Book Review: Beneath the Fall, by Aaron Safronoff

Fantasy fiction is a genre I am quite fond of. The ability for a magical narration to take me, the reader into a magical world full of magical creatures is… magical! It really helps the notion that a reason why I read books is to escape from the world of reality. With any book, the reasons to pick it are initially limited to the cover art and the blurb. When both are interesting, it makes it easier to pick it for reading. This book fell into such a category.

The book Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall is set in the world of Cerulean. It begins when a Listlespur named Barra sets out to explore her father’s old study and finds some scrolls which reveal the truth to his experiments, something that the Elders tried to suppress. The scrolls, which were like his journal, reveal his suspicions about a plague that destroyed the Old World, his pleas to the Elders which were ignored. It ends there. Barra, who has not known her father much, wants to become closer to him, much more than her mother’s old memories bring her. So she sets out to complete her father’s story, and along with her best friends, relight the world of Cerulean which has become so dark that its citizens have forgotten the light.

As I said earlier, it’s important that a novel, especially in this genre, captures the attention of the reader and transport them into the world it creates. The novel does do that. It’s not a new theme where a child wants to find something that brings her closer to her heritage. But it’s a theme that works well here. It engaged me as a reader, and though I felt a bit of difficulty to visualize the world at first, a picture slowly did form. What I liked in the story is the determination of Barra to complete her father’s story. Not every heritage or legacy is taken up eagerly, and though Barra’s mother does try to keep her father’s presence restricted, she doesn’t succeed.

I liked the characters and the setting. I feel each character is unique and would appeal to a child, but when the world takes a bit of time to build up, I am not sure how engaging a child would find it to be. I enjoyed the friendship between the trio and the mother daughter relationship, and the ending to the novel as well. What I wished for was a little more essence to the narration, so that it’d be more engaging and easier for the Cerulean world to develop. I had the Kindle copy of the book, so the artworks didn’t feel as enjoyable. That’s not to say they aren’t admirable. They are, and without them, the story would not be as complete. I just feel they would be much more effective on paper, than on a Paperwhite.

I find this a good start to the series, and I believe much more is there to be explored. The book definitely is re-readable and worth re-reading as well. I cannot wait to see where it goes in the next part.


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A score of 8 out of 10
Book Details
Title: Beneath the Fall Series: Sunborn Rising #1
Author(s): Aaron Safronoff Genre: Fantasy
ISBN/ASIN: B01B5BE7KQ Publisher: Neoglyphic

The review is part of the iRead Book Tours, who provided a copy of the eBook for me to read. No other payment was taken. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
4th July 2016)

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