Sunborn Rising Book Review and Giveaway

We seem to be reading a steady stream of fantasy/science fiction geared toward young adults these days! The latest series to enter my reading list is Sunborn Rising by Aaron Safronoff. What did I think of the first book in this series?

Quick Summary of Sunborn Rising.
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.

The author creates a vibrant fantasy world for his series. In this first book, the author provides a lot of descriptive details as he introduces readers not only to the world of Cerulean, but to its varied inhabitants. While readers are certainly able to visualize the characters and their setting; they are treated with the author's intentions and interpretation through the book's artwork. 

Readers must enjoy detail. The author keeps the storyline moving, but it does slow a bit at times as the world and its characters are created for the series. There were times that the details seemed a little redundant--but, they are necessary to the story's development as it progresses. There were also times that a little extra focus was required to determine the story's point of view in a given chapter. Attention to detail helps the reader adapt to the changes in point view and to the author's writing style.

We enjoyed the illustrations as much as the book. The artwork throughout this novel adds so much depth to the written words. While Sunborn Rising is not a graphic novel--the images are vivid and, in many ways, extraordinary. The award winning artwork really helps the reader visualize each character and their world.

Would I recommend Sunborn Rising? Fantasy/science fiction fans will enjoy this book and its characters. My junior high aged daughter became a little bogged down in the details--but, I loved how the author developed his fantasy world so clearly for readers. The story is a great opener for the series--but, doesn't leave readers completely hanging in suspense, without resolution, while waiting for the second book.

​Buy the book:   Amazon ~ Author Website

Meet the Author.

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.

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook for use in my review. All opinions are my own.

​Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Enter to Win a Book Tour Prize
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 (giclĂ©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. I'm not a big fan of fantasy or sci-fi, but it sounds like you enjoyed the book. Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. We appreciate you reading, reviewing and posting! Thank you!

  3. Loved this review! Thank you, Angela!



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