new. Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall offers so much for the thirsty soul. A beautiful world with creative creatures... You can fall in love with living in the branches and living in harmony with the Great Trees. The trio of friends is relatable and adorable, they are characters you care about and want to know more about. The author has an amazing way with words, and he helps you imagine the world with beautiful descriptions. The
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First off I really liked the illustrations, I felt they were what really raised the book above others in its genre. Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall takes place on the planet Cerulean which is a star at the middle of a ocean covered by a forest where many creatures live. The main characters are three young Arboreals who journey to find out why the Great Trees are dying. Their journey eventually leads them on a quest to save their world. My favorite character in this book was Barra Swiftspur; her ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Cat's Meow
What an interesting and artfully written book, in this story Barra the main character became my guide as I was immersed into an exciting, bizarre world of fantasy. A world inhabited by cat-like people. The author has managed to construct an entire society of these creatures that speak their own esoteric language. This story took me down a rabbit hole of adventure, and it was there on this journey that I began to notice the metaphoric parallels between our worlds and how we face sim
Elizabeth Sullivan
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I won this in a giveaway.)
(Thank you very much, by the way! :D )

The setting of this book is amazing. It is extremely imaginative, and gorgeous. The characters are all pretty likeable, and, you can understand why they do and say the things they do. The plot is interesting, and I'm curious to see where it goes in the coming books, though, the book does take a while for the plot to really kick into full force. There is some pretty disturbing imagery tossed in here and there, juxtaposed
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was first drawn to this book by the book cover. It was striking and it drew me in. Then when I read the summary, I was even more intrigued to check this book out. Also, I thought my nephews would like it too, so I wanted to check it out for them. Well after reading this book, I am keeping my copy and purchasing them their own copy.

The world that the author has built is magical and awe-inspiring. I was fine with just reading the book but Mr. Safronoff has to take me on a journey deep in the Fa
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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 qualit

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